Prepping for 2018 | Inquirer Business

Prepping for 2018

/ 05:38 AM January 13, 2018

Doing home renovations, or just adding a couple of fixtures and flourishes here and there, can be a daunting task. But with a new year upon us, there’s no better time to commit to it than now.

To help you, we’ve scoured the web to figure out which home trends are likely to be under the spotlight in 2018 as according to the experts.

  1. Ultra Violet

Last year was studded with Millennial Pink and Rose Gold. In 2018, however, all eyes are on the Pantone color of the year: Ultra Violet. According to Pantone, Ultra Violet communicates “originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking.” Expect this dramatic shade, and other similar purple hues, to dominate the design world.

  1. Brass finishes

Everyone—from Huffington Post to Country Living to HouseBeautiful—seems to be in agreement: stainless steel is out, and brass is making a splashy comeback. Using the flashy metal as an accent can bring a piece of furniture, or even an entire room, instantly to life.

  1. Artisan pieces

In 2017, the food world made a steady swivel from the mass-produced goods to the artisanal, handmade fare—a shift that was similarly felt by the design world as well. It’s time to ditch the department store fixtures and buy from the family-run businesses or local artists for that distinctly personal, organic touch to your home.

  1. Natural accents

The sleek, modern touches that have captured the designers’ imaginations are now giving way to more rustic, natural looks. Deemed as the perfect antidote to a tech-obsessed world, earthy materials such as stone (like granite, marble) and wood (like mahogany) immediately conjure up a calmer atmosphere, while looking great, too.

  1. Floral patterns

Keeping in line with more natural designs in 2018, floral patterns are coming out huge. Expect more diverse floral patterns, suitable to both genders, to come out in even the most unlikely places.

  1. Spa-like bathrooms

If you’re going to splurge on something this year, let this be it. Pinterest, one of the biggest online sources for home inspiration, saw a 269 percent increase in saves for spa bathrooms over the last 12 months, likely in line with the increase in self and facial care. And do you really need an excuse to indulge in more me-time?

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