6 Contemporary Design Trends for 2018

This year, Americans are projected to spend more than 300 billion dollars on home improvement projects. Popular improvements include home-surveillance systems, solar panels, and matte black appliances. If you’re also thinking about upgrading your home, consider these six interior design trends.

1) The internet of things is growing

Today, devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home allow consumers to control household appliances with a voice command or smartphone app. By 2018, more than 10% of homes are projected to have at least one device connected to the internet of things. The most popular smart devices include remote surveillance systems, indoor gardening systems, and leak-detecting faucets.

2) Solar tech is heating up

Solar technology has been available since the 1950s. However, it didn’t become commercially viable until the early 2000s. Today, homeowners can install high-tech solar panels, solar fabrics, and solar shingles that look like they’re real. In addition, advancements in the development of lithium ion technology have improved the power and longevity of solar batteries. There’s never been a better time to go solar.

3) Get your appliances in matte black

Stainless steel has been in vogue since the early 2000s. This low-maintenance finish is attractive, durable, and inexpensive, but it’s finally going out of style. In its place, designers have been using a matte black finish. This low sheen places additional emphasis on an object’s linework, while the black hue complements a variety of color schemes. For an accent colors, consider satin gold, brass, or copper.

4) It’s ok to mix and match

It’s no longer customary to decorate an entire space in one theme. Contrast is a key tenet of contemporary design, and interior designers regularly combine antique, contemporary, and modern pieces. For example, It’s totally acceptable to pair rustic kitchen cabinets with a modern metal table as long as they complement one another.

5) Incorporate natural materials

Manufactured quartz and cerused wood are two of the most popular materials in contemporary design. Man-made quartz has been gaining popularity because it looks great and requires much less maintenance than granite, marble, and soapstone. Quartz is also heat-resistant and stain-resistant. Cerused wood, another popular material, is recognizable by its light color and natural grain.

6) Try 50 shades of white

White walls are popular among contemporary designers because the absence of color makes the room feel larger. White also complements a wide variety of colors and materials. On the other hand, pure white can feel cold and sterile. Make sure to incorporate a variety of off-white tones to warm up your monochromatic color scheme.