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2018 Predictions: Upcoming Home Design Trends

Last month, we gave your our top trends from 2017. Now that 2018 has arrived, let’s take a look at some trend predictions. We have some comebacks, come-ups and came-outta-nowheres for you. What are your predictions for 2018?

Floral Wall Patterns

These high-contrast designs can turn any room into a work of art. Floral patterns can range from simple to extravagant, but size is definitely on the rise. Expect bigger bouquets in 2018.

Concrete 

If grandiose floral arrangements aren’t your style, you might want to consider concrete as a material when building a space or seeking an accent. This relatively inexpensive material is vital to those seeking a modern or industrial feel. It’s also perfect for countertops.

Bar Carts

Let’s face it. We could all use a drink sometimes. The best way to serve up a drink in style? Try a bar cart. These handy stations are great when hosting guests. They also come in pretty much any style you can imagine, so expect to see more of these versatile pieces in 2018. 

Black Stainless Appliances

It’s 2018. We live in a world where your oven, fridge and thermostat can all be controlled from your phone. As more of our appliances go “smart,” they need the looks to match. Enter matte and stainless black. These appliances are stain and smudge-resistant and ideal for the modern home. 

3D Wall Designs

It’s time to consider adding a new dimension to your home… literally. Traditional tiling patterns are on their way out, making room for these amazingly erratic designs. Calling all those who don’t like coloring between the lines.

Industry Ed with Richard: Looking Back on 2017

I love writing these newsletters because it lets me share my ideas and inspirations with you all. 
In case you missed them, here are my top blog posts from the year. 

Thank you all for a great year. I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store! 

2017 Recap: Top 5 Best Articles from Ourso Designs

We had a lot of fun writing these articles. We hope you enjoyed reading them. Here are the top 5 most popular articles from 2017!

  1. Inspiring Backyards: Ideas for Sprucing Up Your Backyard
  2. Simple yet Impressive: Simple Cabinet Door Styles that make an Impression
  3. Using Mirrors in a Big Way
  4. Find your Niche
  5. New Cabinets: questions your cabinet dealer should be asking you

1. Inspiring Backyards: Ideas for Sprucing Up Your Backyard

2. Simple yet Impressive: Simple Cabinet Door Styles that make an Impression
3. Using Mirrors in a Big Way
4. Find your Niche
5. New Cabinets: questions your cabinet dealer should be asking you
What kind of articles would you like to see us write next year?

2017 Recap: Top 5 Best Trends of the Year

2018 is rapidly approaching, which means new trends, new colors and a fresh start for design. Let’s look back over the year at our top trends, in order we have:

  1. Texture in Marbling (May)
  2. Low-lying Beds (June)
  3. Burl Wood Furniture (April)
  4. Acrylic Accents (July)
  5. Woven Works (November)

1. Texture in Marbling (May)

2. Low-lying Beds (June)
3. Burl Wood Furniture (April)
4. Acrylic Accents (July)
5. Woven Works (November)
What trends are you predicting for 2018? Be sure to check out our predictions in our first newsletter of the new year. 

Find your Niche

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So long are the days when we hung shower caddies from our shower heads or suction cupped them to the walls! The shower niche is now a requirement in shower design. They are an essential part of the efficiency of your shower space so they play a key role in the overall look and appeal of the shower. A key part of a successful design is when functionality meets aesthetic. What’s your niche?

The Consecutive Row

Having more than one niche allows space to also add decorative items and plants.

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The Centered

This creates a nice center focal point to the shower and is great for including some decorative tile details.

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The Side to Side

Why not have the niche run from wall to wall?! When you let the niche span the whole wall, often times it runs long enough to double as a niche for more than one area of the bathroom.

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 The Justified

Asymmetry is a really good effective architectural detail. So often we gravitate to typical symmetry, but that is not always possible or necessary. A balanced room does not equal a symmetrical room.
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 The Ledge

Instead of a cutout niche, this shower has a ledge that runs along the back wall. This is a really cool alternative to the typical niche.
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The Tall Vertical Niche

This is a similar alternative to the consecutive row. Here we have one tall vertical niche with shelves in it, rather than separate niches.
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The Pass-Through 

These niches work for either side of the wall. With a center wall between the shower and the tub, the pass through niche would allow for your shampoos to be accessible to both areas. Great idea!

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Plant Niche

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Having more than one niche is also extremely common. This way you can have one that is more decorative (for placing plants, and candles, and the like) and another that is intended more for useful (but not so pretty) items, like soaps and shampoos. That niche can be placed in a less visible spot so you don’t have to see it from outside of the shower. All-in-all, when it comes to finding your niche, it is a combination of what your space will allow and how you would like to use your space.

Trend Alert: Woven Works

As we transition into the colder seasons, some of us are desperately clinging to the last remains of summer. Decorating your interior with woven textures is a great way to add warmth and comfort to your home.

Often associated with a bohemian style, woven furniture and decorations feel laid back and a little rustic. In fact, some of the materials originated in the tropics. Rattan, one of the most popular deco materials today, is made from a climbing plant found in the jungles of Asia. Similar to bamboo, it has been used in furniture making for generations. These days, rattan is being used to create some truly unique and intricate pieces.

However, woven doesn’t have to mean tan or brown. If it’s a rug, blanket or hanging decoration, adding a splash of color can give you that contrast you need to complete a room. 
You might not expect it, but woven materials also work great for making sturdy tables and chairs. Because of its durability, rattan and wicker pieces are often placed outdoors, but they also work great in the kitchen or living room. 
Whether you go big or you go small, you’re always going to want to go home to these woven decorations.

Thanks for reading!

AIA 2017 Second Quarter Trend Survey: Home Features

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AIA (American Institute of Architects) recently released their second quarterly survey on Home Design Trends for 2017. The second quarter focuses on home features. Here are some highlights.

  • Outdoor Kitchens

Of rooms increasing in popularity, outdoor kitchens is at the top of the list. Some others include mudrooms and home offices.

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  • Multi-generational Living

We are now thinking about aging in place much more when building/remodeling. We are asking the question, “Will I be able to live in this space when I am older?”. Or many of us are taking in our elderly parents. Some popular features of a multi-generational home include: first floor master suites, wider doorways and hallways, and easy-to-use features (e.g. single handle faucets).
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  • Ease of Maintenance and Wireless Features

This is the age of technology. Wireless and home automation controls are always growing in popularity. We are often looking for those with an ease of maintenance. Some common wireless/ ease of maintenance features include: energy management and efficiency (e.g. solar panels and tankless water heaters), sound systems, smart thermostats, motion sensor lights, etc.

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  • Home Improvement

Home remodeling and improvement trump new builds these days. And first-time home buyers are way up! Also, the condo market is rising (this may have to do with our movement towards ease of maintenance?). Something we have really seen decrease is the purchase of vacation homes.
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Trend Alert: Bathroom Plants

When you need a place to hang your plants, what comes to mind? The living room is probably the first thing you think of, but what about the bathroom? A lot of folks don’t realize the bathroom can be an ideal home for most floral friends.

Primarily, plants love the humid air created by running hot water. When caring for your plant, simply placing it near or above the shower can eliminate the need to water regularly.

Furthermore, some plants can actually serve as air purifiers, killing bacteria and toxins in the air and making your bathroom feel even cleaner. Keep these ones close. Hanging eucalyptus in your shower can even reduce stress and promote respiratory health.

Consider your approach. Some prefer the one-and-done/minimalist style in which a single plant can suffice. Others go for the “bathtime oasis” and form a miniature jungle around the bath or shower.

Whichever style you choose, do some research on the plants you keep indoors. Some species can be harmful to pets and children, so make sure you know what’s in the pot.

In the end, no room should be off-limits for your plants. To see how our floral friends can work in other indoor spaces, check out our blog post on indoor plants!

Industry Ed with Richard: Announcing The Olde Mill’s Fall Mantel & Shelf Sale

Ourso Designs’ sister company The Olde Mill is proud to announce a special discount on select mantels and floating shelves this autumn. In the spirit of the holidays, we’re offering 30% off the following sizes of mantels and floating shelves:

Order yours now by calling 225-291-8588 or emailing info@theoldemill.com – don’t miss out on this incredible offer!

Trend Alert: Pastel Kitchens

You might not see the kitchen as the place for soft, understated colors like lavender, peach or baby blue. Indeed, such soft tones seem like an unusual choice for most spaces. However, painting your kitchen in pastels can result in some extraordinary looks.

Is it possible for something to feel retro and modern at the same time? Pastel cabinets and appliances are cornerstones of  the standard vintage kitchen. At the same time, homeowners and designers are finding new ways to utilize these classic colors for a more modern feel.

You’d be surprised at the different color combinations that are possible with pastels. Don’t think you’re limited to Easter-like shades of blue, pink, yellow, and green.

If Easter is your thing, get creative with your colors. Mix it up!

Blue-green with wood accents is a personal favorite combination.

It also goes remarkably well with black for a more modern vibe.

Pastels in general also pair well with copper (P.S. see last month’s blog post on copper cosmetics).
Here are a few more kitchens to hopefully give you inspiration: