Here’s a compilation of the top home improvement trends for 2018. They have been predicted to become very present in many homes throughout this year. Enjoy a few tips on utilising available spaces and learn about some advanced concepts already creating a buzz amongst those who like to enhance their living with smart home technology.
Micro House Design
As homeowners continue to get short changed for space, there is a tendency to adopt multi-purpose, micro house design, with beds folding out to become tables, and the ability to fold everything away after use. Although the ‘micro house design’ trend appears to be a relativity new concept to us here in the West, it’s a way of life for those in Japan-and has been for a number of years. In Japan, restrictions of sizing and space has led to impressive levels of ingenuity; instead of having a designated use for each room (and the subsequent limitations this creates), homes have been designed to enable a bedroom to transform into a living room, with the simple folding of a futon. Japanese furniture tends to be portable as well, ensuring ease of manoeuvre when required; something which will prove invaluable to UK buildings, as this trend continues to take hold.
Using Re-purposed Items
With the financial uncertainty continuing, the trend towards ‘mend and make do’, rather than purchasing brand new, seems set to soar in 2018. This includes: reupholstering old chairs with new fabrics, and repainting and stencilling existing cupboards and cabinets. Car boot sales and flea markets provide a veritable treasure trove of finds that, although appearing a little worn and tattered on the face of it, can be restored to their former glory, with just a minimal amount of effort.
Investing in a Home’s Potential
As more and homeowners continue to stay put, rather than move, there is likely to be a concerted move towards allocating their budget into home improvement products and projects that will increase property value immeasurably. So where do they focus their efforts? Unsurprisingly, designing the dream kitchen the top of everyone’s’ list, with sleek, marble countertops proving particularly popular among property owners. For the majority, creating an open plan layout is the overall goal, as it offers a seamless transition between rooms, as well as creating the illusion of additional space.
Smart Lighting Controls – AIl is set to pave the way to a brighter future in 2018-quite literally! Such systems have been designed to be fully customisable to consumers, enabling them to be adapted in accordance with the seasons, as well as the time of day. This trend feeds into the larger move towards smart energy management systems in general, with thermostats also proving popular among property owners, due to their ability to be controlled remotely.
Mix And Match Appliances
Just when you thought your home couldn’t get any more sophisticated, fridge freezers have had the ultimate upgrade as well! Giving the concept of multi-tasking a whole new meaning, mix and match appliances offer homeowners the chance to take control of conditions within their fridge-freezers-from air purification systems, right down to humidity controlled crisper drawers. At the upper end of the market, some models even feature built in cameras that let you see whether there were any items you left off your list whilst out shopping.