Here’s what we will see much more of based on what I’ve been tracking from a wide range of sources including Houzz, Pinterest, Architectural Digest, the Property Brothers, and the British Institute of Interior Design:
1. Smart Home Technology (Source: Property Brothers)
- Demand for smart home technology systems has skyrocketed and homeowners want to be able to control it all from their smartphones.
2.Un-hygge your home with lagom (pronounced lar-gom)
- Still Scandi but stripped back.
- While hygge was all about cozying up under a mountain of blankets, lagom is luxurious in a “less is more” way.
- “Lagom is about keeping life simple and achieving more,” per Nina Kullberg, founder and creative director at NinaKullberg.com. “Edit your color palette to just a few key colors, pare back accessories and add indoor plants. They offer an element of sustainability perfectly aligned with the lagom outlook.”
3. Warm Grays & Whites (Source: Houzz)
- Gray is the most popular wall color with millennials (43% vs. 22% of baby boomers).
- White cabinets top all age groups, but millennials are twice as likely to extend to the backsplash as well.
4. Navy blue suddenly feels modern, edgy and fresh (Source: Standard UK)
- “Navy has been creeping back into the interior consciousness for the past couple of years,” per Susie Rumbold, president of the British Institute of Interior Design.
- Originally used only as an accent color, it’s started to become a main-event neutral.
Read on below for more on DIY projects, new home layouts and top Pinterest trends.
5. DIY Projects
- Designers and builders across the board say that Do It Yourself projects are the biggest trend of 2017.
- Millennial homeowners are less likely to hire a general contractor, architect or a designer and instead take on that process themselves. Most also opt for stock and ready-to-assemble kitchen cabinets.
6. Night stands (Source: Pinterest)
- Searches on Pinterest increased 721% last year,.
- One of the most popular searches was for DIY night stands.
- Almost anything can be used as a night stand, from a vintage trunk or bar cart to a stable stack of books or magazines.
7. Marble wallpaper
- Marble wallpaper searches saw an increase of 303%.
- A longtime popular design material, marble transfers to the wall with striking and elegant patterns that come pre-pasted with adhesive and are perfect for DIY-ers and project lovers.
8. Climbing plants
- Searches for indoor climbing plants were up 200% on Pinterest.
- With over 200 varieties, philodendron is one of the most common climbing plants and uses aerial roots to attach to any available support.
- Easy to grow and almost impossible to kill, pothos plants with their heart-shaped leaves are a popular addition to any room.
9. Home layouts that work for both millennials and empty nesters (Source: Newman Homes/Houstonian Magazine)
- Formal dining rooms and breakfast nooks replaced by casual dining rooms open and adjacent to the kitchen
- Studies replaced by small study nooks (now that everything’s on the cloud); the extra space put towards bedrooms, closets and family rooms.
- Versatile kitchen layouts with design options ranging from “only orders from GrubHub” to “needs display kitchen in which to shoot photos for lifestyle blog.”
10. Less lawn (Source: Architectural Digest)
- Lawns are less sought-after because they are high maintenance and require too much water and fertilizer.
- As lots get subdivided and there are no longer as many massive expanses of ground to cover, people want to pack more interesting things into their small spaces than just lawn.