The New Year brought about a lot of changes in design and dÃ©cor. For your benefit, we decided to compile a list of new trends that will makes waves and demand attention in 2018.
Architecture is constantly influenced by trends in art as well as socio-cultural nuances and great designers often bridge the gap between the two. Having worked with the likes of Phillipe Starck, Jon Hitchcox, and Kelly Hoppen, we know that exciting is as exciting does! While we don't expect you to knock down your walls and start from scratch but adopting a few design changes will help you give your home a new-age feel and be cognizant with the trends of the year. Let's look at some of the trends have gained prominence this year.
1. Open Space Living:
Long gone are the days of formal living rooms and enclosed kitchens. Open-plan living is an embodiment of togetherness excluding the separatist elements that most conventional architecture follow. While open plans in your home's layout tend to require a homogenous style and design, when done right, these changes will radically improve the way you look at space in your homes.
You may already be familiar with open kitchen layouts, you can take this a step forward with removing separations between your hall and dinning or between your lounge and living rooms to maximise on space. It also works great when you are hosting friends over or having a party as it gives your guests more area to make themselves comfortable without acting as outcasts from the group.
Since we are talking about removing binding separations, you can also experiment with foldable, temporary separators to maintain elements of privacy and enclosure as per your flexible needs.
2. Natural Lighting
It is a universally accepted truth that nothing brings more character and vibrance to a home like natural light! 2018 foresees more focus on using, adapting, and even manipulating natural light to bring out more harmony in your living spaces. Good and appropriate lighting will add a sense of purpose to your room. For example, you want your living and lounge spaces to allow as much of natural light in as possible, to make the atmosphere bright and welcoming. Contrarily, you might want to control the lighting in your study or workspaces to keep the focus around what you prioritize. A lot of designers these days are experimenting with the perceptual and aesthetic aspects of natural light by using its inherent dynamism and variability.
3. Smart Homes
We are at a cusp of technology redefining our lifestyles and our homes are no exclusion.
Today, there are a variety of options to make our homes smarter to personal requirements. From investing in personal home assistants to app controlled lighting and door security systems, there's plenty to consider and integrate into our lifestyles. Technology integration in homes will certainly be keystone to residential architecture. One of the things to keep in mind is that with the development of Internet of Things (IoT) more and more systems will be able to communicate with each other, so don't be surprised if your garage door is open when your car approaches the drive way or your lights are turned on as soon as you enter your homes. The idea of infusing technology is to personalize our living experiences by matching them to our preferences. Over time this will significantly help us conserve energy and effectively distribute resources. For now go ahead and take your pick of the market ready innovations and be ready to incorporate many more over the next few years.
We hope you enjoyed this sneak-peak into architectural trends of 2018. We'll keep you posted about new and exclusive information about design, architecture and interiors to keep you ahead of the curve and your homes sparkling with exuberance.