As a residential design build firm, we keep a close eye on the home trends most likely to be of interest to local homeowners. Sometimes a trend is cool, but it’s not cool here in Western Massachusetts: with four distinct weather seasons and some of the most expensive real estate in the country, it’s important that home renovations and upgrades are selected carefully to please the homeowner in the short and long term.
That being said, we read with interest this color trend report detailing what design trends are emerging for 2018. Decor options seem to be splitting in two directions: bold and dramatic or calm and serene. Both trends are said to be a response to the events of the day, which are encouraging people to make definitive statements about who they are and what they believe, or to retreat to the cozy confines of home until everything blows over.
If you’re of the bold and dramatic school of home design, you’ll want to concentrate on the public portions of your home: those areas seen by the neighborhood, like entranceways, porches and sunrooms, as well as the rooms where you’re likely to entertain: family rooms, dining rooms, and kitchens. Creating a large impression doesn’t require a large space: working with your residential design build firm, it’s possible to make the most of what you have to create the impression you want. Dramatic design is visually driven: the use of vertical lines, strategically placed windows, color and lighting work together.
If you’re of the calm and serene school of home design, you’ll want to concentrate on those areas of the home where you spend the most time. For many families, achieving calm, serene home design happens after storage needs have been addressed: having a place for everything and everything in its place can be the first step in making home a happier place to be.