Trends for Luxury Hill Country Homes in 2018

The folks at businessinsider.com recently reported on trends that Houzz.com is projecting will be big in 2018. Here’s a summary of some of the trends that you might see emerging in luxury Hill Country homes this year.

Bathroom Trends

  • Houzz is expecting to see an increase in the popularity of “trough” or “bucket” sinks for smaller bathrooms, powder rooms, bathrooms shared by children, and also in laundry rooms. These sinks tend to be wider and deeper than the sinks we’ve been accustomed to seeing in such rooms.
  • There also seems to be an upswing in the popularity of using concrete for decorative accents in bathrooms.
  • When it comes to master baths, décor site Pinterest notes the steady interest in “Spa-like” bathrooms. While the old Jacuzzi-style tubs may have been thrown out with the bathwater, homeowners still like the feel of a spa—with large, doorless showers, steam showers, and elegant soaking tubs (often with a view).

Kitchen Trends

  • Expect to see more color in kitchens in 2018. Many people are looking for ways to warm up their kitchens with the increased use of color. One of the ways this is being accomplished is by having cabinets in contrasting/complementary colors. So you might see white cabinets above the countertops and a darker colored cabinet below the counter.
  • Another change is that some homeowners are opting for “wallpaper-like” tile backsplashes. These backsplashes deliver the visual texture and interest associated with wallpaper while remaining more resistant to staining and other damage than conventional wallpaper.
  • It might be time to think about the sink. It’s possible that white and stainless steel sinks may become a thing of the past. The prognosticators at Houzz are expecting stone, copper, concrete, and granite sinks to become popular in the coming year.
  • Take a look at your lights. The experts at Houzz are also projecting that there will be a significant uptick in the use of vintage style lighting fixtures (think in terms of fixtures such as aged copper pendant lights).

Color Trends

  • Every year brings projections from designers (and paint manufacturers) about what the new hot colors will be for the coming year. The color experts from Pantone have trumpeted their “2019 Color” as “Ultra Violet” (although that’s probably not the color to choose for your new kitchen cabinets!).
  • The color professionals from Sherwin-Williamsare predicting that three color palettes (Affinity, Connectivity, and Sincerity) will dominate the color scene in 2018. And according to House Beautiful, the paint experts at Glidden Paint favor their darker hue, (Black Flame PPG1043-7) as the new “it” shade. There’s always disagreement about which colors will be the “hottest.” One thing Houzz notes, however, is that homeowners will be more attentive to using richer colors throughout the home to tie everything together.

Of course, what’s most important is that you feel comfortable in your home regardless of whether you’re following the latest trends or not. The key to ensuring that this happens is working with your builder and designer early in the process so that everyone is on the same page when it comes to the features that are most important to you in your new home. By the way, here are a couple of free, downloadable eBooks that can help prepare you for those meetings with your builder and designer.







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