Today's post is courtesy of our Buckinghamshire based member, Vickie Nickolls, aka. Interior Therapy. Over to you Vickie.....
This month saw the opening of Houzz of 2018, situated in London’s Soho. A 5-storey townhouse divided into 5 rooms. A Living Room, Kitchen, Master Bedroom, Bathroom and Children’s Bedroom. Each room was designed with a fictitious family in mind and featured current trends and inspiring products and bearing in mind Houzz most popular searches an images.
The theme for the living room was a relaxed 1970,s lounge vibe. The burnt orange velvet sofa, with rattan base screamed 1970s working amazingly against the inky dark wall behind.
A clever use of antique mirrors created interest as did the huge bone china pendant light by Original BTC. To compliment the look a large houseplant was added, proving that botanicals are still a huge trend.
With an eclectic mix of materials and textures again this room had a relaxed and modern feel, definitely giving me inspiration for future projects.
Frequent searches on Houzz for 2017 was “ Dark Kitchens” with colours such as dark blue, grey, black and towards the end of 2017 and into 2018, dark green becoming more in demand.
Shaker styles also, being high on the list of demand and search terms. The kitchen in the Houzz House was a deep, matte grey, shaker style of course. Here used with a contrasting herringbone marble tiles as the back splash with an ice white worktop to add a stark monochromatic contrast.
I liked the use of the open shelving, but felt a little underwhelmed by this kitchen, there was nothing that was WOW and expected to see maybe more of a future trend emerging and not an existing one.
Bedrooms are vastly becoming high up on the priority list for renovation with 42% of new homeowners choosing to re-do their bedrooms above kitchens and living rooms.
The design aesthetic for this room was a mix of Japanese and Scandi (often referred to as Japandi) where modern rustic minimalism meets elegance. The vast use of textures, layered up gave this space a welcoming and lived in feel, making you want to jump straight into the bed.
Dulux Colour Of The Year “ Heart Wood ” (read more about that here) was used on the walls with luxurious floor to ceiling light curtains, creating a relaxing and soothing room.
With “ Spa like Feel “ and “ larger walk in showers “ being high on the demand list for bathrooms, this bathroom ticked all of the boxes. It had a Luxe feel with a slight masculine edge; the use of a rustic wood for the sink unit created warmth and texture and worked well against the large scale marble wall tiles.
I loved how the use of black honed tiles created a contrast against the marble and added a feature back splash. With matte black hardware being a firm favourite of mine I was pleased to see this used added a perfect contrast against the marble.
Maybe it’s a trend here to stay!? Natural elements such as baskets, and wood side tables added to the warmth. The sheer voile curtains let enough light in to keep this personality filled room light fresh and open. All in all, I thought this was the best room in the house.
Children’s bedrooms are becoming more stylish and imaginative than ever before. Being as seen as important as our own bedrooms, and incorporating storage solutions to create stylish but functional rooms.
Children's rooms allow you to be more creative, bold, daring with a design and themes have moved on from the classic “ Pink Girly” or “Football Boy” rooms. Searches for kid's bedroom inspiration on Houzz show more gender neutral themes such as “ Animals “ or “ Nature “ being top of the list.
The Houzz of 2018 children's room had a perfect mixture of soft blush pinks mixed with warmer shades of lilac. Accents of black being used to create sharp geometric lines, with interest coming from graphic wallpapers and textures through soft furnishings.
In the corner hung a large feature cluster light creating a perfect zone for reading. The overall space was relaxing, practical and fun.
You can purchase all items featured in the house online at Houzz, and due to popular demand the house will be open for a while longer, so pop in and take a browse!
So what are your thoughts for the emerging trends for 2018? Do you have a favourite room from the tour? And has anyone else visited the Houzz house yet? If so, let us know your thoughts in the comments below....