Category: Home Furnishing


The home remodelling and design platform Houzz recently released its top 10 home-design-trend predictions for the new year. The site’s forecast, derived from conversations with industry experts as well as trends noticed among its 40 million monthly users, gives a glimpse of what we might soon see in our homes – and on our social media feeds.

1. More colour in kitchens

Although white will always be a classic colour for kitchen design, homeowners are shying away from bland hues and injecting rich colours, such as warm wood tones (eg, mahogany) and neutrals (eg, greys and blues), into the space to give it a warm, fresh and unique feel.

Social sites such as Instagram, Pinterest and Houzz have exposed homeowners to “what’s possible, what looks fun and what they can personalise themselves,” Parker said, and have encouraged them to be bigger risk-takers when it comes to colour.

2. Rich colours throughout the home

Warm greys paired with “camel, rust, tobacco [and] brown-blacks,” as well as earthy reds and yellows, are expected to edge out cooler neutrals in the coming year.

“These rich colours are not like the avocado green and mustard colours from the 1970s. They won’t date quickly,” Parker said. “They are rich, moody and work well in home environments where you want a soothing and diverse mix of colours and textures.”

3. No more white or stainless steel sinks

The modern Farmhouse style will continue to flourish in 2018 and spread to the bathroom. Parker predicts that there will be “more concrete, stone, copper and granite composite sinks in darker hues of grey, bronze or black”.

“As people set out to personalise their spaces, they are kind of bored with seeing a white sink all of the time,” Parker said. The rustic home decor trend is “waking people up to trying something new and different”.

It “harkens back to simpler times,” he said, “and that feeling of simplicity can be very calming in a home environment”.

4. Florals

The tropical palm print may have flooded your Instagram feeds over the past 12 months, but people aren’t yet tired of eye-catching, oversized graphic florals. Houzz expects even more interpretations of overscaled floral patterns, in high-contrast colours, in 2018.

5. Concrete accents

Step aside, white marble – it’s concrete’s time to steal the spotlight. “It’s a really affordable, high-impact design element,” Parker said.

Already used for floors and countertops, the versatile, accessible material is now being utilised in more interesting and unexpected ways, including in home accessories, such as pendant lighting and furniture.

“We’re seeing new uses [of it] on all kinds of hardscaping surfaces,” Parker added. “On anything you can think of, people are casting it.”

6. Vintage lighting

Vintage light fixtures, including sconces, lanterns, pendants and chandeliers, are making a comeback as crafty home do-it-yourselfers outfit retro fixtures with new technology.

“I find that vintage fixtures are often better-made than new fixtures, I prefer their patina, and I appreciate the distinctive, one-of-a-kind quality they add to rooms,” designer and NBC’s Today show style expert Elizabeth Mayhew wrote in The Washington Post. “Online shopping platforms such as 1stDibs, Etsy and One Kings Lane have made it easy to find everything from an early 20th-century French crystal chandelier to a Sixties Sputnik.”

7. Millwork feature walls and detailing

The ease and availability of millwork has helped increase its demand and popularity in the design world. “Before, if you wanted to find millwork or reclaimed wood, you really had to know where to go and find somebody who was good at working with it,” Parker said. “Now, you can DIY it, and put it right against the drywall behind your bed to create a feature wall.”

8. Trough or bucket sinks

Another sign the modern Farmhouse trend isn’t going anywhere soon: Houzz predicts that deep, wide and durable trough and bucket sinks will continue to be popular in 2018. Used commonly in busy laundry rooms and kids’ bathrooms, these long, narrow and low-maintenance sinks can help create a rustic aesthetic and maximise minimal space.

9. Wallpaper-like backsplash

Looking to refresh your kitchen or bathroom? Stay away from subway or hexagon tiles and instead consider contemporary tiles that look like wood, concrete, resin, fabric or even wallpaper.

10. Casual and calm modern bedrooms

Homeowners are running with the “less is more” notion in the master bedroom and opting for more modern and minimalist furnishings. Instead of bold and busy colours, soothing, neutral colour palettes are expected to reign supreme, along with soft fabrics and simple furniture pieces.

Accessorize your room with soft home furnishing tips this monsoon

The harsh weather of monsoon can sometimes be unkind to the materials used at home. That is why, we bring you four easy tips to accessorize your room in style.

Monsoon is the best season to decorate your home with bright colours blending with furniture, soft home textiles, flooring, lighting and deco arts. Soft home furnishings play a major role in jazzing up your abode so opt for the right trends.

The harsh weather of monsoon can sometimes be unkind to the materials used at home. That is why, we bring you four easy tips to accessorize your room in style.

1. Change the perspective of small rooms – For small rooms, it’s preferable to blend colors with whites to get a wider look. Also recommendable to use lightweight furniture, delicate décor so that it won’t overpower the room or dominate the space. We can play with the shades of coral, aqua, turquoise & pinks to make our living room jazzier.

2. Cotton bedsheet for complete comfy – Monsoon comes with humid weather, nothing can give a comfort other than a cotton bedsheet as it let the air pass and give a comfortable sleep. Cotton bedsheets also help in to absorb superfluous moisture.

3. Use cotton fabric accessories – With monsoons comes a dampness that can downgrade the mood of the room with odor. Using breathable cotton materials on accessories such as pillows, sheets, and curtains can help avoid the odor. Cotton, being highly absorbent, absorbs unwanted moisture but at the same time, it dries quickly. This makes it ideal for the damp conditions associated with the monsoon.

Tip: Materials like suede, which is very soft, should be avoided as it can easily be damaged by high levels of moisture.

4. Solid curtains would do the rest – Curtains also play a major role in home décor especially during the monsoon seasons sheer lightweight curtains will definitely give a delicate yet sophisticated look. Also, Sheer curtains do allow passing the cool breeze into your home.