5 Luxury Home Trends to Look for in 2018

5 Luxury Home Trends to Look for in 2018

The new year has come and gone – but what trends are staying, and which are we leaving behind? 2018 will prove a year of infinite possibilities, both in life, business, and personal passions. So, what here to stay?

MIXED METALS offer texture, tone, dimension, and the subtle sheen of light refraction. Why are mixed metals totally hot? They can offer a warm or cooling effect, and keep you home sleek, modern, and ultra-trendy.

BOLD COLORS on doors, gates, and kitchen cabinets can add an extra layer of flair. Add drama or brighten and cheer up your home with statement colors – and don’t stop there. Some designers are suggesting

NATURAL WOOD is still in! Which we’re glad to hear, of course. Natural, woodland beauty opens spaces, adding light and texture to what may otherwise be a dull or cold area. Designers suggest adding layers of wood tones, starting with a warm, light wood, with medium-tone or darker-toned accents to refresh and add depth.

SMART UPGRADES will continue to thrive, especially with technology like Amazon and Nest products continuing to make waves in the industry. Other areas of ultra-advanced areas include kitchen appliances, hands-free faucets, and outdoorsy auto-maintenance.

GO GREEN and become obsessed with indoor plants – even easy-to-keep ones, like succulents, can add an extra and natural layer to your home décor. Multi-colored and textured plants can bring colors into your home, and even add to the room’s existing color palette – and there are many directions you can go in!

We can definitely say that luxury trends will continue to thrive in the new year, including things like spa-inspired bathrooms and designer accents, but that isn’t all. An old, Japanese tradition, known as wabi-sabi, will growth right alongside.

The Japanese worldview that celebrates imperfection is expected to be hot in the home décor space in the coming year.

Wabi-sabi is an elegant, yet sparse design emphasizing each home’s imperfections. This ideal emphasized keeping your home real, authentic, and recognizing it doesn’t always have to be “showroom-ready.”

So, what trends are we leaving behind? Well, we don’t like to dwell on the negative, so we’ll leave a link below about trends staying in the previous year.

A new year inevitably ushers in new styles in interior design, and that means that we’re leaving certain trends in the past. To keep your home looking timeless in the new year, we’re sharing our predictions for the interior design trends that are “out” in 2018. Check out the entire article here.


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Autumn 2017 Home Color Trends

Autumn 2017 Home Color Trends

As the weather cools down, here’s what is still hot in the Pacific Northwest…

 Neutral Walls, Floors & Cabinets

 White exteriors, walls and trim continue to be popular, while we’re seeing light grey floors and painted grey or white kitchen cabinets replace the old dark cherry standards.

Jewel Toned Accents

such as the jewel tones in Pantone’s Fall 2017 palette–are trending for accents like statement chairs, oversized throw pillows, rugs, and art.

Gold and Metallic Accents

accents are prominent in light fixtures, cabinetry hardware, lamps, tables, accessories, and even fabrics!


are trending based on the Scandinavian “lagom” concept–finding a simple, functional and harmonious balance that is neither cluttered nor clinical.

Houzz Story: Stacked Stone Veneer Inside the Home

Among the top projects in the Seattle area for estimated return on investment, stone veneer currently comes in second. Stone veneer takes a classic look and makes it more affordable for a wider range of remodeling budgets. It comes in so many different looks and textures, there is something for every architectural style and interior design outlook!

This Houzz story slideshow shows varying applications for stacked stone veneer, both inside and out. Included in the slideshow are two rooms from a Lake Washington home using stacked stone veneer for texture, drama and warmth. The first image features a living area fireplace surround, and the second is dual vanity bathroom. The look of the chosen stone veneer fits the home’s modern design, the veneer coloring is coordinated with other features both rooms, and it looks stunning in our regional natural light.

Pan through the slideshow to see other ways stacked stone can be utilized in a home remodel.

Get The Scoop On 5 Decor Trends To Try & 5 To Rethink

Yanic Simard, of the award winning Toronto Interior Design Group, shares 5 decor trend to try and 5 to rethink in this Houzz slideshow.

Let’s break down Simard’s do and don’t lists:

Try It – You Might Like It!

1. Patterns With Patterns
2. Brass
3. Oversized Pendants
4. Color Blocked Walls
5. Oversized Art

Maybe Call It A Day…

1. Ombre’
2. Copper
3. Colored Fixtures
4. Bidets (and Other Fancy Fixtures)
5. Message Art

I have to admit I was surprised that brass is making a return after being so overused during the 1980s and 1990s. The recommendation is to try brushed brass, which is more subtle and less orange but still a warm metal. Simard gives quite similar advice about the use of copper as he does with brass – use it sparingly and in something that is easily replaceable if you grow tired of it.

Regarding mixing patterns with patterns Simard states, “While layering patterns might feel like an emerging trend in 2016, it’s something that has always worked, and will continue to do so.” He suggests using distinctly different patterns to if you have concerns about clashing. I love, love rooms where there’s an interesting mix of patterns. What are your thoughts?

And is it just me that is seeing oversized pendant lighting everywhere? Love, love, love this trend, but I do wonder if it will get tired looking too quickly. Or do these fixtures have enough classic details to have notable staying power?

Is there a trend in the list to rethink that you totally adore? Or do you agree with Simard’s take on these interior design looks? Please share your opinions in the comment section – I’d love to hear more about your thoughts on these looks for the home.

Interior Trends: What’s Next

New trends in home interiors are already starting to emerge for the coming new year! Classics from previous years are still keeping up, but marbleized fabrics and deco touches are just a couple of the themes that are coming into the arena in the new season. Check them out!

1. Marbleized Art and Fabrics- Beautiful pieces, both furniture and visual art, with marbleized finishes are popping up in a variety of colors.

2. Art Deco Inspiration- Deco inspired rooms and individual pieces are gorgeous in moderation. Focus on a single element to blend it into existing furniture and color in your home.

3. Natural Materials- My personal favorite trend for this year is integrating natural elements into the home, such as rough woods, delicate succulent displays and raw fibers. Unique applications of house plants and moss on walls and steps are great ways to start.

4. Blue is the New Black- Hues of Navy Blue and dark Slate Grey were always present before, but are now more popular and available.


Mercer Island Spotlight: Six Walls

Welcome to our first Mercer Island Spotlight featuring a local island business. Watch for this Spotlight on a monthly basis to learn a little more about the local businesses which contribute to the charm and uniqueness of the Mercer Island Community.

Nestled next to the Leasing Center and Resident Clubhouse of 77 Central Apartments is Six Walls’ flagship studio. Visitors entering the cozy storefront are treated to small vignettes of interior design examples, created with Six Walls’ retail goods. Almost directly across from the front door are Devine Color paint wheels, enticing one and all to come closer and investigate. And investigate is what the designers encourage visitors to do, with the help of an impressive array of samples right in the studio to touch, examine and coordinate to see how materials work together.

Dawn Wilkinson, Design Maven and owner of Six Walls, is warm and friendly. In fact, Wilkinson shines with excitement when she discusses design. She brought up their guiding principal at Six Walls several time during our discussion– specifically how their designers strive take the anxiety out of the design process. In fact, the company tag line, “Taking the Intimidation Out of Interior Design,” graces the front door. Creating a more approachable interior design process is the product of relationship development between the designers and their clients. Wilkinson shared that by offering short consultation services, like 1 hour color consults, they are able to earn people’s trust first through the happy completion of a smaller project. In turn, by “building relationships with people at a foundational level,” Wilkinson and her design team are able to nurture client relationships which results in return business for larger projects.

Why Mercer Island? When asked about their continued presence in the island’s downtown core, Wilkinson shared a story about a series of meetings she attended prior to opening Six Walls—these meetings were located at a Starbucks here on the island. The small town feel of Mercer Island, coupled with the convenient location between the more densely populated Seattle and Bellevue/Eastside communities, was appealing. Wilkinson noticed how island residents frequented island businesses and how everyone seemed to know each other. She thought these community attributes would help Six Walls grow, and her hunch was correct. Since opening their first studio in Tabit Village Square back in 2004, Six Walls has not only been a well-regarded presence in Downtown Mercer Island, they’ve built a service radius that stretches as far south as Palm Springs and as for east as Idaho.

When asked about classic design trends, Wilkinson brought up how people are seeking to define their living spaces more personally. Part of this trend is reflected in the growing popularity of repurposing furniture, whether it’s reupholstering that favorite, comfy chair bought during college to the resurfacing of a family heirloom piece to give it new life. One tool Six Walls uses for repurposing furniture are fabric samples which fill a ten foot wall in the studio. People can come into Six Walls to look at the samples, check out books and order memo samples before ordering fabric. Longevity is another classic design trend Wilkinson is seeing—with today’s economic conditions, people are navigating toward materials that wear well and will be durable for the long haul. Another local trend is to seek out locally sourced materials for design projects. She said clients do ask where materials for a remodel will come from and they discuss using items produced locally.

“A wise woman once told me there is no taupe in the rainbow,” Wilkinson shared when asked about neutrals. That wise woman was the founder of Devine Color, Gretchen Schauffler. Devine Color is the paint line Six Walls carries. Because each color, even neutrals like white, beige, taupe and gray, possess undertones that are part of the rainbow, she brought my question back to her company’s goal to build relationships. To pick out the right color, even neutrals, the designer needs to see the space, examine the light—both natural and from lighting—and honor the client’s personal taste, before suggesting the best neutrals for a room. An interesting side note: Devine Color has the only handmade artist’s palette in the paint industry. Devine Color paint cards—which are really paint on specialty paper, not a digital representation of the paint—and ¼ cup paint pouches for painting a small swatch on a wall are both available for purchase at Six Walls. These tools helps clients see what the color will really look like in their space before committing to it on the wall.

Another tool in their healthy tool box at Six Walls are the two computer programs their designers use when building a design project. The first program, mainly used with their clients, is called Sketch-Up. It allows the designer to add material appearances to a 3-D room design, to scale, so clients can see how the project will finish out before spending money on materials. Wilkinson discussed how helpful Sketch-Up is in walking their clients through how a room will look dimensionally, and how the material textures and colors will play off of each other. Also, the popularity of channels like HGTV may set someone up for an unrealistic expectation of the remodel process, because only the before, after and carefully chosen highlights are shown during 30 minute time slots. The designers use Sketch-Up in conjunction with books they have on hand to demonstrate to their clients the not-so-pretty moments during a remodel, and prepare them for the reality of the mess and disruption which are part of creating their stunning final project. CAD is the second computer program used at Six Walls, for communicating design ideas with architects and other contractors. These tools help build trust and give their clients confidence that the finished job will look and feel how it was intended to.

Because so many people embrace the DIY culture, the interview wouldn’t be complete without asking about some easy, low-cost tips for making over a room. Wilkinson replied without missing a beat– she described tweaking furniture placement in a room, or even moving a piece from one room to another, can evoke a more positive feeling in a room and give it renewed energy. She also mentioned freshening up a home’s entry. By adding a new, fun welcome mat and painting the front door, the home receives a quick facelift that gives so much for a small outlay of money. Add in some new pots filled with vibrant flowers, and you’re revitalizing your entry way! Wilkinson describes this spring’s hot colors like this: “Especially here in the Northwest, those brilliant punches of color are just like that Vitamin D shot in the arm we need.”

Where can you connect with Six Walls, besides their flagship studio on 77th Ave SE? They have a Facebook page and a Twitter feed, where they announce upcoming events, share news and design information. They have one project that is part of the NKBA Great Kitchen and Bath Tour May 19th and 20th; in fact, Wilkinson and Six Walls designer Emily Doden are co-chairs of the show this year. Every fall, they pair up with a Mercer Island based clothing line rep. for a fashion show event. Definitely check out their Facebook page, and visit it often for the latest scoop.

Wilkinson mentioned that this spring people are definitely less afraid of color. Six Walls has several of those “brilliant punches of color,” sprinkled throughout their retail space. And currently Six Walls is hosting a clearance sale, along with 40% off in-store merchandise, until April 26th. Stop by, take a look—maybe an accent piece in one of spring’s hot colors, or something metallic, will catch your eye. They are making room because, as designers, they are always tweaking things and are getting ready to remodel their flagship studio. Everyone at Six Walls is eager to unveil the new, redesigned space to you. Stay tuned for details!

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