New York apartments are always being redesigned and the new year is usually the most popular time for it. Last year saw some new design trends pick up speed which can be only expected to continue. The changes aren’t just in aesthetics, 2018 is supposed to be the year when Smart Houses start to go mainstream. They’ve already proven their incredible functionality and ease of use; now it’s time for them to move into the mass market as well.

Having combed through all the opinions and predictions people have for the coming year in home design here is our list.

1. Rich colors throughout the home

It’s expected that richer more vibrant colors will replace the cooler neutral ones of last year. Think rust, brown-blacks and earthy reds. These types of colors don’t date quickly and give the home a warmer feeling.

2. Smart Technology

Smart technology is fast becoming mainstream in many homes. Innovations now allow you to take your home into the 21st century in a way that seemed like science fiction just a few years ago. Smart lighting allows you to automate your lighting to save energy and dim lights automatically as natural light in the home shifts throughout the day.

Voice assistants like the Amazon Alexa and Google Home allow you to control every part of your homes such as lighting, heating, and security to give you every assistance possible. Expect to see a lot more of this in the coming year with innovations just around the corner.

3. No more white or stainless steel sinks

The standard metal or white stone sink has been slowly going out of fashion for the last year, and that can be expected only to increase. This more rustic look adds a bit of personality to your home making it more unique. Expect to see more stone, copper or granite sinks in darker hues of gray, bronze and black.

4. Concrete Accents

A more affordable option is now starting to replace marble. This versatile material is now being used in more imaginative ways than just the flooring or countertops such as pendant lighting and furniture.

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5. Simple shapes and metal furniture

Simplicity in itself is becoming a hot trend with more homeowners looking for ways to create a cleaner and more elegant interior design. High-tech styles and retro-modern designs are becoming more common with metal furniture taking center stage. When combined with wood and soft upholstery fabrics it adds a sense of modernity and luxury to a home.

6. Custom carpentry and wood crafts

Unique wood designs allow you to personalize your home in any way you desire. This can go from large projects like custom room designs to simple home accessories. It’s more eco-friendly and can be a fun pet project to work on. How and what you do is limited only by your imagination.

7. Vintage lighting

Not everyone is into the modern home design. Vintage lighting fixtures such as lanterns, pendants, and chandlers are making a comeback in many new homes, often incorporated with smart technology. They offer a one-of-a-kind quality that you won’t find with any new fixtures and add a sense of style to a room.

8. Millwork feature walls

Previously, if you wanted millwork or reclaimed wood, you had to find someone who knew how to work with it. Nowadays you can easily DIY it against drywall with minimum experience. The ease and availability of millwork have led to increased demand and popularity over the year with that set to continue.

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