4 Trends in Eco-Friendly Home Design for 2018
By Lana Hawkins
Home design will be nature-inspired in 2018, emphasizing natural materials, organic décor and eco-friendliness. Eco-friendly designs have become a trend that will never go out of style, with more and more designers finding new ideas and ways to make homes greener and healthier. The year 2018 is bringing even greener trends that will quickly gain a timeless value.
1. Abundance of greenery
From gardens and potted plants to walls and roofs, there’s no part of a home that has no place for greenery. No longer will homeowners be deprived of their on natural oases just because they lack an outdoor space. In 2018, they will have an opportunity to welcome nature into and onto their homes. While houseplants will add a splash of energising green to home interior, green roofs and walls will both embellish and insulate homes. Such lovely additions will keep houses in 2018 warm and healthy, improving their thermal performance and increasing air quality. Homeowners are encouraged to implement greenery in every possible way, from private gardens to small oases on their balconies. Vertical gardens are one of the most popular recent trends that can give a home a stunning visual appeal, as well as boost its eco-friendliness.
2. Nature-inspired interior design
The eco-friendliness of a home will also be reflected in its nature-oriented design. Home décor will embrace earthy tones, natural wood in every hue and organic textiles, trying to introduce a sense of natural tranquillity to living spaces. Natural wood finishes will be used for furniture and decorations, while porcelain tile, another eco-friendly option, will embrace a wood-like design. Not only will this give home a natural vibe, but it will also add to its coziness. Faux furs will decorate comfortable lounges, while mixed organic materials will create a deep, layered look. Furniture will focus on soft materials and natural lines, embracing a nature-inspired design. Combined with recycled, artisanal and handcrafted decorations, such a design will truly have a natural appeal.
3. An open, airy design
Over the recent years, designers and homeowners have been focusing on maximising the amount of natural light in their homes. Not only does this create an atmosphere of openness that can make space seem larger, but it also provides residents with all the benefits of natural light. While large windows and skylights will continue to be popular, 2018 will also bring other design solutions. Open-floor plans with high ceilings will allow sunlight to permeate every corner, creating an airy ambiance. Homeowners can also opt for pitched roofs with exposed trusses to create an illusion of spaciousness in their homes and add to their airiness. In addition, such a design will contribute to the eco-friendliness of a home by reducing the need for artificial lighting, as well as air-conditioning since this design will release stale air. Paired up with exposed beams, this design trend will truly add to the general appeal of a home.
4. Responsible sourcing and natural materials
Eco-friendliness is all about sustainability when it comes to materials used in home design. Building materials and other products should be healthy and free of pollutants, such as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
Recycled materials will have a wide application in 2018, focusing on the repurposing of old materials and salvaged wood. For example, one of the materials coming from the design scene in Milan was made from the recycled textiles used for the fashion purposes. Reclaimed wood is appreciated for the story behind it, as well as for the authentic look that it brings to homes in 2018.
Bamboo is yet another eco-friendly option that will be used in home design. Not only is it more sustainable than wood, but it also has a chic appeal that can elevate interior design. Cork is also on the list of popular, sustainable materials in 2018. This eco-friendly material can be implemented in a variety of ways, including for floors, walls, and furniture. Finally, dark wood will be one of the most stylish material options that can give a home an organic flair. Homeowners can accentuate the beauty of their natural materials by accentuating them with lighting.
Eco-friendliness in 2018 is bringing a world of green inspiration and ideas that will add to both the visual appeal and sustainability of a home.