Zircon’s Eight Home Décor and Style Trends for 2018

With the arrival of a new year, we’re often looking for fresh starts, invigorated by resolutions, and prompting changes to signify the beginning of something new. We look inward and outward and one usually influences the other. Spring new life into your home (and mind) for the New Year with these design and style tips. Zircon’s surveyed all things 2018… from color to lighting to furnishings and style ideas. Be inspired by one or more of these eight décor and style trends and see what else it leads you to in 2018.

1) Go Bold

Rich, bold vibrant colors, such as Sherwin Williams’ Oceanside blue-green 2018 Color of the Year and Pantone’s Ultra Violet selection are on trend for 2018. Rich jewel tones are firing up walls and moldings and provide an intense backdrop to paintings and wall hangings. And don’t forget bold patterns. They appeal to chic yet casual trend setters. Big floral patterns in furnishings and geometric patterns on wallpaper showcase this style.

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2) Mixed Metal

Mix metals, textures, and sheen throughout the home – from curtain hardware to kitchen cabinetry, plumbing fixtures, and lighting. Think diverse finishes ranging from nickel to brass to bronze. These materials provide a modern finishing accent to a room rather than only having one metal finish as noted by Christine Markatos Design.

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3) Tile Twist

Larger format tile or slab sized porcelain sheets will be all the rage, according to House Beautiful. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, but larger tile is easier to install, maintain and requires less grout. Patterned flooring, such as the herringbone style is also a strong contender for 2018.

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4) Closet Friendly

Closets are not only a personal space for changing and organizing, but often serve as staging areas to showcase new looks to share across Instagram, Pinterest, and other social networks. For the busy professional, it’s important to incorporate areas for those who need to carry their workspace with them. As mentioned by Lisa Adams of LA Closet Design, beautifully designed closets must be functional too, bringing an entirely new view to form, fit, and function.

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5) Leisure-Work Spaces

As communal work spaces become more commonplace, the need to integrate work with a free-style living approach is more important than ever. Rather than a strict focus on functionality or even aesthetics, focus living spaces on experiences. Incorporate elements of hospitality and restaurant style into homes, offices, and retail. A casual, open space concept will grow in popularity and be reflected in furniture, surfaces, and design with tactile fabrics, such as velvet. Natural light and greenery are also lending themselves into the work space.

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6) Spa Bathrooms

Mix fantasy with reality with a resort-style spa bathroom. A touch of luxury, from a spa water bath tucked into the corner of the bathroom to a rainwater shower, and you’ll truly create an escape from reality.

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7) Waste Not, Want Not

From recycled and upcycled materials, a trend that emerged in 2017 that will continue onward – materials with a purpose. Create leather alternatives from pineapple leaves or interior tiles made from corn husk. Integrate designs with the environment and society in mind, and make strides towards style and functionality.

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8) Lighting the Way

Organic and eco-friendly are reasons to replace traditional lighting with LEDs. Combine overhead lighting with lamps of different sizes and shapes. Accentuate light on the focal point of the room, from furniture pieces to be highlighted, wall hangings to be accented, or to cozy a room corner.

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Helpful Hints

Whatever décor ideas you choose, ensure you use caution and keep safety first. When hanging items to the wall or ceiling, you always want to securely fasten them to a wall stud or ceiling joist. A basic stud finder, like the Zircon® StudSensor™ e50, can eliminate the guesswork involved when hanging pictures and shelves or securing heavy bookcases or furniture to the wall while also alerting you to the presence of live, unshielded electrical wiring.

After you’ve located a wall’s studs, hanging items can be simple. Try these tips:

  • If you’re hanging shelves, consider tracing a template on cardboard and taping it on the wall. Then use the template to gauge bracket placement.
  • If you’re hanging a picture, place small, adhesive-backed rubber feet on its back corners. The feet will grip the wall and help keep the picture level.

Have some décor tips you think will be hot this year?  Share your ideas and photos with us on Facebook. Tweet home décor and DIY ideas using #decortrends or @zircontools. For more décor ideas, visit www.zircon.com or read more blogs here.

References:

https://deringhall.com/daily-features/contributors/dering-hall/interior-design-trends-that-will-dominate-2018?slide=3

http://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/trends/g14486069/kitchen-trends-2018/

http://www.housebeautiful.com/design-inspiration/g13938283/2018-decor-trends/?slide=12

http://www.interiordesign.net/articles/14318-5-design-trends-that-will-dominate-in-2018/

https://www.mansionglobal.com/stories/83874/year-ahead-2018-top-design-trends/index.html

https://mykukun.com/interior-design-trends-2018/

https://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/hottest-interior-design-decor-trends-2018/?is_wp_site=1&cid=sem_google_dsaadvice_desktop&medium=tsa&ds_kid=39700028729867708&gclid=Cj0KCQiA1afSBRD2ARIsAEvBsNlym1qoCgc95-Djl3AmprTJXvhkRRcU9owaJzjgzgR5dK5naO6cBSIaAjoQEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

Living Large in a Small Space, Part V

Whether you’re a college student living in the dorms or a boomer considering downsizing to a smaller dwelling, the need for a functional yet minimal living space is ever more important. The small space movement, fortunately, is catching on. Here are three keys to living large in a small space.

Dividing Spaces

For a dorm room, a viable option might be to divide the room into two sides or to choose bunk beds which provide more communal space.

Curtains, screens, and book shelves are optimal ways to either divide a room between roommates or to section off sleeping and living areas. A creative dorm room idea is a hanging garden room divider made from a curtain and faux flowers. A raised floor can also subtly divide sleeping and living areas; this is a common practice used by many all-suite hotels and, guess what, it works.

Furniture is often limited to a bed, desk, and closet area. Personalizing your desk and walls with pictures and momentos adds customization to the small space.

Go Vertical

When space is tight, go vertical.  Use your wall space and your air space economically.  Express and organize yourself in the choices you make for shelving and storage bins to arrange books, decorative items, and belongings. In addition to traditional shelving, there are a wide variety of floating shelves on the market, especially for small spaces and corners.  For imaginative ideas, take a few minutes and visit Pinterest’s listing of floating shelves. These shelves creatively display and organize your items.

Other ways to optimize vertically include mounting your flat screen TV on a wall, suspending your bike from the ceiling, or even hanging dining or folding chairs on a wall. To create the illusion of more space, the addition of a large mirror on a wall does the trick. Just make sure to securely fasten shelves, mirrors, and other heavy objects, anchor them into a wall stud by using a stud finder, such as the Zircon MultiScanner® i520 OneStep®.

Multipurpose Functionality

When downsizing to a smaller living space, the reduced square footage limits floor and storage space and infringes on privacy. For tiny apartment dwellers, the Murphy bed is a viable option as is the Domino Loft System.  It has a sleeping area, work area, room for storage and a guest room (a Murphy bed), all built into one unit.

A smaller space may not necessarily require smaller furniture –  an improved furniture arrangement and an eye for functionality can be the solution.  The nooks and crannies that are often overlooked in a larger home now become valuable real estate for functional furniture or storage.  Furniture can also be repurposed.  A dresser can be transformed into a TV stand in the living room and, in addition to holding dishes and serving platters, a sideboard can serve a dual role as a food pantry.

What ways have you creatively solved your small space challenges? Share your ideas and photos with us on Facebook. Tweet home décor and DIY ideas using #decortrends or @zircontools. For more small space living ideas, visit www.zircon.com or read more blogs here.

References:

https://makespace.com/blog/posts/create-personal-space/

http://www.mydomaine.com/small-apartment-decorating-tips

http://www.zircon.com/tools/multiscanner-i520-onestep/

https://makespace.com/blog/posts/domino-loft-system/

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/ideas/201611_idde01a/

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/ideas/201744_idde03a/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/a-design-bloggers-rental-advice-for-small-space-dwellers/2015/10/19/4ae55be8-7377-11e5-8248-98e0f5a2e830_story.html

Living in a Small Space, Part IV

3 Inexpensive Tips to Maximize Tight Spaces

Fall is an excellent time to think about reorganizing and making the most out of your space. With college students settling into their dorm rooms and the current downsizing trend, how can you organize your limited space to be as functional as possible? In what way can a smaller space also reflect your individual personality? The enlightening part about the small space movement is the opportunity for new innovations to propel college students and others to think about repurposing, reusing, or limiting their space usage without sacrificing a proper place to work, study, relax, and entertain.

One such example is the cube that dates back to the 1950s. This versatile piece functions as both a storage unit as well as a seat. The cube continues its reinvention and has even spawned an entire cube industry that blends functionality with whimsical creativity.

Today, cubular storage and furniture solutions are available in abundant materials, sizes, colors and modular configurations, with or without fabric drawers, baskets, or doors.  Students can select a mobile or stationary design, attach their cube to floors or/walls as well as use cubes in a closet or living spaces.

Please note these helpful hints:

1) Jorgenson Lockers has a few different storage options, such as The Modular Box LockerJorgensen Locker M-Cube that is just one of their locker alternatives for dorm residents who may not want to share absolutely everything with their roommate or the rest of the dorm. The lockers are modular and multiple units can be attached. Available in 21 colors, the M-Cube is an ideal choice for storing valuables, as it comfortably fits most laptops. Box Shelf Lockers

2) With small living space, it’s important to utilize every inch of space and hooks are “bite-sized” staples that amplify decorating options while adding functionality. Why use valuable drawer space if you have a nook or cranny that could accommodate a column of functional buckets? Don’t forget that the back of a door is also prime real estate in a small space living arrangement. Hooks can help you add style or functionality to your personal space.

MultiScanner i520

MultiScanner i520

3) When affixing any heavy object to the wall, ensure that you securely anchor it to a stud. The Zircon MultiScanner® i520 will do the trick for you simply and easily. It locates the edges and center of wood and metal studs and joists behind walls, floors, and ceilings – get back to the job of decorating before you know it.

By using a cube or hook, any dorm room or limited space can be enhanced and reflect the individual’s personal flair.

For other insightful DIY tips, please visit Tom Siebenthal’s popular blog series, including his latest, Our One-of-a-Kind Mouse Trap Grows Each Day, follow us @zircontools, like us on Facebook, or visit zircon.com.

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References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milk_crate

http://www.schoollockers.com/modular-box-locker.html

jorgensonlocker.com