Hello dear readers! I hope you all had an amazing week and Easter Weekend. With the holidays behind us, there is a new excitement on the horizon. The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, and lots of rain forecasted in the next couple of weeks . This can only mean one thing: Spring is around the corner! I don’t know about you, but spring gives me the feeling that I get the chance to add new beauty and life into my life, décor, wardrobe – you name it.  One of my favourite things to do is to switch out my décor and design in my home.

As I begin to work on more projects, I couldn’t help but wonder what trends would dominate in 2018 Design. As I researched and put together my design mood boards, here is what I found:

Matte Black Finishes

We are seeing matte black finishes taking spotlight in kitchen and bathroom renovations, and love it for so many reasons. Black hardware, faucets, and fixtures complement neutral and natural spaces. It is classic,  rich, and adds instant sophistication to any space. Even though it is fairly modern, it also works well in transitional spaces. Because black is a classic color, it is here to stay and we will continue to see it emerge in spaces other than the kitchen and bathroom. Just in case you are not convinced; take a look at a few photos that are going to inspire you in your design builds:

Innovative Tile Design

The use of subway tile backsplash both in the kitchen and bathroom has been a popular choice for some time as it has a  classic vintage vibe  and is versatile in most spaces.  However, some argue because it is safe it has paved the way to daring and bold tile work that we are seeing being incorporated in tile design. There is an increasing popularity in using terracotta tile (either raw or glazed) handmade tile, patterned textured tile, as well as marble mosaics with feminine eye catching embellishments. Don’t believe me? The designs below  will be sure to catch your eye and have you evaluating your kitchen and bathroom reno:

Concrete Accents

This is a trend that we continue to see being used as a popular material choice in countertops, backsplash, flooring, and accent walls. It adds a subtle yet sophisticated and edgy finish to interiors. It is also easy to maintain, adds texture, versatility, and works well in open concept spaces. Paired with rustic finished wood aesthetics and matte black hardware, it is sure to add an industrial edge to your space. Did I also mention that it is an affordable alternative?

Modish Lighting

Lighting is an important aspect of your home design. It sets the tone and mood and can change from room to room. While preferences vary, it important to note that lighting design should reflect function and feel for each space. Some of the trends we are seeing are clean lines with modern lighting, mid-century mod lighting, use of vintage Edison bulbs, as well as retro industrial styles. Take a look at some of the lighting design options that have captured our hearts:


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