When it comes to “healthy” New Year’s resolutions, most everyone dreams up something that involves their bodies. And while changing up your diet or exercise routine can be seriously empowering, what if in addition to committing to your sacred temple, this year, you also committed to, well, your other sacred temple (AKA: your home)?
With a few simple tweaks, you can transform your space from a place that you inhabit into a seriously positive, centering force in your life. From incorporating crystals in even chicer ways to finding means to bring the outdoors in, the health of your home can get a major boost in 2018.
Here, five designers break down the future they see for the here-and-now of your home and how it can shape up big time in the year ahead.
Keep scrolling to find out how interior designers see the health of your home shaping up in 2018.
Crystals in your furniture
Forget crystals on your nightstand—2018 is all about introducing crystals into your furniture and even your lighting. “One of the trends we’re seeing is that a lot of designers (across the board) are working with minerals in their furniture,” says Cristalline designer Elizabeth Kohn, who notes that she’s seen artists working with materials like pink jade, gypsum, pink onyx, pyrite and turquoise being integrated into beautiful pieces of furniture. “Why we love this so much is that you’re not limited to using a raw-mined stone or crystal in your home, you can incorporate crystals in your home in the most exquisite of ways, that are so functional,” she tells me. “It’s so inspiring to see these amazing artists design such beautiful pieces with crystals and minerals.”
Becoming one with nature
This year, expect to see more of the great outdoors coming inside. “In the future, there will be a greater interest in biophilia in residential environments,” explains Dan Kaplan, Senior Partner at FXFOWLE Architects. “Biophilia is a term that represents humans’ desire and tendency to connect with nature.” Kaplan notes that this can be difficult in urban environments (looking at you, NYC), but points to the city’s new apartment complex Circa Central Park as an example of making it work. “We incorporated a green courtyard, saturated the units with natural light and views oriented to the park, and used natural materials that made connections with the natural world,” he says. “Beyond giving shelter, residential buildings in the future will also accommodate the holistic (social, cultural and environmental) needs of urban dwellers.”
This is the year will bring major flower power to your home. “I love that floral prints are back in style,” says Homepolish designer Chloe Chudina. “Floral prints help soften a space and add a bit of femininity.” Her personal favorite is a floral accent chairs from Anthropologie, which can add a splash of a little somethin’ somethin’ to any environment. Best yet? It delivers a natural element to any room, helping you to feel better grounded and in sync with nature, helping to bring on the calm.
Calm, cool, and collected colors
Get ready to zen out with the help of your paint shades. “For 2018, I want to create spaces that imbue a sense of balance and harmony, which serve as nice antidotes to everyone’s fast-paced lives,” says Shawn Henderson, designer of Rock House in Turks and Caicos. “This can be accomplished keeping the color palettes of interiors very muted and using colors that are soft and calm. This balance and harmony can also be accomplished by capitalizing on the space’s natural surroundings and views.”
More consideration for the indoor environment
Finally, people are starting to realize that it’s what’s inside that really counts. “Given that we spend up to 90 percent of our time indoors, where the air quality can be up to five times worse than the outdoor air from things such as cooking, cleaning products, off-gassing furniture,” says Homepolish designer Pippa Lee, “I believe we will see a conscious shift towards healthy and considered home design, from the actual construction through to the furniture selections going into the space.” She notes that the way we design rooms will begin to lean toward more natural and organic design.
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