Top architectural design trends of 2018

As the year comes to a close and we move into 2019, it’s helpful to look back and reflect on the top architectural design trends of 2018. Which trends took hold? Which trend predictions fell flat? Here are some of the biggest design trends we saw in 2018.

Eco-friendly design and materials
As consumers and homeowners are becoming more educated about environmental issues, there has been a massive shift towards eco-friendly design and materials. Homes are being constructed with a sustainability-first mentality, with lots of gardens and greenery built in as an essential part of the design. From the outside in, we’ve seen a number of architectural services being offered to homeowners to designing for optimum water filtration, energy usage, and so much more.

Also, designers looked to new, sustainable material types to design in line with the earth’s current supply of resources. Bamboo is a great example of a new material that’s gaining a lot of traction in the consumer space.

Increased focus on outdoor living
We have seen a steady rise in interest and implementation of outdoor kitchens and expanded patios in the last year or so. Even outdoor living rooms are becoming highly desired among homeowners. This trend will only continue to grow over the next few years, as outdoor kitchens and deluxe patios gain increased exposure among homeowners. This will also lead to increased desire for outdoor amenities, such as fire pits, smokers, pizza ovens, and more.

Designing for millennial needs
Millennials have presented a number of both challenges and innovation opportunities to architects everywhere. Millennials are highly empowered, and are leading the freelancer movement, which means there are more individuals than ever who are working from home and being their own bosses.

What this means for designers and architects is a renewed focus on the home office, or just the “home as office” concept, and creating a space that is highly functional and also conducive to productivity. Millennials encourage the use of the same space for more than one activity, so having a home that can adapt to a workspace is key.

So, smaller, multi-purpose spaces are highly desired by this generation. Rooms need to be able to serve multiple functions. And these spaces don’t need to be vast, as millennials have come to value quality over quantity when it comes to home ownership and occupation. Even furniture stores have adjusted to this trend by selling lines specifically designed for smaller, spaces, and functional “apartment living.”

Designing for local areas
Especially in highly rural areas, architects and designers are becoming more conscious of the surrounding environment, and doing their research to ensure that new construction fits in line with the current way of living and traditional techniques. All in all, this leads to more harmonious design between new construction and existing architecture.

These were some of the top architecture trends we saw in 2018, but none of these trends show any signs of slowing down. We expect these trends to continue to grow and iterate over the next several years: into 2019 and beyond.