Three design trends setting the agenda this summer

“The big design trends dominating the market show no signs of slowing down”

 The hottest trends in the home design space are likely to keep going strong throughout the rest of the year, and they’re an important area of study for anyone working in the industry. If your customers are looking for tips as to what’s hot in home design in 2018, you could do far worse than to discuss these three pointers:

Strong, earthy, mixed materials

Timber is increasingly being seen as the most sustainable material in construction, and trends towards environmentalism make it popular for that very reason. But timber alone is not what’s driving design at the moment: the market is showing a strong inclination towards mixed materials. That means a variety of timbers being used for flooring, furniture, and framing, used in conjunction with other natural resources like stone and marble.

Personalised handles

Joinery is evolving within the home as more and more people look to add a personal flourish to their living spaces with handles and knobs that have been designed specifically for them. These are great ways to add a novel visual or tactile element to kitchen cupboards and internal doors, and give skilled professionals a chance to create work that really speaks to their individual strengths.

Bespoke trumps mass-manufacture

If there is one overriding trend that joiners should pay attention to this year, it should be the market’s embrace of bespoke woodworking. Younger consumers particularly are embracing design principles and looking to make their homes as personal as possible, with sites like capitalising on a trend towards artisanal craftsmanship. This development not only plays to the strengths of professional joiners, but gives them far more creative say in what they do: many customers will need not only finished products, but advice on what’s possible.

All of these trends are great for joinery, as they play into areas where craftsmanship comes first, and mass-market or low-end substitutes can’t compete. If you want to use them to the best advantage possible, you’ll also need the best timber – that’s where we come in. Get in touch with us via the contact form on this website to see how we can help.