The Houzz showcase home of 2018 featuring a shaker style kitchen!
Houzz opened up a week long pop up store to bring the public 5 floors of 2017 interior trends.
An entirely shopable experience was created at 19 Greek Street, London. It started out as a blank canvas and was transformed into a beautiful home that included a cosy living room, kitchen, a plush bedroom, sleek bathroom, a compact home office, and a fun child’s room.
The house has been designed by Houzz professionals and top interiors agency Run For The Hills, and offered a snapshot of where interiors are heading this year.
I for one, love visiting people’s houses and exploring their style, so I jumped at the opportunity to go along! Every part of the house was thoughtfully put together to look not only authentic but represent the research the interior designers had found on upcoming trends.
The interiors agency responsible for this creation described it as ‘grown up and glamorous but also fresh and earthy….luxe upholstery, soft sheers…and layers of mood lighting, accessories, mirrors, art and some quirky personal touches.’ And it certainly delivered. With details that you would not come across on the high street, the eclectic mix included everything from retro 70s touches to Scandinavian style.
The designers described it as an ‘utterly instagrammable home,’ which may not be the function at the top of your list, but the house was incredibly enjoyable to photograph. A clutter free home was hard to relate to, but maybe that is what made it all the more desirable!
The charcoal grey kitchen featured reflects Houzz users’ appetites for dark kitchens: ‘blue kitchen’ and ‘black kitchen’ were frequent search terms in 2017, but green kitchens were a growing trend on Houzz last year so an olive green wall against the black painted units neatly tied the two trends together. We similarly found that people were choosing a more bold colour scheme with dark cabinet choices, moving away from a light and bright kitchen.
This was one we completed in 2017 and not only does it fit in with Houzz’s trend prediction but the shaker cabinetry provides a timeless base that sets up the dramatic arabescato marble worktop and splashback to take centre stage.
The bedroom was an eclectic mix of textures and colours. The contrast between the leather headboard and the sheepskin pillows provides an earthy and boho aesthetic. Maybe eight pillows on your bed would be slightly inconvenient but they definitely look the part.
I recognised this Aston Matthews bathroom a mile off. The matt black tap fitting and co ordinating screen oozed simplicity and reminded me of the very ‘on trend’ Crittall frames. The marble tiled walls provide a change from the traditionally clinical all white bathroom which can be overdone.
Lastly, the kids bedroom was designed for a young girl. It shied away from the typically overdone look of everything in baby pink for a slightly more gender neutral and contemporary style.
I must say it is a lot more chic than my bedroom ever was with cloud rocking horse from Maison Deux, a timeless, minimalist update on a classic toy. The wallpaper from Paperboy really caught my eye as it features x-rays of different animals to inspire little ones to think about how the world works.
The Houzz of 2018 was a great break from the bespoke kitchen showroom and an inspiring insight into interior trends. It was refreshing to see Houzz championing smaller companies by extending their website to e-commerce too. What a great way to fill your home with special pieces which are not available on the high street. Another trend I spotted throughout the home was the prevalence of millennial pink. It seems to have taken the place of neutrals, bringing a more contemporary feel. For more millennial pink inspiration have a look at our Pinterest board on it here.