Design & Construction Week 2018 Recap

We recently returned from the 2018 Design & Construction Week (DCW) in Orlando, FL and have so much to share! If you are not familiar, DCW brings more than 80,000 design and construction professionals together for three days of networking, education and exhibits. It is made up of two separate shows in one location NAHB International Builders' Show (IBS) and NKBA Kitchen Bath Industry Show (KBIS).

We discovered many amazing new products, innovations and design concepts. Here are our Top 5 Home Trends For 2018

Jeld-Wen Epicvue Windows

Jeld-Wen Epicvue Windows

1. Clean, Simple Lines

While there still is a presence of ornate styles, designs trends are leaning towards clean, simple lines. Craftsman, Modern Farmhouse, Scandinavian Minimalist and Contemporary are the best ways to describe the common styles we saw this year. This was especially present in the door and window category. Andersen and Jeld-Wen had an excellent presentation of doors & windows that embraced clean, simple design.


Somer Tile

Somer Tile

2. Geometric patterns

Whether it is for flooring or wall treatments, geometric patterns are going to be popular this year. Bedrosians Tile and Somer Tile had some impressive options for any style. In addition to geometric, decorative patterns on tile in general is becoming popular in kitchens & bath design.



3. Smart Home Integration

"ALEXA...FILL MY PASTA POT!" Yes, that is correct. Chip Wade and Allison Victoria confirmed that smart technology is invading every aspect of our live's to make it just that much easier. This feature found on Kohler's faucet may not be completely necessary for everyone, but it really illustrates where the industry is going. Integrating smart technology into as much as we can to create time savings where possible. From Kitchen and Bath to entertainment to HVAC applications, 2018 will bring more tech integration into the home.


Photo Credit Joanna Gaines

Photo Credit Joanna Gaines

4. Bold and dark Colors

The popular colors at this year's show ranged from bold pops of color to ultra modern dark grays and black. While color is a personal preference, it seems like these two color palletes will dominate 2018.



5. AR & VR

We are at an interesting crossroads. Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are are being used in more applications and are becoming more practical. Lowe's Innovation Labs (LIL) showed us The Lowe's Vision app. It enables customers to easily measure any room in their home with the touch of a finger, and style it with virtual Lowe's products in real-time through augmented reality. While there are many companies dabbling in AR & VR, it will be interesting to see who does it best.


See you next year at the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas, Nevada || February 19-21, 2019