The Top Home Design Trends to Watch for This Year

Another year has come and gone, which also means that another group of trends have come in and out of our radar. No longer will be the marble motifs and blush pinks of before, but a new class of aesthetically pleasing home design trends are about to arrive. Just in time for your family to purchase a new Miller & Smith home, we are here to round up our best guesses (with a little bit of help from the experts) for what we will be seeing in homes across the country, on Pinterest, and all over Instagram. Below, check out the trends you will surely want to try this year:



Sometimes coordinating different colors can be a challenge, so this year, just pick one! After you’ve decided which color you want to focus on, use varying shades of this color throughout your home mixed in with other neutrals like white, taupe, gray, or brown.


Retro sofas

We knew it was only a matter of time until the oddly shaped furniture trend came full circle, and we think that this year it will definitely be front and center. Uniquely shaped sofas can create a welcoming and cohesive space in common areas of the home, like this recreation room in the Aria at Brambleton West Park.

The Aria at West Park Brambleton


This almost, but not quite, black color is the best way to create a moody tone in any room without committing to a bold shade that can be overwhelming. We like to look at this color as a smooth transition away from the light to mid-toned grays that have been very on-trend over the past few years.

1LX at Upper West One Loudoun

Geometric art

Nothing screams modern design like sharp edges and geometric shapes, which is why we are definitely on board to see some more geometric art pieces this year!

Windchase at Cayden Ridge


In recent years, we have seen popular home patterns come from a variety of inspirations including palm leaves, marble, stone, and watercolors. Though always a classic, florals are predicted to reign supreme as a coveted pattern option over the next few years.


Sage tones

What trend forecasters are calling the “new neutral” of 2018, this shade is an easy way to bring a feeling of serenity into your home. This muted and cool-toned green color is perfect for those who aren’t keen on brighter tones like lime or Kelly green.


Statement ceilings

Well Miller & Smith must have been way ahead of the trends, because if you’ve been to any of our model homes, you know we love a good statement ceiling! There are many different ways to incorporate these into your new Miller & Smith home, but the easiest ways are to use 2 toned paint in a tray ceiling, or create large geometric shapes.

The Silverton at Aspen North at Lake Linganore

Oversized wall art

Go big or go home doesn’t always apply, but in the case of wall art, we would have to agree with this saying. Take some cues from our Next Level Homes at Upper West One Loudoun with oversized art on the wall that will make a big impact, and better yet, eliminate the need for matching multiple pieces together in a gallery.


Only time will tell which if these trends will be popular in 2018, but we are excited to find out! Check out our trend report blog from last year to see which predictions came true, and be sure to follow along as we continue to bring you new model homes for even more design inspiration.




Introducing Brand New 55+ Living in Fairfax County, VA

This year, we are excited to return to a community that Miller & Smith helped shape over 50 years ago! One of our newest communities, Walhaven at Kingstowne, will be, 55+ modern 3-Level townhomes with private elevators located conveniently in Fairfax County, VA. The homes are inspired by a lifestyle suited for active adults in a community with established amenities that you have always dreamed of. Let us guide you through all of the amazing ways that this community can be the Perfect Place for your new Miller & Smith home!


The Homes

Featuring all of the conveniences you didn’t know you needed, we are excited to introduce brand new, 3-level elevator townhome designs to Walhaven at Kingstowne. Designed with you in mind, these homes will be bright, spacious, and perfect for entertaining. Whether you’re hosting family for Sunday night dinner or having friends over for cocktails, the open spaces in these homes provide unlimited opportunities to create unforgettable memories. Additionally, the low-maintenance lifestyle that these homes encourage is ideal for those who are wander-lusters or people on the go.


The Amenities

A wealth of activities awaits you at Kingstowne! Staying active is a breeze with two fitness centers, two outdoor pools, six tennis courts, three sand volleyball courts, an aerobics studio, miles of walking trails, and twenty-five tot lots for when the grandkids come to visit. Kingstowne residents also have their pick at a list of clubs, organizations, and year-round community events to choose from. Whatever each day has in store, you can be sure that there will never be a shortage of exciting activities just steps from your front door.


The Community

In addition to all of the amenities nestled in the Kingstowne community, minutes from your new Miller & Smith home is the Kingstowne Towne Center, where a night out on the town has never been closer and errands are made easy with a one-stop location. This center has everything from a variety of dining, shopping, services, specialty stores, and so much more. For those who seek more thrilling weekend activities than grocery shopping, Kingstowne even has its own Regal Cinemas and is home to one of three Top Golf Driving Range and Restaurant locations in Virginia.


The Location

Not only is Walhaven at Kingstowne an amazing community to become a part of, but the location is hard to beat. Located in Fairfax County, VA, Kingstowne provides easy access to I-395, I-495, the Franconia Springfield Metro Station, and Reagan National Airport. Looking for an exciting day trip experience? Kingstowne is just 9 miles to additional shopping, dining, and entertainment at the National Harbor, and 15 miles from our nation’s capital.


There will only be 32 Miller & Smith homes at Walhaven at Kingstowne, so if you are interested in updates and special invitations to first look events, visit and register for our VIP list!




Homebuilder rewards potential homebuyers with extraordinary opportunities – just for visiting their new homes


MCLEAN, VA (February 1, 2018) – Miller & Smith, the Washington region’s most award-winning homebuilder, is reminding DMV homebuyers that “One Visit Can Change Everything” when it comes to purchasing a home. Through a regional roadshow, “The One Visit Experience,” Miller & Smith will provide potential homebuyers an immersive experience to help them get a glimpse of authentic living in one of their homes and communities. From test driving cars to sampling neighborhood fare, to touring homes that are design forward and filled with modern features and finishes. Visitors will be able to ‘try on’ a better life in a Miller & Smith home – just in one visit. Visitors will also have the opportunity to win big beyond their visit including a customized home design with a renowned interior designer or a two-year lease on their very own Mini Cooper*.


In partnership with Mini of Sterling, Miller & Smith will have a Mini Cooper onsite offering guests a test drive and the chance to see the neighborhood beyond the homes. With a photo booth stationed at each community, Booth-o-Rama Photo booth will be capturing moments of potential homebuyers as they experience the full breadth of what it would be like to live in a Miller & Smith home.
There will be various incentives for those who choose to participate at “One Visit Experience”:

  • Homebuyers will be entered to win a home design from industry-known D.C. interior designer, Kerra Michele*.
  • Participants who take a photo in the photo booth and share what is most important to them on their journey to purchasing a home, will be entered to win a two-year Mini Cooper lease*.
  • Each participant will receive a community-curated swag bag containing local business offerings and products.

Kerra Michele is an award-winning interior designer known for her popular lifestyle blog, Apartment Envy. She offers her clients and readers an accessible taste of top design along with services that exceed spatial goals. She will be partnering up with one lucky homebuyer* to offer them a custom design plan for their new home.
“Purchasing a home is one of the biggest decisions a person makes, our intention is to show people that ‘One Visit Can Change Everything’ – from your child’s first day of school to throwing your first dinner party,” says Doug Smith, president of Miller & Smith. “Whether it’s a luxurious single family home or a contemporary and spacious townhome, Miller & Smith has a new home community for everyone in the region. Our events will give people a chance to experience our homes and its neighborhood.”


“The One Visit Experience” roadshow will be held across nine selected Miller & Smith communities in Maryland and Virginia. The regional roadshow will be held on select weekends from February to April 2018.
February 10 – 11, 2018

  • Brambleton – Garden District at Brambleton Town Center – 23110 Lavallette Square, Ashburn, VA 20148
  • Brambleton – Birchwood – 42313 Fern Croft Terrace, Ashburn, VA 20148
  • Brambleton – West Park – 42158 Creighton Road, Ashburn, VA 20148

February 24 – 25, 2018

  • Cayden Ridge – 9434 Brightstar Drive, Manassas, VA 20111

March 17 – 18, 2018

  • Aspen North at Lake Linganore – 6801 Pax Ct., New Market, MD 21774
  • Tallyn Ridge – Single Family Model – 8401 Pine Bluff Rd, Frederick, MD 21704
  • Tallyn Ridge Townhome Model – 5600 Scott Ridge Place, Frederick, MD 21704

April 7 – 8, 2018

  • Upper West at One Loudoun – 20448 Northpark Drive, Ashburn, VA 20147

April 14-15, 2018

  • Embrey Mill – New Dominion Collection – 476 Coneflower Ln, Stafford, VA 22554
  • Embrey Mill –  Stafford Collection – 500 Apricot Street, Stafford, VA 22554