Ready or not, 2018 is around the corner. And it’s not coming quietly, either. Designers and brands expect home decor to be bolder than years before.
As always, when it comes to interior decor, stick with what you love, regardless of what is in or out. But if your New Year’s resolution is to refresh your home (whether with a new coat of paint or a pretty piece of furniture), here are the top trends to try—along with some you should skip.
This time of the year is all about dark, cozy colors, and 2018 is set to make a similarly bold entrance. Ultra violet and emerald green are popular with interior designers. Doubtful of so much drama? Consider the colours’ calmer cousins, especially in restful rooms like the bedroom. Lilac, for example, is a watered-down version of violet.
There is a lot of really beautiful, heavily cabineted kitchens out there. This is possibly people’s backlash to open shelving but there is a renewed appreciation for cabinetry.
Again, rather than stark-white kitchen cabinets, expect to see warm greys, blues, and creams, as well as wood grain tones.
Whether you love it or hate it, brass is back and better than ever in the new year. The aged finish adorns kitchen cabinets and living room furniture and shines as serveware and vintage-inspired light fixtures alike.
Wabi-sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection. In home design, this translates to handmade or hand-painted items including rough linens and pottery. The result? A deeply personal, organic aesthetic.
Gone are the days of sacrificing style for function. Versatile pieces like colourful ottomans are expanding beyond media and dining rooms for creative placement throughout the home. There seems to be a growing desire for high-end organisation in our personal space, a desire for things—and life—to feel pulled together.
Sofas or couches will take cues from the 1970s next year, with quirky curves that liven up your living room.
Bold floral prints
Floral prints are always ‘in’. Rather than a traditionally feminine look in 2018, they feel especially fresh and more interesting styled in a casual bohemian way. Juxtaposing florals with organic textures and neutral palettes evokes a new kind of elegance that is appealing.
Of course, if furniture covered in florals feels a bit too risky, you can always ease into the trend with classic bloom-covered bedding.
Black and white
Everyone is loving the classic combination of black and white—perhaps as a way of offsetting some of the year’s more striking styles. Snag some simple linens or tea towels in black and white.
It’s not all white marble anymore. Unexpected iterations of the stone, such as grey and green are becoming popular. And the trend extends to other types of stone as well. High-quality materials including marble, onyx, agate, and alabaster are trending. These beautiful, natural materials add texture and depth to any design. Timeless yet very modern and fresh.
The natural look doesn’t stop at stone. Interior designers are loving decorative objects made of wood and other earthy materials. Hand-turned wooden spice bowls guarantee one-of-a-kind style, as do concrete vessels and leather drawer pulls.
What is out
All-white kitchens. Kitchens in will continue to brighten up in the new year, swapping stark white for warm wood tones and new neutrals including cream, blue, and grey.
White and stainless steel sinks. Sinks will follow suit with darker, more daring designs. We’ve already seen it with the copper sink trend, but also watch out for concrete and stone styles.
Accent walls. So long, lone wall. Instead, for interest, incorporate timeless texture such as millwork and wainscoting or statement ceilings.
Word art. Sure, signs or throw pillows spelling out sentiments such as “Home,” “Family,” or full quotes may seem like a simple way to create a fun focal point. But the concept has become overdone in recent years (with the exception of vintage signs, charts, and other objects repurposed into art, of course). In 2018, look for less literal ways to express yourself.