What to Expect in Design Trends for 2018

      It’s a New Year and with it comes new styles in the design world. 2017 had so many sources for inspiration and we expect the same for 2018.  With media and viral resources being so vastly available at our fingertips, they have had a sure influence on the designs for the upcoming year.  Photos and inspiration are just a click away.  So as the year begins do you wonder what sill stick around from 2017?  What about the shiplap, wallpaper, whites, metals and florals? Here are a list of some of the trends that seem to be prominent for this upcoming year. Some old and some new.

1. Bold Colors – 

We have seen a lot of light grays and whites as of recent years.  While those have not left the scene, bold colors are starting to make a great statement along side the airy colors. Earthy shades will edge out cooler neutrals.  Think, a bold couch or side chair, walls, pillows or curtains. Particularly jewel tones are making a statment on the color wheel.  Sherwin-Williams’ 2018 Color of the Year (Oceanside SW 6496) is an intense shade of blue-green. Other colors like black, peacock teal, deep purple, emerald, navy or rust are making their way into designs.  Warm colors are making a comeback. Warmer tones of grays will be seen in place of the cooler tones recently used. 

Homeowners are looking for ways to personalize their homes. Even kitchens and cabinetry are starting to have more color.  Shades of blue, black, gray and off white- taupe like colors are in kitchens and bathrooms. We are also seeing paneling with these paint colors. 

2.  Light Woods- 

The red woods are being pushed aside by the lighter woods.  Instead, flooring trends are moving toward lighter color palettes in domestic American woods such as maple, pine, or hickory.  Lighter woods are easier to clean and are more forgiving making them a fantastic choice for homes with children or pets.  The lighter woods also brighten up spaces.  Use 5-inch-wide panels for flooring to make the space feel larger and more open.  If you decide to stick with dark flooring, designers recommend that you pair it with light walls and white trim for contrast.

3.  Mixed Metals-

Metals are on the for front this year even though they have already had a presence.  Metals create texture, depth and reflection.  Think of brass, matte black steel, or hammered copper metals. Metals in rose gold are still in designs but seem to be taking a back seat to some of the richer metals.  There is no rule book that says only one metal per space.  Besides even if there were, in design, rules are meant to be broken. Mixing metals adds depth and personality to a space.  Unless you are making a space super formal, go a head and mix and match your metals till your hearts content.  

4.  Wall  Texture-  

This trend is defiantly continuing and will for some time.  The shiplap, millwork paneling and reclaimed wood liven a space and are an amazing detail to spruce up a space.  Not to mention that they are relatively cheap and the option to do these things as a DIY project upgrade, keeps this trend appealing.  Wall paper, particularly textured,  adds a nice feeling and design to a room. Tile is another way we are seeing texture on walls. Tile comes in a vast array of colors and textures making options explode. There is tile that looks like wood, concrete, resin, fabric and even wallpaper. Tile is easy to clean and durable making it an attractive choice.

5.  Concrete- 

Concrete has always been a popular material choice, but don’t be surprised to see it in more unexpected ways, such as in furniture, tile, wallcoverings, countertops and decorative accessories. Clean spaces are appealing and concrete can add that to a space.

6.  Natural Materials-

We have seen a rebound of wicker and rattan furniture.  We are going to see more with a modern twist.  These materials create a grounded and natural airiness .  Plants are another natural material that are making a presence.  Though always a part of design, the eco-friendly drive is bringing the appeal for plants into design.  Plants and natural materials also seem to have a story, helping add to personalizing a space.

7.  Florals- 

Florals are defiantly making a comeback.  Particularly botanical florals.  They create interest and create a warmth.

8.  Finishings and Fixtures- 

Black Matte seems to be the hardware finish for 2018.  We are seeing it from lighting and hardware.  Black goes with many styles, from modern to tradition and in-between.  It is also easy to clean. Metal finishings will still be around, but they will be making room for black.

<div><a href=’https://www.houzz.com/photo/106058696-28-design-ideas-expected-to-take-over-in-2018′ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://st.hzcdn.com/simgs/d091836c0a04c732_3-2580/home-design.jpg’ alt=” border=0 width=’320′ height=’206′ nopin=’nopin’ ondragstart=’return false;’ onselectstart=’return false;’ oncontextmenu=’return false;’/></a></div><div style=’color:#444;’><small>By <a style=”text-decoration:none;color:#444;” href=”https://www.houzz.com/user/mitchell-parker” target=”_blank”>Mitchell Parker </a> – See more <a style=”text-decoration:none;color:#444;” href=”https://www.houzz.com/photos” target=”_blank”>Home Design Photos</a></small></div>