In my personal opinion, the best homes are decorated over time, blending the old with the new. This notion that design is never done lays down the path to spaces that feel more curated, personalized, and evolved. And while I like the idea of keeping my space filled with timeless pieces, there’s no denying that the current home trends play a pretty big role in my decorating process. After all, what better way is there to keep your home looking fresh than by adding a few trendy pieces?
That said — just like you shouldn’t mix every fashion trend into one outfit — you shouldn’t throw every home decor trend into one home, let alone one room. So, as the trends come and go with each new year, it’s important to identify what you love and carefully select which ones will become part of your ever-evolving personal style.
Ready to choose which next big decor trends you’ll adopt in 2018 (and which ones you’ll pass on)?
From fringed lighting to bold seating, here are the next big decor trends on the rise for 2018.
Move over Hygge: Wabi-sabi is the newest lifestyle philosophy that will be the #1 trend of 2018. This Japanese trend takes the stress out of decorating and celebrates the imperfections of your home, as well as the unpredictable nature of life. Adapted as a decor trend, this means loving all the blemishes in your home that makes it authentic — like the scratches on your wood floor — and including handmade items for a deeply personal, organic aesthetic.
Tonal Color Palette
Tone on tone is an easy way to add simplicity and peace to your space, and Emily Henderson anticipates seeing more spaces that are entirely designed in the same color family. “Whether that be neutral or colorful, the layering of tones is something that we will be seeing a lot more of in , especially in the warmer hues,” says Henderson in an article on Lonny.
From floral textiles to flowery artwork to greenery-inspired wallpaper, Mother Nature is infiltrating homes far and wide in the new year with bold, contrasting prints. When incorporated into furniture in an overt way, as in this Liberty for Anthropologie swivel chair, floral prints feel especially fresh and more interesting styled in a casual bohemian way. Of course, if furniture covered in a bold floral print feels a bit too risky, you can always ease into the trend with a fun bloom-covered bed spread or throw pillow.
If you prefer a more neutral color palette, sage is the way to go. The muted hue pops without adding to the fussiness and has been making waves amongst Pinterest users. Versatile and elegant, sage is subdued enough that it works with pretty much any decor aesthetic while also making a statement.
“Most rooms need a bit of sparkle,” says interior designer Annie Elliot. “And a pillow laced with gold thread can be just the way to achieve it.” Brass is currently the metallic of the moment and you can expect to the return of silver metallics in the new year. But don’t feel like you have to stick to just one metal. Have fun with your decor and appliances by mixing up different metallics. Try adding hammered copper light fixtures in the kitchen paired with sleek chrome faucets and cabinet hardware for a modern, eclectic feel.
Though statement ceilings seem to be a trend of 2018 according to Pinterest’s report, statement floors are another trend to look out for. “From bold colored geometric tile to light-colored herringbone-style hardwoods, expect to see a rise in statement flooring next year,” says Cat Overman in the Zillow Home Trend Forecast, “especially in bathrooms and laundry rooms.” I’ve always been a fan of statement floor tile, so I’m excited to see that this trend will have an even bigger presence in the new year. It’s “a great way to make a small room pop without adding clutter,” Overman adds.
Though you probably remember terrazzo from the floors of a school or government building, “it’s currently viewed as a bit of a luxury finish,” says Nancy Mitchell in an article on Apartment Therapy and seems to be here to stay. The speckled design adds a playful touch to any space and is a super easy way to bring in some color without going over the top. And I may not see myself doing a full terrazzo kitchen backsplash or floor, the pattern has been showing up on homewares and decor accents like side tables and rugs.
Concrete has already become a popular choice for sinks and vanities. But the raw material seems to be taking even more precedence. Don’t be surprised to see concrete used in more unexpected ways, such as furniture, decorative accessories, tile and countertops.
Curved furniture is all the rage this year and this pink curved sofa is a nice alternative to the L-shaped sectional. “They divide a room beautifully [and] they look great from every angle,” says New York-based architect Elizabeth Roberts.
The past few years, we’ve been seeing a lot of pastels in interiors. But that’s all about to change in 2018. According to some leading trend predictors, the soft, subtle shades that dominated interiors for so long are about to be replaced with more dramatic color palettes. In an article on Domino, designer David Charette of Britto Charette says, “Homeowners are embracing bold patterns and colors again in wall coverings, but they are being more judicious with it — using it as an accent instead of in a heavy-handed manner.” Go for moody, heavily pigmented colors like deep blues and cranberry, or lighter,more playful colors like blush and camel.