2017 was a boundary-pushing year for interiors, with home decor trends including the likes of exposed lighting, subway tiles and open floor plans. This year seems to be another exciting year, with plenty of new interior and exterior trends that are revolutionizing the industry.
Rich color schemes, floral patterns and natural decor with a 70s-era twist are dominating the list in 2018 – and you don’t want to miss out on the latest styles!
If you’re ready to find out about all the new patterns, color schemes and layouts you should be paying attention to, inside and outside your home, Treasured Spaces has put together this comprehensive list that details all of them.
So what does the year ahead hold in the trend stakes? Here are home decor trends to watch for in 2018.
Rich Color Schemes
In 2018, many designers are opting for bold, rich color schemes rather than scaled-back, neutral ones. With vivid yellows, dramatic reds and statement-making pinks, paired with more muted furnishings and decor, you can make a grander impression in your home. This year, don’t be afraid to be brave with your color choices, whether it be on walls and furniture pieces.
While some may see yellow color palettes as too overwhelming, 2018 is the year to be bold. Yellow is a color that exudes happiness, confidence and cheer. Whether used on walls, in accents pieces or furnishings, vivid yellow color schemes are sure to make your home feel happy this year.
While the overall trend throughout the past couple years has leaned towards cooler colors like greens, blues and purples, 2018 is the year of warmer tones. Dramatic reds offer a fantastic way for you to add eye-catching contrast while providing the warmth that makes your home more inviting.
While already a huge trend in 2017, pink color schemes will continue to stay in style for 2018. This bright hue has made its way into home decor, but this year, be ready to incorporate it in larger and more creative ways as a simple way to make a statement in any room.
With rich color schemes topping the list, black and white furnishings offer a complementary, timeless style that you should work into your home decor in 2018. The visual contrast of black and white give your overall layout a sense of balance and boldness.
Floral patterns tend to come in and out of style – and in 2018, they’re back in with a twist. Home stylists should expect to find exaggerated proportions and contrasting colors used for this timeless decor pattern. We’ll see even more interpretations of over-scaled floral patterns, in high-contrast colors, in the new year.
With many timeless styles finding their way back into homes this year, expect to see a few nods to the 1970s. With warm color schemes, far-out textures and abstract silhouettes. Working this design trend into your overall layout will give incredible personality to any room in your house.
Much like the floral patterns, geometric patterns aren’t a new development in home design trends. However, in 2018, expect to see a splash of geometric patterns throughout high-style homes. Bold, colorful and oversized patterns on furniture, wallpaper and even throw blankets will help you make a dramatic statement throughout your home.
Expect to see grand decor with a local twist this year, as decorators opt for artisan fixtures over ones that are mass-produced. These add a unique, personalized touch to the layout of your home and helps provide a more organic feel.
Artisan texture is also making waves in the home decor world this year. Furniture with natural handmade qualities, made from materials such a rattan and wicker will be a stylish choice this year. Textiles take a playful role with lots of embellishments, raw edges and natural form – all beautiful to look at.
In a similar vein, natural elements are taking over the tech-focused styles of last year, helping push 2018 home design trends into more natural-feeling territory. Incorporating elements such as granite, marble, concrete, stone and copper into your home style will enhance any space with a more welcoming, calming and serene atmosphere.
While the use of wallpaper in home decor has always been controversial, it appears it will come into its own in 2018. Since bold, natural styles are topping the trends list this year, agate wallpaper fits in great with that theme. With its unique coloring, stark contrast, and natural lines and colors, agate wallpaper brings together those trends that are so in style right now.
While rose gold was the primary color choice of 2017, this year we’re expecting to see less of it and more of copper-hued accents, combined with other metal types. Because of its vivid yellow, orange and red tones, copper will be a fresh addition to any layout that needs a pop.
In 2018, say goodbye to stainless steel and polished nickel, and say hello to brass accents. Along with copper, using brass throughout your home is a great way to add a dash of warmth, while providing you with a subtle alternative to the expected steel accents.
Along with copper and brass accents, expect to see concrete accents popping up throughout stylish homes around the country as well. As a striking, almost imposing material, concrete provides the boldness that will help make a statement. Geometric concrete tiles are also rising in use, and allow you to combine two of the year’s trendiest designs into one stylish piece.
Dark, Glamorous Wood
Furniture is on a path towards richer, darker and more glamorous shades this year, moving away from the pale bleached wood of recent years. With a hint of retro and a heavy dose of luxury, dark wooden furniture is taking over. To add a finishing touch, metallic legs and handles are great for giving it some extra glam. Fuse in other materials, like gold, brass or marble to give a more sophisticated feel.
While some may think of velvet as an old-school material, today, it’s considered a luxurious and creative way to add funky style into your home decor. This versatile fabric has already started gaining a lot of attention among home style bloggers, leading many predicting that velvet decor will be one of 2018’s most sought-after trends.
Vintage Light Fixtures
A trend that many will be shocked to see making its way back into the new year. The vintage lights we are expecting to see will be less exposed lighting and more vintage pendants and sconces, in brass and copper finishes. 2018 will be a year where trending designs come together in unison.
While white is always a classic choice, 2018 is seeing a resurgence in colorful kitchen designs, rather than boring hues of the past. Injecting rich colours, such as warm copper tones and neutrals into the space to give it a warm, welcoming and unique feel.
Deep, wide and durable bucket sinks are all the rage this year. Known also as trough sinks, these types of sinks are a farmhouse inspired decor choice that will add personality and a touch of nostalgia to your bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room. These long, narrow and low-maintenance sinks can help create a rustic ambiance and maximizes your use of space.
White and Stainless Steel Sinks are Out
As the modern farmhouse style continues to stay relevant, interior designers are shifting away from white and stainless steel sinks and choosing concrete, stone, copper and granite sinks in darker colors. This rustic home decor trend will help you add personality throughout your home.
If you’re looking to update your kitchen or bathroom backsplash, avoid subway tiles that were so popular last year. Instead, try out a more contemporary look with wooden, concrete, fabric or even wallpaper. This will give any space in your home a contemporary and unique look.
Relaxing Modern Bedrooms
When it comes to your bedrooms, 2018 is sticking to the mantra: “less is more”. Opt for more modern and minimalist furnishings, a laid back color palette, soft fabrics and simple furniture pieces. When you really want to escape, a relaxing modern bedroom will always be a welcoming place to go.
Playing with Tones of White in the Bedroom
It’s important to understand that white comes in different shades and can give off a unique look when used in conjunction to other colors throughout your bedroom. If you’re going for a cooler overall color scheme, with a navy bedspread, choose a white with undertones of blue to create a subtle yet more cohesive look. After all, white gives your bedroom clean, minimal and gorgeous style.
Clean Mid-Century Modern Design in the Bedroom
Beautiful clean pieces from the Italian designers of the 1960’s and 70’s are on the rise in 2018. Combine them with the overall white tones to enhance the wooden lines and you’ve got yourself one of the most talked about bedroom trends of this year.
In 2018, it may be time for a closet overhaul. This year, designers are changing closet spaces into a household spot fit for royalty. Staging areas in closets have become a widely circulating trend, giving busy homeowners a place to prepare their wardrobes quickly and stylishly.
Millwork Feature Walls
The increasing availability of beautiful millwork has helped support its popularity in the home design world. Before, you’d have to find a specialist to hand make any millwork you’d want done in your home. Today, most DIYers can handle the task, and connect it right to the wall behind beds or family room to create a feature wall.
Patterned Plants in the Bedroom
Not only do they look great and are right in-line with this year’s trends, bedroom plants can also help you sleep. Of course, don’t feel like you have to limit their use to the bedroom – they can make great accents all throughout your home.
In keeping with the 70s-era design trends of this year, terrazzo flooring is making a big comeback. Terrazzo is a flooring material traditionally made by exposing marble chips on the surface of concrete and then polishing until smooth. Now, however, you can buy terrazzo in tile form, making them more affordable and accessible to the everyday homeowner.
Statement ceilings are becoming popular this year as more home designers try to add visual interest into an often-neglected area. So, when choosing wallpaper or a paint scheme for one of your rooms, don’t forget to look up – and consider ways you can make a statement through a stylish ceiling.
Gray Kitchen Cabinets
If you’re wondering what color to paint your kitchen cabinets this year, gray will be the top choice in 2018. The kitchen industry’s leading manufacturers say that gray is likely to take over white as the most popular kitchen cabinet color. Try pairing gray cabinets with richly stained wood to be in-line with yet another kitchen trend — combining cabinet colors for two-toned look.
Open Concept Basements
Open concept layouts have been a popular trend in past years – in 2018, however, it moves to the basement. Traditionally, an open concept tears down closed off walls or dividers to create barrier-free spaces to allow you to move freely throughout the room. The best way to maximize use of natural space in your basement is to open it up, creating a modern and communal space. From the game room to the bar area, from the family sitting area to the theatre room and so on, you can have a multi-purpose space perfect to gather friends and family.
Always a popular choice among media enthusiasts, theater rooms are popping up in basements everywhere this year. If you really want to have a fantastic viewing experience, adorn your theater room with all the bells and whistles – from plush reclining seats to a projection screen to LED floor lighting and maybe even a popcorn machine.
Perfect for homes built on a hillside or sloping lot, where the entire foundation isn’t submerged underground (even though traditional fully submerged foundations can be remodeled into something similar), walkout basements are a luxury design trend for 2018. The advantage of such a basement is that it receives more natural light and can be accessed directly from the outside.
Smart, Technology-Driven Kitchens
Technology has become integrated into almost all areas of our life, and in 2018, we’ll see it enter kitchen design in full force. Smart kitchens are an evolving aspect of design. In fact, a lot of kitchens today are built smart from the ground up. For existing homes, sensors, smart gadgets and other devices can be retroactively added for convenience to the homeowner.
Quartz in the Kitchen
For a high-end feel in the kitchen, quartz is the in-style choice this year. As an extremely durable material that lasts virtually forever, it’s easy to take care of and is antimicrobial. Granite, while slightly more affordable, requires a bit more maintenance. Thanks to advances in quartz-manufacturing technology, new colors and finishes have been brought to market, as well as realistic stone patterns such as dramatic swirls. These new styles have become incredibly popular this year.
There has been a sizable shift in countertop color schemes, towards softer and neutral hues. More and more kitchen designers are choosing grays, taupes, cream or white finishes. In the past year, pattern preferences have also shifted from particulates to veining. This supports the the common trend towards cleaner layouts seen in most modern homes.
Speaking of countertops, a rising trend in 2018 are composite sinks. These types of sinks are built from the same material as the countertop to create a seamless look and provide easier maintenance. However, because composite sinks are general more expensive than alternatives, expect farmhouse trough sinks to reign supreme this year.
While we are still on the topic of countertops, it is important to mention the rising popularity of composite sinks. These are sinks made from the same material as the countertop. This creates a cleaner uniform look and makes cleaning and maintenance much easier. However, it is going to be a tough battle against the still very popular stainless steel and farmhouse sinks.
Red Bricks on Home Exterior
Just as red is trending in the interior design world, red bricks are trending on the exterior of homes. This classic building material is coming back in a big way, and bringing its natural beauty, hues and warmth with it. It isn’t being used on the entire house, however, but used in a way to better enhance the home’s form, alongside other curated materials to give it a contemporary look.
Updated Outdoor Dining
While outdoor dining areas are nothing new, they’re being rethought in 2018. This year, we’re seeing more homeowners push their space further away from the home into a more cozy area of the yard, such as in the garden. Many people thing that right off the back of the house is the only option for outdoor dining, but when you’re immersed in the landscape, it provides you with a unique sense of ambiance. Some ideas include:
- Supplementing the space with pre- and post-dinner entertainment spaces nearby, such as a fire pit
- Surrounding the dining area with in-ground and container plants
- Turning your dining area into a sanctuary with special lighting and furniture
Implementing a Small Garden
For those city-dwellers with limited space, don’t give up your dream on having a garden! In 2018, small gardens have designers excited, providing homeowners with a small, useful and attractive garden that adds a splash of greenery to any outdoor space.
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