6 Best Home Decor Trends of 2018

As 2017 draws to a close, it becomes increasingly impossible not to look toward next year and what it may bring. And if you’re in the market for a home makeover or are just an interior design junkie, the pressing question on your mind is likely what 2018’s top interior design trends will be.

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Of course, the prevailing interior design trends any given year are a barometer of society’s current mood. Accordingly, it’s no great wonder that after a year marked by political, environmental and societal unrest, 2018 is shaping up to dominated by trends that make us feel safe and happy and let us focus on self-awareness.

We asked an interior designer to share her predictions for the year’s best trends and added a few of our own for good measure. Here are six you’ll undoubtedly see flooding your Instagram feed in 2018.

1. The new neutrals

I think we can all agree pale gray had a serious moment in 2017. While that muted hue isn’t likely to disappear overnight, the “new” neutrals will incorporate even more classic colors. “Neutrals with whites and creams will live on, and I think we will see hardware turn towards irons and blacks,” interior designer Ana Peterson of Indigo Studio and Design in Charleston, South Carolina, told us.

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Speaking of black, the inky hue will take center stage. On walls, dark shades like Glidden’s 2018 Color of the Year, Deep Onyx, will imbue spaces with a cozy, serene vibe. We predict matte black accessories will also be stealing the scene — they pop against the whites and creams foretold by Peterson, and they also pair perfectly with popular brass finishes.

2. Fun pops of color

Just because walls will tend more toward light and dark neutrals doesn’t mean interior design in 2018 will be devoid of color. In fact, pops of saturated colors will show up everywhere: from accents to appliances. Bold blues, greens, pinks, reds, turquoises and more offer a beautiful contrast to the more minimalist neutrals of white and black. This trend is already manifesting in top brands like Grohe, whose new Essence kitchen faucet comes with a spout in myriad colors like orange and pink.

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3. Natural materials

Arguably in reaction to the seeming influx of natural disasters and political focus on climate change, there will be even more emphasis in the new year on natural and sustainable materials. Wood, in particular, will continue its rise in prominence. This also echoes our need for tranquil spaces in the home, as wood offers inherent warmth.

Sharing the spotlight should also be cement. Hello, industrial loft chic! But in addition to its natural good looks, cement boasts a ton of attributes, including eco-friendly low-carbon construction and energy efficiency.

4. Pattern play

Some trends are driven by advances in technology. A prime example? “I think people are discovering the fun of removable wallpapers — so fun, not permanent, easy to DIY and a bold statement,” explained Peterson. Because removable wallpaper has evolved so much in terms of options and actual ease of use, homeowners are much more likely to experiment. The pattern of choice for 2018, suggests Peterson, will be bold geometric prints.

5. Minimalism-meets-hygge

Millennials are definitely doing their part to steer interior design trends, and what they currently crave are spaces that are aesthetically pleasing but also pleasing to the senses. So, minimalism meets hygge, ya dig?

Built around principles borrowed from Denmark and Sweden, this style is at once airy and unfussy. It’s clean and streamlined, but it is also inviting. A room embracing these ideas might be a clever mix of art deco furniture pieces with faux-fur throws and chunky knit pillows.

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6. Inspired, artisanal touches

“Lastly, I think personalization of space,” Peterson shared with us. “Think Etsy, local artist, handmade and custom pieces. Folks want their homes to reflect them — not a magazine cover.” We predict these artisanal touches will also include an uptick in globally influenced items. As focus shifts even further toward things that are experiential as opposed to consumerist, interior design will further reflect our love for places, cultures and travel in general.

2018 Interior Design Trends
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A shining example of this trend can be seen in Sherwin-Williams’ 2018 Color of the Year, Oceanside. According to Sue Wadden, the company’s director of color marketing, “People today have a growing sense of adventure, and it is making its way into even the coziest corners of our homes. We are craving things that remind us of bright folklore, like mermaids and expeditions across continents. ‘Oceanside’ is the color of wanderlust right in our own homes.”


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