With the new year just around the corner, its time to review the new interior design trends and styles of 2018 with pictures to illustrate each design idea better. In this article we will discuss color trends, Pantone color of the year, texture and pattern trends, styles etc.
With each new year, interior design trends evolve and change. With 2018 being no exception, you might be left wondering how to stay on top of the latest and greatest.
This upcoming year has even the most prestigious designers overwhelmed by possibilities. From the use of natural or organic materials, to vibrant contrasting colors and patterns, these cutting edge trends will be sure to leave a lasting impression.
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Interior Color Trends 2018
As always, one of the most important attributes to any space is the color scheme. In 2018 especially, color will undoubtedly play a crucial role in any space. Here are some of the most impactful color trends for the upcoming year.
High Contrast Palettes
In 2018, the use of bold and contrasting colors in any room will be trending upwards. The use of white with any deep or vibrant hue, including timeless black and white, will certainly be a recurring theme. Some designers suggest the use of dark blue with milky white will be one of the most popular contrasting color schemes. This trend can be implemented in such a large variety of ways that it can be adapted to fit in almost any style of decor.
Pantone Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet
Each year, Pantone sets the stage for designers and DIY home improvement buffs everywhere by determining the “Pantone Color of the Year”. For 2018, the color is a beautiful shade of purple called Ultra Violet. Described as ‘A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade,‘ this color leaves you with a feeling of regality and wonder, and allows your thoughts to drift away into the cosmos.
Millennial Pink & Lavender
Nancy Fire, who works as creative director of HGTV HOME says, “Millennial pink is still around and I still love it, but it’s morphing into lavender and lilac. People were sarcastic about millennial pink at the beginning, but it’s being used to bring out beautiful, soft tones with accents that are deeper.”
This trend will surely continue to grow in 2018, and work its way into some of the more delicately styled interiors with its’ youthful charm.
Tone on Tone
This trend is upcoming due to an increased desire for simplicity in all forms of design. While it may seem boring to use the same color on both trim and walls, or walls and furniture, the final product is certainly intriguing.
To embrace this trend, choose a color you love, and use it on several items or furniture pieces in your space. For an even more interesting look, use the chosen color widely throughout a space, then add a highly contrasting color into some of the smaller decorative elements.
Karen Asprea, a designer of Whitehall Interiors says “We’re using richer color palettes with different colored metals, such as deeper gem tones, velvet upholstery and sleek black and white marbles.” While this covers a few different areas of design, and not just color alone, it is a very important thing to consider when deciding on a color palette to bring your space up to speed with the trends of 2018.
Asprea also notes that “Using lacquered wall panels where you might have seen wood paneling in the past allows for more flexibility in terms of color and finish, and really adds to the environment of any space.” Great advice for anyone aiming to bring their space up to speed.
Soft & Warm Color Palettes
While deep moody colors, and high contrasting colors are surely a trend to keep your eye on, soft and warm palettes are also on the rise. This includes both the use of soft pastels for a dainty touch, as well as the use of neutral and organic colors. Both of these varieties of soft and warm palettes will make for a calm and cozy feeling in any room of your home.
While green has been a largely trendy color for quite a few years now, it is expected to move towards a more olive/chartreuse shade, rather than the brighter shades used in the past. These shades can be used in a multitude of ways, but will be most commonly implemented in mid-century modern spaces during the coming year.
Texture & Pattern Trends
Light Textured Floors
Flooring trends are leading designers to go toward a more light and muted style, rather than a dark or red-toned flooring. This can be attributed to the ever-increasing popularity of light, open, and airy spaces.
Flooring has a large impact on the overall feeling of a room. The key here is to go for a brushed, distressed, or antique style flooring texture while keeping things light and simple. This way, your floors will give your space the potential to keep things light, while also making a statement.
In the spirit of visual interest, contrasting textures continues to make waves into 2018. Some great examples of this are pairing wood with marble, or a matte texture with a glossy one. In any case, this is a great alternative, or addition to any interior design style, and will continue to be so for quite some time.
Velvet is considered to be one of the most lavish and luxurious fabrics and textures in the world of design as a whole. This trend is now on the rise due to the improvements that have been made in the textile industry specific to cotton velvet.
Not only is it more durable now than it once was, but also more affordable. As far as added texture goes, velvet is becoming more practical overall, and its potential is only growing.
This trend is rising in popularity along with the increase in eco-friendly materials, and natural design style. Woven textures can be implemented in a wide variety of ways, and will add an organic nuance to any interior.
One especially popular method of incorporating this organic style texture is by adding artisan-made woven products like rugs or accent decor items into a space. These decorative additions may also serve the purpose of a conversation piece.
Nature is making its way back indoors as we head into the new year. Indoor greenery is one of the most surefire ways to add interesting texture to any space.
Also, Nancy Fire of HGTV HOME says there’s great news if you want to add an interesting touch, but you’re on a budget. According to her, “Plants are trending, affordable, and are an awesome way to decorate your space by adding pretty color, fresh CO2, and fun planters.” It’s hard to go wrong with this texture trend in 2018. That is, as long as you have a bit of a green thumb!
The trend of geometric patterns has now full arrived, after growing slowly for a few years now. The clean lines, and endless versatility of this trend in textiles, tile, paint, and more make geometric patterns an irresistible addition to spaces of any style.
With a specific focus on agate and geode inspired patterns, one-of-a-kind wallpapers are making a comeback. Up until recently, these styles of wall-covering were made in the vast majority by small boutiques. However, designers now predict this style to become much more readily available in standard retailers like Target and HomeGoods.
While some designers say this style is soon to be forgotten, it is still very popular. This is especially true for certain elements of mid-century design. More specifically, the curved edges of mid-century modern furniture, and the use of jewel toned colors. Perfect for adding a retro vibe to any space, mid-century modern style continues to make strides in the world of interior design.
This trend is based on a widely shared Japanese perspective that encourages searching for beauty among imperfection. “Wabi Sabi” is believed by many to become the #1 design trend for 2018, and is only gaining more momentum every day.
According to Dayna Isom Johnson, a trend forecaster for Etsy, “No matter your personal style, there is one key factor to nailing this trend for your home design: Find the beauty in the not-so-perfect. Accepting the idea that your home does not have to be showroom-ready is all it takes. Keep it real, be authentic, and be happy that for once you don’t have to make your bed to be cool.”
So, as long as you keep in mind that perfection is not the goal, try adding some kintsugi pottery, or other raw, handmade, or organic elements to your space. Move away from the idea that everything must be symmetrical or in-line with surrounding decor.
In conclusion, 2018 is shaping up to be a very interesting year for design. There is a clear focus on making spaces extraordinarily unique by way of color, texture, pattern, and a Wabi-Sabi point of view. Designs over the next year will undoubtedly set a high standard in industry for years to come.