If you’re like me and rely heavily on social media for divine design inspiration (where would we be without Pinterest? Check out their predictions for this year’s top home trends), you’ve been inundated lately with lists of what’s in/what’s out, what’s hot/what’s not, and what was so 2017 we can’t even conceive of keeping it in 2018.
Trends can be tricky — and expensive. So to help you sort through the hype over the coolest colors and curating just the right look to complement your own personal style, here’s a summary of the good, the bad and the ugly ideas we’ve seen for styling your home in 2018.
Color me pretty. Don’t be afraid to let your true colors come shining through this year. Whether lavender shades of the Pantone Color of the Year, Ultra Violet; sage advice for soothing bedrooms; a return to earthy, neutral tones; big, bold reds, or rich, moody darks, color is this year’s common design denominator. Even — and I can’t believe I’m writing this — avocado green and gold (which I feel should be banished forever to the ’70s from whence they came). While our love of millennial pink and soft grays won’t completely fade away, color is king, so go for high contrasts on walls, ceilings, floors, tiles and in accents everywhere.
A nod to book worms. From book-themed wallpaper (bold patterned wallpapers, BTW, being another hot go-to this year. Look for agate and geo-inspired coverings at mainstream retailers.) to unique creations literally culled from the pages of your own personal library, books — especially vintage, as in old, cracked bindings and yellowing pages — are big in 2018. No longer relegated to a shelf, display them in stylish stacks (look for colors on bindings that complement each other and the rest of your decor), or in an old wooden box or tray for an attractive accent on coffee tables, credenzas and nightstands.
The writing’s on the wall. Still popular wall galleries are one of the simplest DIY design hacks to personalize any space. Showcase a collection of family photographs and drawings, memorabilia, or favorite store-bought prints in a cultivated and clean or more cluttered looking arrangement to suit your space. Throw in some typography, hand-lettered word boards, or prints with your favorite quote or philosophy to live by to keep your style on trend this year. You can also display decorative signs on an easel, mantel, cupboard, or in any nook and cranny craving that personal touch.
Follow your passion for fashion. Take a cue from your closet this year. Get inspired by how you dress to become a fashionista and design diva. Check out how designer Jennifer Glickman does it in this House Beautiful article. (But seriously, men’s skinny jeans and rompers have GOT to go!)
Black velvet if you please. Or in any color, velvet will be back with a vengeance. This classically upscale fabric is a bold choice for focal-point furnishings like couches, chairs, chaise lounges and headboards. For use on a smaller scale, toss in a velvet pillow, throw, or duvet.
Brass is back. Along with other metallics, you can use shiny, brushed and antique brass finishes throughout your home. Look for it in light fixtures, kitchen and bathroom faucets, other hardware, and in assorted accent pieces that fit your unique style.
3-D Decor. If your style is falling a little flat, try adding an extra dimension with some of the daring 3-D art and wall decor available, or create your own.
Cement your look. Industrious DIYers and designers are still digging the form and function of cement texture. A popular material for creating waterfall edge countertops, concrete is spilling over into sinks and onto floors — even walls — to cement a cool, industrial vibe.
Get hygge with it. From Denmark with love, the hygge (rhymes with ‘jiggy’) design trend continues, tapping into our natural desire for simple, cozy and comforting surroundings. Bury yourself in thick, oversized knit throws and cushy, woven rugs. Leave a perfectly placed hand-crafted ceramic mug on an end or accent table to fill with a calming cup of tea while you flip through one of the vintage books you have artfully displayed on the coffee table.
Floral flourish. Not the delicate, chintzy floral prints from grandma’s house, today’s designs call for large, lush oversized blooms and botanicals on wallpaper and windows, in art prints and pillows, linens and live arrangements, to make any space pop with high-contrast colors such as black and white or teal and gold.
The Bad (and the Ugly)
Besides the aforementioned men’s skinny jeans and rompers, we’re taking a cue from this list of what designers at House Beautiful and Lonny Magazine think are the soon-to-be-forgotten trends to avoid (no matter how tempting the clearance prices).
— This sounds a little fishy, but oh-so-popular subway tile is being replaced this year with colorful fish scale tiles for floors and backsplashes.
— Rattan will be a risk, including wicker and woven baskets. (Now where are we going to put our hygge throws?)
— Memphis blues. Elvis has left the building and taken this colorful ’80s look with him.
— Antique carpets. Hang up the rattan rug beaters.
— Looking forward to a softening of homes, it’s time to shut the door on open shelving and its companion, industrial details like plumbers pipe.
— Faux shiplap. While the real thing is still in vogue, fake shiplap wallpaper is a waste, they say.
— Worst colors for the coming year? Flesh tones, pastel everything, rose gold and chevron patterns.
So what do you think? What trends will you be following and favoring this year on Pinterest and elsewhere? Leave us a comment and let us know!