Interior Design Trends
Interior Design Trends

What’s Trending in Interior Design for 2018

We've scoured the Internet and found some of our favorite interior design trend predictions for 2018.

With 2017 firmly in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward with eager anticipation as we wait to see what 2018 brings. But for interior designers, waiting isn’t always easy. So, we’ve scoured the Internet and found some of our favorite interior design trend predictions for 2018.

Bold Colors & High Contrast

“As much as I love an all-white interior, rich jewel tones are making their way onto our walls and moldings in a big way,” says Oregon-based interior designer Arlene Lord. 2018 is all about bold colors! “Dipping a room in a dramatic shade like midnight navy, eggplant, or charcoal is a fun way to embrace a deep, rich color, and the result is deliciously inviting,” adds Elissa Morgante, co-principal of Morgante Wilson Architects in Illinois. 

If you are in need of a little inspiration, the Sherwin Williams 2018 Color of the Year is Oceanside SW 6496, an intense shade of blue-green. 

“People today have a growing sense of adventure, and it is making its way into even the coziest corners of our homes,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. “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.”

Meanwhile, Pantone’s Color of the Year is Ultra Violet, a “dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade,” according to Pantone. 

“The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design,” says Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute. “It’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.” 

Still, a color is only as powerful – as meaningful – as its use within a space. So, it’s important to pair bold colors with lighter shades for a dramatic, high contrast look that will really make a space pop. “Outlining the room or windows in dark trim helps punctuate and call attention to unique features,” says Lord.

“I’m really into saturated color with white to balance it out so it doesn’t feel overwhelming,” adds Joanna Gaines, the star of HGTV’s Fixer Upper.

Geometric Patterns from Top to Bottom

“[This year] will be dominated by pattern,” says interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard. And Genevieve Gorder, a designer on the upcoming Trading Spaces reboot agrees, stating “Hard geometrics are going to be huge.” Perhaps, however, the most exciting design prospect of 2018 is how these patterns will be utilized.

  • Flooring: “Patterned floors are going to continue to be a strong trend in 2018,” says designer Maren Baker, “and herringbone is a great way to incorporate the trend while still being timeless. I love using contrasting grout to emphasize the lines and make it more modern.”
  • Walls: According to Nancy Fire, creative director of HGTV HOME, Design Works International and Studio NYC Design, geometric shapes will be big in 2018, especially on wallpaper.
  • Ceiling: Yes, even the ceiling is fair game in 2018. “The forgotten ceiling is now a decorating playground ready to be wallpapered, lacquered, gilded, or plastered with abandon,” says Bullard.

Eco-Consciousness & Natural Materials

“In interior design we’re seeing a strong push toward eco-consciousness,” says interior designer Ana Zuravliova. “We are clearly seeing a shift towards an approach within design that considers our environment and society in a much more positive way, without compromising on its aesthetics,” adds interior designer Krishna Solanki. “We will continue to see this into the year ahead and hope to experience products that are much more mainstream—an exciting time for materials and design!”

If you’re struggling to find ways to incorporate natural materials into your interior, look to your windows. Or, more specifically, your window treatments. Sometimes, “drapes are too fussy and blinds are too cold,” says interior designer Killy Scheer. In these cases, woven wood shades “offer a classy and practical alternative that warm up windows while providing privacy and protection from the sun.” At Next Day Blinds, our Woven Wood Shades feature exotic materials including bamboo, natural reeds, woods and grasses that “bring a distinctly organic texture to a room,” says interior designer Becky Dietrich. “[Woven wood shades] enhance and warm almost any decor, from modern to country.”

“Choosing natural elements and using materials that are long-lasting will result in a beautiful space with longevity that will stand the test of time,” adds Shawn Henderson of Shawn Henderson Interior Design.

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