Ready or not, 2018 is here! Designers and brands expect home decor to be bolder than years before, with vivid jewel tones and luxe velvet and brass balanced out with organic accents. As always, stick with what you love, regardless of what’s in or out. But if your resolution is to refresh your home (whether with a new coat of paint or a pretty piece of furniture), here are the top trends to try—along with some you should skip.
OUT: All-White Kitchens
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All-white interiors are on their way out. Kitchens in particular will continue to brighten up in the new year, swapping stark white for warm wood tones and new neutrals including cream, blue, and gray, Houzz reports.
OUT: White and Stainless Steel Sinks
Sinks will follow suit with darker, more daring designs. We’ve already seen it with the copper farmhouse sink trend, but also watch out for concrete and stone styles.
OUT: Accent Walls
So long, lone wall. This is one fad Lauren Liess, interior designer and host of HGTV’s Best House on the Block, is ready to retire. “Accent walls were big in the ’80s and ’90s and are an instant way to make a room look like it was decorated then,” Liess explains. Instead, for interest, incorporate timeless texture such as millwork and wainscoting (Houzz says both are trending for 2018)
OUT: Word Art
Sure, signs or throw pillows spelling out sentiments such as “Home,” “Family,” or full quotes may seem like a simple way to create a fun focal point. But the concept has become overdone in recent years (with the exception of vintage signs, charts, and other objects repurposed into art, of course). In 2018, look for less literal ways to express yourself.
OUT: Random Architectural Elements
Architectural elements should be cohesive with the style of your home. For example, barn doors just don’t look right in an otherwise traditional house, nor do formal columns in a suburban space. All of these things are amazing in the right setting but when applied inappropriately and all over the place, they quickly become dated trends.
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2018 is set to make a bold entrance. Pantone just named Ultra Violet its Color of the Year, while Sherwin-Williams selected Oceanside SW 6496 (think emerald green meets sapphire). Both shades are said to be especially invigorating—just the motivation we need for this new year.
IN: Heavy Cabinetry
Again, rather than stark-white kitchen cabinets, expect to see warm grays, blues, and creams, as well as wood grain tones.
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Whether you love it or hate it, brass is back and better than ever. The aged finish adorns kitchen cabinets and living room furniture and shines as serveware and vintage-inspired light fixtures alike.
Wabi-sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection. In home design, this translates to handmade or hand-painted items including rough linens and pottery. The result? A deeply personal, organic aesthetic.
IN: Shapely Furniture
Couches will take cues from the ’70s this season, with quirky curves that liven up your living room.