To stay in the know on the home front, I asked a few leading interior design experts what will be in vogue for 2018, and came up with these top eight trends. Who knows, maybe a few of these will show up in my home or yours:
Hues of blue. Every year, top paint brands try to influence color trends (and stir up paint sales) by declaring their own color of the year. These color choices often have no common denominator. However, for 2018, three top paint brands anointed shades of bluish green as the defining color for 2018: Behr chose In the Moment, Dunn-Edwards picked a similar shade called The Green Hour, and Sherwin-Williams dubbed Oceanside as the color of the year, a deep, opulent shade that the company’s director of color marketing called, “the color of wanderlust.” Whatever you call it, shades of marine blue are surfacing in décor this season.
A velvet explosion. Watch for surges and splurges of velvet, which is poised to take over the design stratosphere, said New York designer Elaine Griffin. “Design now is about celebrating everyday luxuries, and no fabric does that better than velvet,” she said. Unlike linens and microfiber suedes, velvet adds instant sophistication to any seating group. It's the ‘it’ fiber for the new year, especially in jewel tones like sapphire, citrine, emerald, amethyst, and pink garnet.
Anything but stainless. Consumers are experiencing “stainless fatigue," said Beverly Hills designer Christopher Grubb. “Thus, we are paneling kitchen appliances, so they disappear and make the space look larger.”
Blackened floors. Black has also been growing in popularity in plumbing fixtures and furniture over the last few years, added Grubb, so it’s only natural for it to become on-trend in flooring. Though gray wood continues to be popular, Fishburne said to watch for black and darker charcoals emerging in floor tiles as well.
Accessories come alive. Expect to see more houseplants, indoor herb garden, and even shower plants — that’s right, plants that live in your shower – this year, said Fishburne.
Cozy living. Call it hygge (pronounced “hue-gah”), the Danish word for a warm, gracious place, or cosagach (pronounced coze-sag-coh), the Scottish term for the state of being "snug, sheltered or cozy," the cozy living movement will continue strong into 2018, said Fishburne. “We still have a desire for this simple, quiet, disconnected lifestyle where our home is our haven.”
More wood. On cabinets and floors, we’re moving away from white and gray into wood tones and finishes, said Grubb. “An overwhelming amount of our residential projects are using hardwood flooring right through the bedrooms, as wall-to-wall carpeting is being left behind.” Wider plank sizes remain the preferred choice for a project with an edge.
Made by hand. A trend powered by technology, home furnishings made by humans not machines are getting attention.