If your new year resolution included refreshing your space, you may be anticipating the interior design trends for 2018. Drawing from our work over the past year, as well as taking cues from our industry, we offer a glimpse into the latest looks for your home.
A Move to More Modern Design
At the beginning of the new millennium, we saw interior design schemes move toward transitional styles. Traditional pieces were given cleaner lines and neutral palettes. Today we are seeing another shift, this time from transitional to an even more modern aesthetic. The sleek look traditionally associated with modern design has been muted to include softer lines and textures. While you can still find traditional and transitional-style furniture and accessories, the more modern look has replaced most of the traditional styles in stores and catalogs. Suppliers have over-adjusted their inventory to the new design trend, making designing for homeowners with more formal tastes challenging.
Within this transition to modern styling, we are seeing a strong influence of “modern rustic”. In construction and remodeling, this design scheme means clients are looking to combine natural elements with modern touches. For example, a sleek kitchen may include rough-sawn timber beams on the ceiling. Also, stacked stone continues to be a popular choice for backsplashes and fireplaces. Heftier lines through elements like thick countertops and wood shelving are another enduring trend, both with modern and modern rustic styles.
Interior Design Materials and Finishes
We expect to see unique and natural materials used more frequently in designs in 2018. At High Point Market this past fall, we saw many examples of this trend, including adding shagreen as a veneer. These textural materials, which also include grass cloth and raffia, bring additional visual interest to a piece of furniture. We are also seeing more clear acrylics incorporated into accessories and furniture. For example, acrylic legs would be included on a wood or upholstered chair. Finally, found natural pieces are being used in unique ways, such as tree trunks that have been gilded, or interesting wood as a table base. Beautiful stones, geodes and agates are serving as remarkable accessories in our clients’ homes.
Matte gold has made a comeback in lighting finishes, and we are also seeing it in plumbing fixtures, furniture handles and cabinet hardware. The swing back to warmer finishes has fully developed for 2018.
Decorative Art & Accessories
Decorative art reflects interior design trends, and this year we are finding an Asian influence entering the scene. The use of bamboo in the frames and natural themes within the pieces support this idea. For example, we came across a lovely set of Asian-inspired wall murals at Market that would cover a whole wall. New styles are emerging in rugs as well, where we are finding an abundance of highly saturated colors and vintage tribal themes.
Color and Pattern:
Grey and white continue to dominate interior design color schemes; however, we are also seeing softer hues like pinks and blushes. In terms of pattern, filler fabrics (those that support the main color scheme in a space) continue to be made in geometrics. Small-scale geometric patterns are being combined with large-scale patterns and solid textural fabrics to add visual interest.
Furniture & Case Goods
Customization seems to be the theme in furniture for 2018. More companies are coming out with very customizable lines both in upholstery and case goods. For example, you can design your own sofa, choosing the arm, back, leg, and cushion styles. You can choose to create a simple three-drawer chest to include detail painting technique, different legs, doors or drawers, or even keep it open. These options in modular design are especially wonderful for the particular furniture buyer!
For more information on interior design trends for 2018, check out our blog post from our visit to High Point Market. If you would like advice on how to bring current trends into your home, send us an email, or give us a call at 317.253.8986.