Something about a new year is universally inspiring. We make resolutions to improve ourselves and our lives (no matter how many times we’ve failed them in the past), and we seem somehow energized to ask, “What’s next?!”
One of my favorite aspects of the new year is all the planning and predicting about what trends are coming and going in the various design worlds - from furniture to interior design to fashion.
Of course, if you read enough predictions, they start to contradict one another and/or include just about everything under the sun. One designer says beiges are on their way out as another welcomes them back, and I read one article that cited both the decline and return of bright, bold colors!
So I filtered them for you. Here are my top 5 predictions for interior design—and especially furniture—for 2018, and some simple ways you can incorporate them without redesigning your entire house.
No one can really agree one which color. Alex Papachristidis thinks green. Peter Dunham favors an, “earthy, ochre-y yellow.” But most agree that it’s time to bring back at least a few dramatic shades.
“We are seeing a big return to bright and clear colors . . . people are so over gray, beige, and greige!”—Timothy Corrigan, via Vogue Magazine
When designers can’t agree, I default to Pantone’s color of the year. Designers in every industry and genre refer to Pantone for their insight at the beginning of each new year, so you really can’t go wrong.
And Pantone’s pick for 2018? Ultra Violet 18-3838.
Whether it’s natural fabrics, bamboo, cork, or (sustainably forested or reclaimed) wood, designers are swinging toward natural elements to help create warm, cozy living spaces. You know I’m on board for this trend, ‘cause restoring and maintaining beautiful, upcycled wood is what I do.
Not sure how I feel about this one, personally, but there’s no denying it’s a trend. Whether it’s accent color paint or patterned wallpapers, 2018 may prove to be the Year of the Ceilling. Pinterest’s year end report recorded a 310% increase in the number of pins saved for searches like, “statement ceilings.”
5. MCM Giving Way to Curves
Designers and architects are heralding the return of curves, namely in couches, but why stop there?
I like a nice MCM aesthetic, but a lot of designers agree it’s had its (second) day in the sun and it’s hard to disagree. With so many 2018 trends moving toward “warm and cozy”—from deep colors, to traditional patterns, to natural elements—it’s hard to imagine straight, clean lines as part of that setting.