10 Decorating Trends to Watch Out for in 2018
It’s the biggest piece of furniture in your living room, so why hide it? “We are loving heavily tufted sofas that make their presence known, say Melissa Warner Rothblum and Julie Massucco Kleiner of Massucco Warner Miller. “For a real pop, opt for a jewel tone like emerald green or deep periwinkle—preferably in a Holland and Sherry wool.”
More is More
“I don’t think the minimalist look will ever completely go out of style, but I think a new wave of decadent, playful, and over-the-top trends are heading our way,” says Jessica McClendon of Glamour Nest—and she’s looking to the runway for inspiration. “Home decor often takes a cue from fashion, and with designers like Gucci (my favorite!) delighting the world with fun embellished clothing and accessories, I have no doubt we’ll see this in interiors, too,” she says. McClendon is predicting lots of vibrant colors, embroidery, patterns, appliqués, and embellishments like pearls and sparkles.
If you’ve got a soft spot in your heart for animal figurines, you’re in luck! Anna Brockway, co-founder and CMO at Chairish, says it’s time to kick it up a notch. “Animal-inspired furnishings bring a much-needed dose of wit and surprise to a space,” Brockway says. From small-scale figurines to fluffy sheep-shaped accent pieces the size of, well, sheep, there’s a critter or creature for everyone.
Interior designer Lindsay Pennington is also looking to the runway for inspiration. “People are starting to embrace fanciful, colorful prints in their homes,” Pennington says. “High contrast patterns in rich colors (think peacock, aubergine, and russet) will make their way from couture designs to the living room. I’d love to see a sofa slipcovered in Décors Barbares “Dans la Forêt,” or see a table set with La DoubleJ's "Pavone" dessert plates, which are so suggestive of a very personal and expressive point-of-view.”
Bold Bathroom Wallpaper
Who says your powder room can’t be the center of attention? “I’m looking forward to pairing bold, large-scale patterned wallpaper with raised white paneling (which is fairly common in many new homes),” says Emily Ruddo of Emily Ruddo Interior Design. “Mixing the paper with white paneling and using it in a contained space keeps it from overwhelming the entire room. If you aren’t sure if wallpaper is for you, this is a great way to experiment!”
“Layer blankets and pillows to really play up the comfort of your bed,” says Kara Smith of SFA Design. “Begin with your mattress and sheets, add a cushy topper, then top everything with cozy blankets. Don’t forget to include a variety of pillows—some for sitting, some for lounging, and others for sleeping. It’s the ultimate in luxury design!”
This simple update will add a touch of luxury to store-bought curtains. “Attach a detailed trim to fabric curtains to create a custom, layered look,” says Ruddo. Look for a texture or color that works with the curtains you have to give them a little oomph. Or for a quick update if you don’t want to DIY, purchase some curtains already trimmed, like this one from Anthropologie.
Handcrafted Pieces in Down-to-Earth Tones
“Warm, earthy tones will make a comeback this season,” says Jodie Fried, co-founder of Armadillo & Co. “From soft beige and tan to rich mustard and terracotta, we’re seeing a shift away from last year’s cooler, more minimal palette toward warm, exotic, and energizing hues.” And those traditional handcrafted items are here to stay. “Accent pieces that showcase the process, use natural materials, and incorporate folkloric patterns are the perfect way to bring life to a space,” she says.
Mad for Marble
This classic, elegant stone isn’t just for countertops and tile. “Recently we’ve seen marble transition into furniture applications, such as coffee table tops,” Pennington explains. “For 2018, I'm loving the embrace of smaller touches of colorful marbled patterns in accessories, such as dinner plates, which bring a luxe and layered look to any decor.” If you’re ready to step up your tabletop game, this is a timeless but effective place to start.
“It may be more of an anti-trend, but authenticity is something I turn back to year after year,” says Caroline Scheeler, co-founder and creative director of Jayson Home. “Whether my kids are asking me what to wear or a friend is asking how to decorate their home, my answer is the same: it’s always best if you do you! Break the rules. Surround yourself with the things you love and that inspire you. Celebrate your personal creativity and originality. If you’re coming from a place of true authenticity, it will look good!”