The Latest Interior Design Trends
Deciding on the latest interior design trend can feel a bit overwhelming. It takes a bit of daring to try an all-new design idea, especially if it’s a trend that you haven’t seen your friends or family implementing. In my experience, though, it’s always worth the extra effort. For many homeowners, starting small is the key to success. For example, you could take the latest fabric trend and simply incorporate it with a single throw pillow. Another option is to stick to the trends designers predict will be in vogue long-term. The following insights are safe bets with wide acceptance among the design community. Give some of these a try and let me know how it goes!
Corduroy – First velvet became popular, now corduroy is the on-trend darling of interior designers. Both are soft and durable with a highly tactile texture that’s warm, comfortable, and very visually appealing.
Mixed Materials – Design trendsetters are now mixing and matching mediums like metal, wood, glass and fabric, as well as incorporating stones and other natural materials, to create settings with more variety and a modern sensibility. Gone are the days of buying a matching collection of furnishings. Today, you can combine a sofa with exposed metal framework with side tables made of distressed wood.
Neon Signs – Light up a room, a window, or a dark basement with this bold home-design trend. Neon glass artists can create just about anything at relatively affordable prices. Have your favorite inspirational phrase turned into a neon statement. Get funky with a fun neon icon, or a completely abstract neon design. Even commercial neon signs have a place in this trending design movement.
Textile Art – Incorporating woven fabrics is one of the best ways to soften many of today’s hard-edge interiors and add new pizazz to any design concept. It’s easy to imagine pillows and throws, but the trend goes so much deeper than that. There are textile wallpapers, wall hangings, sculpture, room dividers, even framed textile art.
Vertical Garden – With all the emphasis on preserving the natural environment today, it was only a matter of time before the green movement moved indoors. In a twist on the traditional potted plant, vertical gardens (also known as living walls) are the new trend. Small ferns and plants with trailing outgrowths (like philodendron) look especially good in these wall-hung planters. But because living walls use little soil, watering needs to happen more often and plants require special care.
Clay & Terracotta – From floor tiles to flower vases, painted walls to potted plants, the burnt-orange look of clay and terracotta has gained a strong following in the design community. Known for its timeless appeal and rustic charm, the rich, earthy red and brown tones are easy to incorporate into most any setting.
Storage – As many Americans choose to live in smaller homes and make the most of every square foot, storage is now trending as a design element, as well. Instead of stuffing items out of sign in storage chests and closets, many designers are now opting for “display storage,” such as open shelving, display cases, exposed racks and clear cases. Another element of this trend: orienting storage spaces vertically to free-up more floor space.
Multi-Functional Furniture – Another space saver trending in design circles is furniture that can be used for more than just one thing. Examples include wall beds that transform into home office spaces, beds with storage drawers underneath, desks with built-in shelving, and more.
Source: Windermere Home Update
2018 Design Trends
This issue of Home Update is all about trends. You may not have the biggest or the best house in the neighborhood, but if you put these design insights to good use you can be the proud owner of a super stylish abode. According to the interior design experts, the work they’re doing, and the industry shows they’re attending, minimalism will continue to be a strong trend in 2018, cosy comfort will be combined with cold technology, and vibrant colors will be splashed across the walls.
Interior designs that pare a room to only the most essential items will continue to be a leading style. The same is true for open layouts with few walls. But experts say the look is also becoming a bit more relaxed and less structured. In other words, it’s okay to flaunt a few more possessions these days, and even be a little careless in how they’re arranged.
Adding to the more relaxed minimalist look is a complementary trend to incorporate more coziness – especially around all those cold, metallic objects of technology (big screen TV’s, computers, surround-sound speakers and more). For example, consider using a freestanding room divider to create a cozy nook in one corner of the living room.
WOOD, CORK AND BRIGHT LIGHTS
Natural wood floors will also continue to be very popular, as will wood cabinets and trim. But wood ceilings, accent walls and furnishings are also becoming trendy – as is cork flooring. To keep all that wood and cork from making a space too dark, use it sparingly and make a plan for bright lighting, as well.
The color experts at the Pantone Color Institute say metallic colors have outgrown their role as accents and are now being painted on walls and incorporated into primary pieces of furniture. Another trend they’re highlighting for 2018: fewer pastels and more intense colors.
PLUS, YOUR PERSONAL TOUCH
If you’re a creative or crafty person, you’ll be glad to learn that personal statements are another growing trend. The idea is to make your home truly unique by incorporating homemade art (including framed paintings created by your children), mementos from your travels, collectables and other items that bring your personality to life. Frugality and originality are encouraged.
FEEL FREE TO MIX AND MATCH
If the above trends seems a bit random and at times conflicting, that’s by design: 2018 is expected to be a year of rapid transition and transformation, and designers feel our homes should reflect that mix of ideas and progress.
And finally, if you’re thinking this may be the year you make the move to a new home, I would be happy to share the trends reshaping our local real estate market, as well. All you have to do is ask.
Source: Windermere Real Estate Home Update January 2018.