Ready or not, 2018 is here. Designers and brands expect home decor to be bolder than years before, with vivid jewel tones and luxe velvet and brass balanced out with organic accents. As always, stick with what you love, regardless of what's in or out.
But if your New Year's resolution is to refresh your home (whether with a new coat of paint or a pretty piece of furniture), here are the top trends to try—along with some you should skip.CountryLiving.com says all-white interiors are on their way out.
Kitchens in particular will continue to brighten up in the new year, swapping stark white for warm wood tones and new neutrals including cream, blue, and gray, Houzz reports.
OUT: White and Stainless Steel Sinks
Sinks will follow suit with darker, more daring designs. We've already seen it with the copper farmhouse sink trend, but also watch out for concrete and stone styles.
OUT: Accent Walls
So long, lone wall. This is one fad Lauren Liess, interior designer and host of HGTV's Best House on the Block, is ready to retire. 'Accent walls were big in the '80s and '90s and are an instant way to make a room look like it was decorated then,' Liess
explains. Instead, for interest, incorporate timeless texture such as millwork and wainscoting (Houzz says both are trending for 2018) or statement ceilings, one of Pinterest's top home predictions and something we saw coming back in the fall.
OUT: Word Art
Sure, signs or throw pillows spelling out sentiments such as 'Home,' 'Family,' or full quotes may seem like a simple way to create a fun focal point. But the concept has become overdone in recent years (with the exception of vintage signs, charts, and
other objects repurposed into art, of course). In 2018, look for less literal ways to express yourself.
IN: Jewel Tones
Fall and winter were all about dark, cozy colors, and 2018 is set to make a similarly bold entrance. Pantone just named Ultra Violet its Color of the Year, while Sherwin-Williams selected Oceanside SW 6496 (think emerald green meets sapphire). Both shades
are said to be especially invigorating—just the motivation we need as we head into the new year.
Whether you love it or hate it, brass is back and better than ever in the new year. The aged finish adorns kitchen cabinets and living room furniture and shines as serveware and vintage-inspired light fixtures alike, as in this beautiful bathroom from
One Kings Lane.
Wabi-sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection. In home design, this translates to handmade or hand-painted items including rough linens and pottery (like the Farmhouse Pottery pictured). The result? A deeply personal, organic aesthetic.
IN: Statement Storage
'Statement storage will be a growing trend in 2018,' says Anthropologie's customer styling director Christina Frederick. 'Gone are the days of sacrificing style for function. Versatile pieces like this tamboured buffet are expanding beyond media and
dining rooms for creative placement throughout the home. There seems to be a growing desire for high-end organization in our personal space, a desire for things—and life—to feel pulled together.'