2018 Home Decor Trends: New Year, New Decor
What’s Trending For 2018?
The Web is abuzz with 2018 home decor trends; some are continuing from 2017, like the concepts of hygge (which I hope NEVER becomes unfashionable…) and upcycling (love this, too). To be honest, trends are fascinating to me; I’ve never been one to adopt a trend simply because, but I’m always pleased when one resonates with me. This year, a couple of them actually do!
Coffeehouses and Libraries
Pop culture, political topics, current events – these all drive trends. But I prefer to consider those that reflect how we enjoy experiences outside our homes – and how we infuse them into home spaces – as the trends that are personally meaningful and timeless.
Picture this – reading quietly with a cup of coffee in your own, private library. Even if it is in the corner of your cluttered office, it’s still private. Non-technical intellectual contentment. And we’re talking turning pages – reading printed books here. For those who may not know what an old-school printed book is, this should help:
book [boo k] noun – A handwritten or printed work of fiction or nonfiction, usually on sheets of paper fastened or bound together within covers
Books – and coffee – but for kitchen spaces, we’re looking to create mini-coffee houses, here – a space dedicated to coffee preparation and enjoyment. Newsflash: I already have this, and my hubby is the barista. Actually, we do rock, paper, scissors to see who gets the coffee (and I always lose). So I guess I’m the barista.
Okay, I’m relieved I nailed this trend: coffee area, favorite coffee cup, liquid enjoyment, a place to sit and read quietly. Happy, fuzzy pants and slippers. (Why is this not hygge?)
Yet I think the idea here is to replicate what we love about coffeehouse and library atmospheres. What does that mean to you? Go deeper than the smell of books and ground coffee. And not old, moldy, dank and stuffy libraries – rather, areas with comfy leather chairs next to windows streaming natural light (Natural light never goes out of style. If it does, I’m bucking the trend. Watch me.) Stacks and shelves of books patiently waiting to be explored…and you’ll be there all day. Isn’t that just heaven?
For decor, try clever uses of printed matter and books themselves in art, upcycled or displayed form. Even typeset or handwriting print on fabrics, or decoupaged on surfaces or accessories.
Love that trend. Books are BACK this year! Yay!
But here’s another trend – one I don’t like at all.
Hide Your Stuff
Open concept storage. What the…?! Taking the doors off closets to make it “more convenient” to store and access your stuff? Removing cabinet facings or installing open shelving to show off how neatly dishes are stacked?! You know what that means for people like me?
Well, it ain’t happening in my house…not on my watch. But you can do it if you want, if you think folks want to see your paired shoes arranged neatly and your bath towels stacked with the folded edge out, grouped by color, and your purses perfectly hung by size. What’s next…open drawers?! In the meantime, I’m saying it’s all I can do to get stuff put away. I don’t want to be constantly reminded of my organizational shortcomings, and I certainly don’t want them on display. So there.
Next Up: Colors and Fabrics
2018 is shaping up to be an interesting year for color. With Pantone anointing “Ultra Violet” as 2018 Color of the Year, we should expect drama to follow, no? Well, yes. A lot of drama and sophistication, but playful and natural, too. Thank goodness – because I’m certainly not the picture of elegance and refinement – exactly the opposite.
Loving the idea of 2018’s neutral and organic colors, though – greens, deep blues and rich berry shades – not contrived, but the natural and healthy essences of pomegranate, kale and avocado. Not that kale would ever find its way into my home in vegetable form, but it’s a captivating color.
In the color and finish categories also are the metallics – bordering on the iridescent – the leaders being rose gold (lovely), copper (even better) and brass (should’ve stayed in the 90s in my humble opinion).
Rearing their ugly 1990s heads are florals and pinks, but softer and a little less patterned and “mauve-y”. Back then it was hunter green and mauve, today it’s kale and berry. Big difference, I hope…unless it’s trimmed in brass. Eeew.
Velvet has also made a dramatic comeback in sofas, pillows and rugs. Velvet is a delicious tactile-textile…one of my personal favorites. Except for paint-by-number acrylics on black velvet, no…keep those in the attic, please.
And back to books – fabrics woven and printed with hand-lettering and old typeset – scholarly nostalgia. To compliment this air of academia and worldliness are globally-inspired patterns, weaves and textures, mixed and matched.
Oxygen is IN!
Retro furniture is still trending, so that yard sale lowboy can move in from the garage. Dark woods are still with us – the espresso and deep chocolates – those pair well with the rich organics.
And speaking of rich organics, plants are in again. Another newsflash – they never went out – but I guess the trend-tracking design buffs insist that oxygen is new for 2018. Go figure.
Art with a vivid three-dimensional appearance is also in; large and bold installations of images immerse the viewer. Apparently movies aren’t enough, we need bigger, stronger engagements in our living spaces. I’ll wait to reserve judgment and watch that one play out…it does sound intriguing.
Vintage, rustic and industrial is not washed up – exposed brick, rock and textured concrete finishes are still popular for floors, and are scaling the walls as well.
Recycling, upcycling, DIY decor – these are still going strong. Lines of products, like light kits and clock mechanisms, are being introduced to assist the clever and crafty repurposer. So keep your eyes peeled for useful items making DIY easier and faster.
2018 is Coming…
Just when you get a handle on 2018’s trends, they’ll publish their outlook for 2019. Stay tuned; 2019 begins in March…that’s just three months away!
What 2018 home decor trends resonate with you? Share your comments below!
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