Make Over Your Home with These Five Interior Design Trends for 2018

Embrace the comfort

Embrace the comfort

Are you interested in sprucing up your home’s interior in 2018? Consider utilizing one or more of the trends in interior design that we’ve identified below.

We think these five trends will dominate the decor field throughout next year. In combination or alone, they can radically alter and enhance the aesthetic and personal value you perceive in your home’s rooms.

Whether you try one, a combination, or all five, these trends can be easily tailored and customized to express your own design principles and preferences.

Design, both in 2018 and beyond, should always be more about creating an interior space that is a more perfect expression of your tastes, needs, and preferences -- a place that both comforts and energizes you and your family. Use these trends to enhance and refine your own home space.

1. Embrace the Comfort

Cozy, comfy … the words we associate with home will receive special emphasis next year. With the high conflict and sociopolitical drama of 2017 hopefully behind us -- but also even if it continues (maybe especially then) -- homeowners will crave a safe, comfortable space that feels like a physical embrace.

The worldwide embrace of the Danish concept of hygge is one example of this continuing trend.

Reading nooks

Carving up larger spaces into smaller ones using furniture groupings, color, and textiles to create more intimate areas based on use

2. Experiment with Warm Materials and Colors

Color trends for 2018 include utilizing bold, bright hues to create drama and interest in a cost-effective, easily-managed way. You can also use colors as well as materials to create a warmer, cozier environment for your home.

Consider the difference between stainless steel and bronze. Immediately, one feels cooler, more industrial, more logical, and less emotional, while the other conjures up images of a farm kitchen, a warm “hearth and home” feeling. Other useful, warmer materials include cork and wood.

This extends to fabrics as well. Swap out textured choices such as burlap and pure cotton for more sophisticated choices. Breathable, natural textiles will create a cozier look and feel in most rooms.

3. Simple, Clean, Modern Lines

On the other hand, you’ll also see a return to simpler lines and construction when it comes to furniture and furnishings. Geometrically oriented designs and shapes will prevail over more ornate, rococo, and Baroque stylistic approaches.

You can experiment with this look in an interesting way by mixing it with the trend towards comfort and warmth, if you’d like to keep it from becoming too industrial in tone.

4. Upcycling and Recycling

Make the most of what you’ve already got by using recycled material wherever possible.

Another great trend to watch is upcycling: taking basic shapes and products and turning them into something new and fresh. For example, an old door can become a headboard. An interesting, solidly thrown pottery bowl can be transformed into a sink basin. Or a large tree stump can metamorphose into a beautiful coffee table.

Both upcycling and recycling signal a return to frugality and simplicity, which are themselves cultural and design trends we’ll see more of in the New Year. Simpler, unfussy, uncomplicated -- these are watchwords for interior design in 2018.

5. Luxe Touches

Of course, not everything in 2018 will be austerity and starkness. Experimenting with special touches, albeit in small and controlled ways, is a great way to add a touch of luxury to your home.

One way to do this is to swap out twill or blend fabric throw pillows for pillow covers in materials like velvet and suede. These fabrics convey luxury and richness, while still maintaining a pleasing textural look and feel for visual interest and comfort.

You can also add smaller pieces upholstered in leather, or with leather accents. The same principles apply here: rich, luxurious design values married with a more rustic, warm aesthetic.

Working With Design Trends

As with fashion, working with home design trends can help open up your design horizons, or it can force you to adopt a persona that doesn’t feel authentic. The trick to working with trends, then, is to curate them carefully and adopt them to your tastes and preferences, not the other way around.

And if you’d like some professional guidance on home interior makeovers next year, let us know. We’d love to help you refine and execute your vision.