It’s no surprise, I have a pulse on all things design and decor. I’m in people’s homes every day and I visit four to five trade shows a year. Still not convinced? In addition to having all this at my fingertips I also have a secret weapon, an entire design community of thousands of other designers. With the invention of social media designers are now universally connected coast to coast. At any given moment I have access to the opinions of over five thousand other designers who have a pulse on design trends in their area. So when I start to see the same types of requests, along with designers asking for the same things I know we have a trend on the horizon!
So what can you expect to start showing up in your home over the next year? Here’s my top eight decor predictions for 2018:
1) No more stainless appliances
2) Quartz or Marble counters
Just like the stainless appliances that have really over stayed their welcome, granite is finally phasing it self out. So if you’re about to start a new project don’t immediately date your house by installing granite. Choose either quartz or marble. These two materials are on the rise and traditional speckled granite that has over populated every house in America is officially out!
3) Patterned Tiles
Subway tile certainly had its time and place. It’s easy for people to sign up for because it was neutral and it coordinates with every thing. No hard decisions. Unfortunately, it’s boring and well it’s boring. Some of the best remodeling decisions you can make right now is to avoid the subway tile and opt for a patterned, textured or cement tile with serious pattern and design. I mean look at these? The shadowing is spectacular and would make any backsplash pop!
4) Open Shelving
Today’s homeowner is all about convenience. Combine that with the simple movement and you now have a growing trend in open shelving on the horizon. Open shelves allow easy access to your thingss and displays your every day items in a beautiful way, rather than hiding them behind a cabinet. It’s a win-win.
5) Live plants
Unless you’ve been living under a rock it’s safe to say that a lot of people are on edge due to the current political climate. A fan or not of what’s going on one thing is for sure, we’re all seeking refuge. One great way to bring peace and ease to our lives is through live plants in our homes. Fake plants need not apply. I believe that it is the combination of a living thing that needs tending to along with natures beauty that brings us peace of mind and calm. Don’t have a green thumb? Try a cactus garden or plants that are considered more hardy. Trust me there is nothing like having a small garden of plants inside your home.
One of the biggest trends sweeping the nation right now is the “hoo-ga” movement. Hygge is a Danish word that captures a vibe of simplicity within your home. The goal is that one achieves it by taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, every day moments and things more meaningful with mindfulness. Every day comforts of home that we take advantage of or neglect to pay attention to like comfy quilts, crooked coffee cups, and the simplicities of life that make it good. Moving forward living more simply with less will be one of the biggest trends of 2018 and 2019.
I use green often as it is one of the strongest Feng Shui cures for someone who’s Chi is out of balance. Green in Feng Shui represents the wood element. If you have too much water or fire bringing in more wood can bring more balance. Green is one of the most universal colors for therapy. It allows us to thrive and feels good. No other color can soothe as much as green can. But my dominate element is wood so perhaps I’m partial!
This is a trend that seems to go in and out but is always there in the background. Again with the political climate and the popularity of Chip and Joanna Gains, Americana is one trend that will be on the rise in the next two years. With Hygge beginning to sweep the nation, along with the tiny movement, people are looking for simple creature comforts. Nothing feels more like home than that of Americana. It’s simple, easy and approachable. It is a design style that has wear and tear, items are repurposed and it isn’t fussy. All the things that Americans are currently craving.
While some things may disappoint, and some may excite, there’s no doubt that big changes in home decor are upon us. When ever there is a big cultural shift, like an election, homeowners start to make big changes in their buying decisions. The usual comforts of what we have known are out the door and these trends will be sweeping the nation in no time flat!