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Design Trends To Watch For In 2018

Whew!  That was fast.  As 2017 draws to a close and we are readying for the holidays, some of us can't help but think of what 2018 will bring.  From my visits to market and looking at Pinterest, Houzz, and the shelter magazines that arrive in my mailbox, I'm seeing some major trends.  

I've put it all together for you, dear reader, right here.


Benjamin Moore just declared Caliente AF-290, as the Color for 2018.  They describe the color as strong, radiant and full of energy.  


There is a tendency towards geometrics and warm colors such as reds and oranges and blacks and whites giving an ethnic accent to interiors.


Yes, it's true!  A lot of us were tired of brass in the 70's and 80's and relegated it to the back burner.  But, as so many trends do, brass has come back and I'm loving it.  I'm not one to believe all your metals have to be exactly the same.  I love the mix of brass with bronze and with chrome.  


I contend it's never been out, but it makes a strong comeback in 2018.  Grasscloth has always been a classic for adding texture, but now even bold patterns are on the scene.  And I love it!  These new looks are definitely great in a powder room or bedroom, but really can be used for any room of the house.  


I saw so much velvet at Las Vegas Market this past Summer.  It gives a warm touch to sofas and dining chairs.  


The pale tone of Millennial Pink has been in vogue for some time now and it's not going away yet.  Pink is the new neutral.  And I'm in love with pink (rose gold) on metals from furniture to faucets.

Black Kitchens

The tuxedo kitchen is back.  Another design blogger wrote about the return of the tuxedo kitchen (black lower cabinets and white uppers).  I'm totally on-board with that timeless classic.


Bronze has been in and still will be for a while.  As previously mentioned, it mixes beautifully with the new brass for a warm-toned mix.  


Uh-huh, this is a new one for me too, but I've been reading more about it.  Most of us have heard of feng shui, which everyone was talking about a few years ago.  I'm interested in feng shui.  I've studied it a little and most of the principles are just good design basics in my opinion.  

But now there's a new Japanese design trend on the scene - wabi-sabi.  Wikipedia defines wabi-sabi as:

In traditional Japanese aesthetics, Wabi-sabi (侘寂) is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”.
— Wikipedia

All of the above trends I mentioned can probably be summed up as wabi-sabi.  I just see a mix of old and new and different textures and metals and trends.  Nothing is cookie-cutter.

I hope you enjoyed this.  Want to stay on top of the trends for next year? Be certain to Pin for later!


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Jill OrnelasAmbiance