2018 Design Trends: What To Kick And What To Keep

Does the new year have you ready to rip out all that tired 2017 decor and freshen everything up from fixtures to floors, throw pillows to paint colors? Settle in and get inspired, because we’re sharing some of the top design trends you might want to watch for in 2018 (and some you might want to leave behind):

Design Trends To Keep In 2018

Bold Colors
Trade in that all-white meets off-white living space and turn up the originality! Bold, brilliant colors are beckoning in 2018 and beyond, and there are plenty of ways to achieve the perfect blend, from pops of color in throw pillows to daring, design-forward accent walls. Our favorite hues to experiment with this year? Deep, saturated jewel tones like rich teals and indigos.

Mixed Metallics
Feeling confused on what to do with your fixtures? Abandon ship on the all-things-antique-bronze trend and consider well-mixed metals, like mid-century modern satin brass hardware with clean, rigid lines, paired with matte black industrial pendant lights. Done well, these mixed metal looks can still seem cohesive without feeling forced.

Natural Elements
In 2018, sustainable-yet-sleek elements will set the tone (think: natural, knotty woods paired with elegant elements like marble and quartz, or airy wicker and rattan furniture with modern lines to soften and lighten your living spaces).

Design Trends To Kick In 2018

Full-on Farmhouse Style
While watching early episodes of Fixer Upper might have you ready to plaster your powder room in shiplap and deck your walls in tin quote cutouts, many are ready to put this 2017 design trend out to pasture. And while modern farmhouse decor details can still be stunning in an actual revived farmhouse, placing these touches in modern, new (or newer) construction homes can feel contrived.

White-on-white Wonderland
Still dreaming of that kitchen where white cabinets, countertops, and backsplash stretch as far as the eye can see? Remember that an all-white kitchen without the right amount of movement and texture can feel stark and cold (not to mention, hard to clean!). Instead, opt for elements of white, balanced by rich tones and natural wood textures for a classic and timeless feel.

Chevron Pattern
Ready to say sayonara to chevron? This bold, zig-zag pattern made big appearances in ’16 and ’17, but there’s no shame in being ready for it to retire. Instead, opt for chevron’s more sophisticated cousin: herringbone (think: backsplash tile in a set in a classic herringbone pattern, or narrow-plank wood or tile floors laid in this special arrangement).