It seems like 2017 only just started, but designers and color trend forecasters are already looking ahead to the next year. Realtor.com's Natalie Way presents The Pantone Color Institute's predictions for what design trends will be hot in home design for 2018, including fringe, geometric patterns, and iridescent accents. Here are the six home trends that it predicts will rise to the top, and the shades that are sure to be hot in the coming year.
There are so many ways you can incorporate geometry into your decor; it’s one of the most approachable trends of the bunch. “We’ll see geometrics in everything from tile on backsplashes to wallpaper to wall art,” says interior designer Larina Kase of Philadelphia. Focus on a single accent wall, or really go for it by wallpapering
Pillows with words, framed art saying “EAT” … the typography trend is still around and going strong. “Messaging on home goods has been popular for some time now,” says Homepolish interior designer Michelle Gage. “It’ll become increasingly popular, given the way we all communicate on social media. It will remain more of a complement to a room’s story and live on in smaller finishing touches like pillows and art.”
The presence of technology, especially a year from now, will have us craving natural elements like wood more than ever. Kase expects to see wood in unexpected places like ceilings and as accent walls. “Utilitarian pieces such as lamps and pots for plants are great places for natural wood. Hand-carved wood bowls offer a natural, simple yet powerful element,” she adds.
“Fringe is going to be a hot home trend,” says Gage. We’re currently seeing it in decorative throw pillows and blankets, but Gage says to keep your eye out for this trend on small furniture pieces like footstools and ottomans. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we started to see it on curtains. I could also get behind some fringe light fixtures!” she says.
Another trend that’s ramping up now and is destined to carry over until next year is that of metallics anchoring a room. Kase says metallics may take a more dominant role, with furnishings like coffee tables and dining tables. Try offsetting a traditional upholstered sofa with an all-metal side table. “Hand-painted metallic elements on fabrics and art will add an artistic flair,” says Kase.
This is by far the most futuristic look of the group.
“The iridescent trend is one of our favorites,” says Lizzie Grover, creative director of Hutch, an interior design resource for millennials. “We love to admire all of the iridescent tables and decorative pieces.” (For example, this side table from ABC Home & Carpet.) “Unfortunately this trend is still pretty under the radar and expensive,” she adds. “Wait for this trend to get more affordable before you indulge.”