Design Trends, Ideas + Inspiration

Design Trends for 2018

The new year has arrived, providing us with the opportunity to look forward. This is especially true in the world of design. Designers and trend-setters have made their New Year predictions for the hottest interior design trends. So, it seems only fitting that we should take a moment to look at these expected design trends. From colors to materials and finishes, we are seeing some great elements arriving on the scene for 2018.

Color of the Year: Ultra Violet

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Let’s start with color. Every year Pantone announces their Color of the Year, which usually takes the design world by storm. This year Pantone has selected Ultra Violet as the color of the year. While Millennial Pink is still expected to stick around, Ultra Violet is a much bolder color that is bound to elicit strong reactions. I happen to just love Ultra Violet and am excited to see it as the color of the year.

Pantone describes Ultra Violet, a deep, blue-based purple, as “a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade. PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.” From accessories to larger pieces like sofas, Ultra Violet will be making a splash over the coming year.

Bold + Bright Colors

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In addition to Ultra Violet, other bold, bright colors are also expected to make a big impact in 2018. Pantone put together eight groups that incorporate this color trend, and my favorite one is called TECH-nique. Incorporating blue, green, fuchsia, purple, hot pink and almond white, this bold palette is certainly eye-catching and intended to reflect our intense modern lifestyles. While the palette features a variety of colors, you can incorporate as many or as few as you would like.

Geometric Patterns

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Strong geometric patterns are garnering attention for the upcoming year, especially in a black and white palette. Readily available in accessories and textiles, geometric prints will make their way onto interior walls in the form of art, wallpaper and tile. Wallpapers are taking on a new sophisticated tone, and in many cases mimic a tile background so well you’ll do a double take.


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Plants are an easy and affordable way to be on trend for the coming season. (Really, are they ever not in style?) Plants with colorful markings add depth to a room while removing CO2 from the air. Fun planters–hanging and floor models, and even ones that mount to the wall–will provide the ability to layer and create depth as decorative accent pieces.

Colorful Kitchens

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Kitchens are expected to incorporate more color in 2018. From cabinets to countertops, color can help the kitchen look warmer and hide cooking related stains and damages. Even the kitchen sink will get in on the action by moving away from stainless steel and incorporating materials like stone, copper, concrete and even granite.


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While we’ll continue to see a mix of metallics in modern interiors, brass is expected to move to the forefront. Home accessories are an easy way to incorporate metallic glamour into your room design, but metallic furniture really adds a wow factor. Try a small side table or console table in a metallic finish for a nice punch of shine without overpowering the room.

While many elements will come into play for 2018’s interior designs trends, the one element that stands out the most to me is the incorporation of more color throughout the home. It’s time to be bold, my friends!

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Nicole Tatem

Nicole Tatem

Nicole is the Sr. Site Merchandiser for Accessories, Kids, and Textiles at YLiving. She is obsessed with great design in all forms with a special love for jewelry, wine bottle labels, and tableware. When she’s not exploring the many museums and art galleries of the Bay Area, Nicole spends time looking for and visiting obscure and unusual destinations (locally and abroad) while practicing her photography skills.

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