Happy New Year. Finding your happy space in 2018 doesn’t have to be difficult. Though decorating trends come and go it is easy to find a few that match your individual style to incorporate into your home. Whether you are looking to decorate a room or find the perfect piece of furniture remember trends eventually come back.
And, with a New Year comes lists. The media seems to think that we all like lists that tell us what to do. I like to think of them as advice columns. They give us advice on what we should do then we do what we want. The same holds true for decorating. I have been looking at a lot of different decorating lists that layout trends for 2018. The lists are endless. From using the right paint color to ousting white kitchens, to black and white colors schemes to gold-colored metals to mix and matching styles in the same room. There seems to be no end.
So, I took several days to read them over and combined a few great tips to pass along in this blog. But, the best advice I can give is to own your decorating style. Look for inspiration from magazines, mail order catalogs, apps, and websites then adopt those styles that express your individual creativity. Adopt one or two trends for your home then put your own stamp on your design. For me, this is the best way to decorate. I also never go to a store and select an entire room’s décor at one time. I like to have the rooms that I am decorating evolve over time. This way I have time to find unique accent pieces when I travel or visit new stores that I have never been before.
Decorating trends to adopt for 2018
So, what’s hot in 2018? Here’s a list of six sizzling 2018 decorating trends that can easily be incorporated into any home décor.
In 2018 it is vogue to mix and match styles and that’s why it tops my list as this year’s best trend. As a matter of fact, the trend this year is to not have your entire room match at all. I guess I have been ahead of this trend for years now. So bring on the textures, colors, patterns, and embellishments. The minimalist look is gone. This year we are headed for a style that lets us express our maximalist selves.
Say a sad farewell to neutrals because this year bold colors are in. Check out a recent blog I wrote on those colors to use to make a statement in 2018. One of those colors is Oceanside Blue. Inspired by travel, it is easy to see why this jewel-toned green-blue hue was chosen as the 2018 Color of the Year by Sherwin Williams. Its deep rich color is both relaxing and refreshing and speaks to the “beach” side of all of us. Other colors making it on the “must have” list this year are Ultra Violet and Caliente, a vibrant red full of energy. And, according to House Beautiful making a comeback this year is Olive Green. But, word of caution, only use when it is paired up with chartreuse.
Mixing metallics. Golden brass tones are making a comeback but mixing them with other metals gets a big thumbs up this year. So, no need to fret if you like brass accents in your stainless steel kitchen or bathroom.
Floral patterns, a timeless combination, and natural materials
The resurgence of floral patterns in fabrics and wall art is going big and bold for the New Year. Remember use your sense of color here and make a statement.
The color combination of black and white is both seamless and timeless. I don’t know if this trend has ever truly gone out of style. However, what you do need to know is that it is hot for 2018. This can also be one of the easiest trends to incorporate into your home. Black and white furnishings can mix well with pops of color such as Ultra Violet, Oceanside, and Caliente for that special wow factor.
Natural materials such as stone, copper, concrete, marble and granite are all the rage in 2018. The idea here is that these materials can add ambience and bring about a sense of balance to your home. A few ideas to use to incorporate this trend is to add a concrete coffee or dining table or marble and granite countertops. One of the best ways to incorporate natural materials into your home is to add a few houseplants. Putting them in hand-woven natural baskets is even better.
The most important thing to keep in mind is that decorating is fun. There is no reason to be stressed out about it. If you are apprehensive about mixing styles or colors many furniture stores have free in-home consultations. I also find the folks at local paint stores to be very knowledgeable and helpful. Bringing a photo of your room and its dimensions with you is also a valuable tool for both yourself and sales personnel.