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March 07, 2018 | home-renovations

Circles, Purples and Wabi-Sabi: Fun New Decor Trends for 2018


We all like a fresh start, and one of the best ways to kick off 2018 may be to latch on to one of the new interior design trends.

With most home decor items available at a variety of price points, there’s no reason you can't have fun updating your abode to reflect some of the year’s newest styles. Consider how some of these changes might work well in your home.

  • Plenty of purple. Prince fans, unite. Since Pantone’s color of the year is Ultra Violet, we can expect to see it in everything from couches to wall art to dinnerware to clothing. Lavender is also seeing a comeback.
  • Gray, begone. Beige and brown replace gray as the neutrals of choice
  • Yellower greens. Green will reportedly be big in shades of olive and chartreuse.
  • Classy brass. While brass accents were last seen in a big way in the 1980s, they’re slated to make a big comeback in kitchens, baths and lighting over the next year, edging out brushed silver and stainless steel finishes.
  • Matchy-matchy. Many designers will be matching trim and furniture paint with wall paint.
  • No more blanket white. Many Americans went for the all-white look in their kitchens and bathrooms over the past few years, springing for white cabinetry, tile, counter tops and appliances that looked stellar but were sometimes tricky to keep clean. Kitchens are still trending toward white, but now they’ll feature accents of gray and blue, with warm wood tones chosen more often for cabinetry. "I'm really into saturated color with white to balance it out so it doesn’t feel overwhelming," TV personality Joanna Gaines recently told House Beautiful, noting she particularly likes green with white.
  • Decor based on ikigai. Instead of or in addition to feng shui, some designers are focusing on the Japanese word that means a sense of purpose, joy, meaning and well-being. In life, that may mean taking note of what tasks you do in a state of flow, then making changes based on what has meaning to you, according to Lyndsey Matthews in Country Living magazine. In home furnishings, that might translate into ridding yourself of unwanted or unneeded items and placing more focus on the decor that makes you feel good.
  • Decor based on wabi-sabi. Similarly, some are being influenced by the Japanese principle that stands for finding beauty and relaxation in imperfection. That means forgetting about overly fussy pieces and instead incorporating handmade or rustic pieces that don’t necessarily hide natural flaws. Especially popular will be woven textures, wallpaper that mimics real agates and geodes and natural materials that specifically reflect the geography of the home’s location.
  • Rich all around. In House Beautiful, designer Karen Asprea points to richer color palettes, different-colored metals, deeper gem tones, velvet upholstery, sleek black-and-white marbles and lacquered wall panels in place of wood paneling.
  • Farmhouse sinks gone wilds. Standard stainless-steel varieties are old news; look for textured pieces made of interesting materials — concrete, stone, copper, granite composite, etc. — often in darker and/or warmer hues of gray, bronze or black.
  • Gee-whiz geometry. Interesting shapes will prevail in decor items across the board, with the circle taking precedence.
  • A lotta lampshades. Expect to see a wide range of creativity in lamp coverings in terms of shapes, sizes and materials.

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