The blog world is rife with predictions for 2018 home decor trends right about now and a friend asked me what I thought was coming down the trend pipeline. I appreciate that she was interested in my own leanings and so I gave it some real thought.
Some of my list items were just things that I was personally into, but many of them were list items that I was seeing reoccur on the many lists that pop up all over the internet at the new year!
2018 Colors & Vibes
We’ve been slowly trading up the cool, bright whites of 2016-17 that feature pops of vibrant color (think Emily Henderson) for rich warmth, colorful backdrops and moody hues. Less cool grey, more warm greige, less bright white, more aged ivory, less dark as night black lacquer and more matte faded blackish brown. We will still see plenty of neutral rooms, as SoCal Minimalism is going strong, but people are going to begin feeling an itch for warmth, and when they do, I think these colors are going to be there to scratch.
Blue & Green Velvets
This wasn’t really news in 2017 and isn’t for 2018 home decor trends either, in fact these velvet hues have been at play for a number of years now, but they topped many a list at the beginning of 2017 as a trend for the year. I expect to see more in 2018, as interiors move from light, bright and happy to rich, layered and aged. Velvets in “jewel tones,” words that are music to my ears. I must have been bitten by the velvet bug myself, as Sarah and I’ve been toying with the idea of adding a number of solid velvets and we’ve already added velvet ikats to the TEOT pillow collection.
This is the 2016 way. A nice pop of sapphire blue against all white walls.
This is the 2018 way that popped up in my IG feed this week, still utilizing some of the same game plan.
Getting a bit moodier.
Black had a huge come uppance in interiors and exteriors alike in 2017. To think that my black frame windows at my own home felt like such a risk when I moved in 2015, it is almost laughable now. Every new build that is going up in my Pacific Palisades neighborhood is going in with black window frames. Also, black finishes in kitchens, lighting, trims and furniture is a must for all of these modern rustic interiors and is something we kept our eye on all year, and expect to see more of in 2018 home decor trends.
Speaking of The Natural & Organic
Rope, Hemp, Fur, Handwoven textiles, Baskets, Rattan Furniture, Leather, Nubby Neutrals, Plants galore, all of these elements combine together for a strong organic 70s vibe. Betsy likes to call it California Nomad which I like and whole heartedly endorse. Knit turtlenecks, 10″ minimum inseam on my jeans, indian paisley wrap skirts, plants and lots of earthy speckled ceramics. These layers may seem well lived in and totally naturally occurring, but they are best executed in restrained, well edited and blended environments, which in simpler terms means no themed rooms, i.e. this is our Jetsons house, we looove mid century modern and nothing is permitted here that was made after 1965.
Erica Reitman‘s One Room Challenge from 2017 went totally neutral with an emphasis on organic textures.
This fits the bill and still going strong in 2018, the 70s vibe is strong here
Rustic Pottery Glazes
The Seventies produced a ton of arts and crafts style elements into homes across the nation. We’ve seen the onslaught of renewed interest in crafty projects like macrame, but we’re also seeing tons of Seventies pottery glaze trends sneaking their way onto modern planters, candles, kitchen tableware and more. I think this speaks to the appreciation for earthy layers in the home, which we are sure to see more of in 2018 home decor trends.
A display at Nickey Kehoe
Pattern & Material
Hand dyed and hand woven still reigns the high end, artisan and indie design markets, making more and more of an impact on mass retailers. We watched indigo as well as mud cloth patterns and motifs make their way into every mail order catalog and even the aisles of Target. We expect this interest to began to wane now. Keep an eye on block prints from India which we think will surge again.
This tropical foliage pattern suits the sensibilities of the traditional, the themed and the bohemian. While I do enjoy a solid application, I’m not putting it in my own house anytime soon. I prefer my tropical foliage to be outside my window. I’m sure we’ll continue to see this kind of pattern play throughout at least the spring of 2018, as we carry on our nationwide obsession with greenery and plant life. My favorite applications lean commercial, like Leo’s Oysters. The palm leaf print harkens an eighties era Golden Girls.
Gosh, this happened in 2015… but Emily Henderson applied this maddening wallpaper to blogger Nicolette Mason’s living room and I guess I was still thinking it was gonna happen some more around the 2017 mark.
I have yet to get on the reservations list before I’m sitting in San Francisco on a Saturday afternoon wondering what to eat for Saturday dinner, but Leo’s Oysters looks like a spot where I want to dine.
by Commune for George Smith, and utilizing a vertical channel tuft
Inspired by all things SEVENTIES, this is another look that is making its way into shelter magazines and catalog products. Reminiscent of the bench seating in muscle cars and the serpentine commercial design of the Studio 54 lounge. We are loving the 1970s for 2018 home decor trends.
The Leonelle by Anthropologie is a great example of the modern silhouette. Slim Deck, Bench Cushion!
Slim Decks or No Deck on your Sofa
The chunky fat base of a sofa in proportion to the cushion lacks a timeless look. Keep a look out for this on sale sofas at big box retailers and national furniture stores like Ashley and Rooms to Go. There is a reason mid century holds strong in time, and it has everything to do with the ratios.
Aside from the slim deck to fat cushion movement, there is also a complete elimination of the deck altogether in favor of a more chunky shape. This is also pulling from the seventies. I’ve been very tempted by this look as there is something masculine and very casual about it that I dig, but I’m a bit too afraid to pull the trigger.
In the Kitchen
Folks have gone green with their kitchen cabinets before 2018 sure, but maybe this year we trade in our blue/grey painted cabinets for a fresh, organic artichoke green. TEOT is certainly behind it, we painted our shop cabinets a garden herb green. Is it the updated avocado green of the 70s?
Jenny Komenda mixes stainless appliances, with matte black cabinet hardware and brass light fixtures, proving the prediction below is dead on.
Going green at Leanne Ford Interiors
Mixed up Metals
While I fully believe the mix of metal finishes will reign supreme in 2018, I think we’re moving away from the bright bling of brass and more toward a brushed, aged bronze. I ventured a guess into some oxidized copper finishes making their way into some high end fixtures. Aged copper and brass will be the more exciting spectrum of metal finishes for furniture, cabinetry, bathroom fixtures, lighting and more. This look lends itself to aged luxe, and paired with the organic for the casual sophistication that everyone is after. Look for more copper pots hanging on the racks in kitchens.
Copper pots, bronze hardware, brass pot filler, black enameled sconces living in harmony
The take way
It certainly seems as though the 1970s is weaving it’s influence through home design trends for 2018. It’s easy to say, ugh the 70s was tacky with polyester in excess, disco, giant lapels, ochre and avocado green and on and on and it was but with the bad there’s always some good and I think what we’ve extracted now in 2018 is the good stuff.