Designer Trends You'll Be Seeing in 2018

Get the latest trend predictions for 2018 from top designers.

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January 02, 2018
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Colorful Kitchens Will Be Big

Nina Magon predicts a shift from all white kitchens to a more colorful approach. "All white kitchens have been very popular and almost the norm for the past few years, but for 2018 we can expect to see an increase of color in kitchen designs from the cabinetry to the sink materials. Expect to see bolder color choices that range from natural neutrals to charcoal to sage providing a more chic and sophisticated alternative to modern homes. To complement the darker palette, we can also expect to see a shift from stainless and all white sinks to more color-rich materials such as copper, concrete, and granite."

Bold Color Booming in 2018

The team at H3K Design are among many designers who predict a return to bolder, saturated colors and jewel tones as illustrated in the tile work of this living room.

Blues and More With Impact

Designer Chad James agrees with the trend for more saturated color, such as deep, bold blues. "People are shifting towards a richer color palette. The rich colors trend began in 2017 and will continue into 2018, but in a bigger way."

A Botanical Palette

New York designer, Alan Tanksley, sees the color trend shifting toward a subtler color palette defined by nature. "Come out from under the unrelenting depths of forest green and other shady colors and step into a fresh spring palette of celadons, young birch bark, hyacinth violets and sky blues. That’s what I see coming our way!"

Bye Bye Brass, Hello Rose Gold

Count on brass being edged out by rosier tones, according to Michael Berman. "I'm spotting rose gold and copper accents popping up in everything from appliances to flatware. Adding touches of pink gold to your kitchen or bath can take a cold utilitarian space to the next level by bringing some modern glamour and warmth to our favorite spaces. Rose gold references the Jazz Age and Art Deco elegance."

Metallics Still Matter

For finishes, Leslie Hendrix Wood predicts the return of metallics. She sees the finish becoming more popular in everything from wallpaper to home accessories.

A Nod to Nature

Marjorie Skouras sees a trend for refined, natural materials in accessories. These sodalite bath accessories are a prime example.

Poof! Disappearing Appliances

"People are having 'stainless steel fatigue' so we are paneling all of the appliances so they disappear and make the space look larger," says Christopher Grubb. Grubb predicts more wood tones and less gray and white for cabinetry over the next year.

Warning, Curves Ahead!

Curves are back! "In the upcoming year, we can expect to see an influx of softer, more organic curves versus the popular sharp-edge designs in all types of furniture from armchairs to bar carts to rugs," predicts Nina Magon.

Relaxed Lines

Leslie Hendrix Wood agrees with a trend toward curves in 2018. She suggests that we will see "softer lines, curves, ruffles and ruching."

Transient Design

Designer Jacques Borris sees a trend in "transient design" buying. He predicts that people will buy pieces that are well-designed, well-made, contemporary, and meant to fit a period in their life. This trend would lead to more generational buying and less heirloom buying.

Wall Coverings Will Rule the Roost

Wallpaper is making a comeback. Richard Mishaan says, "I see decorative wall papers of all sorts having a rebirth." In this case, he turned vertical striped wall paper on its side to create a bold graphic statement.

Mod Walls

Nina Magon also predicts an increase in wallpaper use. She says we should expect to "see more nature-inspired prints and very modern, geometric patterns making rooms more interesting and modern."

Open Plan Dining

Open dining rooms are in. Designer Cynthia Spence predicts an increase in building and remodeling around the concept of open dining rooms. She says this shift "creates a sense of flow throughout the space, and brings socializing back to the dinner table."

Imaginative Reuse

Chad James predicts a fun year ahead with the use of repurposed objects used in unexpected ways. Here vintage surfboards become doors for outdoor shower stalls.

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