Photo: James Bombales
The style gurus at Pinterest have released their roundup of the year’s top 100 trend predictions for 2018. While the report spans a number of categories, including food, fashion, travel and beauty, we’ve focused on the 10 hottest home design trends that you’ll be seeing all over your feed in the coming months.
1. Tropical resort style
Keep the vacay vibes alive by embracing modern tropical style. Rattan furniture, botanical prints, saturated colors and glam accent pieces combine to create a look that’s lush and serene.
2. Mixed metals
All gold kitchen hardware was having a moment, but in 2018 we’re moving back toward a more approachable aesthetic. With so many metallics to choose from — brass, rose gold, copper, chrome, pewter, just to name a few — it’s encouraging to see a mix of finishes in lieu of the matchy-matchy look.
3. Funky terrazzo surfaces
This composite material popularized in the ‘70s is like a party for your floors. With dazzling flecked variations, terrazzo is available in numerous styles and colors. The trend isn’t limited to flooring and countertops, it’s made its way into furniture design, ceramics and even wallpaper.
4. Statement-making ceilings
The popularity of statement ceilings is through the roof — saves on Pinterest for the search term are up 310 percent. Paint, wallpaper, decorative beams, tin panels and crown moulding draw the eye upward, presenting a whole new canvas to work with.
5. Eye-catching herringbone patterns
Haven’t we all dreamed of occupying a Parisian apartment with century-old herringbone floors and ceiling medallions to boot? Now you can give your own home an air of je ne sais quoi with herringbone parquet. The installation can be tricky, but thankfully, manufacturers such as Kentwood Floors have begun packaging their products in a way that takes the guesswork out of the zigzag pattern.
6. Welcoming front doors
Knock, knock! Hue’s there? Painting your front door in a vivid color is an easy way to make your home the envy of the neighborhood. If your apartment complex or neighborhood association has strict rules regarding paint color, consider painting the inside of your door to brighten up your interiors.
7. Bone inlay tile
Bone inlay furniture hails from the Udaipur region of India. These incredibly intricate pieces are handcrafted by artisans and can take up to one month to produce. As the name suggests, thin tiles are carved from bone (or, occasionally, mother of pearl) and then inlaid in wood. The pieces have a reflective quality that looks luxurious without being over-the-top.
8. Vibrant houseplants
Fresh cut flowers are pretty, but they wither away after a matter of days. Choose houseplants with colorful foliage, such as a prayer plant, croton, purple-leaf shamrock, Persian shield, red aglaonema, snake plant or aluminum plant.
9. Oversized wall art
Bigger is better when it comes to blank wall solutions. Large-scale typography prints, oversized posters and blown-up photographs give boring walls personality. If you’re crafty, consider a DIY art project to add to your gallery.
10. Swatches of sage green
Perhaps Pantone missed the memo this year. Sage, a calming, nearly-neutral green, is springing up on wedding mood boards, interior design blogs and fashion runways. The versatile hue works in virtually every room of the house and has a soft, soothing quality.