On Trend – Interior Design 2018

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With December (and 2017) coming swiftly to a close, I’m really excited to share a sneak peek at what’s predicted to be big in design based on info from High Point Market Week and The Pinterest 100. So if you’re in the market for a redesign this year, grab a cup of coffee and your favorite pen and notepad.

If you haven’t heard of it yet, High Point Market is the largest furnishing industry trade show in the world, occurring only two times a year. It is essentially considered the Fashion Week of the Interior Design world, so it’s pretty big. The Pinterest 100 is an annual publication that outlines emerging trends in categories like style, beauty and home decor. Users’ search and save patterns allow for the Pinterest team to identify popular styles and changing tastes for the upcoming year.

So without further adieu, here are some of my favorite trends predicted for 2018:

Dark Green – Not just an accent color anymore…Dark Green is taking center stage. Look out for it in the form of feature walls, appliances, cabinets, and furnishings like this super chic chest of drawers:

Emerald Green Vintage Bassett Dresser Courtesy: ShabbyRootsBoutique, Etsy

Black and White – One of my favorite places to apply this trend is in the kitchen. Striking black light fixtures paired with black-based bar stools create a striking contrast against the ever popular white kitchen. Pair with a matte black faucet, and it’s a home run.

Contemporary 1-Light Cone Metal Mini Pendant, Courtesy: Wayfair.com

Statement Ceilings – Whether it be a simple change of a neutral paint color to something bold, or the addition of beautiful millwork, a statement ceiling can really elevate your design and create that custom look.

Tribal Patterns – With inspiration drawn from Africa, Asia, the Southwest, and more, the Tribal Pattern trend just might be my personal favorite. I am loving these African Mudcloth Pillow Covers and I know they will be making an appearance in my next design:

African Mudcloth Pillow Cover, Courtesy: StitchedbyGraceNY, Etsy

Nature’s Influence – Piggy-backing the organic trend, handcrafted, recycled and artesenal pieces are where it’s at. With a growing focus on technology, it’s no wonder we long for a greater connection to the natural world. Look for this trend in the way of an increase in patterned indoor plants and neutral tones paired with linen, cotton, and wood materials.

Velvet – We’re seeing it a lot in fashion, so it’s no surprise that it’s an emerging trend in interior design. This trend works well injecting luxury, softness, and class for traditional, boho, and contemporary styles alike:

Landry Bench, Performance Velvet in Shadow Courtesy: West Elm

Retro Influence – With so much uncertainty these days, it’s all about the “feel good vibes”. We all want to come home to a cozy, familiar space and nostalgic, retro pieces take us to back to that feel-good era of the 1950s – 1970s. Be on the lookout for more Brass, Chrome, and Lucite via Mid-Century Modern and Scandia Styles. The fun thing about this trend is that pieces can be recovered from family heirlooms, yard sales, and antique stores.

Cerused Wood – Back in the 1500’s, the French invented a technique to help prevent rot in oak beams and filled in the grains with a toxic paste derived from lead. These days, the effect is created with nontoxic waxes for a nod to the Elizabethan look:

Stria 6- Drawer Dresser in Cerused White, Courtesy: West Elm

Browns and Beiges – Step aside, gray…browns and beiges are back on the scene. We’ve of course been seeing a transition out of basic gray paint into “greige”, a combination of gray and beige. Also keep an eye out for sienna, terra cotta, and rust pieces. One of my favorites these days is this leather tufted ottoman:Healy Saddle Brown Leather Tufted Ottoman, Courtesy: Overstock.com

Americana – Items are repurposed, and natural wear and tear is celebrated. Think: Wabi-sabi. And if you’re seeing that word a bit more lately, now you know why. In traditional Japanese aesthetics, Wabi-sabi is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. Not only is this approach to style unfussy, it is also uniquely beautiful.

Open Storage – In kitchens, entryways, bedrooms, and living areas, items like hats and coats are on display. It’s a trend of beauty and function aligned. I recently purchased a coat hook like this for my son’s room and I can’t wait to get it up on the wall:

Vertical Wall Mounted Coat Rack, Courtesy: CB2

Wallpaper – We’ve seen this trend developing for a while. Really anything in organics, geometrics, or dashes and stripes goes. Wallpaper is an easy way to make a huge impact on any room, but I’m especially loving it on the wall behind the bathroom sink.

Coziness – Make way for comfy corners, thick knit blankets, plush fabrics, and mood lighting. My favorite coffee table book, Hygge, is all about the Danish ritual of enjoying life’s simple pleasures. This trend really encompasses a focus on friends, family, and comfort and will be a great one to embrace. And when it comes to cozy, arm knit blankets are as good as it gets:

Knit Merino Wool Blanket, Courtesy: WoolArtDesign, Etsy

So there you have it…my personal favorite design trends making their way into 2018! Which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below, and stay tuned for Kitchen and Bath Trends 2018.




  1. Kelechi

    January 3, 2018 at 3:55 am

    I loved this post! Especially the African ModCloth pillow cover! I’m definitely sharing this on my Pinterest

    1. Leann


      January 3, 2018 at 4:35 pm

      Ahhhh I know, I’m in love!!! So glad you enjoyed the read 🙂

  2. Kristin Reveles

    January 3, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    I love this! As I just moved into my home 3 months ago I need all the deckr ideas I can get.

    1. Leann


      January 3, 2018 at 4:35 pm

      Thanks Kristin! And congratulations on your new home!! Feel free to ask any questions that come up. I’m happy to help.

  3. Vibes Life Us

    January 7, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    So in love with the green drawers. We’re also big on the tribal patterns we are adding the finishing touches to our sons nursery, which is adventure themed. Lots of arrows, and tribal patterns- thanks for sharing I’ve pinned.


    1. Leann


      January 7, 2018 at 9:57 pm

      Thank you so much! I would love to see your son’s nursery when it’s done. I’m going to look you up right now. Best wishes in the New Year!

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