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Top Five Interior Design Trends in 2018

Interior Design Trends 2018

Did you know that most interior design trends in the United States are influenced by trends in Europe? I was surprised to learn, while browsing through blogs and articles about Interior Design Trends for 2018, that most leading experts or directors in this industry in the U.S. predict trends after their trips in Europe. Considering how much we appreciate originality and how many talented designers we have in the U.S., I wonder why don’t we start our own trends? Anyway, leading experts in the industry all have different takeaways from their observations at design fairs, commercial, and residential design popularity in Europe; however, they all agree that these 5 trends are will be seen in the U.S. in 2018:

Earthy Luxury:

People’s desire to reconnect with nature will reflect in most industries in 2018, including fashion, fabrics, culinary, transportation; interior design will not be the exception. Organic materials and traditional handcrafts will continue to gain momentum. Tones like ivory, beige, brown, green are leaders for this trend.

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Look at the warm and rich tone in this design, what’s not to love?



Another trend emphasizing people’s desire to reconnect with nature and health-conscious life style is “Green.” This trend is not about a literal color trend, but rather the use of plants in decorating. You can use both hanging plants and floor plants in your creation! You can also paint your hanging pots to create patterns and designs. Plants are affordable, pretty, and give the green look that is favored by almost all nature lovers. The plant walls are seen all over in both residential and commercial in France.

The green leaves in the wall paper come to life with the floor plant of the same leaves.
Less is more. Little table plants with beautiful decorative pots could be the perfect way to execute the Plant look wonderfully!



There was a time the definition of beautiful art meant something flawless, but that has now passed, at least for the moment, The hottest trend likely to come in 2018 is Wabi-sabi. “Wabi-sabi” is a Japanese word meaning finding beauty in imperfection. It is absolutely my favorite look. This trend is all about organic materials, imperfection, and authenticity even if that means it is a little off-kilter. To achieve this look, think handcrafted pottery, pre-wrinkled linen sheets, and uneven wood grain. Imagine pieces with time worn looks, cracks, uneven finish, weathering and oxidization. Even though I love the idea behind this, I think this trend is going to be tricky because you want to achieve the imperfect look intentionally. It can be easy to mess this one up and end up with a messy and sad design if ones don’t know what they are doing. I admire so much how designers get the Wabi-sabi to perfection. Subjects to be used are all very worn out, very bare, very old and the results are something warm, real and very “human”. I guess that is why this trend quickly gain its ground and is going to be one of the strongest interior desing trends in the next few years

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Red and tonal Red:

So far, we have seen a lot of brown, ivory, beige and neutral colors in coming trends. For those who want boldness and colors in their living spaces, don’t worry; you don’t have to cover your house with earth tone colors to be trendy. Red, the powerful, bold, sexy color is not going anywhere in fashion and interior design. To soften and modernize your red look, experts suggest adding tangerine and coral items.

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Millennial Pink:

In 2017, we saw millennial pink and rose gold all over fashion world, from bags, accessories, clothes, shoes, and even the iPhone. Guess what? Expect to see millennial pink take over interior design in 2018 as well. The most seen color that is used with millennial pink in Paris is berry according to Nancy Fire, founder of Design Works International and design director for HGTV HOME. However, you can’t find an easier color palette to work with than this hue pink, so go ahead and be creative.

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Many more styles and color trends were mentioned by interior designers, but I find these 5 trends most talked about, the most interesting, and relative achievable. You don’t need to get rid of your interior pieces and furniture to be on trend. Try to coordinate what you already have to achieve one of the looks or the combination of looks. Experiment and have fun! At the end, it’s your space and the most important critic is you!

Professional Trend Spotter Tells Us Exactly What Designs Will Be Hot in 2018 by Maggie Winterfeldt


“Wabi-sabi” is the 2018 Home Trend Imperfect Decorators Are Going For by Sara Tardiff


The Top 2018 Interior Design Trends Recently Spotted in Paris by Sara Tardiff


Pantone Predicts 2018’s Hottest Home Trends by Natalie Way




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