Design Trends

As always, when a new year rolls around, new trends take hold and we see them pop up everywhere. Some interior design trends last for some time: the gray trend, the neutral trend, the natural element trend, the Scandinavian design trend, etc. However, some trends are more fleeting, but deliver maximum impact for the duration of their life.

Today, let’s talk about the trends that have cropped up everywhere for 2018, whether they stick around for while or not is yet to be seen!

One trend that has been literally everywhere in my social feed, is greenery. Greenery is really making a big impact this year in interiors everywhere. Designers, decorators and anyone with a bent for home d├ęcor is looking to plants* and green stems* to bring a more natural element to interior style and bring some of the outdoors, indoor. I’m sure you’ve seen fiddle leaf fig trees* all over your Instagram and Pinterest feeds – particularly these fiddle leaf trees planted in natural woven baskets*. This is a look that can cross a few different interior styles: contemporary, bohemian, Scandinavian, mid-century modern, and eclectic. Although greenery, in general works in most interiors. Also, don't be scared of greenery because you don't have a green thumb - I love real plants, but the faux greens can look so real - so, when in doubt, go faux! 

My design rule of thumb is usually, if you look around a room and it seems pulled together, but there is just something missing and you can’t seem to put your finger on it – it’s likely missing some greenery! Even just a few palm leaf* or monstera stems* in a glass vase can add just the right touch to elevate a room.

The next trend that I’ll touch on is the Hygge* trend. This trend really began in 2016, but it has carried over in a strong way into 2018. Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is the Danish word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment. Over recent years, hygge became a defining characteristic of Danish culture (definition taken from Wikipedia).

Hygge is kind of the art of being cozy. It's epitomized by candles*, snuggly knit blankets* and socks*, comfort food and cuddly textures* (for lack of a better description!). Apparently the Danes are the happiest workforce in the world, so something must be working for them with this whole hygge concept!

Minimalism is also becoming more common in interior styles. I think that we have Marie Kondo to thank for this trend. She popularized minimalism in her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up* - and whether or not you have taken the trend to the extent that she recommends, many designers have incorporated the minimalistic style into their interior designs. She, and this style, is all about decluttering in a major way and only keeping items that “spark joy”, as Marie likes to say!

Finally, I want to talk about brass. Brass was big many years ago and it can still look dated if done in the old traditional way. But, brass* has also changed and can really make a contemporary statement in a home if done right. I’ve seen it popping up everywhere lately and I would definitely call it a trend. Whether you go with a big statement, like the night tables in the photo above or you make a small statement with a tray* or wall hanging*, brass is back!

What do you think of these trends? Will you be incorporating any of them into your home decor this year?

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