What’s Trending for 2018?

A new year is upon us and with that means a fresh new forecast for design trends.

Every year we look to the Pantone Color of the Year for inspiration. The color for 2018 is Ultra Violet.  You can expect to see this vibrant and vivid expression of color in home décor, fashion and commercial design throughout 2018.  According to Pantone Inc. this enigmatic blue-based shade of purple is set to take your imagination to new levels.  

This beautiful Ultra Violet works well with neutral shades of grey, still trending for interiors.  Other complimentary colors include shades of navy blues and emerald greens.   

Emerald green is found in the tropical prints continuing to influence design with lush and energizing shades on large scale leaves and oversized insects.  Safari wildlife and exotic birds are also finding their way into key home elements.  The pineapple continues to be popular in accessories for every room in the home.

Home finishes and furnishings will be crossing over to the dark side this year with a departure from pale, bleached woods to darker wood tones.  Retro shapes are made contemporary with finishes of walnut, brass and marble.  The metallics are updated from the cooler stainless and chrome to the warmer coppers, rose gold and brass.  These gold tones can be found in furniture pieces, mirrors and accessories.

Design trends continue to be shaped by global influence and 2018 sees travel to India as inspiration with vibrant colors and patterns that have a natural raw feel. Look for these prints on soft furnishings, textiles and tableware this year.

These trends are further enhanced with artisan textures.  Furniture made from rattan and wicker offer a natural look along with natural textiles displaying raw edges, appliqué details and embellishments.  Macramé will have everyone in knots this year and can be found in everything from cushions to wall hangings, very retro!

Finally, the ever-fashionable botanical prints. Small-scale floral patterns resembling artists’ sketches are what you can expect to bloom this year.

All of these trends can be adapted and coordinated with Ultra Violet, the Pantone color of 2018.