What’s New in 2018 Home Decor? (a five-minute read)

Home design trends for 2018 focus on creating comfortable and calming retreats. These reflect a growing international desire to escape the bombardment of digital data in the waning days of the Information Age toward participation in the waxing days of the Experience Age. As we move away from the accumulation of data (e.g., Facebook status updates, our social media profiles, etc.) toward a new kind of experiential expression (e.g., “live” video posts, SnapChat photos, etc.), so do we move differently toward how we wish to experience our homes. So, it’s no surprise that the trends for 2018 both reflect a greater cultural diversity (by incorporating art, textiles, and patterns from exotic lands, for example), but also a desire to bring the outdoors indoors (using furnishings made of natural materials such as wood, metal and more). Also, though grays and beiges continue to provide stalwart foundations for any successful design color palette; rich, dark hues like black and indigo are poised to take center stage.

BM ShadowBenjamin Moore’s 2017 Color of the Year “Shadow”

Returning to the ideas 1) that our homes reflect the sharing of our digital data experiences at the dawning of the Experience Age and 2) that we like to bring the outdoors indoors, I want to point out that I am writing this article on my smartphone while sitting on a beach. So, why not bring parts of this experience into my home? For example, I’m listening to Latin music that seems to emanate from nowhere. Well, I can recreate this outdoor experience at home using a speakerless speaker system, such as the one by InvizAudio. The audio system is a designers’ dream. Why punch holes for speakers in ceilings and walls when they – along with even mirrored walls – are the speakers? Now, as a designer, I’ve more freedom as to where I can place chandeliers and wall art without having to consider their placement among flush-mounted speakers in ceilings and walls.

Blue Room with CatPhoto: Maree Homer | Styling: Louella Tuckey

As for more on bringing the outdoors indoors and the use of deeper and richer colors, I like Amanda Gates take from Gates Interior Design: “I think more than ever consumers will start to crave the warmth of deeper color palettes and warmer woods along with the feeling of bringing the serenity of nature indoors. Everybody wants calm. Many consumers are not feeling attracted to bright, cool colors mainly because that doesn’t reflect their mood. They are craving a nest that brings understanding, friendliness and closeness.”1 Further these days, as I come to understand both my clients and their design desires, I find more and more they seek a respite from an increasingly complex and ever-encroaching outside world. Home as sanctuary offers a much-desired and needed escape and a place to birth and nurture new experiences. Wisely and effectively using plants, water features, and darker colors throughout a residential home creates a calming, inspiring, creative environment.

Other important considerations – especially when using darker paint colors, BUT affecting all paint colors – include coverage, drying time, and color matching. As an aside, though done frequently, I don’t recommend having the paint color of one manufacturer matched by the manufacturer of another. My observations demonstrate that most people just accept color matching across various manufacturers as a reliable, consistent, and true process. My experience proves what others experienced, too. Color matching consistency capabilities vary across paint manufacturers, and – more importantly – vary greatly across paint distributors. Since the base components of each paint manufacturer vary from one to another, consistent color matching represents a challenge at best. Only the best and most conscientious distributors deliver consistent and accurate color matching as if it is an art form. Personally, I’ve always relied on a favorite manufacturer’s paints’ quality, coverage, consistency, and durability versus others, but don’t take my word for it. Instead, read up here on the potential pitfalls of color matching of paints from one manufacturer with those of another. I recommend having whatever paint color you choose mixed exclusively by its manufacturer or manufacturer’s distributor.

Along with the use of bolder, deeper colors and the inclusion of more furnishings made from resources of the natural environment – wood and stone tables and desks, for example – an ancient Japanese philosophy, Wabi Sabi, also makes its debut onto the world stage of design trends for 2018. Based on the idea that beauty exists in imperfection, a Wabi Sabi-influenced design aesthetic incorporates furnishings and accessories that are made to wear over time creating softer fabrics and oxidizing metal surfaces, for example. As leading futurist Victoria Redshaw from London trend forecasting agency Scarlet Opus states: “These products actually become more attractive and interesting as they become love worn and time worn from use; revealing new layers of colour and texture, crackled effects, weathering and [oxidisation].”2

My Orange Office Orange Accents and a Tribal (“faux Zebra”) Stool Trend Into 2018 | Interior Design by Lance Hatch | Photography by Gabriel Rosario

Other trends for 2018 include the use of accessories made of concrete, cool tones for decorative items, and optical illusion lighting as seen at the fall Maison & Objet exhibition in Paris. Where color appears, it comes on bold and hot. Reds, oranges, and yellows provide just the right touches when used in upholstered pieces, artwork, and accessories. And, as mentioned before and above, with dark, rich colors proclaimed the colors of the year by Benjamin Moore in 2017 with its entry “Shadow” and PPG paints following suit with its “Black Flame” for 2018, you may wonder how to incorporate them into our unique, South Florida environments.

Lance_Hatch HHML LR FabricsThrow pillow fabrics (L&R) with sofa fabric center (C) demonstrate 2018’s focus
on darker colors with rich accent colors.
| Styling and Photography by Lance Hatch |

Well, use them sparingly in large spaces via decorative accessories and generously in small spaces such as the walls and ceiling of a powder room. Still wondering about how exactly to incorporate these wonderful trends into your interior design projects for 2018? Well, don’t hesitate to contact me for a consultation. I’m always seeking folks with whom I can share my design expertise for taking their disparate design ideas and creating a whole, cohesive design plan that reflects them, their interests, and their lifestyles.

Lance_Colby_Hatch Cohesiveness

  1. Gates, Amanda. “Hottest Interior Design Trends for 2018 and 2019.” GatesInteriorDesign.com. June, 2017.
  2. Redshaw, Victoria. “Trend Forecaster’s Tell: What’s In (And What’s Out) For 2018.” HomesToLove.com.

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