These Will be the Hottest Interior Design Trends in 2018

It's hard to believe another year is almost in the books. Yet, the future is looking bright when it comes to interiors. From going to trade shows, visiting vendors, reviewing new products, researching options for our clients and continuing education (yeah, we put in some serious work), we have a good idea of the interior design trends that will dominate 2018. Here's our forecast:

                                                                  A feather chandelier we spotted.

                                                                 A feather chandelier we spotted.

                                        Featherfest wallpaper by  Schumacher ...We saw this used in a bathroom.

                                       Featherfest wallpaper by Schumacher...We saw this used in a bathroom.

Feathers – It's going to be the year of the birds because feathers are trending in a big way. They'll be on everything from wallpaper to fabrics to chandeliers, yes, chandeliers. When used right, they're delicate, whimsical and a good way to incorporate texture. 


                                           Prada Saffiano Garden Floral Crossbody Bag via  Neiman Marcus

                                          Prada Saffiano Garden Floral Crossbody Bag via Neiman Marcus

                                                         Appliqué-like details on a chandelier.

                                                        Appliqué-like details on a chandelier.

    More appliqué-inspired lighting. Can you tell we were hunting for a client's dream light fixture right before this post?

   More appliqué-inspired lighting. Can you tell we were hunting for a client's dream light fixture right before this post?

Appliqué – Appliqués are huge in fashion right now, especially the floral variety. They started on high-end purses but they've made their way into the mainstream. We should see a crossover into interior design this year. 


                                                    Modern pendant in Vibrant Brushed Bronze

                                                   Modern pendant in Vibrant Brushed Bronze

                   Finally, pennies are good for something besides jangling around in the bottom of our bags.

                  Finally, pennies are good for something besides jangling around in the bottom of our bags.

                                                               A hint of shimmer from  Kravet . 

                                                              A hint of shimmer from Kravet

Metallics – Are metallics ever not trending? We'll always love them and thankfully, they're timeless and at this point, they're the new neutrals. This year, they'll show up in unexpected places including fabric and in cool modern pieces like the gorgeous light fixture we stumbled upon (pictured above). Similarly, iridescent accents are gaining popularity as a way to add shimmer.


                                                        By Little Liberty via  Adore Magazine

                                                       By Little Liberty via Adore Magazine

Millennial Modern – If you read our last post you know we're smitten with what we've coined Millennial Modern. It's a mixture of soft colors, midcentury modern elements, minimalism, texture and feminine touches. 


                                                                                 Via  Elle Decor .

                                                                                Via Elle Decor.

      Bold library via  House Beautiful . Fun fact: Christine's first foray into interior design involved a wallpapered ceiling.

     Bold library via House Beautiful. Fun fact: Christine's first foray into interior design involved a wallpapered ceiling.

Intense Color – Even though pastels and neutrals won't be going anywhere, this year will be less muted and full of vibrant hues on walls and in fabrics and accessories. Think joyful tropical-inspired shades, jewel tones and bold colors (Benjamin Moore's  Calienté, anyone?). 


                                            By Ella Design Group.  Photography by  Paul S. Bartholomew .

                                           By Ella Design Group.  Photography by Paul S. Bartholomew.

Wood – Natural wood is taking the spotlight in the form of furniture, accent walls and accessories. While raw materials are having a moment, it's not completely rustic. We'd call it more rustic modern and it feels surprisingly fresh. 


                                      Kitchen design by  Ginny McDonald  for Emily Henderson Design. 

                                     Kitchen design by Ginny McDonald for Emily Henderson Design. 

Colorful Kitchen Cabinets – After several years of white on white on white in the kitchen, color is making a comeback, especially on cabinets. Popular colors include teal, gray and pretty much every shade of blue. 


                                                          Design by  Katie Ridde r via  COCOCOZY

                                                         Design by Katie Ridder via COCOCOZY

Backsplashes That Look Like Wallpaper – You can get the wallpaper look with tile, which is a lot more durable in the kitchen. Unique tile colors and designs, including Moroccan and geometric patterns, add interest and are easy to wipe down.  


                                                  Interiors by Studio M Via  Laurel & Wolf . Simple but still has drama.

                                                 Interiors by Studio M Via Laurel & Wolf. Simple but still has drama.

 

Minimalism – There's been a shift towards more minimalist design with less "stuff," clean lines and sleek, functional pieces. 

What do you think? Are any of these trends something you'd like to see in your home? If your New Year's resolution is to update your space and try something new, Ella Design Group is here to help!