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Alessandra Wood, director of style for online design app Modsy, said to keep an eye out for 1970s and ’80s-inspired glam. “We’re starting to see black and even gray marble, which is a little more dramatic than white.”
From bold ceilings to resort-worthy baths, Pinterest’s most popular décor ideas deserve a place on your beach house inspiration board.
Already a hit on Instagram, popular grain, acai and breakfast bowls are making casual, portable dining easier than ever. “The bowl has become the go-to piece for meals,” Rees said.
“The biggest trend is the overall need for flexibility within interiors,” said Allyson Rees, senior retail lifestyle editor at the World’s Global Style Network. “Styles are changing a lot now, people are renting more … there’s a need for furniture and decor to be more flexible.” Look for items designed for portability, decor that doubles as storage and decorative objects that serve a purpose.
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Evanie cereal bowls, $14 each at Anthropologie. Anthropologie
Greenery continues to thrive in a nod to health and wellness and bringing the outdoors in. Jungalow
While it pays to bring greens inside for their air- and mood- boosting qualities, pretty potted plants also serve as artful décor. A tropical breed with a large leaf, like an elephant ear or fan palm, makes for an architectural display, while plants with patterned fronds like calatheas add visual interest and a living layer to the space.
Greenhouse-inspired interiors remain hot. Most popular: colorful, hard-to-kill plants with ornately patterned leaves. Planters and stands are also enjoying a creative revival. “It’s not just about the plant, but the vessel,” Wood said. “It’s not your grandma’s plant stand.”
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Knowledge is power, and with an abundance of resources, consumers are more educated about home design than ever. “They know what they are looking at,” Schmitz said, “and they’re not just wildly following trends.”
Who needs to jet off to an exotic locale to feel the vacation vibes? Make it happen at home with spa-worthy baths, vibrant island hues, rattan galore, and breezy porches that beg for a fruity umbrella drink.
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While you might not immediately think of green as a neutral, the muted hue and gray undertones of sage (read all about its “it color” status here) make it a versatile and crowd-pleasing choice. Pair it with natural textures for a super earthy vibe that’s especially fitting for beach homes.
Create a warm, inviting and chic vibe in the kitchen with light and medium-toned wood cabinetry. Choose bamboo, birch, oak or maple to complete the look. Also, homeowners are doing away with ornate cabinets in favor of flat fronts.
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Tables, dressers, cabinets and even floors designed with ornately patterned inlaid bone tile add dimension and texture to a room.
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Gallery walls certainly still have a place in our hearts, but betting it all on a single statement maker can also have massive impact. An abstract landscape with electric hues is an instant show stopper, and can play well in a neutral space in addition to one with complementary brights.
According to the experts we spoke with, overarching themes of maximalism, flexibility, self-care, 1970s and ’80s redux and educated consumerism will shape our homes and influence our daily lives in the months to come.
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Decorative Design: Bone inlay dresser, $2,498 at Anthropologie. Anthropologie
Gender-neutral nurseries with a grown-up vibe don’t talk down to Baby. “[Nurseries] are becoming less childlike and more reflecting of the decor choices of the parents,” Brown said.
“It’s got dimension, it’s fun,” said Brown of terrazzo, the multi-colored, speckled composite material that last enjoyed popularity across all surfaces in the 1970s. “We’re seeing it as an evolution of the interest in marble.”
Creating resort- or spa-like interiors is an extension of the self-care theme. Look for: meditative colors, rattan, warm materials like wood, natural fibers.
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New Year’s is right around the corner, and what better way to ring it in than totally revamping your home? This past year was all about cool neutral color schemes, white accents and marble countertops, but according to Zillow, 2018 will be about creating a warmer, welcoming vibe with these five trends:
Colorful, wallpaper-inspired back splashes, an ocean of blue palettes, graphic contrasts (think black and white), creative tile and the continued influence of white and gray are key ingredients for kitchens in 2018.
Modsy forecasts velvet as the fabric of choice for 2018. Credit: Modsy Modsy
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Lofted Treehouse Bed, $1,599 at Pottery Barn Kids. Pottery Barn Kids
What might seem like ho-hum functional furniture can become a serious art piece with the intricate detailing of bone inlay. This Bohemian-style dresser will glam up a bedroom or dining room with its indigo backdrop, Ikat inlay, and thin brass frame.
These aren’t your grandma’s floral prints — they’re bold, graphic, modern and can add a much-needed punch to an otherwise plain room. Pair a couple floral lounge chairs in a complementary color with your couch, or use the print on your drapes and window finishings for a botanical vibe. Not sure about making floral prints the focal point? Work it into smaller accessories, such as pillows and throws.
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Meditative colors, rattan and natural fibers define a spa-like retreat. Messy Thicket Wall Art, $598 by Sara Brown at Anthropologie. Anthropologie
Nothing livens up a space like a bit of the unexpected. And just as mixing and matching pillows on a sofa can re-energize a living room, blending different types of metals can do the same to your kitchen and bath. The stark white palette of this room lets the stars of the space—unlacquered brass faucets and hardware, and a beveled gold mirror—really shine.
Lastly, there’s nothing wrong with succulents, says Zillow, but homeowners should take a look at other easy-to-care-for plants such as palms and figs.
Emily Henderson created an elegant, modern nursery with flexibility and grown-up appeal. Tessa Neustadt
“2018 [will see] the rise of the vegan home,” said Rees, “not just things in the refrigerator … but everything in the house. It’s something we are seeing emerge, especially in the L.A. area.”
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Rustic country styling is going urban. “People embraced the farmhouse style,” said Sheila Schmitz, editor of Houzz. “But now they’re choosing one, two or three elements versus the whole ball of wax in one space … to me it feels like refined farmhouse style.” Look for: warm wood details with white, gold tones, vintage lighting, trough sinks, cement elements and Shaker cabinets with modern pulls.
Designer Crystal Sinclair used graphic wallpaper by Chasing Paper on a nursery ceiling. Crystal Sinclair
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More texture, color, pattern, embellishment, comfort and eclectic style. “I very much see this as a backlash to the Marie Kondo trend of having nothing in your home but things that bring you joy,” said Rees, who also attributed the direction to a zeitgeist of global angst and an evolution of the hygge theme of coziness. “The world is a very scary place right now,” said the forecaster, “it’s a very uncertain place … I think people want to wrap themselves up in a blanket and feel safe.”
Things are looking up in the world of ceilings. Once ignored (or, worse, plastered with popcorn), the home’s topmost surface is now making a major statement. Whether painted a bold hue or dressed in patterned or textured wallpaper (hello, bamboo matting!), ceilings are becoming prime eye-catchers in every room.
Mixing metal finishes is directional for the year ahead, especially in the kitchen. For 2018, Schmitz said everything goes — together. Warm-toned fixtures live harmoniously with stainless appliances. It’s all good.
Once all the rage in the ‘70s, terrazzo is now making a major comeback (Pinterest saves are up 316 percent). That’s good news for beach dwellers, since the material—made from embedding little chips of marble, quartz, granite, and even glass into concrete or resin—bears a close resemblance to a sandy beach. Bring a hint of terrazzo to your home with these brass-inlaid coasters.
Move over play room tepees; in 2018, lofted beds make the best forts. Cool kids also like: pom-pom details and playful wall decals.
Houzz predicts trough sinks, vintage styling and rustic farmhouse details will combine with transitional styling for an urban-inspired update. Design Storms LLC / Houzz
Things are looking up. Boldly painted or wallpapered ceilings are making the most of what designers are calling the “fifth wall.”
Bold colors and vintage styles are some of the big trends for 2018. (Jungalow; Anthropologie; Design Storms LLC / Houzz; Sherwin-Williams)
“We’re seeing a need for really plush fabrics,” said Rees, “a need for comfort and things to be very tactile. We see velvet as being a key fabric across all interiors in the home.”
Metal finishes have been all the rage for a while, and will continue to be, except homeowners are gravitating toward matte versions.
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Visual, image-driven home decor and design websites like Houzz and Pinterest identify trend direction through consumer interaction and keep track of our evolving interests with every click, upload and search word. Along the same lines, a new wave of decorating apps can also foresee the future thanks to information gleaned through online projects. Traditional forecasts by trained trend spotters, retailers and economists also remain on point and continue to clue us in to what’s new and next.
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Texture, pattern, comfort and Pantone’s 2018 color of the year, Ultra Violet. Paint color shown: Wood Violet by Sherwin-Williams. Sherwin-Williams
Forget crystal balls and psychics. Trend forecasters are pinning their predictions on data and consumer research to reveal what’s hot and what’s not for the year ahead.
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Boost your mood and your curb appeal with a front door painted a vibrant and uplifting shade (as a surprise to no one, we’re partial to blue, but pink, yellow, and red are also winning options). Get this look with Blueberry by Benjamin Moore.
All-white kitchens, bar carts, and succulents are falling out of vogue this year. According to Zillow, blue kitchens pull in $1,800 more than white kitchens when it comes time to sell, And ditch those bar carts (which, let’s be honest, are rarely used) in favor of a built-in wine rack.
Houzz reports that themes for the kitchen will include mixed metal finishes and increasing use of color on cabinets — especially blue. Nikki Snyder / Houzz
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2017 was about creating statement walls with ceiling-to-floor tiles or graphic wallpaper. Well, this year will be about bringing attention to the floor with geometric tiles and herringbone-style hardwoods. Of course, you can utilize this trend in the kitchen or living room, but Zillow says most designers are reserving it for the bathroom and laundry room.
Although trends tend to change from year to year, homeowners’ and designers’ love of neutrals stays the same. Soft beige, caramel browns and even warm reds will bring a sophisticated look to any room.
A pattern that’s derived from its resemblance to the bones of a fish makes a big splash in coastal homes. Sass up a plain wood or tile surface with the pattern—it looks especially elegant here as marble flooring.
Tricked-out adventure vans are trending on Pinterest, with user saves for “camper remodel” up 933% over last year. “It’s about getting the best of both worlds,” said Larkin Brown, user researcher at Pinterest, “feeling wild and free — but still comfortable in our amazing van.”
“I think the trend [for 2018] is really about discerning buyers,” said Wood, “people who are really starting to think about design and the products they are bringing into their home.”
Bonnie McCarthy contributes to the Los Angeles Times as a home and lifestyle design writer. She enjoys scouting for directional trends and reporting on what’s new and next. Follow her on Twitter @ThsAmericanHome
Zillow says it’s all about warm tones, floral prints and matte finishes
Vegan ideals are predicted to influence home design in the Los Angeles area. Modsy