Each new year comes with an exciting array of interior design ideas and 2018 is no exception. This year brings new style trends for everyone to enjoy. Gary G Friedman believes we’re seeing a blend of new looks coming into shape and a few old aesthetics coming back into the scene. From patterned ceiling décor to confident and assertive wallpapers, several interior design trends seem to stand out. So far, 2018 looks be a year of color, experimentation and thinking outside the box.
Statement ceilings have become a growing trend this year. Gone are the days when the ceiling was just a wall to ignore or tone down. Instead, people are embracing this new trend by incorporating bold designs using textured or printed wallpaper, exposed beams, timber moldings or striking paint colors.
The Wallpaper Trend
Wallpaper is taking on a greater role as a work of art. From simple stripes to a botanical garden on the wall, wallpaper provides a great way to incorporate design and add texture to a wall. People are feeling braver with wallpaper than ever before. Rather than just paper feature walls, homeowners are taking the bold step to paper all four walls. The most recent techniques in printed vinyl are allowing the making of high quality, beautiful and strikingly detailed wallpapers. There’s also an increased acceptance of darker colors that exude confidence and assertiveness.
Combining different elements and materials of interior design creates a more artistic feel and sophisticated look. Layering natural and painted woods, bare iron and stone with touches of metal is gaining popularity. Mixing different types of woods and blending pieces from different eras and styles without letting any theme or style dominate is the secret to success in mixing different materials for a harmonious feel.
Metals are again a force to reckon with in 2018. Copper lamps and accessories have served their time and silver is taking over as the new trend. Silver has the unique ability to add a cool yet elegant charm to interior décor. Picture frames, lamps and other accessories with the look of silver create a sense of class, especially when combined with other metallic shades or rich fabrics.
Materials with Purpose
2017 saw a wide array of sophisticated recycled materials emerge and take center stage in interior design. Interior tiles made from corn husks, leather alternatives made from pineapple leaves and furniture made entirely from cans are just but to mention a few. 2018 is an even more exciting year for design and materials. We are going to see a rise in materials being made with purpose. There’s a clear shift towards a design approach that considers our carbon footprint and society in a much more positive way.
Overall, we’re leaning towards design that is more casual and focused on experience. The boundaries between work and leisure are getting blurrier. If you feel overwhelmed by making these choices yourself, you can look into an interior designer as well. This trend is reflected in furniture and surface finishes with fabrics such as velvet growing in popularity in 2018. Leisure-based designs such as those in restaurants and hospitals are finding their way into different sectors, from retail to office, fashion and beyond.