Much like the worlds of fashion and technology, the world of interior design is fickle. One minute, tropical prints equal #HouseGoals, the next, it’s all about minimalist white and ethnic mudcloth prints. Trends come and go faster than you can figure out how to properly pronounce ‘hygge’, and the upcoming new year is prime time for an overhaul. To help you stay in the know, I’ve rounded up the interior design trends to say buh-bye to in 2018, and what to embrace instead. Read on for more.
Stark white Scandinavian-inspired minimalism reached its peak in 2017. Like seriously, my feeds were littered with clinical bare walls and polished alabaster surfaces.
Whilst I concede that the overall aesthetic is undeniably striking, does anyone else think it’s a little, dare I say, boring? That’s why I’m beyond happy to report that minimalism is on its way out next year.
In: Warm Minimalism
Instead, those of you who still dream of leading a clutter-free life should check out warm minimalism – minimalism’s more approachable sister.
Defined by raw woods, leather accents and light modern pieces, warm minimalism retains the overall sleek aesthetic of minimalism but adds a sumptuous twist that takes note from the mid-century modern look. The aim of the game is to build depth, texture and dimension for a quietly elegant and streamlined space that still feels lived in.
Out: Tropical Prints
Just as our favorite designers predicted at the end of 2016, tropical prints were a big hit this year.
Palm prints, flamingos and pelicans, paired with rattan furnishings and lots of jungalow foliage, lent fun and vivacity to a plethora of living spaces the world over. Like all novelty trends however, interior design’s affair with the tropics is rapidly running its course.
In: Bohemian Florals
2018 will instead see a resurgence of the old faithful floral print.
This time however, florals will take on a colorful bohemian tone – no wallflowers in sight! Try juxtaposing your florals with wood textures and crisp whites for a contemporary take on the classic print.
Hygge has been the buzzword on every designer’s lips for what seems like forever (two years and counting). The Danish concept of finding content in coziness triggered an outpouring of Scandinavian-inspired spaces, strewn with textured knits and scented candles.
Though I am all for coziness and comfort, the over saturation of hygge themed everything – living rooms, bathrooms, kitchens – is making me crave for something that is anything but.
In: Wabi Sabi
Enter the Japanese tradition of Wabi Sabi, otherwise known as the art of imperfection.
Wabi Sabi is all about finding beauty in imperfection. It values authenticity, simplicity, modesty; in interior design terms, this means embracing the presence of cracks, scratches and general wear and tear as design elements, to be celebrated for their symbolism of the passing of time. In general, the Wabi Sabi aesthetic sways towards earthy neutral colorways, natural materials and a ‘back to basics’ approach towards possessions.
Out: White Kitchens
Bright white kitchens, preferably with subway tiles and an apron front sink, were everywhere this year.
Sure, the white on white thing is great for creating that fresh, clean and modern aesthetic, but don’t you think it’s a little too predictable?
In: Dark Kitchens
That’s why I’m backing dark kitchens to be the trend du jour of 2018.
A moody color palette matched by dark walnut timber and ebony slate tiles simply scream sophistication. It’s elegant, it’s luxe and, more importantly, it’s different. I love the idea of incorporating heavy metal accents to add even more depth and dimension to the space.
Out: Millennial Pink
The world’s obsession with all things millennial pink showed no signs of slowing this year. A blur of rose, blush and powder pink asserted total dominance in all areas ranging from food and fashion, to home decor – and let me tell you, I didn’t hate it.
In fact, I kinda loved how the saccharine hue transcended its girly girl past to become variously androgynous, glamorous and edgy. And I was fascinated with how the same rose quartz shade found its way into both the Scandinavian-inspired nests of popular teenage insta-influencers and raw industrial spaces crafted by industry professionals. Yet in becoming the MVP of colors this year, millennial pink has ultimately nullified the very thing that made it interesting in the first place – its unpredictability.
Instead, for a look that’s similar to millennial pink, try lavender.
Pantone’s color of the year might be ultraviolet, but I think that its pastel toned partner in crime will be the one filling my Instagram and Pinterest feeds in 2018. Lavender sits in that same sugarcoated palette as millennial pink, but with a blue undertone that gives it a little more depth. For an elegant take on lavender, try anchoring the shade with darker colors like teal and warm woods.