We asked our designers what they can’t wait to use in the new year, from paint colors to materials to trends with names you've never even heard of.
Trend can be a dirty word—a trend denotes something that’s on the rise quickly. A passing fad that you wouldn’t want to live with in your home. But not every new material or preferred paint color is a trend—some design love affairs come in waves, as a reaction to previous trends or the world at large. Sometimes those trends become new ways of doing things, future classics, and sometimes they are the resurgence of those classes to begin with.
We polled our designers to see what new materials, products, and hues they can’t wait to use in the coming years. Let them tell you what you’ll be seeing a lot more of (if they get their way) in 2018.
Channel your Inner Englishman
: I am excited about using Farrow & Ball’s Green Smoke in a moody, masculine study this year. I think bright pastel colors have reigned supreme for the past few years, and I am really looking forward to some muted, tonal, English countryside vibes. To that end, menswear fabrics like tweed and herringbone are speaking softly to me lately; in tone on tone schemes, there’s something very crisp yet sexy about them.
Green will reign supreme
: I am thinking more soothing greens will be something more popular in 2018—options like pastel/chalky emeralds or or even softer versions, like a light sage green, will rise. I think the light pastels will still be in, like the millennial pink, but similarly in a softer direction.
Hello, high drama
: There is definitely a shift towards drama and maximalism in 2018. I am excited to use more rich, bold colors and wallpapers in the new year. In that line, I love Heron Print Wallpaper by Gucci—it’s perfect for a powder room or a very glamorous kids room. For bold colors, I am obsessed with Farrow and Ball. I want to paint a library in Hague Blue, which is a really rich teal, then add an ocher velvet sofa. For inspiration the Milan based Dimore Studio is the very best.
: I’m excited to see designers (and people) taking more risks. Whether it’s colorful tiles with non-standard shades of grout in the bathroom or on backsplash, or color blocking walls, or playing with scale—being counterintuitive to what you think using large pieces in a small room, etc. Let’s be bold!
: I think the trend will be not being on-trend. People will be more adventurous with their own style, use of color and patterns. There will be a greater use of rich deep tones and pattern mixing. Why not mix florals with bold geometric prints. Out with the rules!
: I think 2018 is the year of more curated and more unusual objects and spaces—focusing on the individuals particular tastes and quirks!I’d love to find a home for the following two pieces—this Charlotte Perriand coffee table nd these ER Studio sconces.
A Frida-friendly palette
: I am predicting a Mexico City (Frida Kahlo) inspired color palette this spring with azul, turquoise, magenta, and jade. I think the modernist aesthetic that has been trending in furniture and so much amazing pottery will continue but with more of a Latin American bent.
Gunnar Larson: Tubular is in—not as a saying (thank goodness) but actually circular design with a truly glossy feel. I’ve been noticing a lot of light fixtures going that way, more modern, asymmetrical and a little ’80s.
Tile, like you’ve never seen it before
Ariel Okin: I’m super excited about this company I just found on Instagram called Moonish. They make gorgeous magnetized tiles that you can use in a rental to freshen up that hideous formica backsplash you’ve inherited.
: I’m really excited about using tile in new and exciting ways! I’m dying to do tile with an fun, contrasting grout color (like pink in this amazing pic!) or use tile on unexpected surfaces (like a cylindrical base of a dining table or on a planter). I also think three dimensional tile is going to have it’s moment in 2018.
Jordan Shields: I’m really hoping that mixing metals will continue to gain popularity and maybe even be a trend.
So long sleekness
Marc Houston: I’m excited to explore more primitive materiality in interior surfacing—pocked concrete, scraped stone, textured plaster, terra cotta, charred wood—mediums that upend the assumed vernacular for ornamental luxury, bridge the chasm between transience and technology and celebrate the raw beauty of decay and imperfection.
: I think we will see a lot less cool tones and shiny finishes like chrome and glossy white. I am anticipating that there’ll be a lot of super minimal designs with matte earth tones. Also, I think there will be a lot less layers and texture to create a sleek yet warmer feel.
Get your Freakebana on
Ariel Okin: As for design movements; I’m really loving Stella Bugbee (Editor in Chief of The Cut)’s new obsession with her self-coined “Freakebana”—a take on Japanese flower arrangements, it emphasizes the beauty of the strange. I can’t get enough of her Instagram account!
: I’m looking forward to working with more clients on handcrafted, one-of-a-kind, custom pieces Thanks to the makers movement, custom no longer has to mean an expensive piece from a trade only source. Independent furniture makers and craftspeople are creating unique and beautiful items at price points that fit almost any budget.
Melissa Mascara: I am a great lover of wallpaper, so it has been great to see more designers using it recently. I hope the trend continues. It also doesn’t hurt that there are so many more beautiful options, especially in modern florals and botanicals. I used papers by Ellie Cashman Design and Osborne & Little in a home recently and the rooms were completely transformed. I’m also loving the palm jungle wallpaper from Cole and Son and pretty much the entire Justina Blakeney collection for Hygge & West.