Interior Design Trends for 2018

As originally featured in Charlotte Smarty Pants....

Today I'm sharing some of the interior design trends that I see emerging this year. Whether, preparing for a renovation or coming up with a creative way to update your home, I am sure you will find some inspiration here.

1. White cabinetry is waning

While an all white kitchen can be a tried and true classic, in 2018 you will see a movement away from all white kitchens and white cabinetry in general.  Instead you will be seeing a trend towards cabinetry painted in an array of colors from soft blues, greens and even blush tones. Black and grey colored cabinetry mixed with gold hardware is a look that is also on the rise. Stained wood cabinetry in lighter more natural finishes such as cerused oak is also being used as an interesting change to a white sterile look.

Pale Mint Green cabinetry featured in a master bath renovation. Design by  Traci Zeller Designs .

Pale Mint Green cabinetry featured in a master bath renovation. Design by Traci Zeller Designs.

Kitchen designed by Charlotte based interior designer  Lisa Mende  featured in the  Southern Style Now  recent Savannah showhouse.

Kitchen designed by Charlotte based interior designer Lisa Mende featured in the Southern Style Now recent Savannah showhouse.


2. Bringing Outdoor Elements Inside

I think everyone loves a beautiful and inviting outdoor living space and the industry has seen an uptick in consumer outdoor furnishing purchases in the last few years. But in 2018, I see a trend towards using more outdoor elements inside in several different iterations, First up is outdoor fabrics, which have come a long way in design, texture and feel. The stain impermeability and clean-ability are hard to beat, which make these workhorse fabrics, an indoor must have. Outdoor materials such as wicker, woven, teak and metals-which are all durable and cleanable- will be integrated more into interior furnishing elements. Florals and garden motifs are also heavily trending in the world of fabrics and wallpapers.

One of my favorite iterations of this trend that I am seeing is using garden trellises on interior walls. This Fall I had the opportunity to visit the Traditional Home show house in Dallas, TX. Amy Berry, a Dallas based interior designer, designed one of my favorite rooms.  She used a garden outdoor trellis to encapsulate the fireplace surround and wall. Garden motif floral fabrics and a soft blue and green color palette continue the ‘bringing the outdoors in’ theme.

Design by  Amy Berry  for the Dallas Traditional Home showhouse.

Design by Amy Berry for the Dallas Traditional Home showhouse.


3. Penny Tile

Although ceramic and stone penny tiles have been around for over a 100 years and were used extensively in residential and commercial areas in the 1930’s, I predict a big resurgence in the use of this charming little round tile in 2018.  Typically a ¾” round ceramic tile, available in a myriad of colors, these relatively inexpensive tiles  can pack a big personality when arranged in different patterns and designs. Penny tiles are also an ideal choice for slippery surfaces or high traffic areas such as bathrooms and shower floors.  Penny tiles are a versatile style-they can be classic and nostalgic or a modern and fresh update.  Let’s take a peek at some of my favorite uses of this versatile tile option.

Kitchen designed by  Tobi Fairley  via  Traditional Home  magazine

Kitchen designed by Tobi Fairley via Traditional Home magazine

Design by  Lori Paranjape  via Instagram

Design by Lori Paranjape via Instagram

Yours truly,
Brooke

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