8 Interior Design Trends That Could Dominate 2018

Looking to give your home that long-delayed revamp? Make 2018 your year. As with all things artistic, what was the in a few years ago may be outdated today. New trends are emerging as some older ones either disappear or make a comeback.

Looking to give your home that long-delayed revamp? Make 2018 your year. As with all things artistic, what was the in a few years ago may be outdated today. New trends are emerging as some older ones either disappear or make a comeback.

As we settle down in the New Year, knowing what leading designers are thinking about can go a long way in making sure your home redesign is classy and current. The following are the trends likely to shape interior design in 2018.


  • Terracotta


Terracotta may be to 2018 what emerald green was to 2017. It’s a bronze shade with a hint of red and a touch of orange. It has a rich earthy feel and looks particularly beautiful on not just tiles and ceramics, but also textiles such as bed linen.

If you are more adventurous and want to test the limits, terracotta would look impressive as a defining architectural feature of the room. Some paint brands have even started to add terracotta and other rusty shades to their latest color cards.


  • Maximalism


In 2017, a number of interior design studios and fashion labels introduced us to sharply extravagant interiors filled with contrasting patterns and prints. This marked a departure from the Scandinavia-inspired minimalist approach that has dominated design in recent years.

Whereas maximalism is still far from really catching on at the consumer level, 2018 could see it make significant inroads in the market. A growing number of consumers are not afraid of expressing themselves and maximalism provides the perfect avenue to do that. At a time when interior photos on Instagram and Pinterest look so monotonous, it’s exciting to see this trend.


  • Comfort Spaces


There’s a decisive shift to design that’s more casual and spaces that emphasize experience over aesthetics. For example, for persons living in Chandler, the boundary between leisure and work is increasingly blurred. Retail stores now include spas and coffee shops while shared workspaces look strikingly similar to living rooms.

This hybrid model that started in the restaurant and hospitality industry will steadily infiltrate other sectors from fashion to finance. The trend is similarly reflected in surface and furniture finishes. Tactile materials such as velvet will continue to gain ground in 2018.


  • Monochrome


While maximalist design will be capturing the imagination of the mainstream, it will not be mutually exclusive with minimalist approaches such as monochrome. Monochrome interiors are calming, but take quite a bit of discipline and self-control to pull off.

The lighter touch on furniture and interiors delivers a sophisticated result. Monochrome makes items ‘float’, but without a connotation of being delicate and layered palettes allow the colors to subtly speak to each other.


  • Geometric Designs


Geometric patterns are eye-catching and add vigor to rooms. It’s all about balancing textures, prints and colors where they seamlessly accentuate one another, but do not overwhelm the viewer.

Large scale geometrics are particularly striking and will see increased application in wallpaper as people move away from plain or flat surfaces. Whereas they’ll find a place in any type of room, they are prominently featured in kitchens thanks to boldly designed ceramic tiles or statement glass.


  • Going Green


Green design isn’t really new, but it’s worth mentioning given the inroads it’s expected to make in 2018. We’ve already seen furniture made from recycled smartphone screens, soft drink cans and diverse plastics.

Some have gone as far as substituting leather with pineapple leaves and built interior tiles using corn husks. Green design is about sustainable and environmentally conscious living. Expect sustainable design to steadily move away from the recycled aesthetic and have more slick surfaces.


  • Going Natural


Like going green, going natural is an old favorite. Invite the outdoors into your home by using materials that create a feeling of calm, peace and belonging. Wood, stone and other natural elements have great texture. They are also timeless and often unique, which means you never have to worry about them going out of fashion in a couple of months or years.

Of course, another benefit is that going natural is also relatively cheap.


  • Pattern Plants


Pattern plants is our third old-ish trend. House plants may seem to be past their peak, but that increasingly seems like a premature conclusion. People will only get more creative with them. Specifically, pattern plants are already emerging as a favorite.

Plants breathe life into the room and with vibrant colors and designs to choose from, pattern plants will only make your walls and spaces more enchanting.


Design is dynamic. So even with these trends, it’s important to stay open-minded and keep tabs on any emerging shifts. Most important, design for the long term by going for a look that will still not be out of style years later.