Trends in 2018
After reading a few different articles on what’s in or out for 2018, the following trends came to light.
- According to HGTV, open shelves are no longer desirable and are better replaced with cabinetry with glass doors. The glass doors allows for the same light feeling that open shelving provides, but eliminates the need for constant dusting or removal of grease from cooking.
- The Wall Street Journal’s January 4th edition surprised me by citing “RIP the white kitchen.” White seems like the timeless choice that can be accented with different hardware, décor, barstools or accents rugs. More color is expected in kitchens going forward in 2018 and NY designer Vanessa Deleon is quoted as saying “Kitchens are treated more like living and dinings rooms.” An increase in color from cabinetry, sinks and hardware is predicted for the future and even Viking appliances now come in apple red, cobalt blue and Bordeaux.
- Another shocking prediction is that the gray palette will no longer grace homes as the “go to” look. Johanna Uurasjarvi, West Elm’s creative director, advises that gray “without any contrast can feel tired and uninspiring.” The newest paint color recommendation is a pastel that has been mixed with an earth tone which results in less of a “nursery room” type of tone.
- Sliding Barn Doors are getting the axe as reported by HGTV and Apple News. Molly Miller from Apple News was quoted as saying she’s “totally over the rustic/farmhouse/upcycled look all together.”
- Fire pits are the first outdoor amenity to be crossed off the list for 2018. HGTV deems them to be useless and describes it as people gathering “begrudgingly…around a constantly-dying fire until everyone gets too cold…” Madison is the town where “Smorstix” was invented and we still see plenty of action around the fire pits here!
- Boho overload is a phrase coined by Keri Sanders of HGTV. While touring homes, I may encounter a few rooms with Boho design, it’s seldom an entire house adorned with Boho accents. Perhaps this is similar to the farewell that Shabby Chic received a while back?
The takeaway from all of these ideas is to find the inspiration to create a design you love. The people make the home, and the home should reflect the love and interest found there. How boring it would be if we were all to take these designer ideas to heart and create the same cookie cutter design? Just select a few ideas that speak to you and then mix it with the look that makes you smile when you walk in the door.