Bold colors

“2018 will be about anything but neutral tones. Things are moving in a bold direction. Reds, strong blues and vibrant greens, in particular. People have tired of neutral, sometimes boring palettes.” — Rainey Richardson, Rainey Richardson Interiors

This is officially your incentive to push the boundaries of pattern and color. While neutral shades should still make up a portion of your design, in 2018 it looks like we’ll see them take much more of a background position. You can either go big with statement furniture or use these shades throughout your accessories. In particular, rugs, throw pillows and blankets are a great way to get in on the trend without feeling overly committed.

Vintage accessories

“Curating old and vintage accessories and art to tell a story. Whether it’s your home or a hotel, mixing found items, books and art into your space creates a unique and personal experience. One-of-a-kind items are easily accessible these days, from social media channels through to eBay, antique shops and even Craigslist!” — Kellie Sirna, Studio 11 Design

Design should be anything but boring. We love the idea of this vintage accessories trend because it allows you to give your designs a little something special, a built-in showpiece and potential focal point. We suggest doing some research to see which era of design you connect with the most and using those types of accessories as your inspiration.

Darker and mixed finishes

“Brass is making a comeback and overtaking the ubiquitous rose gold.” — Sarah Hullinger, Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA)

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“I see a continued affection for mixing metal finishes in all areas, from furniture, kitchen and bathroom fixtures to lighting, cabinet hardware and accessories. Copper, bronze, brass, satin brass, gold and black nickel now all work together and are interchangeable” — Juliet Gold, Juliet Gold Design

We’ve talked about how to mix metals before. If you’re going to go this route, remember to pick one dominant metal to carry the room and to use the others as accents. You should also be sure to match the finishes on each type of metal to help pull them together visually.

Wide-plank woods

“The popularity of wider planks has been on the rise. As homeowners are trading out conventional widths for more expansive planks, 5-inch wide planks have become the new classic. Wider planks represent a return to a more rustic or vintage look and there is a strong trend towards random width installations.” — Sara Babinski of Armstrong Flooring

Wider planks are the perfect choice for those who prefer rustic or industrial aesthetics.They have a way of providing the room with a sense of history and charm that is rarely found in more mass-engineered looks. Additionally, even though the wood will probably be fairly neutral, the wide planks will add a subtle pop of visual interest to the room.

“Aspirational” spaces

“I believe we will see a shift toward designing spaces based on how people want to feel. At home, people are done feeling the pressure to impress their friends. They don’t want a generic home that looks like a magazine. People are ready to get crystal clear on how they want to feel at home — and they will make design choices from there. Whether it’s ‘relaxed’ or ‘energized’ or ‘intimate’ or ‘professional’ — spaces have the power to help us feel the way we want to feel in our lives.” — Annie Kip, Annie Kip STYLE + DESIGN

With this trend, we’re seeing even more emphasis on design freedoms. Here, instead of relying on conventions or pre-determined sets of rules for a particular aesthetic, you truly have the ability to create a one-of-a-kind space that suits who you are and what you want the room to accomplish. How cool is that?