Top Interior Design Trends to Know for 2018

Thinking of redecorating this year? A fun way to update your home is to try some of the latest interior design trends to turn a blah room into an Instagram-worthy masterpiece! A lot of these trends are sending minimalism out the door to embrace design that is bright, exciting, and unique. Designers are looking to make homes have more personality, and show off the quirks of the homeowners. Furniture and design that’s easily transformed for different situations is also trending, so add lots of fun accessories that can be switched out with ease.

All-white, minimalist rooms are making space for eclectic pieces in bold colors that fill the room with uniqueness. If you’re ready to bring your home into 2018, check out these five interior design trends to know for 2018.

Bold Colors

Throw neutral colors out the door - 2018 is all about the bold. Reds, strong blues, and vibrant greens are the perfect way to bring your room into the now. Neutrals should still make up the portion of your design, punch it up with lots of bold colors. You can go big with statement furniture like a colored sofa or chair, or use them with accessories like throw pillows, shelf decorations, or lamp shades. Smaller items like rugs and blankets are a great way to get in on the trend without feeling you’re in over your head

And the experts agree! Sherwin Williams’ 2018 Color of the Year is Oceanside SW 6496, an intense shade of teal. And Pantone has declared the rich Ultra Violet as their 2018 color.

Ultra Violet Pantone

If you’ve been wanting to spice up your home, bold and bright furniture is the way to go. Start with a new armchair in a fun color, or go big with a colored modern sofa. These colors can also be used for statement walls with paint or wallpaper, or even by painting the ceiling (statement ceilings are also trending for 2018) to experiment with this design trend.

Modular Sectionals

If you like to keep your space flexible for whatever life throws at you, modular sectionals are a great choice and also a new design trend. Move each piece of the sectional into any configuration to provide the best setup for you and your guests. This allows you to easily go from hosting a party to hosting an overnight guest within minutes. If you love the look of sectionals but are worried about getting trapped into a monster piece of furniture, modular sectionals are a good way to go.

They come in a variety of styles, from more formal for cozy and playful. You can experiment with different colored pieces of your sectional as well. Pull out the bright colored parts for a neutral sofa should the situation arise, or mix it up for a party. A modular sectional lets you have the ultimate family movie nights, then host the boss for dinner the next day.

modular sectional

Modular sectionals are also increasingly popular because they’re easy to transport from one room or home to another. Traditional sectionals can be difficult to take with you to a new house, and can be tough to put in apartments. A modular sofa can be moved piece by piece, so it can go wherever life takes you.

Maximalism and Art Deco

Similar to the bold colors trend, 2018 design trends are not about simple decor. Minimalism is out, and maximalism is in. A maximalist room uses saturated color, lavish materials, vibrant pattern, adventurous forms, and an eclectic mix of design influences. It lets you mix and match whatever you like in one room - it could be a cheetah print sofa, bright modern painting, and shag rug, all together. Quirky details help set rooms apart, like fun throw pillows, interesting accent pieces, or a funky rug. A maximalist design lets your creativity shine!

A fun way to incorporate maximalism is to use Art Deco design, with all the glitz and glam of a Gatsby party. Art Deco still evokes glamour, luxury, and order with symmetrical designs in exuberant shapes. Bold geometric patterns, luxurious gold and silver, and exotic materials will help bring an Art Deco flair to any room.

Take the geometric and shining Art Deco and pair it with something plush and vibrant for true maximalist style. 2018 is about embracing personality in your interior design, not making it catalog perfect. Take your favorite pieces and mix them together for a fun statement-making look.

Vintage and Authentic

The maximalism trend means there’s a resurgence in the popularity of vintage pieces and a general feeling of authenticity. Thrifting, purchasing unique items on Etsy or Ebay, or raiding Grandma’s house is a great way to make any room feel more like a home.

Vintage design

If you can’t find a vintage style you love, try finding a new piece of furniture that uses mid-century modern design or any other period you like. Incorporating vintage accessories on a bookshelf or side table adds personality to a living room.

Adding vintage pieces helps your home feel more like an extension of your personality - part of the broader 2018 design trends we keep seeing.

Small-Scale Furniture

America continues to be more focused in the cities, and as people apartments, they need furniture to fit these small space. Smaller-scale furniture and design will continue to be popular this year as people want the coziness of a house, but in their studio apartment. This trend takes the modern looks you love (like dining tables, desks, and overhead lighting) and shrinks them to fit your small home (not to mention the elevator!).

Smaller furniture also makes it easier to experiment with bold colors or patterns if you’re wary about leaping into that trend.

small scale furniture

This “apartment-sized” furniture is perfect for young city-dwelling couples or families, or anyone in a smaller space who still wants a sectional or dining table for entertaining.

Which of these interior design trends are you most excited to incorporate into your home? Remember, design is all about having fun and expressing yourself, so think about which trend most speaks to you. You can always start small with new throw pillows or blankets, or start the year strong and swap out your beige couch for a bold one! Here’s to 2018 being the year your house feels more like you!