Tracking trends: What’s new in home decor for 2018

By Allison Havill Todd, AHT Interiors

During the week of Oct. 13-17, interior designers and aficionados from around the globe converged upon the High Point International Home Furnishings Market to see all the new product offerings from thousands of different manufacturers. Having recently returned from our annual trip to this show, I’d like to share with you what we viewed as the top trends within the interior design industry:

1.    2018 Pantone Color of the Year:  Oceanside.  This beautiful Caribbean style of blue is being widely used in wall colors, accessories, bedding and furnishings. This color is used in the striking backdrop of a room setting in the Ambella Home showroom , a bedding collection from Eastern Accents and accessories from Global Views.

2.    Succulents. While I love using live greenery throughout the home, many of us are not blessed with a green thumb or don’t have adequate natural light in an area for live greenery to flourish. Among many different vendors offering “permanent” greenery options, succulents were most prevalent. These pieces can be strategically placed in bookcases, on side tables and many other areas of the home to add a breath of freshness to a room.
3.    Mixing of Metals. This is not a trend new to this market, but it continues to be a strong influence in many showrooms and room settings. The old adage of all metals being the same finish throughout the home has been thrown out the window!


Pewters and aged golds cohabit nicely with champagne and bronze finishes. Even bathrooms are mixing the use of different finishes for light fixtures and cabinetry hardware.

4.    Bright Colors and Prints.  We started seeing the trend toward a more colorful palette at last year’s market, and it continues to be a strong influence in the season’s latest fabric and upholstered furniture offerings. While gray remains the neutral of choice, it is quite refreshing to see the use of color again! Ambella Home provided some particular bold and colorful prints in their showroom.
5.    Unfinished Furniture. OK, I am not a fan of this look but wanted to share a few ideas of pieces we saw in many different showrooms of this style. From sofas to dining or accent chairs, this partially finished look adds a certain “rustic” feel to a room.

6.    Blush Pink and Orchid. These have both been named The Color of The Year in recent years, and they continue to be used successfully as accent pieces in a room to give a softer more feminine look. A blush pink lingerie chest from Currey and Company would work nicely in a bedroom to break up a collection of darker wood pieces.

Bedding ensembles from Eastern Accents and accent pillows in the Bernhardt showroom provide great examples of the use of orchid colors being used in combination with other neutral shades of gray, cream or beige.
7.    Blending Old with New. We have been successfully incorporating older, more traditional pieces with the introduction of newer, more transitional or contemporary pieces in our clients’ home for years. It was interesting to see this emerging as a very strong trend at this year’s market. An example would be to add a pair of host/hostess chairs in an upholstered fabric to give a fresh look to an old dining room ensemble. Another idea is to replace outdated lamps with some cleaner more contemporary styles or adding a piece of abstract artwork to your existing interior.

While I always enjoy sharing the latest and greatest from the interior design and home furnishings industries, it is important to remember that not all trends work for everyone. I have always felt strongly about helping our clients create timeless and lasting interiors for their homes that they will enjoy for years to come.
If you struggle with how to update your home, office or vacation retreat, give us a call. We would enjoy helping you create a place where you love to live!
Allison Havill Todd, AHT Interiors

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