New year, new home design trends. Or so these designers hope. As 2017 draws to a close and many look forward to a brighter 2018, AD PRO has asked some trusted creatives what they hope to leave behind. From color fads (hello millennial pink) to tile treatments, there’s plenty they’re ready to kick to the curb. Read on for the trends these designers hope don’t see it to 2018. Happy (and stylish) New Year!
“Thomas Edison called, and he wants his light bulbs back. In 2018, we would like to stop the proliferation of the vintage Edison bulb. We welcomed it back in 2011 and enjoyed the craft-like atmosphere it provided. By 2014 it felt a bit expected, but now it’s just downright unoriginal and uninspiring.”
“White walls are a darling of 2017 social media followers, but color is a transformative game changer, and in the scheme of design a relatively inexpensive one to experiment with. Painting walls in ‘play-it-safe white’ is often a missed opportunity to add warmth, drama, and instant personality.”
“In 2018, I’d like to see a lot less furniture with ‘live edge’ details. I love to mix in an organic element with soft modern furniture, but this trend has taken over and is way too overused. Let’s get back to fine woods with simple edges and multilayered finishes.”
“We are totally over cheap reproductions of midcentury light fixtures. Don’t think you have to replace every plumbing and electrical fixture in the house with something trendy and fashionable. Keep the best and replace the rest!”
“2017 has seen its fair share of pastels, including the ubiquitous millennial pink. In 2018, I’m ready for more bold color and unexpected color pairings. A little less painterly patterns and more block prints in saturated hues.”
__Katrina Hernandez, Hernandez Greene__
“White trim has got to go! We’re living in the year of Millennial Pink—there is no reason to have white trim. I think a lot of homeowners settle for it because that is what the builder chose but that is exactly why we think it should go; it denotes too much newness and feels very stock. Try painting the trim a shade lighter or darker from the wall color. It’s a subtle detail that really ups the chic factor.”
“I’d be very happy to see the trend of macramé go back to the 1970s where it should stay quietly with bell bottoms and jumpsuits. I’m all for great texture and rich weaves in fabrics and home textiles, but macramé reads more crafty DIY than artisan style, and I know as designers there are so many more beautiful looks we can offer!”
“Please stop with the wood-looking ceramic tile in 2018. I see a future of ripping this stuff out when everyone realizes this idea was a dated look waiting to happen. Ceramic tile may be easier to maintain in the short term, but you are not fooling anyone into thinking it is actually wood. And just wait until all those grout lines start to age and turn black, then it’s really going to be a bad look.”
“This year, I’m looking to amp up the history and architectural details within each space I’m designing. For example, rather than the über-minimalist fireplace surrounds that have dominated for the last few years, we are encouraging our clients to restore their prewar fireplaces or source antique surrounds that we update with a modern paint job. Also, if I see another faux-distressed farmhouse dining table . . . . Why not go bold instead with a pop of color and some geometric flair? There are so many incredible silhouettes out there for round, square, and rectangular tables. This year I will continue to challenge my clients to look at each item we need as a piece of art, an opportunity to make a statement. Lastly, I would love to see the category of what is considered ‘neutral’ to expand. White, gray, cream, sand, even blush have all become so predictable. My new neutrals for 2018 are off-black, camel, and smokey mauve.”
“The ‘transitional’ aesthetic. The one-note space offered us a reprieve for a few years but nothing is more appealing than a well-curated room filled with classic elements, meaningful art, flowers, books, and a beloved antique or two.”
“I’d love to see less of the ‘finding things and throwing them together in a haphazard way and calling it design’ trend. So many designers combine interesting elements—stunning things that should be the star of the show—with other completely unrelated things that might be great but oftentimes aren’t. If you’re an end consumer and doing it for yourself—collecting pretty or interesting things for your home—that’s terrific! But if you’re a designer who’s been hired to do something that’s thoughtfully curated? Stop it!”
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