Every January I check out the design trends forecasted for the upcoming year. Before I had an online store, I never paid that much attention to trends, but online shopping is so trend driven, that it has become a necessity. It has kind of become a game for me, too, as sometimes the forecasts are right on target and other times, not so much. It takes a year or so for the predictions to take hold and start to show up in and saturate the market. Sometimes, I’ve already spotted trends developing and it is interesting to have them verified by “experts”.
When I am planning new collections, its inspiring and helpful so far as eliminating my choices. Here are some great sources I go to for trend predictions and inspiration:
BENJAMIN MOORE employs a research team to study color trends around the world. Every year they introduce new color palettes. This year’s Color of the Year is:
The big home decor show, Maison Objet, is held every Fall in Paris, and is a great gathering of innovative designers and home decor suppliers. Elle Decor wrote about the trends spotted there and red was showing up along with some other strong trends. Click on the Maison Objet link above for their full article. Here is a quick summary.
Red symbolizes: radical, change, strength, happy, smart, primary, confidence
MODERN TRIBALS was another strong trend predicted for 2018
COMFORTING COOL TONES – light linen, pearl grays
DERING HALL is a website that features interior designers, their work and design products. Their trend forecast mentioned ECLECTIC DESIGN as a forthcoming trend as evidenced in this room by Kari McIntosh at the SAN FRANCISCO DESIGNER SHOWCASE.
Furnishings from different periods as well as global, contemporary, and traditional elements all mixed together.
They also mentioned LAYERING NEUTRAL GREENS with MORE BRILLIANT ONES, on display in this room by KATI KURTIS DESIGN.
Flower Textile, M.A. Salgueiro
And LARGE SCALE FLORALS and BOTANICAL REFENCES
This was echoed by the PATTERN PEOPLE, a Portland based company that forecasts print and pattern trends.
Pantone ‘s Executive Director, Leatrice Eiseman revealed that 2018’s design trends will be around pearlized and translucent glow colors.
COLOR OF THE YEAR- ULTRA VIOLET
Intense colors include bright blue, green, fuchsia, and purple, which are complemented by iridescent tones of turquoise and hot pink, white, and frosted almond.
As well as geometric patterns, typography, fringe, metallics and iridescence on home decor accents.
Nebulus blue, little boy blue, pink peacock, purple orchid and frosted almond…
Googling 2018 design trends on PINTEREST always yields interesting results as well.
Bath Spas, mixed terrazzo, statement ceilings like a bold pattern or black, bone inlay, herringbone, colorful doors, patterned plants, hello large wall art and goodbye gallery wall, sage as a neutral…
HOUSE BEAUTIFUL publishes its annual list of decor trends which includes lavender, circles in patterns, high contrast decors, moodier palettes, woven texture, chartreuse and olive green, colorful trim, velvet upholstery, tile twists, retro palettes, bold pattern, bright colors like yellow, coral and red, tone on tone…
And last of all, I’d like to mention
CALLING IT HOME’s Bi- Annual ONE ROOM CHALLENGE where designers from around the country reinvent a room in six weeks, Lots of trends emerge during this process.
Here are a few of my favorite rooms from the FALL 2017 ORC:
THE GOLD HIVE
Designer Show houses around the country are also great resources for the latest and hottest trends. They are always reviewed in various national publications and local papers.
I could go on and on. Some of these trends resonate with me and others not so much. I pick what I like from my research and formulate and refine this year’s collection.
Do you have a favorite source for researching the trends? I’d love to hear about it.
Thanks as always for following along. I’ll let you know what’s in the works soon enough. I’ve got some gorgeous new velvet palettes, another blue and white inspired collaboration with The Enchanted Home, some bold florals, a few new Schumacher faves and a surprise project I am excited to reveal.
Hope its a great year for you!