An Imaginative Year Expressing Intensity and Simplicity: 18 Top Interior Design Trends for 2018

Intense personal expression is a common theme in 2018 interior design trends, finding inspiration from the past balanced with a creative vision for the future. It’s all about a more authentic, individualistic approach to design, unafraid of mixing styles and experimenting with color. Each December, Jackson Design and Remodeling’s highly acclaimed design team, which has been featured in major national print and online publications including Dwell, HGTV, Architectural Digest, French Style, and Beautiful Kitchens & Baths, forecasts the trends they see emerging in design and remodeling for the coming new year. When you’re planning a whole home remodel, one of the most exciting parts of the process is working with a unified team of architects, designers, and construction professionals to discover the design ideas that makes sense for your lifestyle. Learning about the latest trends inspires that process! Here are our design team’s picks for the top trends this year:

Casual Imperfection: Inspired by the ancient Japanese philosophy of “Wabi Sabi,” which finds beauty in imperfection, this trend emphasizes relaxed style with minimal, high quality elements.

Dark Intensity and Contrast: 2018 cColor palettes will be strong, deep, and bold, including blacks and grays, blues and greens, oranges and reds. High contrast colors, such as timeless black and white, are a recurring theme.

Pantone Color of the Year – Ultra Violet: Described as ‘A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade,’ Ultra Violet expresses a fascination with what’s possible, both here on earth and in the cosmos.

Nordic/Scandinavian Style: Originally designed to convey coziness in the coldest climates, the warm, modern feel of Nordic/Scandinavian style has staying power in today’s homes.

Mixing Textures: The balance of opposites continues to spark visual interest, pairing marble and wood or glossy surfaces with matte.

Minimalist Luxury: There’s creative freedom in designs balancing simple, open, light-filled spaces with carefully selected beautiful objects.

Home Galleries: Curated spaces in the home, from large walls of gallery images to
compelling miniature vignettes of treasured collections, bring an artistic and deeply personal feeling into the home.

(Millennial) Pink and Lavender: Millennial Pink is still going strong into 2018, with lavender catching up as a youthful expression of vibrancy and energy. Combining the two, lilac is popping up as a pretty shade.

Vivid Velvet: This lavish material is adding luxurious softness to home design this year and in every color on the spectrum, with bright turquoise, purples, greens, and reds some of the most seductive.

Ways with Woods: Dark woods are making a comeback, including Rosewood and Walnut, while techniques such as charring and cerused wood reveal complex color and texture.

“Invisible” Kitchen: In expansive open homes, a kitchen that seamlessly integrates visually and functionally is a hallmark of today’s smart design.

Soft and Warm Color Palette: Again emphasizing individuality this year, some palettes are the complete opposite of the Dark Intensity trend, presenting comforting, warm, cozy neutrals and soft pastels as an alternative.

Mid-Century Style with a Modern Edge: Retaining the best elements of original Mid-Century design while introducing modern functionality and purpose is the defining element of some of today’s most stylish homes.

Experimental Wallpaper: Wallpaper in 2018 isn’t relegated to one wall or a powder room; it is making an impact throughout the home, from floral and botanical prints to geometrics, marbles, and “illusion” designs.

Haute Bohemian: Rejecting conformity, this is a decidedly individual, eclectic style paying homage to the home’s surroundings, the architectural period, and daring offbeat style.

Natural Growth: As technology continues to permeate our lives, fresh greenery and plants in the home are becoming ever more important.

Geometrics Galore: From backsplash tile to flooring, wallpapers to area rugs, the orderly appeal of geometric patterns has fully arrived.

Shimmer and Shine: A splash of Brass, Gold, Vintage Nickel and Titanium fixtures allows homeowners to express creativity in the important details of kitchen and bathroom design.

Do you follow us on Pinterest yet? Take a look at our Pinterest board for examples of 2018’s most compelling trends. Our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals can help you explore ways to integrate 2018 trends in a way that brings beautiful individuality to your whole home remodel.