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DECORATING TRENDS FOR 2018 – HOW DID THEY PLAY OUT?

IT is not my nature

to follow trends in my decorating style – though I do have to admit to picking up a few along the way.

However – I am fascinated by them. In fact, I think if I were to be in college I would want to take a class called

“The Psychology of Trends”

What makes them start? What makes them stick? I kind of know what makes them go away – either they are not truly appealing or they get OVER played. Did you know we are hardwired to dislike something that we are over exposed to?

Just for fun – how about we explore some of the trends predicted by the HOUSE BEAUTIFUL LIST FOR 2018

*1.LAVENDAR -On the heels of “Millennial Pink”Lavender becoming the “IT” color was kind of a no-brainer  . One pastel swapped for another pastel. The thing is that – like pink – there are so very many versions of it – some more widely appealing than others and I am not quite sure the “millennial” version – has been nailed down.  The more muted “grayed down” versions have a tad more staying power. I notice that when  a color can act as a neutral – like Millennial Pink – it has stronger staying power. The trouble is that the further away we get from true lavender – no one seems to know what to call it. But in the right doses and in the right settings –  they are truly beautiful .

RUFFLED FLANGE DUVET COVER – ANTHROPOLOGIE
KALMAR SOFA
URBAN OUTFITTERS – FUJIFILM
MADEWELL – LAVENDAR FLEECE – on my way to order this right now!!!

*2. HIGH CONTRAST PALETTES – The mix or heavy dark woods and peaceful light whites and grays has never been more popular. Thanks to the influence of FIXER UPPER and MAGNOLIA HOME  we have seen first hand how simple contrast can be EVERYTHING. In its purest sense –  I happen to love a little more color personally – but I think with simple neutrals as a backdrop – almost anything is possible.

EDGECOMB GRAY – YOUR NEST DESIGN
simple natural and makes me hungry!
FOR THE LOVE OF A HOUSE – ASHWOOD

*3.  TILE TWISTS – I love this one! Yes, I still adore my sweet simple Subway tile – But I love about the exciting things happening in tiles – especially backsplashes – they are fun and unique and if needed – not ridiculously hard to change.The influences are far-reaching – MORROCAN AND SPANISH.  Like wall paint color – these changes CAN BE less expensive  – in the BIG picture –  and an offer opportunities for personalities to shine and decorating tastes to become more personal.

Mirage Granito Ceramico SpA – FROM TRADITIONAL HOME

I ADORE THIS KITCHEN FEATURED IN STYLE ME PRETTY

STYLE ME PRETTY
SCOUT DESIGN CO.

*4.  WARM COLORS – I never think as any color really being in or out – just easier or harder to find. Deep warm colors ARE MUCH easier to find right now. Reds, burgundy, deep orange…lovely.

BURGUNDY ARNE JACOBSEN STYLE “SWAN CHAIR”
ANTHROPOLOGIE
ORANGE VELVET IS MY ABSOLUTE MOST FAVORITE DEEP WARM COLOR!!
STONE AND BURGUNDY ARE GOOD FRIENDS!
TEMPO DA DELICADEZA

*5.  BRASS ACCENTS – Brass accents have been on the scene for a few years now – the good news is that they are more widely available and there is more  variety in the choices. I love Brass accents – they are timeless and very classic.

DECORPAD

 

HOUSE BEAUTIFUL

*6.  BOLD PATTERNS – I CANNOT get enough of these. Large scale ART, big statements – they ast as an anchor and whole house can be designed with them as a jumping off point!

HOUSE BEAUTIFUL – BOLD PATTERNS – DEEP COLORS – EVERYTHING!
MURALS WALLPAPER
DESIGN MILK

*6.  OLIVE GREEN –  I have been a HUGE fan of all things OLIVE Green  – well – forever. It looks great with blush!

GRAZIA
ELLE DECOR
HOUSE BEAUTIFUL

*8. NATURAL ELEMENTS – Natural elements ground a space. They balance the pretty and give rooms a deeper connection to the earth. I have a feather collection – gathered in my yard and a pair of deer horns that one of the dogs brought home. And my beloved driftwood mirror!

Wooden tray, Deer horns and a Pink lamp – ALL  about balance.
THE DOGGIE DRESSER and my driftwood mirror
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS
NATURAL ELEMENTS BRING REAL COLOR AND TEXTURES
AGATE BOOKENDS

*9. WOVEN TEXTURES – Seems like you can’t throw a ball inside without hitting a women light fixture. I do love them – but I have this very dusty house and i find that they can sometimes collect dust. Still, I LOVE the way they look…the depth they add and the warm light.

PUMPKIN LIGHT FIXTURE
MILLY AND EUGENE
THE GLITTER GUIDE

 

*10. VELVET FURNISHINGS – LIKE I said – some things are timeless – like velvet – but it is a bit more mainstream right now- all the better for me…MORE COLORS!!!

GLENLEE CHAIR ANTHROPOLOGIE
MY VELVET SOFA
ANTHROPOLOGIE VELVET BLAZER
LIVING ROOM
Elle Decor October PHOTO Simon Upton – ALEX KATZ PAINTING

So there you have my run down of some of the trends that have stuck. I suspect that the predictions of 2019 are right around the corner! And ideas?

 

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