2018 Interior trends: Velvet, contemporary style and colour injection

Want to know what designers think the latest interior trends are? 1stdibs, the décor, art and fashion collectors’ marketplace, has spoken to 630 of them and they think that we’ll see a return to colour, while ‘contemporary’ will beat ‘vintage’ and velvet and stone are rising materials.

Looking at the results in greater detail, 26% of designers indicated that more colour, warmer tones and brighter shades are important for 2018, as the once-dominant grey “begins to show its age and fades along with 2017.”

Jewel tones top the list, with designers predicting shades of teal, eggplant and emerald green as prime choices for 2018.

But it looks like Millennial Pink could be on its way out as it has fallen from a 23% score last year to only 14% this time.

As far as overall looks are concerned, contemporary styles are being backed by 65% of designers with vintage in second place on 35%. Modern dominated four of the top five styles designers report planning to use in 2018. But Art Deco was also a popular choice, coming in fifth place.

However, despite the appeal of contemporary, trends waning this year include minimalism with designers expecting to see “more complexity in both colour and details.” That said, minimalism won’t fade completely as it’s only down 3% from 2017.

The survey also showed that brushed metals (such as bronze and copper) appear to be waning in popularity this year, while velvet (12%) and stone (11%) will rise. And some key trends that are continuing include geometric patterns (mentioned by 24%) and nature motifs, such as florals (32%).

On the furniture front, no single style appears to dominate but interior designers are looking for individuality in pieces they source, with 46% reporting that they will buy more from artisans/craftsmen in 2018.

And the designers responding to the survey said that their clients need to think ‘individual’ too, perhaps thinking less about trends and more about their personal style. They said one of the biggest mistakes clients make is following fads too closely.


Interested in the state of interiors for 2018? Read more here.


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