2018 Interior Design Trends: What’s in and What’s Out

With 2017 coming to a close, we wanted to give you a leg up on which interior design trends are staying hot, which are on their way out, and which are new to the mix!

Take a look below for our interior designer insight on emerging colors, room-specific and whole-house design trends, as well as décor styles to usher out the door in 2018.

Interior design trends on the way out in 2018

  • Ferns everywhere: The 70’s houseplant craze is thankfully winding down. Indoor plants are wonderful as accents, but when they are overused in a space, the rest of the design suffers.
  • Rumpled bedding: The trend of a perfectly mussed bed looks casual-cool on Instagram, but in reality, it looks like you were in a rush and forgot to make your bed. We custom-make our bedding to fit perfectly and look neat, but not like you spent all morning making the bed.
  • Neutral Minimalism: The trend of all white, gray or sand colored furniture in an austere, sober environment is over. You can do neutral and cozy, or colorful and minimal, but when you mix neutral with minimal, it can drain the personality out of a space.

Interior design trends staying strong in 2018

  • Collected Scandinavian: This look works well when you mix eras and styles with clean and modern Scandinavian design. For a recent beach house, we got a cozy, casual sophisticated result by combining contemporary Scandinavian-inspired pieces with a few early-American family heirlooms and solid-colored fabric and rugs.


  • Emerging artists: Many of my clients are art patrons and enjoy supporting local artists and makers. This takes a certain confidence in their own taste. The story becomes the experience of finding or commissioning the piece, and not just of the artist. We enjoy sourcing our art from local galleries such as Simon Breitbard (who provided the two pieces seen below by Paul Norwood in the background and AJ Oishi in the foreground).


  • Non-toxic everything: This is a trend that we think will continue to grow for years to come. We look for products that keep families healthy, have a light carbon footprint and look gorgeous. While it’s not a feature that gets discussed as much as quality aesthetic design, it is something that is becoming more and more expected now, especially in California. A great place to start is with paint – Benjamin Moore has nearly 10 lines of paint that have earned the latest and most demanding LEED Low Emitting Product credits for emission certification. The line I love to use is called Natura. It is certified asthma-and-allergy-friendly, with zero VOC’s and zero emissions. Plus, it’s washable and spatter resistant, with an unlimited selection of color. Perfect for a kid’s room like the one we designed below (ceiling in Benjamin Moore’s Natura Orange Burst).


  • Mid-Century Modern: This style will continue to be popular because the pieces are well designed, play well with all periods, and are popularized through pop culture such as “MadMen”on TV. To keep this now-classic look fresh, I like to add an authentic vintage piece or two to balance out the reproductions available through large retailers. Even adding a lamp or pair of chairs from the era can add a patinaed personality to a home. You can look on 1stdibs or Chairish for authentic pieces with a little age.


  • Warm Gray/Taupe: These tones have replaced cool gray as the go-to neutral for 2018. We love mixing these neutrals with either rich brown leather or a vibrant purple (see Pantone’s Color of the Year – Ultra Violet!). In this San Francisco Victorian, we painted the walls a warm taupe (Benjamin Moore’s Cape Hatteras Sand) to perfectly compliment the pop of purple in the upholstery.


  • Brass Bathroom Lighting: While 90’s-era shiny brass bathrooms haven’t yet made a comeback, satin and brushed brass lighting and hardware is having its shining moment. Don’t worry if you have some stainless steel or chrome fixtures in your bathroom. You can still add gorgeous brass sconces, pendants, or even just some brass cabinet pulls. For a modern, dramatic look, keep the bathroom monochromatic and the brass will really pop.

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