Jan 30

The Best Interior Design Trends in 2018

interior design trends 2018 Nicole Davis

I hate to be the “I told you so” type, but I like to give credit where credit is due, and I’m fairly confident that I nailed my design trend predictions for both 2016 and 2017. And now, looking forward into 2018, the interior design landscape is ripe with possibility, and I’m more excited now than ever before for what’s to come. I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled, I’ve been doing my homework, and following are my interior design trend predictions for 2018… 

Arch 4Studio Lifestyle


I’m telling you right now: curves and arches are huge this year. From windows, to doorways, to pass-thrus and beyond, I’m seeing them far and wide these days, and I’m all for it. 

Arch 2 Leanne FordArch 3Domaine Home


I’ve always preached the importance of details when it comes to design, and with that in mind have always been of the belief that your ceiling should never be an afterthought (it’s considered “the 5th wall” after all). This is becoming more and more apparent as of late, and I’m obviously fully on board. From applied mouldings, to shiplap, to exposed beams and beyond, ceilings are hot and I’m a fan. 

Ceiling 1Marie ClaireCeiling 2Grey & ScoutCeiling 3Nicole Davies


While I’m still of the belief that chrome was never out, there’s no question that it took a bit of a backseat to it’s brassier counterpart over the course of the last few years. And while burnished brass and tarnished gold will forever remain in my design arsenal, I do love the crisp clean look that chrome brings to the table, and I’m glad it’s getting a little more love as of late. 

Chrome 1 Monika HibbsChrome 2Studio McGeeChrome 3Domino


Now, I’ll be the first to admit that this one’s a little harder to pull off. But given the right location, and in the perfect application, a softly curved couch is all the rage these days. I just love how this detail adds a flare of femininity, and just the slightest hint of playfulness, all while maintining its simplicity. It can almost be viewed as a sculpture or work of art, and for that I’m a fan.

Curves 1Domaine Home Curves 2Ivy LaneCurves 3Ashley Stark

[break]NO UPPERS 

I added “lived in kitchens” to my list of design trends back in 2016, and am pleased to announce that this one’s still going strong over two years later. As kitchens become more and more the heart of the home, the lived-in look has now evolved to include magic such as no (or little) upper cabinetry. Of course, this isn’t always do-able if you find yourself with a postage stamp of a kitchen. But if you’re blessed with enough real estate, it’s an incredibly impactful design detail. Omitting the uppers makes your lower cabinets feel more like furniture, ensuring it feels even more intertwined with the rest of your home. It’s airy, it’s beautiful, and I’m a huge fan. 

No Uppers 1Atlanta Magazineno uppers 3Domaine Home No Uppers 2Archinect


Okay, you’re going to have to hear me out on this one… Because, you guys, brown is back. I feel confident that blues and greys aren’t going anywhere anytime soon (I’m of the firm belief that they’re timeless and classic), but I have noticed a huge shift towards warmer colour palettes as of late. It started last year with a resurgence of warm whites, and now encompasses everything from tans and taupes to caramel and cognac, and beyond. In order to avoid a space that feels 70’s gone bad, the secret to this one is to bring it in through the use of natural materials. Lots of wood, woven baskets, soft linens, and leather moments are the name of the game, and I’m into it full tilt. 

Tan 1Atlanta HomesTan 2Cynthia HayesTan 3Unknown

I’d love to know! Are there any interior design trends you’ve noticed as of late? 

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  1. Deb says:

    My mantra used to be no green, gray, black, or brown. Now I have touches of black and green but brown…probably never. While I might enjoy it in someone else’s home, it’s just not me. Color preference is so personal, isn’t it?

  2. Linda says:

    I completely agree with you on all counts. I have incorporated a warm caramel in some of my accessories, into my grey/charcoal, warm white/black palette to warm it up and it’s brilliant. I love chrome and would never eliminate it and architectural touches like shiplap are some of my favourites. Love this post and have pinned them all to my boards under ‘DECOR NOTES’ and other applicable decor board subjects. My only wish is that your pics were not so light.. the details are sometimes lost because of this effect.

    • Thanks for the love and support! These photos aren’t mine (the photo credits are underneath each image), but I do tend to be drawn to light and bright and super airy – maybe to a fault sometimes. Good to know for the future :)

  3. I really liked these interior design trends 2018. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I loved the content I wanted to leave a tip just for those who have antique sofas that should be done laundering the fabrics properly. No need to discard your sofa just hire a company would be to do the washing it.

  5. Jessica says:

    Hi Jacquelyn! I love your blog and fully agree with the trends that you have predicted here. The “browns” comeback is something I have been subconsciously incorporating myself without realizing it, between the new taupe throw I recently purchased to the caramel leather couch I’ve been coveting. My latest project inspiration is to refinish the stairs in our home as when we purchased the house last summer, the stairs were painted a dark grey and the bannister is all white which leaves it lacking some warmth. I actually want to incorporate some stained wood back into the stairway and was wondering if you have any tips in this area?

  6. Thanks for posting and looking forward for more from you.

  7. Rebecca Neustel says:

    We have arches in our living room, chrome fixtures in the bathrooms and I don’t use any gray but 💘💘💘 brown, camel, taupe, etc., so I’m doing pretty well!

  8. Kamalika says:

    Nice article. Even we have written a blog post based on trends in interior designs. Check out this, best interior design trends

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  10. Walton says:

    Very beautiful design on all pictures. I love this. Thanks for such an inspiring article.

  11. Remitly says:

    Ideas selected with great taste and lots of light. Congratulations on the publication.

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