Color to make a comeback in interior design this year

January 18, 2018

Decorators are turning away from minimalist styles and washed-out, mostly white interiors, based on findings of a Designer Trend Survey released on January 17 by 1stdibs, an upscale home furnishings marketplace

Research firm Surveys & Forecasts sampled the opinions of 40,000 top designers worldwide who are part of the 1stdibs Trade Program—asking what trends would surface in 2018.

When asked about trends in color, materials and finishes, purchasing patterns (pre-owned versus new), furniture styles, patterns and motifs from the past year, the surveyed designers had the following to say:

  • A return to color: 26% of designers indicated that more color, warmer tones and brighter shades are on tap for 2018, as gray begins to show its age and fade along with 2017. Jewel tones top the list, with designers predicting shades of teal, eggplant and emerald-green as prime choices for 2018.
  • Contemporary projects dominate: Decorators preferred contemporary projects for 2018 (65%), with vintage coming in second (35%). Modern dominated four of the top five styles designers report planning to use in 2018. Art Deco was also a popular choice, coming in at the fifth spot.
  • Velvet and stone on the rise: Brushed metals (for example, bronze and copper) appear to be waning in popularity this year, while velvet (12%) and stone (11%) will rise.
  • Geometric patterns and floralsGeometric patterns (mentioned by 24%) and nature motifs, such as florals (32%), are expected to remain strong this year.
  • Boutique furniture artisans favored: Although many were mentioned, no one furniture designer dominated. Interior designers seek individuality in pieces they source, with 46% reporting that they will buy more from artisans craftsmen in 2018.

Looking back, interior designers identified once-dominant trends that are on the way out. The once-loved “Millennial Pink” has dropped in popularity, with only 14% of designers planning to integrate it into their color schemes this year, compared to 23% in 2017. Also on the way out: brass, nickel and other metals, such as chrome.

Research contact: @1stdibs

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