8 Design Trends to Rock this 2018

Plus, easy tricks to update your home for this new year. By Dagny Madamba

From more foliage to metallics, here are the interior design trends this year that you can inject into your home.

The start of the year brings forth changes and new beginnings and aside from a better version of yourself, you may also want to give your home some love and update your abode’s look. We rounded up some interior design trends—from those that are making a huge comeback to new and exciting elements you can incorporate at home.

1. Vintage furniture

Vintage forms in furniture are making a comeback especially the elegant era of 1950s. We see comfortable and puffy seating pieces in velvet and suede upholstery fabrics and some embellished with fringes for a sophisticated, vintage look. If you have old furniture at home, try to see if you can still breathe new life to it by refinishing or reupholstering the piece.

2. Warm Tones

Colors like reds, oranges and yellows are usually associated with warmth and positivity. Spruce up your home with warm tones muted by neutral shades like terracotta, sierra, papaya orange, and mustard yellow so it wouldn’t be too straining for the eyes. These muted warm colors are also easier to mix and match in interiors.

3. Shades of green

We see a spectrum of calming green shades trending like avocado green, sage, and celery. Use them on walls to get that relaxed, earthy vibe without the interiors becoming too plain or bland. If you don’t want to repaint your walls, you may opt for soft furnishings like an area rug, curtains, bed linen or even an upholstered headboard for a substantial accent color to your abode.

4. Foliage, succulents and cacti

We’ve seen it on social media in the latter part of 2017 and it seems more and more people are becoming plant parents. Not only do they liven up and add character to any space, it also cleans up the air—perfect for small homes like condominiums with limited ventilation. If you’re worried about the upkeep of being a plant parent, try getting those that need the least care like rubber plant, sansevieria, cacti or any plant that require less watering and sun.

5. Millennial Pink

If you’re a fan of this shade, you’d be happy to know that Millennial pink isn’t going out of style anytime soon. And why would it be? The shade goes well with neutrals and is also accepted as an androgynous and gender-neutral color. You can use this shade in framed artworks to lighten up the walls in the living room and the bedroom.

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6. Brass and Copper

Metallics like brass and copper are still lovely accents to the home but keep in mind that too many of these can look quite gaudy and tacky. A classy way to use metallics is to pepper it around your home like using these finishes in your bathroom and/or kitchen fixture. You can even use these as finishes for bases of one or two furniture pieces. Adding texture by hammering or sanding can also give more character and timeless feel to the metal.

7. Ultra Violet

This blue-based purple shade is Pantone’s color of the year for 2018 that “symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity.” This shade encourages creativity and a sense of individuality. Interpret these symbolisms by using ultra violet as an accent color to your home. Use it for the walls to create a luxe but cozy space or pair with shades of pink to soften the boldness of the color.

8. Wabi-sabi

Wabi-sabi is a Japanese philosophy based on the belief that there is beauty in imperfection. It can also mean that a lived-in look with a bit of disarray in the interior makes a space look more like a home. This philosophy doesn’t mean that we should give in to clutter and disorder, but it reminds us to be more forgiving with ourselves for the “natural flux of everyday life.”

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Simple renovations or even just adding a few pieces here and there are sure ways to give your home a brand new look. Remember that updates especially when incorporated with your own personality can actually be more timeless than trendy.