This Year's Biggest Interior Design Predictions

A new year means a fresh start, so why not begin with upgrading your home? As someone who is currently going through some major renovations in my own home, I often find myself scouring the internet and home decor magazines for the latest trends in home design. Below are a few trends that industry experts have identified as the most important to consider when trying your hand at home innovation this year

*All tips courtesy of The Spruce


1. Smart Technology

The newest devices and apps simplify tasks, make better use of resources, and transform the way we live. Over the past couple years, I’ve seen a growing number of clients equip their homes with the latest technologies. From the convenience of an app, one can now control their Nest Self Learning Thermostat, see who enters their home with the Schlage Connect Secure Deadbolt, or create the perfect ambiance in any room with Philips Hue Ambiance Light Bulbs — all while eliminating annoying clutter from excessive wires.

2. Large Format Tile

This shift is not only aesthetic, but one of function. For many years, tile has been the mainstay of kitchen backsplashes, but home owners are ditching the grout and choosing continuous stone slabs like marble. What draws people is its pure beauty, subtly of color, and it’s unique variation in veining for stunning aesthetic appeal. On top of limitless design options, larger tile has less grout and is both easier to install and maintain.

3. Bold Color

With people growing tired of neutral, and sometimes boring palettes, statement colors are slated to make a comeback in 2018 — reds, strong blues and vibrant greens, in particular. You can either go big with statement furniture or accessorize your room with bold accents. Rugs, throw pillows and blankets are a great way to get in on the trend without feeling overly committed.

4. Incorporating Natural Surroundings

Expect industry influencers to design spaces that reflect the geography of a home's location.

“With my current project, residential resort Rock House, the natural Turks and Caicos landscape influenced the design — incorporating the natural limestone and taking advantage of the gorgeous views to set the tone.” -Shawn Henderson, Shawn Henderson Interior Design

5. Interactive Entertainment Havens

In-home theaters are a thing of the past and will be replaced by more collaborative spaces such as media and game rooms. Take a cue from your favorite activities and the things you family likes to do for fun. The design possibilities are endless when it comes to creating an inviting, dedicated media room.