Interior Inspiration - Popular Home Trends 2018
Trends, I have never been a fan of following trends. I think it has much to do with my personality type, INFP, I always go with what feels right and connects with who I am. When Moroccan rugs were all the rage back in 2015, I never felt compelled to buy one, and I never had a pair of Dr. Martin's sandals in 1998, but I did have a pair of white lace-up DM boots that I LOVED!
If you're a trend-lover, and are in need of some inspiration for an upcoming move or remodel, there a few timeless touches you can add to your home that will be on-trend for years to come.
Yes, natural light seems obvious, but it is actually a trend right now. It could be that all of the newly converted plant lovers out there are needing the benefit of natural light to keep their plants alive, but regardless, homes are letting the light in.
Natural light should be a priority in all homes, it's healthy, it's life-giving. If you ever have the chance to build your dream home, prioritize the windows, skylights, and the height of your ceiling.
Natural light can be maximized by choosing light, neutral toned curtains, and keeping the furniture away from the windows. Furniture options, like low profile couches (mid century modern style) are great for allowing more light in. Their minimal and platform style alludes to a larger space, creating more space between the top of the furniture and the ceiling. Always keep furniture away from your windows, sometimes it's a challenge, but it always looks better.
I love watching movies from the 1970s and 1980s and noticing all of the houseplants. Why is it that homes in the 1990s decided to forgo plants? It's a mystery to me, but growing up, we rarely had plants in our homes. My Dad had his Peace Lily, but that was about it.
Plants are timeless, and while certain plants may be on-trend (Fiddle Leaf Figs, Birds of Paradise), they're always helpful in a home. Plants were built with aesthetics in mind, (I should say "created"). Their various leaf shapes, their textures, and their ability to bring closure to a space that is simply "missing something" makes them invaluable.
BUILT - INS
Yes, built-ins are coming back, and I'm not sure why they ever left! We all need storage and shelving in our homes, and looking at homes from the 30s and 40s, built-ins were standard. Today's newly built homes rarely come with these features, forget the nooks and crannies, it's all about the open concept that never ceases to echo no matter how many rugs you add, no matter how many pieces of art you hang on the walls.
Built-ins can be much fun. They allow for more layering within a home, and can be given an exciting color pop with a risky paint choice.
Brass fixtures (kitchen hardware, lighting, and decor) are commonplace these days. I love the brass, and I think my brass-loving days go back to my childhood. We used to visit the Swap Meet on Saturday mornings, and one visit I found a beautiful brass penguin, about 5" tall. I haven't been able to find it, I suppose it's stored somewhere, but I do love brass.
Brass is trending, but if you don't love it, don't add it to your home. What's more important is making sure that your hardware flows with the style of your home. Choose nickel if it works better, and if you love the shiny chrome, go with it.
Red is coming back! I remember when red was popular in the mid-late 90s, it makes me think of the decor trends on "Friends". I think “contemporary and colorful”, and this may be the direction that the design world is headed. A red couch is never a bad idea, no matter what's trending.
Your home doesn't have to look like the Glasgow Marriott Hotel or what you see on Instagram all day long. Consider the trends, always find comfort in timelessness, and choose what you love.
*This is a collaborative post.