This year is almost at a fin, but we at Tastefully Inspired have learned a lot about the changing landscape of interior design in 2017. Looking back at design related events, combing through Pinterest images, trolling our favorite Instagram accounts, opening an online store and interviewing some of the hottest designers in the industry has given us a closer look at what’s hot, what’s not and what isn’t going away.
At heart I am a trend girl, but trends can be so fickle that they often aren’t worth the financial investment. So any trend that has longevity and pays homage to classical design is right up my alley. In this vein, I have decided to look back at 4 trends in 2017 that are here to stay in 2018.
Trend 1: Globally inspired decor makes you one of the cool kids.
There is something comforting about tapping into your culture or any culture for that matter. For instance, in my culture, we love to display a locally crafted item called a mola.
Featuring items such as African juju hats, artisanal baskets, and Spain inspired cement tiles in your home shows a cultural sensibility that is refreshing. Not only are these items unique, but they are also a talking point at all of your fabulous parties. Just be sure to know the history behind the stuff you are showcasing in your house.
Trend 2: Your kitchen doesn’t have to be white.
Actually let me rephrase that, “Your kitchen doesn’t have to be all white. “Although white kitchens still reign supreme, we are now seeing other colors enter the scene. In the design project pictured above, our guest contributor, Darla Powell, coupled white cabinets with a slate blue island to give this kitchen some added depth and pizzazz. What’s not to love about that unexpected use of color?
Trend 3: Go for local or reclaimed or both.
Rustic and distressed is a trend that isn’t going anywhere. Reclaimed items that have been picked from old barns or local homes are not only an ode to the past, but re-using these materials is also good for the Earth. And best of all, if your kid puts a dent in your reclaimed wood wall, no one will even notice it.
Likewise, sourcing locally made goods is as good for our economy as it is for quality control. Although many companies have items made abroad and shipped to the U.S. with no issues, I have seen the quality control nightmarish side of this. Meanwhile, we have so many talented artisans right in our corner of the universe. Just think of how Joanna Gaines found Clint Harp– a local woodworker – and they each revolutionized each other’s worlds.
Trend 4: Mid-century fushion rocks.
Designers, and their clients, are still completely obsessed with mid-century pieces. Mixing mid-century with contemporary pieces is a recipe that is here to stay. Adding vintage rugs and bohemian accessories to this look creates a fushion that is often utilized by designers like Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors and Shea McGee of Studio McGee.