Fresh ideas for 2018

"County Living" suggests brass and Wabi-Sabi for 2018


The holidays are over and the festive decorations are down, leaving your home feeling a little bare and a touch boring? Are you looking with a little more interest at shows on HGTV?

Many of Northwoods residents are independent thinkers when it comes to home decorating, but what is in and what is out can dictate what materials and color palettes will be available in many decorating accents such as pillows, art and more.

For example, back in the 80s, I wanted to do my kitchen/living area in grays, roses and burgundies - all of which were not popular and finding items in those colors was extremely difficult.

So what are the top ins and outs of decorating for 2018?We went to “House Beautiful”, “Better Homes and Gardens” and “Country Living” online websites to see what is trending.

There is a lot of emphasis on color - jeweled tones, earth-tones, lavenders, sages - the all-white palate is on the outs. Pastels also are seen with dim favor.

There are a few changes in the popularity of kitchen design, too. Out with exposed shelving and in with great cabinet designs as well as two-toned colors. The Granite overload is replaced by favoring lighter, durable and more attractive materials like quartz, agate, alabaster, marble and onyx. For your kitchen sink, consider a copper farmhouse for a splash of interest.

However, leave out the hanging barn door and other “random architectural” items. A flowing, coordinated approach is now favored.

Here is one that might be a bit surprising. After seeing home remodeling shows dissing brass fixtures in favor of brushed steel and nickel, it seems brass it returning to popularity. This ties in with the move towards warmer colors and richer materials like velvet fabrics.

Better Homes and Gardens

Feng Shui has a new rival - Wabi Sabi and almost every decorating source quotes it. Nope - not a new Sushi dish - this is a Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfections. Hand-thrown pottery, scuffed wood floors and rough linens are all part of this movement - I wonder if my dusty pine boughs qualify …

Out are the low end designed sofas, tufted and heavy bed furniture. Shapely designs paired with lush fabrics are getting the nod from top designers.

And get ready for this - wallpaper is back. According to Better Homes and Gardens, with new colors, bold patterns and styles do a whole room or just an accent. But painted accent walls are out. Oh, well!

No more dusting silk plants - it’s all about the real deal now - live plants with bold designs are bringing real nature indoors.

Country Living and Refinery 29 suggest perusing Pinterest to garner some great tips. Visit House Beautiful, Country Living, Better Homes and Gardens and Refinery 29  online for eyefuls of color, texture and design for 2018.


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