Oops, it’s February and I probably should’ve finished this last month! My bad. We’ve been making a lot of progress on the house–of course it’s sprinkled through several rooms so none of them are actually done, but there’s MOVEMENT–and that leaves me little time for the dear blog. While I painted the nursery the other day, I thought about how much I miss blogging on a regular basis and hope I can work it back into my schedule. There won’t be any DIY, because if I don’t have time for that now I REALLY won’t have time with a baby crawling all over me, but I like long-form writing more than the little ditties we put on Instagram. So we’ll see! I’ll put it on my calendar.
Now that I’ve gone off on that tangent, let’s bring it back around to decorating. It’s a new year and there are new trends afoot! Here’s what I’ve been seeing and doing:
1. Colorful trim. Really, anything other than white or wood. I’ve been crushing HARD on this idea for a couple of years, since stumbling upon Hendricks Churchill and their collective eye for detail. (Overseeing a whole-house renovation would make me poke out my own eyeballs, but they do it so well. I’d hire them if they worked in Illinois and I won the lottery.) Anyway, calling attention to trim with a fresh paint color makes you pay more attention to the architectural details of the room. This kitchen, for example, would still be great if the trim and wall colors were reversed, but having the gray trim instead makes it feel more like another Interesting Item in the space instead of an afterthought:
2. Velvet! I got into this trend myself after buying cozy new throw pillows and curtains for our bedroom. And before we landed on the high-performance fabric for the blue chairs, I was sold on velvet. But then I got worried about my salsa drips and future baby boogers and called an audible at the last minute. #noregrets Velvet accessories will have to do at our house, but if you’re neater than we are, I’ve been seeing a ton of gorgeous velvet sofas and armchairs lately.
3. Brass. Weirdly, this was one trend I’ve heard a couple of “experts” claim is on the way out, but based on what my clients like and what I see other designers doing, it’s unpacking to stay for a while. Brass (and copper, too!) add a nice glimmer of warmth to a room–especially if you dig a cool color palette otherwise.
Here’s our half-decorated bedroom, featuring velvet AND brass:
4. Saturated color palettes. After several years of mostly-whites space trending all over the place, the pendulum is swinging the other direction. Not to say that lots of white in kitchens or bathrooms will ever go away (because that’s a classic, like cheese pizza), but get ready to see a lot of darker wall colors, jewel toned furniture, and deep wood finishes.
5. Bold patterns. These are so ubiquitous now that you really can’t use one incorrectly–it’s more about your personal taste. If you’re just dipping your toe into Pattern Lake after a long time away, I recommend starting small with a pillow or a table runner. If you love patterns and they don’t freak you out, jump right in with curtain panels or WALLPAPER. This dining room is not for the faint of heart, but if you want to go bold this is a very cool way to do it:
What trends are you digging for 2018? Aside from brass and velvet, I hopped onto the saturated color palette bandwagon in my office. The room gets such terrible light that a pale paint color was coming off very shadow-y and blah, so I leaned into the darkness. It’s much better now. Any trends happening at your house? Have you noticed anything I didn’t mention?