DESIGN 2018: Top decor trends for the year ahead

by Andrew Pike


As we break into another exciting new year, one of my favourite things to do to kick it off is to start looking at design trends and where they are headed. It’s always interesting to see the approach different publications take, and even more interesting how many of them overlap in their opinions. More often than not, they are generally on the same page, which certainly indicates that they are all seeing the same things moving forward.

Now, let me be clear. Trends can often evoke thoughts of something that is fleeting: a design direction to be seen for one season and (in some instances) never again.


We do have to acknowledge that trends are just that, they come and they go. However, I like to look at things that indicate where things are TRENDING, meaning more the direction of design as opposed to just pieces that are hot right now.


So, that being said, these are some of my favourite discoveries from the first few weeks of 2018:

Softened Edges

As furniture and home products have seemed to become more and more square over the last few years, the natural shift is to start going back to more rounded edges. Everything from kitchen sinks to sofas have benefited from sharp 90 degree corners. It only makes sense that we are looking for something slightly different now.

Happy Homes

Let’s face it, we all have stuff, and sometimes all that stuff doesn’t exactly go together. But this new style helps to rectify that, by combining different colours, periods, and styles into one happy eclectic mix. Let it be loose and free! Create the space you love, not the one you think you’re supposed to have.

The New Traditional

As we have been living in a clean-lined, modern world for so long, we are finally trending back to more traditional interiors that evoke history and the elegance of times gone by. Details have more importance, and mixing in antique and vintage pieces are incredibly important in achieving this look.

The New TraditionalCredit: Matt Vardy  |

Peaceful Interiors

In a world that is growing evermore fast paced, there seems to be an even greater need for calming interiors. Almost a mix of Scandinavian and Zen Asian styles, this design direction takes its cues from clean lines and modern sensibility. Simplicity reigns, but warmth and detail play a huge role as well.

Wallpaper as Art

Wallpaper has run the gamut over the years, from fully papered rooms covered in pastel roses to bold geometric feature walls and everything in between. Now we are seeing wallpaper as an alternative to artwork. Large scale images applied in panels replace traditional framed art, and murals take centre stage and become features in their own right.




There are bound to be more trends developing as the weeks progress, but this is just an overview of my initial findings. I look forward to following this closely, and sharing even more ideas when we meet on Monday, January 29 at The International Centre, Hall 4, from 1 - 2 p.m.


Roundtable: Design 2018