Canada's Condominium Magazine
Trends rarely stick around for very long, as our tastes are constantly evolving and generations view things in a much different light. Interior design is no exception. This list takes a look at some of 2018’s hottest interior design trends compared to those from five years ago.
Brass was a huge hit in 2013. The timeless and affordable brass adorned homes everywhere. Accent pieces, décor, lamps, photo frames, and more were covered in brass.
NOW: BRASS IS BACK!
After taking a detour which saw much more interest in rose gold, recent trends have circled back around as brass makes a comeback. It will not be long before it takes over our homes once again.
THEN: HOMEY KITCHENS
In 2013, kitchens began to mix sleek design with a more homey, rustic look to create a unique, organic modernism which included warm materials that look vintage. These included slate, weathered concrete, and natural crackle-glazed tiles, among others.
NOW: BACK TO BASICS BUT UPGRADED
In 2018, trends are shifting in reverse, with many starting to prefer either wooden or all-white cabinetry due to its versatility. Gray tones for walls and tiles, stainless steel appliances, and quartz countertops are all in high demand. After the major shift toward open floor plans, people are starting to change their perceptions and want more cozy homes, though larger chef kitchens are still desired for entertaining.
THEN: FLORAL DESIGNS AND COMPUTER-GENERATED FABRICS
In 2013, floral and other more “elegant” designs were common as people tried to get away from plain furnishings and accessories. Colefax and Fowler’s Bowood were especially popular. A few designers and homeowners also became obsessed with computer-generated fabrics after these were unveiled by fashion designers.
NOW: BOLD COLOURS
After an extended love fest with all things monochrome, current trends are shifting toward more vibrant colours that make bold statements. Deep reds, strong blues, and vibrant greens are especially popular, especially with more earthy tones. Homes with an artistic flair tend to use the most vibrant colours, with unique designs and shapes, art that makes a statement, and bold prints.
THEN: EMBROIDERY AND KNITTING
Embroidery and knitting were big in 2013, at a time when trends people were starting to prefer handmade over purchased items. Homes were decorated in handmade cushions, sofas, doilies, carpets and rugs, and more.
NOW: WOVEN TEXTURES
Baskets and other woven textures are gaining in popularity. Artisan accessories are used to give homes an international flair.
In 2013, walls were painted with large, bulky stripes. These stripes were colourful and bold, brightening up a space and making a room stand out. Carpets, wallpapers, upholstery, and graphic art also featured these bold, striped patterns.
Stripes remained popular in 2017, though recent trends have shown a shift toward all things circular. Rounded furnishings, polka-dotted fabrics, and more are all the rage right now.
THEN: GREEN WALLS, GARDEN ROOFTOPS
Green living was a key component of interior design in 2013. Mobile plant panels, vertical gardens, framed plant screens with lighting effects, rooftop gardens, and more made their way into homes. These features were incorporated with elegance and sophistication as global initiatives began to highlight the benefits of eco living.
NOW: ECO-FRIENDLY IS STILL TOP PRIORITY
Not much has changed in that respect. Eco-friendly initiatives are in full force, and people are incorporating greenery and renewable resources in various ways, meeting global regulations in new and innovative ways.
THEN: HAND-SKETCHED DESIGNS AND WALL WRITING
Hand-sketched designs and wall writing were big in 2013, as people wanted to bring a bit of their personality to their homes. Writing famous quotes or life mottos on the wall, customizing bedrooms with each child’s name above their bed, sketching animals and other fun works of art onto the walls of a nursery, and more were increasingly popular in 2013. Those who did not have the skills to sketch something of their own hired graphic designers who worked closely with interior designers to create original wall imprints.
NOW: ASPIRATIONAL SPACES
In 2018, people are more concerned with how their spaces make them feel than what type of statement they make. Each person’s style is different, but the main theme flows well with their personality and reflects the feeling they desire for that particular space. At home, a person may want to feel relaxed so they can unwind after a long day. Warmer colours and a cozy environment will create the ambiance they want. An office space will typically be more modern, chic, and well-organized, making the person feel energetic yet productive.
Interior decorating trends have not changed too drastically over the past five years, though some changes are far more noticeable than others. The main difference is a pronounced shift toward feelings and experiences rather than appearances. Trends have also shown an increase in the desire to bring the outdoors in and invest in eco-friendly décor as well as upgraded features that make entertaining easier and more enjoyable.