If it seems like there’s a new trend every two seconds, you’re not going crazy. Between popular colors and of-the-moment materials, there’s a lot we cover here on Domino in the spirit of providing inspiration and variety… but we have to admit, not all trends are created equal. There are certain ones that belong safely in the past, along with the ill-fated avolatte and velour Juicy Couture tracksuits.
Of course, expressing your personal style is always more important than following trends, and we’re not ones to advocate being completely beholden to what everyone else is putting in their homes. It’s 2018, and if you want to install bright purple wallpaper around your house, go for it. That said, if you’re interested in design and staying in the loop with all the latest, we have some thoughts on the trends that are actually worth paying attention to—and, perhaps more importantly, those worth retiring posthaste.
Read on to discover the decor styles and trends team Domino hopes never come back; plus, what to do instead.
Goodbye: Whitewashed kitchens
Hello: Colorful, unique spaces
There’s something undeniably clean and beautiful about an all-white kitchen—and while we’ll always have a soft spot for the style, it’s time for something new. Something as simple as a coat of paint can do wonders for transforming a room into something entirely new. Be it via the walls or the cabinets, try introducing a punchy hue into your kitchen to liven it up.
Take a page from the English and try a monochrome look, painting your cabinets and walls in similar shades of the same color (you can even take it a step further and match your accessories to your new hue). Or give your kitchen a completely custom look with a really cool, bright backsplash. However you approach it, bringing color into your space is sure to make for a fun atmosphere.
Goodbye: Millennial pink
Hello: Muted and moody shades
“I’m ready to say goodbye to millennial pink and make way for other equally dynamic hues. I’m all for seeing muted yellows and moody shades of lilac take the spotlight in 2018,” says Digital Editor Anna Kocharian. We’ve seen the ice cream pastel trend fully take off this year, broaching options like subtle seafoam green or pale grey-blues as alternatives to the perennially popular millennial pink. Try implementing this borrowed-from-fashion color palette in your home with these fun finds.
Breaking news: Wallpaper no longer holds the monopoly on paint alternatives for your walls. Equally as interesting is the mural trend, which may require more patience but is totally worth it in our opinion. Ask a local artist, try your hand at a smaller drawing, or recruit a particularly creative friend to paint a completely bespoke image or pattern in your space. It will create a much more custom feel than wallpaper, given that you picked out every element yourself.
Goodbye: Gallery walls
Hello: Large scale art
Tired of gallery walls being the go-to for dressing up an empty rental wall? You’re not alone: “I’m hoping for an end to the gallery wall era,” admits Digital Content Strategy Manager Amanda Johnson. “Of course, I currently subscribe to this trend, but in 2018 I’m looking forward to large scale wall art replacing my constantly crooked frames.” Invest in a larger piece (or DIY one!) to fill the void instead of relying on a smattering of smaller frames.
Goodbye: Fiddle leaf fig
Hello: Pampas grass
The beloved green plant had its moment (and by moment we mean years) in the spotlight, but it’s time to move on to a plant of a different color. Literally: Pampas Grass, a pale silvery hued plant making a convincing case for denaturing your greenery in favor of something cooler and more subdued. Try using a couple branches as a centerpiece or grouping a bunch together in a large vase for an instant way to dress up an empty corner of your room.
Goodbye: The all-white look
Hello: Punchy patterns
Similar to white kitchens, we’re ready for a bit more adventure in all areas of home design. “I’m all for saying goodbye to all-white or one-note bedrooms and replacing them with something more exciting, like accent wallpaper walls or some unique tile patterns. Minimalism had its day, but it’s definitely time to embrace the wilder side of things,” says Digital Editor Nikhita Mahtani. If you need some maximalist inspo, everything that Justina Blakeney of The Jungalow does is absolutely worth paying attention to.
Goodbye: Entryway benches
Hello: Stadium seating
Granted, this particular trend may not be for everyone—for small space dwellers, the mere existence of an entryway may be a pipe dream—but for those blessed with an actual hallway, consider this cool alternative to the tired entry bench. Stadium seating adds a retro feel that makes for a more interesting space than your standard bench. A trip to the antique store or local flea market may be in order for your next interior overhaul.
Goodbye: Pineapple prints
While Hayley Squire, our email marketing manager, may be tired of the pineapple overkill in the decor industry, there’s one aspect of the fruit she’s happy to see stick around: “I’m definitely over the pineapple decor—wallpaper, art, bar accessories, throws, pillows, etc. But since I love the color yellow, I want to see more of yellow everything!”
The good news is that this sunny hue, which originally started gaining traction back in the summer of 2017, seems like it’s here to stay. Decorate with the trendy color in both big (via a yellow-painted room or front door) and small (via bar seating in the kitchen or a cool art piece) ways this season.
Goodbye: White subway tile
Hello: Fun and unique tiling
We know, we know: Subway tiling is a classic design for a reason. It goes with pretty much everything and is a safe choice for both bathrooms and kitchens. But there’s more to tiles than just this pattern.
“I get it, subway tile is timeless, but I’m hoping to see people take more tile risks (which is something we’re already starting to see!),” offers Social Media Editor Alyssa Clough. “If you’re here for the all-white look, it’s as simple as arranging it in new, interesting ways.” Whether you branch out with colorful subway tiles or try a different shape, like geometric tiling or fish scale tiles, there’s a whole world of options out there to get creative with.
Goodbye: Faux fur
Hello: Unexpected textures
“I’d like to bid adieu to faux fur accents and sheepskin rugs. I think they’ve just become our go-to answer for adding
warmth and texture to a space. From patterned plants to braided accessories, I’m hoping 2018 is full of unexpected surfaces that stray from the conventional,” says Contributing Writer Lydia Geisel.
Aside from the fact that fur, whether it’s faux or not, shouldn’t be something that’s celebrated in design at all for ethical reasons, there are more ways to bring in warmth and interest to even the smallest of spaces. Try a woven wall hanging as an unexpected alternative to traditional art, and opt for layered vintage rugs or materials like velvet and linen as substitutes for sheepskin rugs and throws.
Goodbye: Accent walls
Hello: Statement light fixtures
If 2017 was the year of statement walls, 2018 is the year of statement ceilings. Make a bold decor move by picking up one (or a series) of statement light fixtures; be it massive hanging pendants or lighting that doubles as art.
You don’t need to have high ceilings to cash in on the statement light trend either—try a funky plug-in sconce or larger table lamp if you live in a smaller home or a rental that doesn’t allow you to make drastic changes to the interiors. All the style, none of the commitment. It’s a win-win.
Goodbye: White marble
Hello: Unusual uses for marble
“While I love the look of white marble for its ability to add a luxe finish to just about anything (plus, it’s the ultimate Instagram flat-lay backdrop), it’s starting to feel a bit played out,” says Contributing Writer Mackenzie Dunn. “Since I don’t think the trend is entirely going away anytime soon, I’m hoping to see marble expand into a broader range of colors, textures, and unique uses.”
One cool way to jazz up traditional marble? Hop on board the green marble trend, which can be used in a multitude of ways from kitchen counters to chic trays. And of course, marble contact paper is always a budget-friendly way to cover every surface in your house… even your notebooks and laptop.
Goodbye: Bad, boring candles
Hello: Candles that do more
Is it time to demand more of our candles? Kristin Limoges, our wellness editor, seems to think so. “There are so many candles out there in this world, and I feel as if many don’t really have a vision or point of view. Instead, give or purchase a candle that has an identity (and maybe isn’t sickly sweet smelling too),” she recommends.
Some favorites? “Anything Byredo (simplicity and scent turn into an art form) or Cire Trudon (historic, bold, and luxuriant) is gorgeous. Or brands that give back but also smell good while doing good, like Starling (which gives solar energy to places in the world without access to power) or the special collaboration Ulili for Kahina (which helps Moroccan female artisans who cultivate argan oil).”
Okay, this one may be a bit of an unpopular opinion, but while terrazzo is all well and good, there are other summery materials that exist and are just as cool for both indoor and outdoor spaces. Specifically, rattan—or really, any woven texture. The beachy vibe the material gives off is ideal for warmer temps, but it can also be made more formal with the right silhouette and strategic accent piece placement.
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