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January 2018

As the New Year dawns, it’s not only a chance to reflect on our accomplishments but also an opportunity to look forward and set new goals for our health, career, relationships, and home, too. While we don’t subscribe to the “new year, new you” tropes, we do believe in the power of intention setting. By clearly articulating your thoughts and desires, you can truly set yourself up for success. And who doesn’t want to kick off a new year like that?

The place we start is our home. After all, it is where all of this manifesting takes place, so it needs to feel special and safe. This is your sanctuary. But before you get started, let’s take a look at some of the trends that were, and those that will be in 2018 first.

Founder and Managing Director of HomesScope Kashish Sajnani agrees. “I tend to ignore trends,” she tells us. “Which means sometimes I’m ‘in’ and sometimes I’m ‘out,’ which I am fine with. To me, trends are just an opportunity for clients and individuals to see what’s new out there in the world, maybe things we didn’t even know existed. But at the end of the day, what looks best in your home and what feels best to your soul is what you should listen to. Let’s face it—if you wait long enough, you will be ‘ahead of the trend’ in no time.”

In the end, trends are a fun way to look at what we loved and get excited about what’s to come. So we asked interior designers to share the trends they’re very happy to leave behind in 2017 and the ones they hope to see more of in 2018.



OUT: There are a few trends interior designer, and artist Roudha Alshamsi of Roudha Alshamsi Design is happy to see the back of in 2017. “I would love to see reclaimed wood, industrial furnishings, and rustic accents eradicated in 2018,” she tells us. “Design is moving toward a slightly more lush and sexy direction. Rustic on top of rustic just feels dated and excessive. Salvaged oddities were seen everywhere from the Dubai Flea to Abu Dhabi in the past, and while many of these items are indeed treasures, it is true that too much of one thing is never a good idea.” Ain’t that the truth?

While on their own, they can look great, Roudha thinks the look has just been overdone. “Reclaimed shelving on top of salvaged industrial items on top of rustic findings on top of patina—it is just too much,” she adds. “For me, design should be more about an eclectic mix that expresses your personality. I find that exercising restraint with just a select few items with a rough-hewn finish or patina can still be quite attractive but always paired with something slightly more sophisticated and polished. It’s all about the yin and yang. Too much of one particular look diminishes its impact and feels one noted.”

IN: For 2018, Roudha is all about the ’70s. Furniture with curves and saturated colors is what she’s feeling right now. “The tide is slowly starting to turn from rectangular sharp lines to an influx of softer edge, or angled designs and fabric and walls and furniture with a punch of pigment—hues like ochre, deep green, and burnt rose tones are popping up everywhere,” she says. “More and more, I’m drawn to items that are shapely or circular, swiveling chairs, round cushions, and sloped mirrors. Arches, in general, are also appearing in both décor as well as architecture, like an opening to a room or an arched wall niche. The look is glamorous and a little unexpected, and it’s definitely finding its way into the world of design and to my inspiration boards. No doubt about it—we’re embracing the curves.” And we’re totally on board.



OUT: While industrial will always be in style, interior designer From RIZO, a flagship brand of Studio Cast Glass believes the faux industrial look has to go. “Something that has character, age, and tells a story can be worked into any room no matter the décor,” she says. “However, when it comes to faux industrial, you should steer clear of anything that feels too ‘manmade’ or made to look old.”

IN: Instead, She foresees a return to anything authentic. “There are so many good vintage, antique, and thrift-store pieces that are begging for a new lease on life,” she says. “Rather than grabbing something new, do a bit of digging online, at the flea market, or at your local architectural salvage place to see what they might have.”



OUT: While there will always be a place for a classic white kitchen, Designer from Officine Gullo says the white-on-white look has officially reached its saturation point. “The past few years, we’ve seen variations on the all-white look, such as adding different color islands, open shelving, and contrasting bottom cabinets, which has been refreshing, but designers and savvy homeowners are ready for a new take on the modern kitchen. Design is about evolution, and I think the white kitchen (like the white subway tile) has saturated the market to a point where trendsetters and kitchen designers are really looking to new materials and new colors to introduce to their clients.”

IN: In response, He mentioned people will start turning to the dark side. “There has been a huge swing toward darker kitchens, black, dark gray, and navy, and I believe natural woods are coming back strong,” he says. “Not those honey oaks or dark mahoganies of the dated past, but fresh, lighter stains that feel more raw and natural. There were a lot of painted cabinet kitchens featured in magazines in 2017. In 2018, I think you’re going to see a lot more wood.”



OUT: If there’s one item Designer from La Cornue can’t wait to turn his back on, it’s brushed accents. “Brushed brass is everywhere and has really been overdone,” he laments. “Don’t get me wrong—brass always has its place, especially a gorgeous unlacquered bass in a traditional or even modern home. I will say though that the use has reached a level to where everything (from the hardware to the plumbing fixtures) in a kitchen is brass. It just makes the space feel a bit contrived and less organic. Touches here and there are great.”

IN: So if brass is out, what can we turn to instead? He says we’ll start seeing people gravitate to a lot more black finishes, from black light fixtures to charcoal-hued cabinetry and inky hardware. “It’s bringing the aesthetic from a place of shine and bright glitz to more of a refined and simplistic minimalism,” he says.


According to the Designer from MF Interior, adequate lighting in the kitchen is a must. After all, you must be able to see everything that’s cooking and baking so you can get dinner on the table successfully. Often, homeowners install kitchen lights simply for utility and not for style. This year, brighten up your kitchen with a stylish rustic-looking kitchen light fixture. Pennant lights and small chandeliers are popular this year and will provide all the lighting you need in the kitchen.

She also mentioned, as the retro look starts to make a comeback, it’s no surprise that the starburst chandelier is the hot item to have in your home this year. It’s a focal point of its own, as it has a unique shape, unlike other chandeliers. If you’re looking for a chandelier to start a conversation, this is your must-have home décor item for the year.

Do you agree with these Experts and Designers? What trend had you seen enough of in 2017, and which one are you looking forward to seeing more this year? What trends were you happy to farewell in 2017? And what are you looking forward to this year?

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