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September 2017

If 2017 was a little unpredictable, 2018 is looking to be a boundary-pushing year for interiors. At least, that’s what our top-notch designers and trend experts are speculating for the coming year. From black, blue and white to unique mixes of metals, next year’s interior design trends are contemplated to make a full force debut in the market.

Although it hasn’t arrived yet, 2018 is already shaping up to be an interesting year for décor. There’s a sea change coming to our homes that designers have been sensing over the past few months, especially in areas that have long been dominated by one look. For example: granite countertops. For the longest time, you couldn’t watch five minutes of a real estate hunting–type show without hearing a potential homeowner wax poetically about the virtues of the pricey material. But a cursory glance through Instagram’s top design accounts shows a surprising lack of the ubiquitous material, which possibly signals the end of the granite era. Instead, trends for 2018 are all about options that express your unique perspective on décor — and this idea goes far beyond our kitchens.

HomesScope being a platform dedicated to promoting building design professionals and companies had tête-à-tête with many top interior designers and artists in the recent prestigious hospitality event from the Middle East, Africa and Asia, The Hotel Show 2017 which materialized last week. From unusual textures to jaw-dropping colors, we spoke with a few top designers, about their views on the looks for the next year trends. Home interiors and the concept of living well are changing,” said one of the Dubai based interior designer. Interior Design is less about opulence and fashion and more about comfort, ease, and a sense of personal style. The emphasis on individualism is resulting in the rise of trends that are anything but traditional.

Here are the top looks that have registered on the radar of design experts, along with a few formerly popular décor ideas that will be on the wane in 2018, along with the 3 trends that will be on their way out.


1.       Cerused Wood – Watch for this heavily textured wood treatment on floors, furniture, and even wood paneling on walls next year. A ‘Cerused’ finish refers to the technique that brings out the unique grain of wood. This trend which has been around in the high-end market for some time has finally trickled down and seems universally accepted. You are likely to see it on cabinets, but also in bigger pieces like tables, chairs, and storage furniture.


2.       Marble- If we had to name one of the biggest trends of 2018, marble would be it. You’re not just noticing it on Pinterest- marble is becoming a huge trend. Naturally it is showing up in a the all areas of our interior design industry. In white or black, the material has jumped over from chic cafes and restaurants and into our kitchens and bathrooms. Marbles always tends to be on a dominating side especially when paired with wood and metal. Granite is out and marble is in and it’s not just for countertops, but also for marble motifs in carpets, wallcoverings, and even fabrics.


3.       Matte Appliances – Stainless steel has long been the default choice for stylish kitchens everywhere. Not in 2018. While cabinet hardware goes shiny and warm, appliances will go matte in coming years, as an alternative to the classic stainless-steel look. Following the trend in beauty, matte-finish appliances in dark hues will surely bring an element of drama into the kitchen. The new look for the kitchen will be bold without being in-your-face. An object with a matte finish seems to strip away all other distractions such as surface sheen, forcing the form of the object to speak for itself. Matte can also be an unexpected finish for objects that are traditionally lustrous or glossy. This surprise can serve as a wonderful layer in your design, adding depth to the overall composition and a counterpoint to other finishes.


4.       Jewel Tons and Wallpapers – Say good-bye to beige in 2018. The new look for walls will be pure drama. Deep jewel tones, like emerald green or amethyst, and pastel colors, which are found in nature will be popular next year and will surely make a statement in a large room. After years of solid walls, colorful wallpaper is poised for a comeback. Designers are seeing an interest in all-over, dramatic patterns like paisley, over scaled florals, and abstract designs. You will likely see these wallcoverings in small spaces, like powder rooms, and often in darker hues.


5.       Nail head Details – This accent is a classic for upholstered pieces, but it’s being used in whole new ways for the next interior’s trend. We are seeing this trend to go beyond the usual upholstery and into storage chests, credenzas, and even base plates of lighting fixtures. ‘Some designers even use nail heads to create a pattern on the piece of furniture’, according to one of the designers from The Hotel Show.


6.       Subway Tiles – Another trend that is certainly nothing new, but seems to be cementing itself as a style element of our generation, is Subway Tile. It’s such a classic and versatile tile’s choice, and it really works with all sorts of styles and is affordable at any price point. The new look is all about the unexpected element. It’s also a fantastic choice for any aesthetic, lifestyle and it comes in a variety of materials, colors and finishes. A great way to combine trend would be to consider a matte glass subway tile, for instance.


7.       Smart Home Features – As our lives revolve more around our devices, so will our homes. Next year we will be seeing more and more creative ways of incorporating charging docks and areas specifically dedicated to these devices, into the design of a space. For instance, IKEA’s smart night stand is just one example of the new generation of smart furniture.



1.       Strictly Antique – The pressure is off when it comes to only pairing antiques with pieces from the same period. No one will be interested in designing an entire space, let alone an entire home, with a strict period in mind. While it’s great to have a period as your starting off-point, you don’t have to adhere to it exclusively. It’s more aesthetically intriguing to create a look that cohesively mixes of elements from the past and the future.


2.       Oversized furniture – Space is always a premium, so creative and functional use of space is becoming more important. Oversized furniture not only serves to overwhelm, but they have become an inefficient use of space. So, we will really be seeing more furniture either ideally scaled to the space or custom-designed to appropriately fit.


3.       Brushed Metal – Industrial looking or burnished metals have had their day. Shiny, warm metals like bronze and gold are resurging as important ways to lend elegance to a space. You are not going to see brushed metal surface in your living room’s anymore.

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