Interior Design Trends

A purposeful blend of organic and contemporary design elements is among the hottest design trends in 2018. (Photo: Dreamstime)

With each new year comes a fresh set of interior design trends. And those topping the list for 2018 are sure to inspire homeowners making updates big and small. Angie’s List recently attended the shows at Design and Construction Week for a first-hand look at what’s up and coming in home improvement. Here’s a look at some of the themes shaping today’s interior spaces, according to distinguished designers.

Nature-inspired spaces: The hustle and bustle of daily life has homeowners craving the harmony of nature, designers say. And what better way to fulfill that desire than by bringing the outside in? In a move toward nature-inspired spaces, homeowners are incorporating stone, white oak and wood-grain elements to create a visual connection to the outdoors. And they’re also embracing natural color palettes with warm whites and serene greens and blues. Scandinavian decor and furnishings are topping off the look.

Simplicity: Less is more in 2018. This year, designers are embracing an uncluttered aesthetic that favors clean lines and craftsmanship and honors interest over things. Over-decorating is discouraged. Every detail from the kitchen countertop to the flower vase is meant to serve an authentic and functional purpose. Simplicity centers on creating a visually organized space. Thoughtful storage solutions will help you achieve the look.

Style blending and personalization: Interior design is trending away from a one-style aesthetic, encouraging a mix of fashions new and old. Traditional meets contemporary, industrial meets organic, and rustic meets modern as designers tailor spaces to satisfy homeowners’ unique needs and tastes. This trend celebrates the purposeful mixing of styles, materials, patterns and textures to create a truly personalized home. Combining different metals and finishes is encouraged. Displaying items with sentimental value is celebrated. And the modern farmhouse look is a favorite of homeowners and designers alike.

Bold colors: After years of embracing neutrals, homeowners are now looking to incorporate bolder colors to reflect their personalities and liven up their spaces. Paint manufacturers are on point: PPG Paints’ color of the year is a moody indigo called Black Flame; Benjamin Moore’s color of the year is a radiant red called Caliente; and the 2018 Pantone color of the year is a bold purple titled Ultra Violet. Appliance manufacturers are also following suit, offering boldly colored ovens, refrigerators and more in addition to the timeless stainless steel. Look for bold colors to complement muted hues and warm grays and whites, which are still very much in style. And consider colorful patterns in tile and wallpaper to add an extra bit of oomph.

Livability: Smart home technology, clever storage and universal design elements are coming together to create a home that is as livable as it is beautiful. Motion-sensing faucets and lights facilitate safety and convenience. Lower kitchen cabinet drawers offer easy access to pots and pans. Designated storage cupboards keep microwaves and other small appliances at arm’s reach but out of plain view. And smart appliances and thermostats make everyday life a little easier all around. What’s more, floating vanities, open shelving and no-threshold showers are not only popular and attractive design elements, but they also make it easier for homeowners to continue living in their homes as they grow older.

By Megan Linhoff, Angie’s List. Megan Linhoff is a reporter for Angie’s List, a trusted provider of local consumer reviews and an online marketplace of services from top-rated providers. Visit