Local designers, experts forecast 2018 trends

Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News

Ah, a new year. We asked local interior designers, furniture and textile experts to weigh in on what they see being on trend for 2018. We also asked what home decor and design trends they’d like to see go away in the new year. They shared their thoughts:

Jeanine Haith, president and designer of ShowHouse Interiors in Grosse Pointe: “A style direction that I predict we will see a lot of in 2018 are what I call organic, thoughtful and authentic interiors. Color, color and more color! Patterns and textures full of life that bring happiness and positive energy to any interior. Look forward to seeing lots of fuchsia, green, lavender and blues. Rooms that provide a colorful harmony of energy and peacefulness to the space.”

“A trend that has developed and grown in recent years that I hope goes away in 2018 and forever is what I call the ‘cookie cutter’ approach to design from a big box catalog companies – gray or white walls, gray/beige oversized furniture and accessories that are ‘matchy matchy’ and have no relationship to the homeowner’s lifestyle or interest.”

Patricia Mulkiten, territory manager of Scalamandre, which offers fabric, wallcovering and furniture and has a location on Stutz Drive in Troy: “The color palette we see emerging strong in 2018 is celadon. Celadon ranges from yellow greens to pale gray-greens. Green was the color of the heavens in the Ming Dynasty... The color celadon is a cool, soothing tone which marries up well with darker tones of green, as well as opposites such as eggplant.”

“Another trend: We see a swing from the strong abstract motifs in textiles, to classic traditional patterns that have a more relaxed and fresher look and feel. And a third trend is wool. We see wool as the fiber of choice for 2018... Wool is a natural fiber, and with the move towards natural and organic products, wool is a perfect textile of choice!”

Linda Shears of Linda Shears Designs in Troy: “It appears that the 2018 color trend is going to be B-O-L-D! All white interiors and cool gray tones have exited the building and consumers are craving and embracing warm rich shades of brown, black and green. It’s time to move to the dark side!”

Corey Damen Jenkins of Corey Damen Jenkins & Associates in Birmingham: “Mid-Century design evolving from the standard ‘Mad Men’ aesthetic, and morphing into a more international interpretation, i.e. with Scandanavian influences” will be on trend. Also, contemporary design will give “way a bit to traditional design to head back to the center of the story, but with cleaner lines and less fussy details.”


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