Warmth a touchstone in 2018

Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News

In a frenzied, divided world, our homes aren’t just our homes anymore. They’re sanctuaries.

And that’ll continue to be the case in 2018. Given our nonstop lives where nothing happens unless it’s documented on social media, many of us want to create a sense of warmth and peace at home.

No wonder why dark color palettes, warm jewel tones and even large floral patterns will be on trend in 2018.

“Warmth, in general, is a trend,” says Susan Todebush, general manager of the Michigan Design Center in Troy. “People want warmth.”

What we don’t want is more chaos. And 2017 certainly had its share as acrimonious politics reached a near fever pitch with the new Trump administration. One public figure after another, meanwhile, seemed to fall in 2017 as women asserted themselves with the #metoo movement.

As Michigan prepares to choose a new governor in 2018, it’s unlikely that the political divisiveness that marked 2017 will end anytime soon.

Back at home, gray seems to be finally waning in popularity. And so are all-white kitchens. People are integrating more color and texture in their homes, from velvet upholstery to grasscloth case goods.

“Color, color and more color!” predicts designer Jeanine Haith of Grosse Pointe’s ShowHouse Interiors.

And if you’ve walked through a home goods story lately and noticed that the ’80s seem to be back — floral patterns, aqua accents and pastels — take heart. It is back, in a way, but is best used in small doses.

Todebush believes contrived eclecticism — a mishmash of decor — is out, but a perfectly imperfect look is in. Be authentic with whatever you integrate into your decor, she says.

“It just depends on how you live,” said Todebush. “That’s what it boils down to.”

So as we prepare for a new year, take time to make your home what you want it to be. If there’s one place to step back from our crazy world these days, your home is it. Make it exactly what you want it to be.


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Large-scale floral patterns

Vintage lighting

Deep hues, such as reds and browns

Pantone’s Ultra Violet

Mixed metallics

Trough kitchen sinks

Quartz counters

Grasscloth covered furniture

Tile walls

Brushed brass

Benjamin Moore’s Caliente

Blue or green kitchen cabinets

Vinyl wallpaper

Statement ceilings and floors

Double-duty tile that looks like marble or granite

Sherwin-Williams’ Oceanside (previous page)

Integrated appliances

Smart home apps

Tone-on-tone decor

Woven elements

Vintage color palettes, like dusty rose and sage

Artisan furniture

Warm gold flatware

Black and white decor

Minimalism and Marie Kondo’s TV show

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”

The “Trading Spaces” reboot

The new “Roseanne”

Augmented reality games

Michigan’s new governor

Detroit’s City Modern Brush Park

Detroit’s Siren Hotel

Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea

Lady Gaga’s “A Star is Born”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markles’ wedding


Chevron patterns

Recessed lighting

Cold gray interiors

Pantone’s Greenery

Silver only accents

Stainless steel sinks

Granite counters

Mirror covered case goods

One-dimensional tile backsplashes


Benjamin Moore’s Shadow

All white kitchens

Vinyl furniture

Popcorn ceilings

Bland tile

Sherwin-Williams Poised Taupe

Single function appliances

Manual thermostats

All neutrals

Contrived eclecticism

Rose gold

Mass produced furniture

Silver hardware

Open concept everything

Matchy matchy furniture sets

“Jurassic World”

The old “Trading Spaces”

The original “Roseanne”


Gov. Rick Snyder

The Palace of Auburn Hills

The dilapidated Wurlitzer Building

Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro

Barbra Streisand’s “A Star is Born”

Prince William and Kate’s wedding