Michelle Jackson has studied art and interior design since 1983. She has attended design school and worked as an artist/visual artist.
The year is almost over. It’s been an interesting year in home decor as HGTV has spurred the design trends and fads that most certainly have impacted the home decor market. As you look around your home, you may be wondering what is next? Is last year's style going to hold up? Maybe you are feeling like your home is dated or just needs a refresher course. Today, we are going to discuss what’s in, what’s out, and how your personal style plays into it.
Trends start from what is inexpensive. That sounds like a strange thing to say, but it’s absolutely true. The trend of using Mason jars in everything from wedding decor to home accessories came about because they were inexpensive. The same is true for painting old furniture. At one time, people couldn’t give away these antiques. No one wanted them, so they were easily salvaged curb side or for a few bucks at a yard sale. The problem with design is that by the time something becomes popular, it also loses a little of its magic because everyone is doing it. This is why most decorative design lines are short lived. If we can all get it at Target then no one has anything unique anymore.
Popular Decorating Styles for Your Home
- Shabby chic
- Industrial farmhouse
- Junk gypsy
- Mid-Century modern
- Mountain lodge/beach/southwest
1. Shabby Chic
Rachel Ashwell is the single greatest influence of the shabby chic movement. Although, you may have never heard her name or seen her products, Ashwell started the Shabby Chic movement in the 90’s. You read that right, the 1990’s. Variations of shabby chic have sprouted from her original designs which were a mix of antique furniture and vintage floral fabrics. The Junk Gypsy style and Joanna Gaines popular industrial farmhouse both sprouted off Ashwell’s designs.
In recent years people have painted all manner of antique furniture in an attempt to capture the shabby chic style. We started with the paint everything white, moved into paint everything muted colors, then came the paint everything a bright color (teal, fuchsia, and orange), and now we are painting everything black or gray. For years it has been all about the paint. While there will always be someone painting a piece of furniture, shabby chic seems to be running its course. It was declared dead in 2010 by high end decorating magazines, although few of us heard about it and actually, I would say this style peaked in 2016.
The greatest down side to shabby chic is that it is not family or husband friendly. I said it. Men do not want to watch football on a pink floral couch, and light colors became more shabby than chic when introduced to little dirty hands. Chalk paint was never durable, stains easily, and to be perfectly honest scratches like there is no tomorrow. The only upside to chalk paint is that maybe it will be easy to remove. In 2018 we are saying goodbye to shabby chic. I’m sending flowers to the funeral on this one. No resuscitation!
2. Industrial Farmhouse
Who doesn’t like Fixer Upper? Chip Gaines reminds us all of a relative (for me it’s my favorite grandfather). Joanne seems to have systematically changed how people think about farm living (I’m not running out to get goats, but sometimes I think about it). You can’t mention industrial farmhouse without saying… “Ship-lap”. Here again Ship-lap is one of those things that is free if you are redoing a house in parts of the country. People rip it out and toss it. We see that this free material has become expensive as it became popular. I’m not going to lie I love Carrera marble as much as the next person and you throw in a farmhouse sink and some strategically placed bead board and I’m there.
The upside to industrial farmhouse is that it is family friendly for the most part. We will see more people going industrial farmhouse in 2018 even though Fixer Upper is in its last season. Creating a sturdy home with materials that last is a staple of industrial farmhouse, and who doesn’t love a metal sign with their wedding vows on it? This style won’t go away until after the Gaines Target line comes out. In years to come you will walk into the homes of decorating challenged individuals and see the Target versions of these metal signs mixed with burlap and a few mason jars. While that may sound good, like many of you, I hate sameness. I don’t want to see the same things everywhere. If you insist on going industrial farmhouse add a snazzy color into your scheme so we don't feel like we walked into the Magnolia Design show room.
3. Junk Gypsy
We are most likely never going to see the Junk Gypsy style in Architectural Digest and while its not a style that has a specific name, as previously mentioned it did spur off shabby chic. I’m mentioning the Junk Gypsy style for a specific reason. First their style was brave. Who puts our Lady of Guadalupe on a headboard? Who recovers a bus seat in a serape and sells it? They created "one of a kind" all day long, which to me is important in a world of sameness. Their style would have previously been considered tacky. Bright colors are often used in the poorest towns in the worst neighborhoods. You know why that’s true? It’s an effort to cheer up the down trodden. Even fiesta ware was born for that very reason (during the great depression). Is the Junk Gypsy style leaving us in 2018? No, I think it’s back building. I think these wonderfully creative women are not done yet. As a “junk” collector and creator myself, I consider these two my spirit animals. They gave us all the freedom to like what we want and paint it whatever color we want. I'm hoping we see these two pioneers of "Junk store glam" even more in 2018.
Industrial style was born out of the necessity to turn old factories into housing. The brick walls and visible duct work became a nod to the buildings original purpose. We will see more industrial style in 2018. Part of the reason industrial will survive is that it is a functional style rather than a fussy style. That mean men can use it without feeling like they have to put cute soaps in a bathroom dish. The wood rolling cart as a coffee table is still everywhere in 2018. Should that table go out of style, you can use it to haul things around your house.
5. Mid-Century Modern
There are styles that are specific to geography. Mid-century modern is a city style that doesn’t translate well to rural areas unless someone is sporting a mid-century designed home. The clean lines and shiny surfaces are easier to keep clean. The minimalism of the mid-century design lends itself to a busy life style. We will continue to see the knock off designs of mid-century modern because cities will always use this functional style to decorate apartments. Mid-century will continue to dot the decorating landscape in places like Palm Springs and New York.
In rural areas only a select few will successfully pull off mid-century. In the 70's my Great-Aunt was still sporting the Lucite dining table and chairs. That set would be worth around $15,000 today. To me it looked a lot like the chairs from the laundry mat when I was kid. Lucite is fancy plastic and who am I to deny you your fancy plastic furniture. If mid-century is your thing I recommend building some of your own pieces rather than buying knock offs. Boomerang tables are super easy to construct from real wood and look much better than the plastic IKEA versions. Also you can blend Mid-century with modern design if you watch your color schemes closely (in other words choose your Warhol wisely).
6. Mountain Lodge/ Beach/ Southwest
These are decorating styles/themes, like Mid-Century modern are specific to a location. Mountain loge is specific to Sierra Mountains, Northwest, and Northern states such as Montana. Mountain lodge style was also born out of necessity. People hung things like snow shoes on the wall next to the front door for easy access. The fabrics used were durable, no lacy curtains here. You won’t see mountain Lodge decor trending into the main steam in 2018. This style looks best in the cabins and vacation spots that created it. While you might see the odd use of flannel in Christmas accessories, Mountain lodge is not coming to a Walmart near you in 2018.
This decorating style became popular because who doesn't want to live at the beach. However, if you decorate your rural northwest home (not on the coast) in a beach theme you may find it messes with your sense of balance when it snows five feet and you are walking into a house that looks like it was plucked from the coast. If you are feeling the urge to do some coastal decor, decorate your travel trailer. At least that way when you pull it to the coast you will feel that vacation even when you are sleeping.
Southwest is also specific to place. Everyone takes home that mini Kachina doll from their Grand Canyon trip, but don't decorate around it. The pastel 90's southwest decor left the building a long time ago. The new southwest style or Sedona style is prevalent in places like Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Sedona style mixes rustic decor with true Native American or Mexican art. You wont see southwest going main stream New York City this year. Aztec prints in home decor are going to dwindle out in 2018. Don't rush out to buy a Pendleton blanket and pole log table. This style is not going to work in your city apartment.
What Are We Going to See in 2018? Geo-Eclectic
Geo-Eclectic ( I made this term up today).
The 2018 style is a mixture of soft luxury fabrics, bold bright color, geometric shapes, and eclectic art. In fact I’m dubbing 2018 "Geo-eclectic". Geometric shapes are going to be all the rage in 2018. You will see cylinder side tables, geometric lighting, and maybe even a hint of atomic lighting. Geo-eclectic will allow people to mix new age technology with antique accent pieces. People will have the ability to personalize their space and keep the tech savvy innovations of this century.
While Pantone spring colors resemble an Easter egg hunt , bold pops of color will be the cue from the decorating world. You will see bold accent walls. No more 50 shades of boring. The color is coming. Don’t ditch your gray couch it will look great in front of your bold accent wall with a few velvet pillows and your new geometric end table! Now is the time to talk aunt Edna out of her conical table from the 60’s.
Get ready for velvet! I’m predicting that velvet both antique and new will be the rage in 2018. We saw the Novogratz launch of a velvet couch in Walmart go ballistic last year, people are hungry for the velvet. We will see this rich material used in fun ways. Concrete in the form of accent pieces will pop up, don’t be surprised to see little concrete elephants, it could go there. If you are handy you might even try creating your own geometric concrete side table.
Metals are mixing it up. Rose gold or copper as we use to call it is not completely done. There was a lag in people buying it, however the more people see it, the more normal it becomes. We will see Rose gold as an accent metal in homes across the country. However, the decorating world is going to reboot GOLD. Yep, it’s going to be all over the place so if it’s your favorite metal accent, congrats. Silver bowls and accent pieces will lag in the coming seasons and while they are still beautiful, they are getting phased out.
Art is subjective however, graphic art pieces are going to be popular. Large print floral, and graphics will be everywhere. No more wall stickers and words, 2018 is sophisticated and deserves a frame. We will see expression in forms of natural materials emerge. Like the stacking rocks? Attach a few to a piece of wood and use it as a book end.
The good news of 2018 is that no matter what your current style, you can paint a wall, change out some smaller pieces of furniture and add some accessories and you are right back in fashion! Enjoy Geo-Eclectic and have a great 2018!!!
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