Trends on Their Way Out in 2018
By Karen B. Wolf – Karen B. Wolf Interiors, LLC
It is almost impossible to predict if a trend will become timeless, or if it will slowly decline. Thankfully, it takes many years for trends to truly disappear and most either wane, are reinvented, or evolve but never fully go away. That’s great news if you just remodeled your kitchen in black and brass. For 2018, keep an eye on these current trends as they become less popular.
- Cement Tiles: Just like last year’s shiplap or barn doors, these ornamental tiles will look very ”2017” in years to come. Highly patterned and black and white (another trend ready to retire again) the tiles range from graphic to grunge with pure white backgrounds to earthy tones.These tiles have been popular for kitchen backsplashes, mudroom floors, powder room statements and laundry rooms. The problem is two-fold: One is longevity – Cement cracks and it is cold, and half your pieces might crack on the way to your home. The second issue is the wildness of current patterns. Many are too bold, too graphic, too bright, 3-D and they are often selected for tiny spaces to make an impact. Unlike wallpaper, cement tilesl are much harder to rip out. Check out Cle’s Tile Let’s Do the Twist for a 3-D sensation. Black and White and SHINY Gold or SHINY Brass: A timeless trend that has begun to wear out it’s welcome… at least for now. Perhaps the brass should gain a patina. Check out Covet House Inspirations. Beautiful and bold!Moving forward, we will see a mix of worn, aged, and warmer tones of brass mixed with other metals like black, iron, and aged bronze. This warmer tonality will combine beautifully with matte black, reclaimed wood, driftwood, and other more natural colors and materials. For 2018 let’s drop the shiny gold and find some time-worn palettes that fulfill the senses.
- Millennial Pink: Another color story that is close to its end. The shade has gone through many evolutions from dusty pink to coral to blush. But this nostalgic color now represents too many stereotypes for the Millennial Generation to embrace and too many stereotypes for Gen X, Baby Boomers and Gen Z’s to accept. Moving to the forefront will be vibrant yellows for the incoming Gen Z’s and mature gray-lacs for aging Millennial’s. See BM Coral Dust; BM Powder Blush and dusty pink color, BM Yours’s Truly.