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2018 Design Trends: Nest Approved

Updated: Jan 8, 2023

2018 is the year of connection - connections between people and connections to the outdoors. Design trends predict that people are seeking affordable design solutions to create spaces that are naturally comfortable rather than contrived and offer room for people to come together and make genuine connections.

These spaces can be achieved by connecting with nature and bringing the outdoors in to create a feeling of "earthen luxury".

A New Color For Your Palette

A neutral paint palette for a room’s foundation will still be on trend for 2018. Think browns and creams, black and charcoals, grey and beiges or the more recently popular “greige”.

Navy blue rocked the decor world in 2017 with its lush velvet sofas, statement walls, and moody drapery, but but one color we’re excited to see creeping its way into design is a soft, warm green. Don't want to commit a room to this color quite yet? You can begin to incorporate this dusty green by adding vases of silver dollar or seeded eucalyptus throughout your home.

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The Power of Purple

While the soft, muted tones of “Millennial Pink” will still be seen everywhere from decor items to clothing, this year Pantone release an unexpected Color of the Year: Ultra Violet. We’re not sold on this statement color but we do appreciate the ambiance it brings to a room when used in small doses. Add a light touch of the color through statement chairs, accent pillows, throw blankets, and artwork.

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Still not convinced of the color? Try a muted version of the color and pair it with a monochromatic metallic color palette like below. It’s brings a soft pop of color to the space without losing it’s sophistication.

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Bring the Outdoors In

Be inspired by the outdoors when incorporating texture into a space to make rooms cozy and welcoming to friends and family. Think organics like live plants and trees in wicker baskets, a warm brown leather accent chair with a sheepskin tossed on it, metal or stone side tables and lamps, and a jute rug.

But keep in mind that you can add texture to a room without adding bulk. A design trend we love is woven accents like lamp shades or statement chairs that help define the space but don’t weigh the room down. This is especially great for small spaces.

For those that prefer a more sleek contemporary look, no worries! You can get the same space saving result with geometric outlined furniture or simple statement chandeliers.

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