Design Trends for 2018


Happy New Year all!  Now that the parties and bad weather are over for a while, it’s time to think about the trends for 2018 and how they can be incorporated into your home.   As the old saying goes “what’s old is new” is certainly true this year.


Main living areas will have more texture, color, embellishment, pattern, comfort and eclectic style.  People will be influenced by the Pantone color of 2018 and use jewel tones along with plush fabrics such as velvets and chenilles for upholstered pieces.  Chests, tables, and dresser will have more dimension added such as inlaid bone and woods along with tile.  It’s a backlash to the minimalist look and an embracement of coziness. “The world is in an uncertain place now and people want to feel warm and safe.

Dining Areas that are isolated from main living areas are seldom used or used for special occasions.  I like to incorporate dining areas near the kitchen and living area and not necessarily in each area.  A delineated space can be created with French doors, half walls, rugs or columns. Dining should reflect your lifestyle and accommodate both elegant feasts and everyday meals.

Bathrooms will continue with the resort/spa theme. Natural woods/fibers/rattan and meditative colors play into the self -care mindset.  Look for warm wood details with white, gold tones, vintage lighting, trough sinks, cement elements and Shaker cabinets with modern pulls.

Houseplants are becoming more desirable because of their health benefits physically and mentally. The container will speak your personality so choose thoughtfully. Artificial plants and trees should bedelegated to your next garage sale or thrift shop.  My husband bought me a 6-inch Crown of Thorns plant 8 years ago and it is now 4 feet high.  It would break my heart if it died.

Kitchens are being designed with mixed metals, creative contrasting tile backsplashes, and colored cabinets. Gray and white will continue to be popular along with more cabinetry as opposed to open shelving.  Look for the copper farmhouse sink trend and concrete/stone styles.  All white kitchens are being replaced by warm wood tones and new neutrals such as cream blue and gray.  New neutral colors such as all-white Carrara marble is being replaced by stone, such as gray and green and the trend extends to other types of stone such as agate, marble, onyx, and alabaster. These stones add depth and texture.

Fall and winter were all about dark cozy colors and 2018 appears to be following that trend. Pantone just named UltraViolet is color of the year.  Consider Ultra Violet’s calmer cousins, especially in restful rooms like the bedroom. Tones of Lilac are a more mellow version of violet.  As always, stay with what you love, regardless of what’s in or out, and maybe just add a little of what’s to come in 2018.




Mindy McVay, ASID, founded her full-service design firm in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with her philosophy “real life-real style. Specializing in transitional design, Mindy McVay Interiors is known for sophisticated, traditional decor with a fresh twist and most importantly…a reflection of her client’s personality.

Mindy’s keen eye for the unexpected adds individuality to her designs. With over three decades of interior design experience, she has developed a deep intuition about people and will fully understand her clients’ spirit and needs before attempting to design a space that best fits them.


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