2018 Design Trends That May Be Worth the Investment

While Ultra Violet - Pantone's prediction for 2018 Color of the Year  - may seem like a tricky one to introduce into your home's color palette (we wouldn't recommend buying that purple sofa quite yet), there are a good handful of design trends rolling out for 2018 that we're happy to see come around. A shift toward long-lasting natural materials holds the promise of enduring value and style, making these trends not so much trendy, but potentially anchors in the home around which other designs may revolve for years to come. 

Warm metallics - copper, brass, and bronze - are all at the top of designers' lists for 2018, and for good reason.  The longevity of these metals, both in substance and aesthetic, is unmatched. From copper lights to brass faucets, bronze hardware and copper pipe shelving brackets, finding ways to incorporate these real materials into your home will be a breeze. And nothing elevates a design and adds value to your home as quickly and easily as high end lighting and hardware. While the price tag may be higher, so is the quality and return on investment. When well chosen for design and craftsmanship, high quality lighting and hardware will need no replacing, either for corrosion or a dated look, for many years (if ever). 

 The warm copper tones of these  Geometric Long  pendants spice up this kitchen and accent the saturated blue-green tone of the central island as well as the bronze cabinetry hardware and fixtures.

The warm copper tones of these Geometric Long pendants spice up this kitchen and accent the saturated blue-green tone of the central island as well as the bronze cabinetry hardware and fixtures.

Along with saturated colors, natural elements are finding their way into designs this year as well. Jewel toned agates are being broadly used, from coasters to the inspiration for wallpaper motifs. Verdigris accents (imagine the color that develops over time on the inside of a brass lantern) add dimension, while deep hues of greens, grays, and blues are making their way to cabinets and trim. While we still love neutral textural accents - gray driftwoods, beige rattan baskets - looking for pops of color in nature can serve as a guide to bringing in these more unexpected dramatic tones. This is perhaps a way that Ultra Violet can be subtly worked into a space, as an accent or focal point. Our Cosmos pendant highlights natural forms sculpted from copper and covered in exquisite hand marbled paper. Blending shades of deep blue, ultra violet, and gold, the Cosmos pendant adds a sense of movement and vibrancy that will liven up a backdrop of more neutral tones.

"Warm and homey" seem to be the underlying themes for design in the new year, and we couldn't be more in agreement. After all, what more can be desired from a home than to find, upon opening the door, a shelter filled with welcome and love? A space that facilitates comfort, rest, peace, and joy? And with the level of effort, finances, and time that even the simplest renovations require, channeling those resources into the areas that will give you the most return for your investment is one way to ensure that your home renovations produce the results you're aiming for - satisfaction and contentedness, not just for 2018 but for the long-term.