5 New Home Interior Design Trends for 2018

Last year’s new home décor trends varied from room-to-room:

  • Bathroom: Mixing natural and manufactured materials
  • Bedroom: Creating an escape haven
  • Kitchen: Going grey
  • Garage: Brightness and colours

What does 2018 have in store for Multi-Area Developments homeowners?

1. Interior design trend 2018: Hot colour: Red

Red sofa

Red has always been a bright, bold, attention-grabbing colour. In fact, Benjamin Moore picked the bold red Caliente AF-290 as the colour of the year for 2018.

In recent years, red has been relegated to the background to provide colourful bursts in small doses in such elements like:

  • Wall clocks
  • Lampshades
  • Picture frames
  • Throw pillows

In 2018, the latest home design trend is the colour red taking centre stage by being the dominant colour in many rooms. For example:

  • Red doors leading into the bedroom
  • Red countertops in the kitchen
  • Red walls in the family room
  • Red furniture

Now, if you’re not keen on using such a dominating colour inside your Summit Park home, you can always use the accent ideas listed above.

2. Furniture trend 2018: In-demand material: Velvet

For gathering areas like the living room or family room, velvet couches and chairs will be popular in 2018.

For a long time, velvet was considered old-fashioned and uncool. As a result, it gave way to other upholstery fabrics like:

Velvet - Interior design trends 2018

  • Vinyl
  • Wool
  • Cotton
  • Leather
  • Silk

That’s all changing now.

According to some experts, we are in the “bohemian age” of design. That means replacing form and function with life and culture.

Velvet is an eccentric, off-the-beaten-path, not-found-everywhere, laid-back material that people (especially young people buying something like a townhome for the first time) want to include in their home décor.

3. Home design trend 2018: Making a comeback: Brass and copper accents


Step into any décor centre and you’ll brass and/or copper accent items like:

Copper lights

  • End tables
  • Faucets
  • Door handles
  • Floor lamps
  • Desk lamps
  • Bookends

Previously, copper was considered, rustic, and representative of the past. Today, copper’s earthy red and orange tones create a natural, organic look.

Meanwhile, brass always had a reputation as being “faux-elite.” Recently, it gave way to pewter as the accent material of choice.

Now, the bright, shiny properties of brass (and its ability to liven up any room) are regaining popularity as a desirable interior design trend for 2018.

Copper Showerhead



Click the image to the left to see an example of a copper showerhead you’ll find in the Tulip model at Summit Park.





4. Interior design trend 2018: International inspiration: Japan

Quickly think about life in Japan and you might imagine a polite, clean, orderly, and modern society.

(All of which are true, by the way).

However, the Japanese embrace a philosophy called Wabi-sabi, which is:

  • “The acceptance of imperfection. That beauty is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.”

(For example, think of the crack in the Liberty Bell).

Inside many Japanese homes, you may see things like:


  • Bowls with irregular edges
  • Pillows with torn threads
  • Gardens which aren’t symmetrical
  • Off-centre doors
  • Worn-looking throw blankets and pillows

Now, the Japanese aren’t buying these items and ruining them themselves. There are stores and businesses which actually make Wabi-sabi inspired objects.

In 2018, the imperfect trend is expected to make its way to North America.

By finding the beauty in something that’s flawed, it gives that item a true sense of character and authenticity. It makes it seem “real” as opposed to a “showpiece.”

5. Latest decorating trend 2018: Outside: Soft lights

Landscape lights

The latest design trend of installing landscape lighting is nothing new.

In 2018, things like bright spotlights or ground lanterns will be replaced with gentler lighting options which provide ambient accents as opposed to full illumination.

The concept behind this trend is simple: While outdoor lights let you enjoy you outdoor features longer as the sun goes down, too much lighting defeats the purpose.

If your backyard is as bright as your living room, why not just go there instead?

Soft lights allow you to highlight certain areas of your landscaping. At the same time, you still get to experience the nighttime feel of enjoying your backyard after dark.

Visit Summit Park to see these home design trends in 2018 for yourself

Did you know we have an on-site decorator who can help you design your home just the way you want?

By visiting Summit Park, you’ll see beautifully built homes furnished with this year’s popular décor trends.

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