Erin Francois; DESIGN: François et Moi
In the same way that we'd never completely change our style at the first sign of a new fashion trend, we wouldn't transform our home décor every season either. Rather, we adopt them with a subtle nod to the buzz-worthy looks by accessorizing with various pieces that make us feel relevant, fresh, and modern, without compromising our personal aesthetic.
But like our home décor editor, Gabrielle Savoie, explained in her recent home décor trend predictions for 2018, there is definitely a trick to making them work. She explains: "First, use them sparsely and focus on the ones you see yourself adopting for a long time. Second, look ahead to the trends that are on their way up as opposed to the ones that are dwindling—and your décor will feel fresh for longer."
Sounds simple enough, but finding chic products that coincide with said trends isn't always easy. So we tapped some of our interior-design favorites to do the sleuthing for us, and the best part is they're all under $100. Chic, cheap, and cheerful.
Trend #1: Crafty Art
This trend is officially putting the "arts-and-crafts movement back into the selection of art and furniture," Dan Mazzarini of BHDM Design told us. And we can't wait to bring more of these earthy, organic, subtly imperfect pieces in our homes to take the "perfect" edge off. It's time to get real.
"This handmade ceramic whiskey cup from Lawson-Fenning—which, by the way, is one of our favorite showrooms—is rich with texture and muted tones, while its organic form makes each individual design unique to its buyer. Stack it on a pile of books in your living room or pair it with an assortment of accessories for the perfect living room vignette." — Brittany Zwickl, partner, and principal designer, Studio Life.Style
"This ceramic bowl from Lawson-Fenning is a great styling component. Add some fruit into the bowl and liven up your kitchen with some color paired with the ceramic texture." — Brittany Zwickl
"In an ever-increasing, 'online-perfect' digital age, there's definitely a pull towards surrounding ourselves with unique, handmade pieces—ones that celebrate raw textures, imperfections, and asymmetry." — Erin François, designer and founder, François et Moi
"The organic vibe of this ceramic vessel or vase becomes a beautiful statement piece in the home. Whether you add flowers or decide to keep it without additional embellishment, this ceramic vessel is a beautiful touch." — Brittany Zwickl
"Etsy is such a great place to discover amazing artists across the globe, like this Japanese potter Takashi Sogo. I'd use this delicate dish to corral keys or knickknacks in the entryway." — Athena Calderone, founder, EyeSwoon
"This brings those raw, organic textures into your home, in line with the craft-art theme but without being overwhelming. It's a nod to the theme." — Erin François
"This is perfectly imperfect." — Erin François
Trend #2: Abstract Geometric Art
Diana Relth; DESIGN: Studio Life.Style
If you're thinking of investing in art for 2018, make it bold and geometric. Anna Brockway, co-founder of Chairish, tells us this trend takes its cues from Josef Albers and Ellsworth Kelly. References aside, we're excited to make a statement with these bright works. Is it time to ditch the gallery wall in favor of one geometric masterpiece? It's daring, but we're feeling it. Especially when the commitment is less than $100.
"This abstract geometric art from West Elm primarily utilizes shades of grays while sparingly adds a pop of yellow for additional depth. Just as we—as designers and artists ourselves—often play with light and shadow, this piece of wall art evokes the daily encounter of sunlight and shadow." — Brittany Zwickl
"More often than not, keeping it simple is the best way to go; and in the case of this painting, the artist did just that with their choice of a muted blue and peach-color brush stroke. We love the colors in this abstract geometric canvas panting and view it as a piece that could add some interest to a previously dull space." — Brittany Zwickl
"Not too loud and not too soft, these limited-edition prints (created by a Copenhagen-based studio) strike just the right balance between bold and restrained. It comes in just over the $100 mark, but it's just too beautiful and worth the extra $6." — Athena Calderone
"This abstract geometric art from AllModern is simple yet sophisticated and makes a big statement." — Brittany Zwickl
"As we steer away from gallery walls in 2018, oversize abstract art is moving in as a design-savvy alternative. Collage-style geometric art speaks to the popularity of handcrafted décor, which is still very much going strong this year. I also really love this abstract art piece from Etsy." — Erin François
"Artfully Walls is one of the best resources for affordable art. I have always leaned towards geometric art because of how versatile it is and how fun it can be to mix and match." — Nina Freudenberger, author and founder, Haus Interior
"Brilliant color and exceptional detail. This abstract geometric art is a great addition to any gallery wall that might need a statement piece. It offers texture, style and has an air of fine-art contemporary paintings." — Brittany Zwickl
Trend #3: Bold Seating
Highlyann Krasnow of The Design High has seen "a lot of interest in bold-color sofas and geometric chairs." Isn't it time we moved away from neutrals and helped our favorite statement chairs really live up to their name? Here's how to help them realize their full potential and upgrade your room from just "now" to "wow."
"The velour texture paired with the soft pink color of this midcentury-modern chair is a great choice when needing to add a feminine pop to any dining room space or office. Further, the gold legs add sophistication and refinement. To get this item, simply go to Target. You know what that means: practical and affordable." — Brittany Zwickl
"Bold colors and sculptural furniture lines turn seating into functional art for the home." — Erin François
"This chair takes us back to the '50s! These classic midcentury chairs come in an assortment of vibrant colors to brighten any indoor or outdoor space." — Brittany Zwickl
"Okay, yes, it's over the $100 limit, but I just had to include this one. It's bold, it's blush, and I'm smitten." — Athena Calderone
Trend #4: Fringed Pendants
Stephen Busken; DESIGN: Studio Life.Style
This year isn't about playing it safe. Now is the time to merge eras, overlap styles, and experiment a little more. This means adding some fresh fringe to a traditional or restrained interior and giving it a hint of the wild. Break free.
"This adorable fringe wall pendant would be the perfect addition to a nightstand or in a lady's closet. I love the touch of texture and femininity." — Brittany Zwickl
"This shade is a little wacky but also totally cool on the right piece. You definitely don't need two of these. One will do just fine in that corner that needs some personality. A little boho, a little vintage, and a little craftiness all mixed up on one lampshade." — Nina Freudenberger
Trend #5: Black Metals and Walnut Woods
According to Dan Mazzarini of BHDM Design, "brass and rose gold are on the way out," giving rise to blacks, bronzes, and dark metals with some bleached walnut woods thrown in to warm it up. We're totally feeling this look.
"This contemporary end table from AllModern utilizes black metal and walnut wood—we absolutely love this pairing. It is simple yet elevated and a great place to house books, accessories, as well as crafty art." — Brittany Zwickl
"An Italian zinc tray that's scuffed and patina-ed to perfection. Metals only get better with age." — Athena Calderone
"This small end table from AllModern comes in an assortment of finishes, but we most prefer the black metal and walnut finish. It is a great addition alongside a couch to house remotes/devices as well as small accessories. Further, when it comes to practicality and durability, the laminate top on the solid steel base allows you to keep this side table is great condition." — Brittany Zwickl
"All-white and brass kitchens from the past few years have us craving the rich warmth and matte textures of walnut woods and dark metals as we move into 2018." — Erin François
Trend #6: Monochrome Home
With so much turmoil from 2017 still settling in 2018, people are seeking "simplicity and peace," says Dan Mazzarini. The soft tone-on-tone appeal of the monochrome look is very appealing because it's an aesthetic that instantly soothes, calms, and makes you feel at ease. Plus, it's a classic. We're pretty sure this look will always be on trend.
"I love a monochrome home, and for me, that means wood and beige tones. This dog bowl set was a no-brainer for me and my new puppy. It's simple and goes with all of my existing pieces." — Melanie Burstin
Trend #7: Standout Lampshades
Anna Brockway told MyDomaine that she's "seeing strong interest in pleated, patterned, and even wicker lampshades." It's all about blending the old school with the new school.
"We're seeing statement lampshades incorporated as an unexpected way to bring in the noncommittal pattern, color, and texture." — Erin François