Season after season, we turn to the New York Fashion Week runways to dictate our latest décor obsessions. Like many interior designers, we believe that good décor should feel timeless and that trends should be used with moderation, but that doesn't mean we aren't inclined to refresh our spaces with accents that feel unmistakenly new and now. In many ways, decorating a room should follow the same process as building a versatile wardrobe season after season—using the 80/20 rule: About 80% of your room should be composed of timeless pieces, while 20% can be used for fun, trendy accents.
So which trends should you adopt in your space in 2018? Take note from the runways to predict what will surely follow in décor in coming months: Small floral prints, desert tones, and bold stripes are all on the horizon. Don't believe us? We already predicted the return of traditional décor from our last fashion report and a penchant for silk pillowcases in a previous season. Don't delay before adopting these soon-to-be-huge trends—every fashion girl is already on board.
Summer may be almost over, but the S/S 18 runways painted a much more colorful picture. The collection of brands from Delpozo to Badgley Mishka, Veronica Beard, and Christian Siriano featured large woven straw hats and bows, tassels, colorful prints, and a healthy dose of ruffles.
Try this at home: Natural woven materials, bright prints, and tasseled pillows and throws can help infuse a carefree Caribbean feel to your space—whatever the season.
Micro bags aren't the only trend going through a miniaturization phase this year—floral prints are also getting smaller. Designers like Anna Sui, Marchesa, Ulla Johnson, and Zimmermann all got on board with this flowy boho trend with a nod to traditional British fabric houses like Liberty and Laura Ashley.
Try this at home: Anthropologie recently released a collection in collaboration with Liberty—the ideal opportunity to test out small florals in your space. If you're feeling bold, opt for a dramatic wallpaper or window coverings.
Pops of neon hues were at the forefront of runways from Delpozo to Cushnie et Ochs, and Naeem Khan. In a modern fashion, they were often paired with more muted blush, sand, ochre tones, or even touches of periwinkle.
Try this at home: Try Alexandra von Furstenberg's eye-catching trays, but use these tones with moderation. They'll always look best when paired with neutral and muted colors.
Speaking of muted nude and neutral tones, we saw a shift from more gray, beige, and khaki tones toward peach and sandy hues on runways from Tibi to Jason Wu, pointing to the fact that the new neutrals are skewing a little warmer this year.
Try this at home: Look for warmer paint colors like beige, sand, and blush—and don't shy away from lighter leathers in similar desert tones.
If the collections of Alice & Olivia, Tibi, and Michael Kors were any indication, poolside hues are having a moment. From bold color-blocking to more tie-dye prints, bright blue hues are in.
Try this at home: If a Klein-blue coffee table is not in the cards for the near future, Tom Dixon's new collection of bold blue containers will add a poolside flair to your space.
Designers Like Oscar de la Renta, Libertine, and Coach drew inspiration from pop art for their collections, nodding to artists like Keith Haring and Andy Warhol.
Try this at home: Invest in pop art–inspired prints. If you can't afford a real Warhol, Eric Doeringer is an affordable alternative.
Often used in harmony with yellows ranging from soft pastels to neons, periwinkle had a moment on the S/S 18 runways of designers like Badgley Mischka, Baja East, Creatures of Comfort, and Victoria Beckham.
Try this at home: This soft sunset hue lends itself particularly well to paint colors—especially in rooms with little natural light. But if you want to test the waters first, Tom Dixon's mohair pillows are a good alternative.
Stripes are nothing new in the world of fashion or interiors, but 2018's stripes are bolder and more colorful, as collections from Rosie Assoulin, Tome, and Tanya Taylor showed.
Try this at home: Introduce bold colorful stripes with pillows or art. You'll love how lively your space will feel.
Crystals and mixed metallics also had a runway moment on the runways of Oscar de la Renta, Jenny Packham, and Coach. If you still weren't convinced that it's acceptable to mix silver and gold, here's your proof.
Try this at home: Start with small accents like trays and kitchenware. Like all trends, this one is better in moderation.
In the same vein as the pop art and primary stripes tendencies on the runways this year, we saw many collections sprinkled with colorful paint splatters in collections from Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, and Rosie Assoulin.
Try this at home: Invest in a splatter art painting, or try the trend in smaller accents, like Lisa Perry's splatter placemats.
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