At the International Home + Housewares Show, Pantone Color Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman revealed what color and design trends we can expect in 2018, and there seems to be something for just about everyone.
"Metallics we know are classic, but they have really moved over into neutrals," Eiseman said. She also predicts a continued infatuation with iridescence, since "the human eye can absolutely not avoid" anything pearlized or translucent.
Another standout trend will include a movement to intense colors rather than pastels — music to the ears for bright color lovers.
"Intense colors seem to be a natural application of our intense lifestyles and thought processes these days," she said.
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Coming out of Europe this year, we have noticed a mixture of colors like we haven’t seen in decades. The focus will be on gentle colors like muted pastels, smoky shades of grey, soft neutrals, metal hues, rich leather and marine tones.
We have also observed the mixing of warm metals, such as copper and rose gold, with cool ones like silver, this is particularly hot right now.
Several European Designers we spoke with also mentioned "Moody Indigo" citing "it plays so well with other colors, such as pink, cream, gray, coral and sage."
As we take a look at the world of laminates and how it relates to the latest in interior design trends, "Fusion of Styles & Materials" comes to mind. Salvaged wood, stone and metal laminate, used in conjunction with one another create a comfortable and interesting space connecting the old and the fresh. As we examine the trends specific to wood grain laminates, the primary focus continues to be rustic wood, natural light wood, exotic woods and colorful stained wood.