Prep Your Living Room for the Present Day: 2018 Trends You Need to Know
People often talk about the kitchen as the heart of every home, but in fact, the living room is the place where the family gathers most frequently, whether to watch TV, talk about their day, or play board games. It’s also the place where you entertain your guests. That’s why your living room mustn’t be stuck in the past. You should do your best to get it in the present where it belongs. Fortunately, 2018 has got some fantastic novelties that can spruce up your lounge. Here are some trends that are worthy of your consideration.
Brave paint color choices
While the buzz about Scandinavian style and its gentle neutrals is still going strong, there is no doubt that 2018 is the year when we will be bolder with the paint color choices in the living room. Don’t be afraid to go with emerald green. It will make the room look alive and nature-friendly. Pantone’s pick of the year – ultra-violet is also a good option. Moody interiors are more present than ever, especially for larger rooms, where you can add some extra pizzazz with pops of bright color and softer tones. Of course, there can still be neutrals in your living room, but it is about time for them to take the back seat.
Small space living
The average home is shrinking, due to changes in the economy, but also in mindset. That’s why there is an increasing need for compact solutions that support flexible living. This includes modular furniture, multi-purpose items, and creative storage units. There is also a demand for using every inch of the space, by building vertical and corner storage units.
Carpets are back in the game
For a long time, carpets were unfairly neglected for bare hardwood floors. While hardwood flooring is definitely beautiful, it doesn’t provide as much versatility as a carpet. In fact, instead of feature walls, this is the year for feature floors. Patterned carpets will not only create a cozy ambiance, but they will also create a completely individual interior.
Make room for a corner sofa
Furniture sets can be complicated. You need to fit all the parts in the space and make sure they fit in with each other. This year is the year of making things simpler. A classic corner arrangement combined with occasional chairs creates a homey atmosphere that is absolutely timeless.
There is no doubt that we are living in a world obsessed with technology, and that is not necessarily a bad thing. Technology can be helpful in many ways. In the living room, it can serve for entertainment or family gatherings. It can come in the form of the latest trend, such as a smart hub, or something more traditional like an astonishing home theatre system that allows you to enjoy the cinema experience in the comfort of your living room.
Round up the edges
Angular furniture pieces have always been popular because of their simple aesthetics and ease of fitting into any space, regardless of its design and size. However, this is the time to try something a bit softer, such as round and organic appearance. To additionally soften the ambiance, you can opt for primary colors which have a hint of something childlike and innocent in them.
Wood heads to the dark side
Light wood tones are also reminiscent of the Scandinavian design, and they do tend to fit in ideally in small and minimalistic spaces. However, to introduce some glam into your lounge, you will need to go to the dark side and use wood types that signify a resurgence of retro elegance, such as mahogany, walnut, rosewood, and teak.
Remember the infatuation with DIY palette and repurposed furniture? Well, forget all about it, because this year is the time to honor the craft. Natural handmade furniture brings in warmth and authenticity to your living room. The materials that are the best options are wood, wicker, rattan, bamboo, and stone. The furniture should display skill and diligence. It can have raw edges or carved details.
Greenery for all ages
Pantone’s greenery may be the last year’s hit, but nature’s greenery is always in vogue. Embellish your living room with houseplants, and you will enrich it, not only aesthetically, but also functionally. Many potted plants are able to purify indoor air and decrease stress levels. Furthermore, you can add vases with fresh flowers.
The new age minimalism usually refers to clean lines, regular shapes, and angular furniture. This year, it is time to let go of the perfection and find beauty in imperfect things. This Zen trend stands for forming a deep connection with the earth and appreciating the simple pleasures of life. It is implemented by using natural materials, aiming for the harmony between form and functionality, and deliberately using flawed items in décor (e.g. shattered and glued together vases, wrinkled covers, and uneven finishes).
Have you seen anything you like? We bet you did! These 2018 living room décor trends are truly outstanding. They will launch your room to the present day, but also make it timeless.