Wrenda Goodwyn • special to the Fort Myers News-Press • January 6, 2018
The lights and decorations have come down and if you’re like me, it seems that things seem a bit gloomy. You may be looking around your home thinking that it needs a little sparkle as we settle in for a new year.
There are lots of interesting trends in the home interiors forecast for 2018. Some are fabulous and worth a try. As I always tell my Southwest Florida interior design clients, pick your changes according to what you love and not the latest trend. And there are the fun lists of what’s in and what’s out. It’s all great fun and I have offered a sampling as well as a few resolutions for your home in 2018. I promise you can keep them!
Happy decorating and best wishes for the New Year!
Resolutions to do NOW!
· Show gratitude for your home. We always have a wish list and it all never seems to get done. But keep in mind that many in our area are still dealing with severe hurricane damage and would love to be thinking about decorating. Be thankful for what you have and don’t stress out about the small things.
· Be intentional about your home décor this year. Make a plan before making purchases. We all crave simplicity so don’t go overboard.
· Give yourself a little self-care. The early days of a new year are perfect for thinking about what is important for the upcoming months. And these cool days are perfect for relaxing with a cup of tea and a good book, some soft music. In other words: give yourself a break.
· Manage clutter. Eliminate your junk drawer (who needs junk?).
· Say “no” to what you don’t love in your home.
· Discard duplicates. Donate clothes that you don’t wear. Take excess books to the library.
· Buy plants or fresh flowers and put them in every room in your house.
· Try something new! Suggestions below!
What’s in (trends)
· Keep it simple! And calm.
· Fish scale tiles for the perfect backsplash.
· Space for a coffee bar.
· Velvet. Couches, rugs, pillows.
· Metallics: rose gold, brass, copper. And it’s okay to mix them.
· Rattan furniture. If you see it at a flea market, grab it.
· Typography (signs with your favorite sayings).
· Art gallery walls.
· Wall coverings inspired by nature.
· Floral patterns.
· Nautical laccessories.
· Terrazzo flooring and counters. Even walls.
· Spa bathrooms.
· Statement ceilings with paint, wallpaper or textures.
· Herringbone flooring, walls, backsplashes.
· Three dimensional wall décor.
· The color green. And plants everywhere. Real, if possible!
· Repurposing anything.
· Dark wood. Chocolate brown floor and furniture.
· Colorful doors. The front door of course. But also interior doors.
· Subway tiles. They are still a classic and are affordable. The best kitchen backsplash option.
· Natural light. Large windows. Light shades and drapes.
· Mirrors to reflect natural light.
· Mixing antiques with modern pieces.
· Marble everything. Flooring, walls, backsplashes, counters.
· Jewel tones. Colors from nature. Bye-bye beige.
· Large wall art to take up large spaces in open floor plans.
· Black and white patterns, prints, flooring.
· Woven textures and artisan accessories.
· Brushed metals.
· Too many throw pillows.
· Decorative painting. Enough said.
· Huge oversized furniture. It’s ugly and space is a premium.
· Bare walls.
· Artwork at the wrong height: 57-58 inches. That’s the general rule.
· Chevron. Thank goodness.
· Furniture smashed against the walls.
· Huge hoods in kitchen.
· Tuscan. Thank goodness.
· Overuse of the farmhouse look. Thank goodness.
· Too much white on white on white.
· Designing your space without a plan. The result: costly mistakes.
· Keep it simple. Be intentional with what you bring into your home. Follow what you love. Not trends!
Wrenda Goodwyn is a Southwest Florida interior decorator, A.S.I.D. associate and certified gold member of the Interior Redecorators Network. She helps homeowners throughout Southwest Florida with timeless, affordable ways to create beautiful spaces and to solve decorating problems. Her article appears the first Saturday of each month. For more information visit her website at spectacularspaces.com. Call her at 949-1808 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more decorating tips, articles and photos, visit spectacularspaces.com/blog