New Year, New Looks 6

Home Trends for 2018

I tching to incorporate new decor or new colors into your home for the new year?

According to Pantone, the color authority company turned trend forecaster, in-the-know homeowners will flash mostly futuristic behaviors in 2018. Pantone’s six home trends predicted to rise to the top are geometric patterns, typography everything, wood treatments, fringe, metallics and iridescent accents.

Additionally, Pantone experts indicate intense colors will be popular, as in bright blue, green, fuchsia, and purple, which are complemented by iridescent tones of turquoise and hot pink, white and frosted almond.

Representatives of leading paint company Sherwin-Williams predict 2018 will embody the spirit of contemporary life with their three color palettes: Affinity, Connectivity and Sincerity. These color combinations reportedly are inspired by the collective 
culture of fashion to technology.

Affinity is a color story of striking blue, animated fuchsia and stabilizing brown. This palette is meant to celebrate the relationship of people and places. The Connectivity palette draws from technology innovations, including pixelated oranges, digital blues and greens and high-def yellow. The Sincerity palette combines minimalism with a less structured look by weaving together sandy browns, muted grays and hazy greens that harmonize perfectly.

There are plenty of ways to incorporate these new colors, interior design trends and timeless pieces into existing home setups, Christine Neskar and Donna Andrews, co-owners of Cocoon Home Consignment & Décor & Gift Boutique, assure. For example, inserting a lamp, rug, pillow or mirror done in the target colors for 2018 is an easy and immediate way to dabble with trends.

Located at 103 Chesterfield Valley Drive, Cocoon offers like-new furniture and decor from residential consignors and retail vendors. Seasonal and home decor also is carried at the store along with unique gifts.

Christine says they are receiving authentic, midcentury modern furniture and accessories from people who purchased it originally and now are downsizing.

“The saying ‘everything old is new again’ definitely is true,” she says. “We’re getting real quality pieces, such as genuine Lucite from the 1950s and 1960s.”

She adds that organic, beautifully grained wood furniture is coming back, which immediately adds warmth to any room. She says she has seen popular color selections shift from beige to brown to gray. Additionally, she and Donna are receiving a wave of aged brass and gold items, along with nickel-based hardware.

“Don’t be afraid to bring in patterns,” says Christine, who says the latest Midwest trends have been more about solids.

She says kitchen backsplashes, chair fabrics and wallpapers are places in which to weave patterned designs. For example, big floral choices for wallpaper are making a comeback.

Quality furniture is in vogue, Christine says, and the thinking about furniture has changed.

“WHEN OUR PARENTS BOUGHT FURNITURE, THEY HOPED IT WOULD LAST 40 YEARS. BUT PEOPLE NO LONGER BUY FURNITURE THINKING IT WILL LAST A LIFETIME, NOW IT’S MORE LIKE FIVE YEARS,” SHE SAYS. “SO, BY BUYING FURNITURE THROUGH CONSIGNMENT, PEOPLE CAN GET REALLY GREAT PIECES AT SUCH A VALUE.”

She says several of their clients approach their store like going on a treasure hunt, especially when it comes to entertaining-related items.

“We’re seeing fine crystal, such as Waterford candlesticks and vases, re-emerge,” she says.

Christine suggests mixing and matching crystal items with burlap or other rustic pieces, such as barn wood.

“It’s like having bling on blue jeans. Throw in some plush, soft rugs and big, fur sofa throws to create a warm and cozy environment. People are cocooning in their homes more than ever.”

She says they have several hundred clients participating in their wish list, which enables each person to register what specific items they are seeking in hopes that other clients may have and want to part with those items.

“These are eclectic products, and looking through the list, no two items are the same,” she says. “That’s what interior designers also like about our store. They can find one-of-a-kind items not found in markets.”

Cocoon Home Consignment & Décor & Gift Boutique is located at 103 Chesterfield Valley Drive. Visit them on Facebook and Instagram @CocoonHomeSTL.