Designer Chad James agrees with the trend for more saturated color, such as deep, bold blues. "People are shifting towards a richer color palette. The rich colors trend began in 2017 and will continue into 2018, but in a bigger way."
The global beat is a big trend this year and is in full effect at the 2018 Southeastern Designer Showhouse and Gardens from Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. The splash of whimsy offered in this elephant accent table is especially compelling when placed next to delicate pastels.
As wine interest grows, city-center wineries may be the breweries of 2018. Urban wineries in cities like New York, Atlanta and Austin offer convenience and a cool city vibe to boot. Austin is home to several urban wineries including cheeky, 6,000 square foot hipster winery The Infinite Monkey Theorem which like other urban wineries, pays homage to the locavore trend by sourcing grapes close to home.
A radical break from the rustic mountain cabin with a design motif of pinecones, bears and rainbow trout, this stunning Cashiers, North Carolina home was the site of the 2018 Cashiers Designers Showhouse sponsored by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles and the Cashiers Historical Society. Rooms instead featured big city flair considering most designers hailed from Atlanta, but also from New Orleans, and the Highlands and Cashiers, North Carolina region. Inspired by chateaux in France and Italy, this 42-acre estate overlooking Lake Glenville was decorated with some au courant trends including lots of assertive, stylish wallpaper, a preponderance of soft pastels, plenty of Chinoiserie and subtle nods to the beautiful local surroundings in botanicals and floral motifs.