Forget crystal balls and psychics. Trend forecasters are pinning their predictions on data and consumer research to reveal what’s hot and what’s not for the year ahead.
Visual, image-driven home decor and design websites like Houzz and Pinterest identify trend direction through consumer interaction and keep track of our evolving interests with every click, upload and search word. Along the same lines, a new wave of decorating apps can also foresee the future thanks to information gleaned through online projects. Traditional forecasts by trained trend spotters, retailers and economists also remain on point and continue to clue us in to what’s new and next.
So what’s on tap for 2018?
According to the experts we spoke with, overarching themes of maximalism, flexibility, self-care, 1970s and ’80s redux and educated consumerism will shape our homes and influence our daily lives in the months to come.
The following are 18 inspiring trends