2018 Decorating Trends: Go Bold or Go Home!

As design years go, 2018 is not for the timid.  Featured are the geometric patterns we’ve seen everywhere in 2017, but transformed.  Texture is making a comeback, with natural fibers and other materials surging to the forefront.

In sum, it’s all about letting go of your reservations on the home front and allowing yourself to take a walk on the wild side (within reason, of course).

Let’s get into 2018 decorating trends and find out how the bold and the beautiful are expressing themselves this year.

Ultra Violet.

The Pantone color of the year for 2018, Ultra Violet is a blue-based purple which expresses the epoch of imagination and innovation we’re currently living in.

If the first word that springs to mind is “purple”, think again.  This rich color is the ideal complement and update to the recent decorating trend towards grey. Layer cousins like lavender with décor accents and contrast with another 2018 superstar, olive green.  Nuanced and emotional, Ultra Violet has depth.

Especially effective when applied in an environment which features natural materials like raw stone and wood, Ultra Violet is a touch of the mystical in a data-driven world.

Follow the bouncing ball.

Geometric patterns have been huge in recent seasons, but this year it’s the circle’s moment.  Décor pieces featuring large, bold circles (not necessarily your grandma’s polka dots) are a return to having fun with design.

Don’t limit this 2018 decorating trend to a couple of throw cushions.  Consider upholstering the seat of a wingback chair, or creating a tufted end table with a bold circle pattern.  Even your walls can’t escape, as wallpaper creators jump on board.

living room circles design

Velvet touch.

The rich, comforting texture of velvet is back for décor and home furnishings.  Plush is the word, as bold, rich color meets soft, tactile velvet.

This trend extends through the living room to the bedroom, bringing endless possibilities for luxurious headboards, sofas, dining room seating, lounge chairs and chaise longues.  Deploying velvet means stepping a little outside the ordinary to feature it in your home as a warm, comfortable aspect of graceful living.

velvet chair

High polish.

Lacquer finishes are bigger than ever and this year, they’re not just for the walls.  Furniture and cabinetry get to join in the fun.

Don’t fancy re-visioning all the walls in this high polish finish?  We agree that might be overzealous.  A feature wall, or a statement piece like a buffet, or lacquered dining room table might be the way to introduce the trend to your home.


One of this year’s most beautiful trends is that featuring tone-on-tone walls and molding.  There’s something interesting about trim which blends with the wall, creating the illusion of higher ceilings, as well.

Heighten the effect by painting a key piece of furniture in a matching color.  A dresser with gold fixtures, topped with a stunning floral arrangement in contrasting colors, adds dimension and interest.

These 2018 decorating trends are just what you need to go boldly into the new year.  Visit our website for more ideas.

Simple Ideas to Cozy Up the Guest Bedroom

There’s something a little inhospitable about accommodating overnight guests on a hide-a-bed in a disorganized spare room, filled with assorted bric-a-brac.

Books jumbled in a book shelf that’s seen better days, a throw tossed over the hide-a-bed bearing the image of Pokemon and a couple of venerable pillows dragged from an airless closet don’t exactly spell “welcome to our home”.

Add to all that the notorious discomfort some experience on convertible beds (an episode of Seinfeld comes to mind) and your guests are probably going to think you’re trying to discourage subsequent stays.

But there’s a better way.


Say “welcome” without words.

It’s time to say goodbye to your guest bedroom’s overly casual ambience, replacing it with symbols of your generous hospitality.  Saying “welcome” without words can be as simple as a bunch of tulips (available year ‘round) on the bedside table.

Anticipate the needs of your guests by creating a hotel-like experience in your guest room.  Roll fluffy, white bath towels, placing them on the bed.  It’s a simple touch, but it immediately reminds your guests of a hotel stay.  Isn’t that more welcoming than say, tossing a towel at them and hollering, “Here!  Use this!”?

We think so.

Plush comfort.

No matter how pleased your guests are to see you, nothing is more important than their comfort for accommodating, thoughtful hosts.

If you’ve been using mismatched pillow covers and a threadbare bedcover (or a Pokemon throw), it’s time to upgrade.  Replace your bedding with matching sheets and pillowcases and an attractive cover.  A duvet is a must, especially during the colder seasons and invites your guests to a restful night’s sleep.

Add to the effect by giving most of the books in that messy, haphazard book shelf to Goodwill (and the book shelf, too).  Keep only quality volumes, leaving them on the bedside table for your guests to enjoy before turning in for the night.

wall unit bed system

Harmonize the space.

Simple ideas to cozy up your guest bedroom don’t have to involve a full-on renovation.  Working with what you have is easier than you think.

Create harmony in the space by using items which complement the room’s central feature – the bed.  If the room is without window covers, this is your chance to take the bull by the horns and get them covered.

Drapes are a simple solution.  Make sure they’re lined, so your visiting guests can sleep in, if they so choose.  Complement your bed cover with a color or design that ties the room together.  Intensify the effect by adding large pillows in the same pattern or color.

A contrasting, comfy throw laid across the foot of the bed completes the look and creates the sense that you’ve prepared your guest bedroom for your beloved guests with care.

It’s the little things that make your guests feel at home, so be creative and create a relaxing environment which embraces and welcomes.

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How to Use Custom Furniture In Your NJ/NYC Home

Your home is your sanctuary.  It’s where you come at the end of the day to rest and reflect.  It’s more than a place to hang your hat.  It’s an extension of who you are.

When you know yourself, you’re not about to be content with the banal or boring.  That just won’t cut it.  You’re unique and you want your home to reflect that.

A key way to achieve a home environment which reflects your lifestyle, ambitions and personal taste is custom furniture.  It’s served up just the way you like it in terms of style, color, texture and size.  What could more aptly express your vision than furniture that’s been created to do just that?

This post address how to use custom furniture in your NJ/NYC home to make it both a statement and sanctuary.

living room

Re-creating space.

Let’s start in the living room, where custom furniture can make all the difference in the room’s aesthetic.

Ask yourself what the room’s focal point is.  This is the most compelling and noticeable feature of the room and everything else in it should acknowledge and enhance it.

Your focal point might be a fireplace, or a large picture window.  If you can’t identify a strong focal point, you may need to create one with a striking painting, print, or wall hanging.

This is where custom furniture comes in.  How to use custom furniture in our NJ/NYC home is to punch up the volume of your focal point, making it even more striking and pleasing than it already is.  Regardless of what that point is, custom furniture allows you to highlight it and enhance its eye-appeal.

If your focal point is a fireplace, choose a sofa which is scaled to your living room.  Choose a color which works with the dominant material in the fireplace and then, select a style which works with the vision you’re creating.  You may see an overstuffed sofa there.  But consider the lines of the room before going for something which appeals to you, which may be at odds with the room’s structure.

Build on the idea.

Once your custom sofa is in place, how will you complement it?  Consider chairs instead of another sofa.  Create a conversational area with a large area rug in a vibrant color which either complements or contrasts with your custom sofa and anchors the area.

room with huge sofa and rug

Select a coffee table to scale, made of a material which again acknowledges the focal point, creating harmony.  See a table you love, but don’t particularly like the material it’s made of?  If you’ve seen it online, bookmark it and then check the image against other tables which may be closer to your vision.  Once found, ask the sales floor staff at the store where you’ve found it if the table can be made to order.

Remember – custom furniture is going to be around a long time.  When chosen carefully, custom furniture is a smart investment in your home and lifestyle.

Looking for something special?  Look to Michelangelo Designs.