If the kitchen is the heart of the home, the living room could be the brain.
It's the nerve center for our daily functions—where we chill with a glass of wine after a long day, where our kids do their homework, where we entertain next-door neighbors and long-lost friends. It's the place where we live, of course
In years past, we've filled blank living room walls with art galleries and used industrial materials to provide definition in cavernous spaces. But after a decade of the same looks over and over again, new decor and design trends are finally emerging in their place.
Read on to discover designers' predictions for how the living room will be transformed in 2018.
1. 'Jungalow'-inspired prints
Photo by Homepolish
Art imitates nature—quite literally, when it comes to your living room in 2018. And we're not just talking about chintzy little floral patterns. No, think big: Expect to see "jungalow" style woven into your textiles this season, with pillows and sofas and even wallpapers covered in greenery-inspired prints.
"Fiery red, watery blues, stately grays, and deep greens will be mixed in with neutrals," says Robyn Navarro, an interior designer from Glendale, CA, and the founder of Upstage Design. "Together, they create a palette of rich romance and nature that is not only pretty but also inviting."
2. Natural elements
Photo by abodwell interior design- Brittney Fischbeck
It doesn't stop there; living rooms in 2018 won't simply imitate nature this year. Designers are bringing the outside in with bold greenery and other natural accents, like live-edge wood and unique stones and rocks.
"Natural elements are great for a residential interior, as they help to promote relaxation," says Riverside, IL, interior designer Maura Braun. "Think of how relaxing a walk in the woods can feel. Having a coffee table made out of a tree is the next best thing to create this feeling of comfort and relaxation."
3. Wild ceilings
Photo by Elizabeth Gordon
Pinterest named statement ceilings one of its top trends of 2018, and we are here for it. Whether you wallpaper up high, slather the ceiling in vibrant paint, or get your Michelangelo on with a mural, this year is all about shoving vanilla white ceilings to the side and taking "bold" to new heights.
"We've seen some pretty interesting colors and textures on ceilings this past year," Navarro says.
From geometric inspiration to stripes to wood paneling (there designers go, bringing in those natural elements), the only thing stopping you here is your imagination.
4. Black and white
Photo by Boscolo Interior Design
Not on board with the bold color trends that seem to be sweeping home decor right now? You don't have to be relegated to a mind-numbingly neutral decor scheme, filled with builder beige.
Instead, consider finding inspiration in graphic looks, like this room from Victoria Törnegren. This year's batch of stylish living rooms combine soft whites and vivid blacks to create stark—and striking—decor.
"Black has always been a great color to use, as it pairs well with most colors," Braun says. "When combined with white, black's powerful presence is balanced out with its polar opposite: the absence of color."