Hidden Interior Design Trends 2018

While the biggest interior design trends of 2018 have been reported all over the web, sometimes it’s the smaller and up-and-coming trends that end up taking us by surprise. These hidden trends or micro-trends as they are sometimes called, are quietly becoming more main-stream and early adopters are enjoying having something that looks fresh and current in their homes that not everyone else they know has.

If you want to keep one step ahead with the biggest micro-trends for 2018, check out our top picks below to dress up your home stylishly as well as a little bit differently this year.

Plants with Variegated Leaves

Micro-Trend Variegated Leaves
Kimberly Duran / Swoon Worthy

Of course, house plants have been big news for years now. You may already have the fiddle leaf fig taking center stage in your living room or a large potted monstera, it’s big leaves making a big statement on your floor. But leaves with naturally-occurring patterns are big news this year and will add texture and color to any room in your home. Look out for plants like Calathea which comes in a number of varieties and flourish in indirect light.

Terrazzo Surfaces

Micro-Trend Terrazzo
Heju Studio

While marble has been big news for the last few years, there’s another material which may just be stealing its crown as the material-of-the-moment. Terrazo, made from cement or resin and chips of stone, glass or metal is having a revival, thanks to its sustainability and eco-friendly properties. It’s easily customized as well – change the color of the chippings or the size of them to create a unique look all your own.

Memphis Revival

Camille Walala at Aria London / Photo by Geraldine Tan of Little Big Bell

If you are old enough to remember the 80’s, then neon, fluorescent colors and graphic patterns will be nothing new to you. Coined ‘Memphis Style’, this look did not rise in the US as you might suspect, but rather in Italy by designers looking to shake up the design zeitgeist. Today, the fun and funky designs are back and create a bold and eclectic look for your home. Not for the faint of heart but if you are willing, try it out with graphic black and white alongside bold bright clashing colors.

Figurative Pieces

Figurative Vases
The House That Lars Built / Photography by Lindsey Orton and Brittany Jepsen

Want to bring a little personality into your interiors? You can do this quite literally by choosing pieces with figurative designs which add a touch of whimsy to any space. We particularly love vases with faces on them but you can also find animal figurines, plates and wallpaper with faces on them (try Fornasetti) or simply paint a few plant pots to go the DIY route.

Fringed Furniture and Accessories

Micro Trend 2018 Fringing

And finally, fringing has taken over as the embellishment of choice for everything from furniture to curtains, cushions, lighting and wall hangings. While the bohemian look has been going for quite some time, consider items that take their inspiration from Victorian times with long loose strands which add a classic detail as well as movement and texture to your home.


Which of our micro-trends are you loving right now? Tag us or use #oakfurnitureland on Instagram or Twitter!



Image Credits: Heju Studio, Swoon Worthy, Little Big Bell, The House That Lars Built, Fraumaier

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