Time to start thinking of ways to furnish and/or spruce up your home for 2018? Here are some ideas from both the North Carolina High Point Market trade show and the international design fair, Maison et Objet, in Paris.

Deep, dark walls painted in rich charcoals and matte black are certain to create a dramatic look. Accent those walls with honey and cream tones, golden hardware and glossy textiles.

Florals oversized and everywhere in fabrics for drapery, wall coverings, chairs and pillows provide bold statements. For a more modest look, use florals with vases, dinnerware, accessories.

Velvety, jeweled tones are everywhere in 2018. Start small with a chair or throw blanket. Go larger with am ottoman or couch.

Marbling is a prominent trend. In North Carolina and Paris, it shows up on chairs, pillows and art pieces. Marbling also pairs nicely with organic olive and soft grays or blues.

Vibrant colors are used as accents and as features. Look for deep teal that is often toned up with greens and fuchsias or toned down with charcoals or creams; twilight or a deep navy blue that lends a timeless quality to rooms and can also mix with metals and cream accents; jewel tones such as emerald green and fuchsia can stand alone; a ripe red adds confidence, decadence, succulence and “the fashion and the passion” according to HGTVHOME’s design director; and burnt yellow with a touch of curry, tumeric and/or beet opens and enlivens the space. Mix and match corals, turquoises, oranges and reds.

Millennial pink deserves its own color category since it is seen everywhere.

Tribal patterns in black and white and in brown and caramel are back.

Know that a “little of something” can go a long way. And, that your house is your home…make it that way.

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