New year, new look. If it’s time to give your space an update, we have some fresh ideas for you from Long Island designers. Whether you’re looking to make a bold statement or simply spruce up a neglected corner, we have you covered, with tips and tricks for incorporating the trends you’ll be seeing everywhere in the coming year.
Why it’s hot for 2018: Velvet is making waves for the new year as customers seek new ways to incorporate soft luxury. “Velvet is a lush, delicious kind of hug, yet it’s also very luxurious, and the concept of luxury is very big now,” says Keith Baltimore, owner of Baltimore Design Group in Port Washington. “There’s such unrest now, and when we get home, we want to line our lives in velvet.”
Pictured: Black velvet facing sofas in a Mill Neck showhouse designed by Keith Baltimore.
Project 62 Pink Velvet Chair
How to make it work: Before deciding to do a whole room in velvet, it’s important to decide what kind of velvet works best. Baltimore says there are dozens of velvets to choose from, and each serves a different purpose. “There’s silk velvet and wool velvet and cotton velvet and crushed velvet,” says Baltimore. “Some velvets, like brushed velvet, show a handprint. And you might have to vacuum velvet like a carpeting. . . . Some velvet has a direction, so it feels smooth in one way and abrasive when you rub it another way.” Baltimore also says that some velvets, including silk velvet, can be very expensive, so it pays to shop around and find the right fabric.
Pictured: Project 62 Pink Velvet Chair, $99.99. More info: target.com
Sheridan Velvet Clay Curtain
Sheridan Velvet Clay Curtain, $59.95 to $89.95. More info: pier1.com
Ivory Tufted Velvet Ottoman
Ivory Tufted Velvet Ottoman, $349. More info: pbteen.com
RED, RED, RED
Why it’s hot: Even before Benjamin Moore picked the bold red Caliente AF-290 to be its color of the year for 2018, deep reds and oranges were already popular choices among the design-savvy crowd. But this year, the color is going to be everywhere, and with good reason. “Home decor often follows the fashion world, and red has been burning up the runways in 2017,” says Centerport designer Amal Kapen of Amal Kapen Interiors.
Pictured: Pops of red stand out against a neutral background in this Locust Valley cottage styled by Amal Kapen, of Centerport-based design firm Amal Kapen Interiors, LLC.
Caliente AF-290 by Benjamin Moore
How to make it work: “The biggest obstacle to this trend, and getting it right, is people’s fear of color,” says Kapen. “That said, if you are going to go red, go for it.” She suggests forgoing the expected accent wall and jumping all in with full-on red painted walls — or red wallpaper, or even red lacquered walls. For homeowners who want less of a color commitment, Kapen suggests using brightly hued accessories. “Consider red ceramic lamps, pillows or even a small Bokhara rug or runner,” she says, adding that when using such a powerful color, it can be visually helpful to repeat it throughout the room on several different items to establish a theme.
Pictured: Caliente AF-290 by Benjamin Moore, $52.99 per gallon for Regal Select. More info: benjaminmoore.com
Spirit Warrior T18-12 by Behr
Spirit Warrior T18-12 by Behr, $31.98 to $34.98 per gallon for Premium Plus Ultra Interior Paint & Primer. More info: behr.com
Why it’s hot: Although copper is still popular, brass finishes suddenly feel fresh. Why? It’s familiar, comforting and still unexpected. “Your home is your retreat,” says Rachel Florez, owner of Vintage Interior Design in Bellmore. “It’s a place of comfort, strength and calm,” she says. Florez adds that brass can also feel organic, and fill our need to bring a touch of nature into our homes. “I love the warmth brushed brass finishes bring to a space,” she says.
Pictured: Brass fixtures by Hudson Valley Lighting and a brass horsehead add subtle shine to a cozy corner in this Cold Spring Harbor room designed by Rachel Florez, owner of Vintage Interior Design Inc. in Bellmore.
Brutalist brass bowl from Jonathan Adler
How to make it work: The biggest hindrance to incorporating warmer metals is that they can feel dated. “I think we have it stuck in our heads that brass is old-fashioned,” says Florez. “We’ve been inundated with silver finishes, especially here on Long Island.” Florez says that switching out silvery fixtures for warmer metallics can make a space feel more fun, and the change itself can make a home feel more dynamic. Homeowners don’t need to spend a lot of money, either. “To get impact without breaking the bank, look for ways to incorporate brass as an accent,” says Florez. “Bring in a brass finish on an accessory. Change your bathroom faucet. Add a floor lamp.”
Pictured: Small brutalist brass bowl, $195. More info: jonathanadler.com
Brass bar cart
Roar+Rabbit antique brass finish bar cart, $499. More info: westelm.com
BLACK AND WHITE
Why it’s hot: The elegant combination of black and white provides a crisp contrast to the warmth and exuberance of 2018’s other trends. “Color trends come and go, but black and white is classic,” says Margreet Cevasco, president of Margreet Cevasco Design in Sea Cliff. Cevasco, who says interior design trends often follow fashion, found the trend taking hold overseas. “I was in Italy recently, and black and white is currently dominating clothing.”
Pictured: Black and white create striking balance in this Manhasset living room designed by Margreet Cevasco, president of Margreet Cevasco Design in Sea Cliff.
Stockholm rug from Ikea
How to make it work: One of the easiest things about black and white is how versatile the look can be, Cevasco says. “It can be used in a contemporary setting with geometric patterns, or more traditionally with toile or damask,” she says. Additionally, the combination can feel fresh against all the other trends taking hold this season. She says the most important thing to remember is making sure not to go overboard. “The biggest challenge is balance,” she says. Even a small touch of the stark color pairing can work wonders. “There are multiple accessories available that will change the look of a space. Pillows, area rugs and artwork, including black and white photography, are readily available.”
Pictured: Flatwoven black and white striped 5'7" by 7'10" Stockholm rug, $199. More info: ikea.com
Deco dot bowl set
Set of four deco dot stoneware bowls, $40. More info: katespade.com
Why it’s hot: Fashion designers were showing plenty of fun, wild mixed patterns for spring 2018, and it seems it’s going to be a hit in home decor, too. Wendy Lepkoff, owner of Wendy Interiors Inc. in Wantagh, says that’s because the look makes us happy. The joy of the unexpected is part of what makes the trend so exciting. “It’s fun to create bold, unexpected moments,” says Lepkoff.
Pictured: A custom sofa deigned by Wendy Lepkoff, owner of Wendy Interiors Inc. in Wantagh, for a Rockville Centre living room.
Morocco Standard Sham from JC Penney Home
How to make it work: “Getting people to step out of the ‘safe box’ of neutrals and solids is a sizable challenge,” says Lepkoff. “It is important to note that you can’t just combine any two fabrics together and expect them to work. When mixing patterns, the rule of thumb is large scale, medium scale and small scale. The various proportions will complement each other.” Lepkoff says that accessories are a vital part of making this design plan work. “Items such as blankets, pillows, ottomans, curtains and area rugs can work wonders,” says Lepkoff, adding that paint, murals and wallpaper can be used as a contrast wall. “Your eye naturally will go to the bold colors and patterns in the room, and they will become the focal point,” she says.
Pictured: JC Penney Home Morocco Standard Sham, $40. More info: jcpenney.com
Cotton Risa Shower Curtain from Anthropologie
Cotton Risa Shower Curtain, $88. More info: anthropologie.com