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Top design trends 2018

Welcome to the end of 2017.

As we wind down from a year that saw light wood floors, bohemian influences, wall murals, and Kelly Green as the accent colour to beat, a fresh new batch of design and decorating trends has been released into the world… and 2018 has a few surprises up its sleeves.

Read on for a quick rundown on what you can expect to see gracing the pages of every design magazine in 2018.

Move Over Mid-Century Modern

Say goodbye to teak sideboards and Eames chairs – the style that’s been ultra-popular for the past several years is taking a back seat to a cleaner, more inviting, and minimalistic design backdrop.

A blend of Scandinavian and California Coastal style is hitting the market with influences of bleached out flooring, crisp, white walls with gray-beige and sandy accents, linen covered sofas and rich leather side chairs – everything natural and fresh will round out a huge majority of upcoming design schemes online and in print.

Earthy Paint Palette

Across the board, paint brands are embracing richer and earthier palettes for 2018; colours such as Caliente, Smoked Oyster, Saddle Soap, Wolf Grey, Stone, and Silver Marlin – all from Benjamin Moore – are perfect for adding punch and mood to your lighter and whiter spaces in the form of decorative accents and personal touches.

3D Wall Design

When looking for the perfect feature wall inspiration, you might discover the super chic fusion between Asian and Scandinavian style found in the 2018 lineup for 3D geometric wall tiles.

Void of opulent and fussy pattern, implementing large and architectural tile is the perfect way to make a clean and sophisticated statement on backsplashes, in large His and Her showers, as a floor to ceiling fireplace wall, and even as stylish backdrops to front foyers and great rooms.


We’re thrilled this gorgeous textile is making its way into the fold; a longtime favorite, velvet looks amazing in a multitude of design schemes and styles.

Perfect little toss pillows, light and feminine tones keep things airy and fun, while deeper, moodier tones help to add depth and richness to almost any space – the key is to mix velvet up with other, more modern textiles like linens, and leathers to avoid heading too far back into the past.

Mixed Materials

If you’re in the market to build or renovate, and wondering what to bring into your design schemes for 2018, the concept of mixing solid and earthy materials such as timber, marble, concrete, and glass is still going strong.

Creating contrast with your finishes is a fantastic way to give your home interest and textural character while helping to keep things sleek and streamlined.

Lacquered Cabinetry

Watch as wood grain and natural species show up in supporting roles in the kitchens of 2018… cabinets and vanities are going smooth and simple, with solid tones and profile-less door and drawer fronts.

Not just for the ultra-contemporary abode, lacquered cabinetry allows for more ornate and busy embellishments like imported tile, stunning stone countertops, and hand-forged hardware.


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Crispin Butterfield is the creative force and mastermind behind Urban Theory; a graduate of Mount Royal University in Calgary, her engaging personality and design-commerce savvy make her a valued and well-respected professional and mentor within her field.

She’s able to uniquely see the parameters and vision of each project in ways her clients often cannot, and has honed the process and proficiency required to grow incredible long-standing client relationships. 

Crispin embraces a life full of ingenuity and imagination, fueled by raw ambition and a desire to leave her mark on the world. Her impeccable design style, expertise, and a rock-solid business acumen is the foundation which allows Urban Theory Interior Design to provide full scale services with authenticity, innovation, and ample amounts of personality.

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