This is Post #2 of the 2018 Home Trend to Watch Series. View the first one: Geometric Patterns.
As we look forward to 2018, we can expect to see some of the trends we’ve already experienced in 2017. For those of you in love with the Typography trend, you’ll be happy to know that Pantone predicted it’ll be hanging around another year. If you aren’t familiar with Typography, as it pertains to homes, this is the art and technique of using letters, words, and phrases in decorating. It’s been gaining momentum for a few years, which leaves the question, “how can we freshen it up in 2018?” We have a few ideas…
Vintage Industrial Typography
Make your home feel like it’s stepped back into another time by going vintage industrial with your typography. Choose classic fonts and colors, and give the display an aged look. This picture from Messy Nessy Chic is the look you should be aiming for.
If large murals aren’t your forte, recycling a vintage sign is also a great way to incorporate vintage industrial into your home. This vintage apothecary sign shared by My Warehouse Home is a good example of that. It serves as a beautiful focal point for this contemporary kitchen, and the gold lettering ties in nicely with the gold tones of the counters and flooring.
Of course, the easiest way to incorporate vintage industrial is to decorate with metal letters. The more aged, the better. Artists like MudDauberMtg sell metal letters on Etsy. These ones are made of steel…
Make a statement with typography by going big and bold. This “Wonderful” display was featured on Apartment Therapy. It was created with salvaged letters. If you’re into eclectic industrial, make sure you check out the whole home tour.
The reigning family of typography has to be The Gaines. Chip and Joanna of HGTV’s Fixxer Upper love to use letters, vintage signs, and salvaged letter décor in their homes. Here is one great example from the home they made over in Woodway, TX.
If you go big, make sure you go simple. Too many colors and elaborate typefaces can make your home feel like the circus. (Unless, of course, you’re into that. We don’t judge.) These simple white letters, combined with the straight lines of the wall panels, make a big impact. The room was designed by Visbeen Architects and Benchmark Wood Studio.
Big and bold can really make a statement, but understated can be just as beautiful. Matter-of-fact, it can be downright elegant. Take for example this warehouse bedroom styled by Carole Poirot and Sophie Bush. The wisp-like white ghost letters on the wall are just enough to portray a message without drowning out the surrounding décor.
Another example is this large S in Kristin Theiss’ toddler’s bedroom. It incorporates a monogram without being overwhelming, and can be easily replicated with a projector and paint. Just choose two paint colors that are a few tones different from each other.
Creating your own custom letters is a great way to add a theme to a room, which is why you’ll often to see decoupage letters in kid’s rooms. These comic book letters from Craftcuts are a fun project for super-hero-loving youngsters.
Another example is this Dr. Seuss typography project from the Money Saving Sisters. It’s perfect for a reading nook. They used Mod Podge and stock craft store letters to cover the word “READ” with pages from a Dr. Seuss book. You can find a whole step-by-step on how to do it on their website.
Looking for something a little more grown up? David from Cheltenham Road created this Cincinnati themed HOME sign. Wouldn’t it be great customized for a favorite sports team or vacation home?
For something extra special for you, decoupage a marriage or birth certificate (a copy, of course!). Make. Bake. Create. shared how they created a marriage certificate monogram on their blog. We think something like this would pair great with a decoupage picture from the same day. What do you think?
Printed artwork, 3D signs, and pillows are popular ways to incorporate the typography trend into your home décor, but furniture can also be a fun approach. Take for instance this refurbished dresser from David at Cheltenham Road, who you just saw mentioned above. He used stencils to incorporate landmarks from around London on the front.
David’s dresser was inspired by this New York City Dresser from Lindauer Designs, which uses a slightly different color scheme and approach.
You can also transfer typography images to furniture. Jen at Repurposed Gems shows how she did it with this beautiful buffet. She also uses milk paint, which is a very trendy refinishing approach right now.
All of these are great DIY examples. However, if that’s not your thing, there are a ton of artists on Etsy (try searching local), who will create typography furniture for you, like the SouthernSunShop (Atlanta, GA). They created this handsome industrial coffee table.
These are just a few examples of how typography can be incorporated into your home décor in new and exciting ways. Didn’t see one you liked here? There are so many fun examples on Pinterest – it doesn’t matter if your home style is farmhouse chic, modern, or beach themed – it’s hard not to find something that will fit what you’re looking for.
Do you have a favorite typography product or design idea? Share it in the comments!
Coming Soon! Post 3 of the 2018 Home Trend to Watch: Wood Treatments.