What is it about a new year that makes you want to re-vamp every part of your life? There’s just something about the early winter months that has us looking forward to the year ahead with fresh eyes — and that also means predicting which trends will take over in the worlds of interior design, food, travel and style. These are our predictions for what’s going to be huge in Pittsburgh in 2018, so if you’re planning an apartment refresh or looking to branch out when it comes to dining, you might want to keep these things in mind.
Deep, moody colors in the home. White walls will always be first in our design-loving hearts, but we saw a ton of really well-executed statement walls in 2017, and we’re predicting that they’ll become even more popular in 2018. If you want to try this trend out (with your landlord’s permission, of course), we recommend a deep, moody green. Or, if you can’t quite take the leap with paint, you can still try out this trend with lush velvet furniture or dramatic curtains.
Mezcal. There’s no denying that the big drink of 2017 was light, subtly sweet rosé, but we’re predicting that in 2018, the drink of choice will be something entirely opposite. Mezcal has always been a popular libation in Mexico because of its smoky flavor and the way it adds a punch of flavor to any cocktail, and we can’t wait to try making our own mezcal margaritas with this agave-based liquor.
Alternative happy hours. There’s nothing wrong with a little post-work imbibing, but in 2018, we’re predicting that we’ll see a lot of places doing alternatives to the usual 4-6p drink deals. Lots of places around Pittsburgh (think täkō, Umami and Muddy Waters) already offer late-night happy hour options for those who can’t make it out right after work, but we’re also predicting that more and more people will meet up around the traditional “happy hour” time for a bike ride, a walk in the park or maybe a Millie’s ice cream cone.
The rubber tree. We’re definitely not alone in thinking that the unofficial “plant of the year” for 2017 was the statement-making but oh-so-hard-to-care-for fiddle leaf fig. This year, however, we’re already seeing high-climbing rubber trees popping up on design blogs and Instagram photos everywhere.
Poke bowls. If bowls are the new salad then this year’s must eat healthy dish is most definitely the poke bowl. Actually, this Hawaiian dish (that’s similar to a deconstructed sushi roll) has been around for quite a long time, and if you’re looking for one in Pittsburgh, we’d recommend Hidden Harbor or Kahuna.
Iceland. If you need a break and are looking for somewhere a little different (not that we don’t love a weekend trip to NYC or Savannah), we think Pittsburghers should look to Iceland this year. But for a long weekend? Yes, hear us out. The arrival of Icelandic budget airline WOW Air in 2017 made it possible to travel from Pittsburgh to Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, for just $69 each way with the country’s bounty of waterfalls, stunning landscapes and long-haired horses waiting for you after an easy four-hour flight (the same amount of time it takes to drive to DC). And the compact Nordic nation makes for the perfect long weekend trip with many of the must-see destinations right off the ‘ring road’ with the very walkable capital city serving as your home base.
Danish modern furnishings. Mid-century modern furniture has been having a moment (or, rather, quite a few moments) for the past few years, but we’re predicting that in 2018, lots of people will be swapping out dark walnut woods and tapered legs for the warm, natural woods and the smooth, low lines of Danish design.