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Trending Home Designs for 2018

by Helen Houston

Ready to hit the 2018 refresh button for your home décor? Whether you have sweeping changes in mind, or are just adding a few new details, you may want to keep in mind some of the hottest emerging trends for the new year.

Geometric Patterns
Introducing geometric patterns is a trend that is rising in popularity. It brightens rooms and creates intrigue. Incorporating these fun shapes throughout your house is one way to make a bold statement. Wallpapers, rugs, or throw pillows with fun patterns are all great additions to your space. Just remember, if you cover a large area with a geometric pattern, such as wallpaper, let it be the focal point of the room. The other elements of the room should be simpler and use complimentary colors from the design.

We have all seen the fringe trend on clothing and accessories in the past couple of years, but now it has made its way into interior design. Expect to see fringe adorning the outside of pillows and the bottom of furniture. Even curtains and light fixtures are being designed with the fringe trend in mind. Adding fringe to your space is a small and easy change you can make to ring in a new look. I added long fringe to the bottom of an ottoman, and it has supplied endless entertainment for my cat, Grady. It’s a perfect place for him to stage an attack on innocent passersby.

To make your space more modern and to create contrast, add metallic pieces to your home. If you have a traditional upholstered sofa, the addition of a metal coffee or side table will complement the look. You can even keep this trend in mind when picking out pillows and artwork. Metallic paints and textiles are being used by artists to create a level of shine. This look is sleek with an industrial element, and breathes life into the space. Mix it up with chrome, polished nickel, oil-rubbed bronze, and copper.

Color Matching Inspired by Nature
The beginning of 2018 is marked by all shades of greenery — from yellow to deep green — it is clear that the trend draws its roots from the environment. According to Pantone, a company reputed for its color trend predictions, greenery is an attention-grabbing color, very suitable for mixing patterns with bold, contrasting colors, such as lapis blue or fiery orange.

High-Lacquered Materials
The polished look of high-lacquered wood is among the hottest trends for 2018. There is no better way to add the much sought after tailored look than through the addition of lacquered cabinets, walls, shelving, and furnishings. Big ticket items not in your 2018 budget? Try framing art or displaying glossy colored accessories.

Creating added dimension with texture is on point in 2018. Mixing fabrics and materials adds contrast and intrigue. One of the top materials trending will be velvet. Paring a velvet sofa with a shag rug can really elevate the design in a room. Even light fixtures are being designed with texture in mind to add to the overall effect of your space.

Unique Lighting
Don’t be afraid to get adventurous in 2018 when it comes to lighting choices. Quirky fixtures are trending in the new year. Let your lighting serve as the focal point of the room, or use it to accent other pieces you have in your space. Make sure you create a healthy blend of light by having low-lying lights with lamps and overhead lighting.

Marble Countertops
Step aside quartz, the current darling of the countertop design world is the aesthetically-pleasing marble with its creamy, gray-toned veining. With its timeless appeal, this stone gives any kitchen a decidedly high-end look and, although the cost is comparable to some granites, marble is porous so it can be a problem. Regular sealing and special care with anything acidic to prevent etching will keep the creamy surface looking its best.

Black and White
If you want a more sleek and modern décor style incorporated throughout your home, opt for a solely black and white color palette. This trend has been at the top of designers lists for years because the overall effect is so striking. You can create an effortless level of sophistication with black and white furniture and accessories. Stick with a minimalistic approach to let the bold statements stand out. For the walls, frame black and white photographs in black frames to personalize the look.

Cerused Wood
Cerused wood has been around for quite a long time, and although it has fallen in and out of favor over the centuries, it is recently making a comeback. With a very understated and elegant look, the cerused finish delightfully agrees with so many different decorating styles. Whether your style is anything from modern to rustic, this finish will make any room dance. Rubbed into the open grooves and pores of wood, the whiting process brings out and highlights the woodgrain. This finish is popularized on furniture, especially a lot of mid-century living room pieces, and on kitchen and bath cabinetry. It’s jaw-droppingly gorgeous.

Old is New
If you want to be trendy in 2018 while still creating a space that is timeless, the antique look is a good direction to take your style. Visit local antique shops and yard sales to find pieces that are one of a kind. Allow them to be the focal point of the room. Up the pretty factor with ruffled fabrics and lace. When the room is complete, it will exude elegance and charm.


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