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Home Decorating Trends for 2018

Written by: Sara Coulter |

Hygge, wabi-sabi, tiny houses?  Let's dive into the trends for home decor in 2018.

If you’re under 30, you probably recognize these trends:  hygge, wabi-sabi, tiny houses.   But if your home decorating tastes lean more toward the traditional, then hold on to your hat, because we’re going to have a whole lot of fun in 2018!  Here’s a snapshot of some of the trends that are already in full swing.

Blue living room with blue velvet sofa.

Tone on tone.

With tone-on-tone decorating, start with painting trim the same color as the walls.  Then add a bookcase or dresser in the same color against the wall.  Create a sophisticated “texture” by just using one color.

Living space with purple wall and turquoise sofa.

Jewel tones.

Do you prefer vibrant purple or intense blue green?  Pantone and Sherwin Williams bring us their colors of the year, Ultra Violet and Ocean.  Or maybe you prefer bright Millennial Yellow with splashes of other warm colors, such as red or coral?

Bedroom decorated with natural materials - concrete wall, wooden headboard, rattan lampshade

Natural accents.

Because of an interest in eco-consciousness and sustainability, natural materials are huge this year, including wood, stone, marble, leather, baskets and woven textures.   And one material that is particularly popular for everything from lamp bases to walls – concrete!

Decorators are paying attention to natural materials and materials from local geography (such as limestone).  They not only add interest to the room, but the materials themselves are durable and provide longevity.

Bright yellow sofa with geometric colorful accent pillows

Statement sofas.

It’s the biggest piece of furniture in the room, so why not make it stand out?  Jewel tones, bold patterns, interesting fabric (velvet is especially popular).  It's not just decorating.  You're making a statement!

Wall of framed photographs.

Wall art.

Bare walls are officially out, and affordable wall art is everywhere.  From craft stores to Etsy, there is something for everyone.  So load up and fill that space!

Living room decorated with geometric shapes

Geometric accents and bold floral patterns.

Home decorating preferences are more casual this year, and you’ll find these bold patterns on wall art, accent pillows, wallpaper, rugs and fabric.  A great way to start incorporating these patterns into your home is with a geometric throw or a piece of wall art.

House plant on small table.


This is by no means a new concept, but plants as decoration (especially patterned plants) are even more popular this year.  Thank the millennials for this inexpensive way to add color and texture to a room.

Brass bathroom fixture.

Brass accents.

Metals are moving from brushed silver to golden brass tones.


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