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2018 Home Design & Color Trends

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By on Dec 6, 2017
2018 Home Design & Color Trends

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The start of the new year is right around the corner, which means new home trends are coming soon. From a quick kitchen update to restyling your living room, you'll want to know what's popular this year. Are you up to date with the latest in popular home styles?

If not, let this be your year. The latest home design and color trends are in. Some of them might even surprise you! Here’s our roundup of what you’ll be seeing in 2018.

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Geometric Patterns 2018

What’s Trending In 2018

In 2017, we saw trends such as gem hues and repurposed décor gain in popularity. While some trends stayed on the list for 2018, others, such as terracotta, have completely disappeared.

Here are a few of the hot home trends for 2018:

  • Geometric Patterns
  • Farmhouse Style
  • Wood & Natural Elements
  • Bright & Warm Colors
  • Metallic Décor
  • Textured Accents
  • Concrete Surfaces
  • The Practice of Wabi Sabi

1. Geometric Patterns

If you love contemporary geometric shapes and styles, this is the year they will really shine! We reported in 2017 that this was an emerging trend and now, it’s at the forefront of home design in 2018. From area rugs to wallpaper, geometric patterns will be hot in 2018.  A great way to incorporate them is through accessories. Throw pillows and blankets are a great place to start.

The good news is that experts are saying that this is a trend that’s likely to stick around for some time. So, if you’d like to make bigger décor changes, this is the year to do so!

2018 Home Design & Color Trends

2. Farmhouse Style

With the popularity of vintage items, lighter neutrals and natural items, it’s no surprise that the farmhouse style remains top of the list for what’s popular in-home design and decor. Open floor plans and rustic elements will help you achieve this look, according to Megan Wild, editor of Your Wild Home. To fit your budget, she suggests thinking outside of the big box stores.

“Elements like wooden countertops, shiplap or subway tile are all easily sourced at your local home improvement and home decor stores,” Wild said. “Flea markets are a great way to source unique and rustic elements in your home. While you can't really haggle at HomeGoods, it is welcomed, if not encouraged, at your local flea market or yard sale.”

Wood And Natural Accents

3. Wood & Natural Elements

Last year, using recycled and reclaimed items was a hot trend to incorporate in the home. As creating a more sustainable home is still popular among many homeowners, it’s no surprise that wood and natural décor elements are leading the 2018 design trends. Wooden elements fit right into the farmhouse style trend as well. This trend is taking over smaller accents to larger focal points like wood countertops, making it a décor element you can introduce anywhere in your home.

Bright & Warm Colors

4. Bright & Warm Colors

Unlike last year’s jewel-tone color palette, 2018 home color trends point to warmer and brighter hues. Bright yellows, reds, orange and even fuchsia will be in this year. It’s a great opportunity to paint an accent wall in your home. These are also colors to incorporate in accessories throughout the house. Bright and warm colors are a good fit for a small bathroom or kitchen.

On the other hand, you can also go bold with Pantone's 2018 color the the yearUltraViolet. See what the ImproveNet editorial team has to say about this bold color below:

5. Metallic Decor

Another trend that’s carrying on from 2018 is metallic accents. Bronze, gold and silver will be hot this year. You can expect to see them more often in home décor items and accessories. However, now metallic prints are adorning walls as backsplashes and furniture as well. Keep them in mind as finishes for appliances or fixtures.

Textured Accents

6. Textured Accents

Items with texture will be hot pieces to have this year. Tassels and fringe are a small detail that will go a long way. Blankets, curtains and other textiles are the easiest way to incorporate this into your home. But, it doesn’t have to be fabric for this to work. Cement and wallpaper textures are coming into the spotlight.

7. Concrete Surfaces

You may not have considered concrete as décor before, but it’s emerging as a popular trend for 2018. From concrete countertops to small planters, the texture and neutral look of concrete can easily be adapted to any room and is a look that is made to last.

8. Wabi Sabi

If you’ve never heard the term “Wabi Sabi” before, I can bet you’ve tried it at least once. Wabi Sabi is the Japanese practice of accepting and embracing imperfection. In 2018, it has now become a style choice. For home design, it’s a minimalist style that arranges items in a casual way. This is a newer trend, but due to the relaxed style, it’s sure to catch on.

What’s Out In 2018?

As new trends emerge, a few are on their way out. According to Wild, once the trendy faux wood flooring is now on its way out due to quality upon installation. “Too many people have been burned by DIY installs that became home improvement nightmares. It's worth the extra money to move to a mid-grade flooring and have a professional install your flooring,” she said.

Among faux wood flooring, here are a few home décor trends declining in popularity:

  • Upholstered headboards
  • Terracotta
  • Pastel Pink
  • Mason Jars
  • Plaid Patterns


In 2018, there are countless ways to let your style shine. Maybe it’s incorporating your favorite geometric pattern into your home. Or, maybe a bigger change like discovering what your home would look like with an open floor plan.

What do you think will be trendy in 2018? Share with us in the comments below!

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