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Decorating Trend Forecast for Today’s Homeowners

Decorating Trend Forecast for Today’s Homeowners

Decorating Trends 2018

Whether you are thinking of selling your home in the near future and are looking for ways to update your home, or whether you’re going to stay put for a while, all homeowners enjoy staying in the know about decorating trends. The decorating trend forecast for today’s homeowners shows how home decor is increasingly influenced by our busy lifestyles.

Everyone wants to be comfortable in their nest, and that often includes decorating in colors and styles that reflect who they are. Whether you put a lot of thought into your decor, or whether you do a quick makeover, whether you use what you have accumulated over the years, or whether you love to purchase an entire new look, this decorating trend forecast has something for you!

🖼 Decorating Trend Forecast for Today’s Homeowners

According to Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Houzz, Ikea and, HGTV, we’re getting some relief from the obsession with grey in the coming year. We’ll be seeing a continuation of some of the recent styles and colors, including grey, if not so much of it. We’ll also see some new colors and combinations. Sometimes the first clue about next year’s decorating trends are seen on the runways of Fashion Week in New York! (For clues, ladies will be interested to know that Fashion Week in New York takes place every February.) Here are the trends to watch for:

🔹 Minimalism Gets an Update

 Minimalism has been a growing trend for several years. As our lives get more complicated, it seems we’re looking for our homes to be more simplified, less cluttered. Minimalism this year will be less structured and softer than we’ve seen in the past.

Simplicity in design is about mindful living and creating an environment to disconnect and recharge. Soft, washed neutrals, greens and pale pinks are examples of popular combinations that accomplish this look. Color palettes like these are all about swapping contrast for color harmony. It’s not so much about the perfect color scheme as it is about the organic blend.

🎨 Color Trends for 2018

Every fall many paint manufacturers and decorating gurus announce the Color of the Year for the coming year.

“Greige” became a popular neutral last year, as people have been moving from warm colors to cool colors over the last decade. Greige is a mix of gray and beige, and as it bridges the two colors, it tends to go with a variety of tones. Sandstone Tint (441-2DB) is Dutch Boy’s Color of the Year. This shade is part of Dutch Boy’s “Quest” palette, which helpfully puts together eight colors that coordinate nicely:
decorating trends 2018

Gray is still the most popular neutral shade. It’s classic and chic, and goes well with everything. It also works well with today’s simplistic styles as it is often considered calming. It also is agreeable to both genders. But even so, there are a lot of different gray tones from which to choose. How to choose the right gray? Debbie Gartner, a.k.a. The Flooring Girl, has written a nice guide to choosing a gray paint color, What are the Most Popular Shades of Gray Paint?

Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year is Red HotCaliente AF-290. With today’s minimalistic, simplified decor the trend, it makes sense to introduce vibrant colors to keep the overall look from being boring. Whether it’s the front door, the wall, the area rug or a dramatic mid-century modern chair, this red really pops. It’s versatile and fits with any style. And you don’t need a lot of it. (the following images are from Elle Decor)

caliente color of the year



Sherwin Williams Color of the Year is Oceanside, a deep jewel tone that is somewhere between teal and turquoise:

oceanside color of the year


Behr’s Color of the Year is a similar blue-green mash-up, but much milder. In the Moment, T18-15:

behr in the moment color of the year


Dunn Edwards is following suit with it’s own blue-green color, The Green Hour DET 544. (Quick nerd fact – It comes from turn-of-the-century Paris, when 5 o’clock became known as “The Green Hour” due to the popularity of the spirit absinthe.) According to Dunn Edwards, greens are trending all over the world in 2018. It would appear so from these three similar shades.

the green hour, color of the year


Black is the new Neutral in 2018. PPG Porter Paints color of the year 2018 is a faded black called Black Flame, a more elegant version of black. It’s really a sophisticated dark, dark charcoal that makes a great backdrop that beautifully highlights your furniture and other decor. Black is probably the most versatile color; it goes well with every decor style.

black flame color of the year


⚖ Neutrals in Today’s Decorating Trends

In modern decorating, neutrals are no longer just beige and white. Neutrals next year will include shades of green, as many people favor the eco-friendly feel.  pink and coral; lavender; clay; taupe; and pale blues and greens. .Grey is still the hottest neutral, according to House Beautiful. The combination of soft grey walls, charcoal doors or trim, and a whitish-grey ceiling is going to be very popular, and a good background for any color combination chosen for furniture and decor. Any light pastel is considered a neutral, especially blues and greens.

Neutrals are favored especially in larger purchases like cars, sofas or carpet. “For those big-ticket items, we’ll make the safer choice such as neutrals, from rich gray to camel,” says Emily Kiker Morrow, Director of Color, Style and Design at Shaw Industries. “We’re using trendier colors, like acid green or amethyst, as accent pieces.”

For lots of ideas and inspiration on how to decorate with these trending colors, check out Karen’s Pinterest Boards:


Follow The Highland Group’s board Oceanside on Pinterest.

Chalky Black

 Follow The Highland Group’s board Black on Pinterest.


 Follow The Highland Group’s board Green on Pinterest.

Red Hot

Follow The Highland Group’s board Red on Pinterest.


Color Palettes – As you can see, there are so many colors to choose from next year. Decorating trends for today’s homeowners are full of variety and choice, whether we’re talking about colors, styles, furniture, curtains or fixtures. It really seems that the color combinations are the thing to pay attention to if you want to update your home’s look. Whether you like bold colors, like Red Hot!, or soft muted colors, like The Green Hour, Simplicity and Minimalism are the modern aesthetic. No matter which way your decorating tastes lean, choosing the complementing colors is the key to having a winning look.


🎀 Fixtures and Finishes for Home Decorating in 2018

Style Trends .

  1. Simplicity – Scandinavian style is trendy now, as it is the epitome of simplicity. The trend  includes airy, spacious rooms, less cluttered and more straightforward. As our lives become more cluttered, we all seem to want our spaces seem to move the other direction. Hide-Away storage pieces are more in demand as more people are opting for smaller, but smarter spaces. .
  2. Mid-Century Modern – Thanks in part to the television show “Mad Men” this style has become popular in the last few years. It spanned a period of about 2 1/2 decades from the mid-1940’s to 1970. Many are attracted to the simplicity and clean lines of mid-century modern furniture, accessories and decor. A few iconic pieces can work well with any room. This furniture also mixes well with other styles, like today’s industrial looks..
  3. Hand-Made is in style, including crafts from other cultures. Recycling is big including crafty DIY decor.. A touch of hand-made will cross all kinds of styles. .
  4. Nature-Inspired – Natural elements are still a big part of modern decorating and will continue to be next year. Including plants, wood, stained wood, bone and horns, leather, baskets and natural stone,  granite, and marble is a trend that crosses all styles, from modern to vintage and everything in-between. Botanical prints, and large floral prints are in style for art, furniture, window coverings and even wall paper. .
  5. The New Modern – What we define as modern changes throughout the years. Modern decor includes a fusion of styles, including ethnic patterns, geometric patterns, rustic and natural elements, organic and eco-friendly touches, and the addition of hand-made items, especially items from different cultures. Eclectic is the New Modern..
  6. Geometric Design – Bold and subtle geometric patterns will be seen in wall paper, upholstered furniture, window treatments and rugs next year. One piece can really spice up a living space. decorating trends 2018
  7. Floral is Everywhere – Large floral designs on wallpaper, curtains, pillows. It’s huge!
  8.  Metallics – Golden, metallic hues will be seen a lot on all finishes, furniture, and appliances in 2018. Warm metallics like rose gold, brass, and copper provide a sense of luxe and are lasting.  These hues also pair really well with a wide range of styles and colors.
  9. Textures – As decorating trends toward minimalism and simplicity, many designers are turning toward adding lots of texture to create interest and keep minimalism from become boring. Adding elements like faux fur, baskets or rattan items, sculpted fabrics and rugs, wood, or even just multi-textured pillows are great ways to add interest. My favorite texture trend this year…
  10. Velvet – The fashion runways are full of velvet. a touch of velvet The same is true for design and decorating. Velvet is hot in 2018. Velvet is luxurious and you only need a touch of it. You can start with throw pillows to test it out. It’s also cozy, so go ahead and go big with a velvet couch or chair. Velvet is also a great way to add a vibrant color to your neutral backdrop.


🌷 Outdoor Rooms 

Outdoor Rooms Add Living Space. The trend to create comfortable, colorful and engaging outdoor rooms will continue in the near future. Today’s buyers are looking for homes that maximize living space in a smaller but smarter home. Buyers are looking for ample storage as well as livable floor plans. Outdoor rooms add living space without adding to the square footage. They are a “bonus” room that doesn’t need to be heated or cooled, and they don’t have to break the budget. See more inspiration on our Pinterest Board:

Outdoor Rooms

Follow The Highland Group’s board Outdoor Rooms on Pinterest. .

👣 Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood floors are still wildly popular, no matter what style your home is. Hardwood floors add value to a home, compared to many other flooring types. There are so many more choices than there were even a decade ago. Dark hardwoods have been surging in popularity for a few years. How to know which is the best choice for your home? My friend Debbie Gartner has all the info you need to not only make smart decisions about hardwood floors, but to best care for them.

For much more great information about choosing and caring for your hardwood floors, be sure to explore Debbie’s blog.

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🏰 Why Home Sellers Should Care About Decorating Trends

Getting your home ready for the market includes some very practical steps, like repairs and replacement of broken items and systems, lots of cleaning and certainly de-cluttering. But part of the process involves some psychology, the psychology of using decor to appeal to buyers.

Preparing your home to appeal to the largest number of buyers includes some smart and careful staging. Staging works well when you add elements of what is hot in decor. Small touches of the latest decor trends suggest to savvy buyers that your home is updated…and probably well cared for. Incorporating decorating trends may be just what is needed to make your home more salable.

Staging Your Home for Sale . If you are thinking of selling your home, consider a fresh coat of paint in some contemporary neutral shade from a contemporary color palette. A few touches of the new color palettes in the furniture, window coverings or occasional pieces, some touches of wood or trendy metals, and you can have a great new look that appeals to today’s buyers. Happy Decorating! .

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The decorating trends forecast was written by Karen Highland, blogger and licensed agent in Central Maryland.

Decorating trends for today's homeowners
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Decorating trends for today's homeowners
Whether you are thinking of selling your home in the near future and are looking for ways to update your home, or whether you're going to stay put for a while, all homeowners enjoy staying in the know about decorating trends.
Chris Highland with eXp Realty

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