New Year, New Look: The Top Home Design Trends for 2018

by Lauren PezzulloFebruary 7, 2018

Each new year gives us a chance to reset the clock and start anew. And here at Modernize, we believe that goals are healthy, but interests evolve and so should yours. If this is the motivation you need to update your home, look no further. Whether it’s just tweaking some accents for additional appeal or expanding the actual size of your home, fads change with the times. Here are some of the newest trends coming your way.
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Making Room

Let’s face it — living in the modern world ain’t cheap. More and more families are living together to save on expenses, and that means different generations are living under one roof. If you find yourself in this predicament, comfort is a must. Turning a basement into an apartment is a great way to maximize space, but don’t just put family down there with a pull-out couch and call it a day. Consider adding a kitchen and legit living amenities. Chances are you won’t be living like this forever, and when the basement becomes vacant you can always monetize it by renting it out or using it for Airbnb.
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Open Up

Style matters, but so does functionality. Unfortunately, not all homes are created equal and some don’t service us they way they should in this day and age. When it comes to kitchens, storage can be a problem. While most kitchens are suited for the homes they’re in, it can often still feel cramped. A way to combat the problem is to open your kitchen shelves. This will give you more storage options and will come in handy for bulkier items. And if you’re into the rustic thing, the aesthetic makes for a natural transition.
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Let There Be Light

People have the tendency to stay on top of technology because those ever-evolving advancements usually make life easier. It’s no different with lighting. In the 80s, there was the Clapper, today there’s smart lighting. Lights that can be customized and controlled by your own phone. Pretty nifty stuff. Not only does smart lighting give you different options and customizations, but it will cut down on your energy bill, too—and saving money is something that will never go out of style.
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Purple Reign

For those of you unfamiliar with Pantone, they’re the kings of their domain when it comes to color matching—and they’ve crowned ultraviolet the color of the year for 2018. So, if you’re in the mood to go big with a color change, adding ultraviolet into your home would be very on trend. Consider an accent wall with ultraviolet wallpaper or even just adding color pops from pillows to knickknacks. You know Prince would be proud.
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Warmer Metal

While stainless steel and polished nickel aren’t likely to appear dated anytime soon, there’s a shift pushing for copper and brass. If you were keeping score, you know rose gold was big last year, so this switch to red and orange earthy tones shouldn’t surprise you. Metallic warmth is on the rise.
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Going Greener

Houseplants are timeless, but you can expect to see an uptick in them this year. They’re easy to come by, low-maintenance, and they add nature to your home, so why not? The fun is figuring out how to incorporate them. Use pots or planters to mix and match and see which plants connect with you.

Sometimes trends stand the test of time, and others go stale by the time they hit Pinterest. Technology ages something in the blink of an eye because of how fast everything moves, but being trendy isn’t exactly a good thing — who wants to look like a copycat? So no matter what is in vogue, you’re going to want to add your own spin on it. The idea is to see what’s out there and what works for your style. Hopefully, 2018 will give you some great ideas to get started.

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About The Author
Lauren Pezzullo
Lauren Pezzullo is a writer, editor, and musicophile who's passionate about vegetarianism and sustainable eating. As an editor for Modernize, she writes about energy-efficient living in the home. She's currently writing her debut novel.

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