2018 Home Trends

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Statement Ceilings

While we’re used to having a statement something in the room, focusing on the ceiling is having its moment. A black ceiling can do the opposite of what you’d expect and add a feeling of vast space, while a wallpapered one can basically turn your ceiling into art. I love this trend for its unexpectedness and ease – if you don’t like the result just grab a paintbrush and cover it up.

Generous Kitchen Sinks

This look has been creeping up on us for the last few years, and in 2018 trough and bucket kitchen sinks are coming on the strongest yet. Who wouldn’t want a big, luxurious one that gives you space to wash the dishes and adds some killer lines to the room? Before you raise your hand, keep in mind that you can find these huge basins in a variety of materials, finishes, and price points.


Another trend that’s been gaining momentum is concrete. Concrete everything. The material that was once considered bottom of the barrel and industrial is now a decor darling in the form of bare floors, countertops, furniture, and so much more. What I like most is how concrete has the ability to make the indoors feel like the outdoors and vice versa. (Bonus: It’s incredibly easy to clean.)



While green isn’t my go-to wall color, I’d happy paint away with these recently popular green/greys. A dusty sage can make a room feel instantly more breathable, relaxing, and charming. It would be a nice wall option for the popular jungle bathroom look as well as if you have a black thumb and are simply craving the feeling of life and earth in your home.


Some classic looks ebb and flow with the decades, and herringbone is one of them. Right now you can find the chic pattern gracing floors, shower enclosures, and kitchen backsplashes alike. It’s an easy fix to make this look modern, it all comes down to the materials and color choices made. Pair it with other trends – a herringbone ceiling or a concrete shower floor – to pack a design punch.


As much as I love the real thing, I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with florals in home decor. This year they’re seeing a big resurgence and I’m having a change of heart, at least when it comes to big, bright, and bold patterns that are full of color. I also love the idea of replacing a backsplash with floral wallpaper as seen above – how great would that look paired with some open shelving?

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Vintage Rugs

What’s old is new again, at least when it comes to vintage rugs! No one can deny the appeal a well-worn rug with the perfect combination of color and pattern brings to a space. But if you’re not ready to commit to the real deal because of kids, pets, or your own clumsy ways, these lookalikes are the perfect choice.

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Decorate with the Senses for a Feel-Good Home

A home that delights the senses puts us instantly at ease — just think of the warmth of a crackling fire, the scent of baking bread, or the flicker of candlelight. Makes you feel all cozy inside, right? We tend to get hung up thinking about how our homes look, without giving nearly as much thought to how they make us feel. But if you want to walk in the door at the end of a long day and feel that great big, delightful sigh of relief (and who doesn’t?), it’s time to tap into the power of the senses.

Sarah Andrews via Design Sponge

Warmth. At its most basic, our homes are shelter from the elements. By playing up your home’s warming elements — think crackling fires, cozy blankets, and thick, cushy rugs — we can access this fundamental human need to feel snug and safe. If you don’t have a woodstove or working fireplace, you can still suggest warmth by stacking up a pile of rustic firewood or a basket of pinecones, and bringing in other cozy accessories like good books, mugs of tea, and soft blankets.

Sarah Andrews via Design Sponge

Views. Whether your home’s best view is to a stunning seascape like the one shown here, or a more modest sliver of green, aim to make the most of what you’ve got. A connection to the outdoors — even if you’re in the middle of a city — can extend sight lines, make your home feel more spacious, and bring in the changing blues and grays of the sky. If possible, try shifting furniture to position a desk or favorite armchair so it’s angled to better enjoy the view out a window.

Stephanie Ryan
 via Design Sponge

Texture. Playing up texture in the home is all about contrast. Look at the fabric and other materials of your home up close and count how many different textures you can find. If it’s less than five, aim to add a few more! Mix it up with nubby linen, crisp cotton, rustic wood, woven rattan, silk, smooth leather, and shiny glass or metal.

Sofia Jansson
 via Design Sponge

Soundscape. What you hear in your home can have a big impact on your mood. Can you hear nature sounds out the windows, or traffic? If the sounds around your home are ones you’d rather not hear, consider investing in better sound-proofing, or a small tabletop fountain to create a burbling white noise. Next, take some time to think about what sort of music you most enjoy listening to. Consider curating playlists for yourself on Spotify, or within your personal music library, to suit different moods.


Scent (and taste). Scented candles might be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of scent at home, but there are many other ways to create layers of delicious scents at home. Pick out potted houseplants with scents you love (scented geranium is a favorite of mine), use cleaning products infused with essential oils, light natural beeswax candles, and don’t forget to open up the windows to let in the fresh breeze! And as far as taste goes, consider keeping your pantry stocked with wonderful-smelling teas and local honey, and growing a few pots of fresh culinary herbs in the window.

Focal Point

Focal point. Having a visual focal point is an interior design principle that you can put to work in every room in the house. In the space shown here, a wild purple-painted piano tucked into a nook covered in leafy wallpaper is sure to grab the eye! Your focal point can be as dramatic — or as soothing — as you like. Consider hanging a single work of art, using a rug in a rich hue, or putting the spotlight on a single great chair.

Little Lights
Stephanie Ryan via Design Sponge

Mood lighting. Last but not least, think about how light flows through your home. Do certain rooms get a lot of natural light, while others are dim? Boost lighting where needed with lamps, strands of twinkle lights, and plenty of candles for a diffused glow that makes everyone look (and feel) better.

Rug Shopping Guide
Rug Shopping Guide: (fantastically textured rugs, clockwise from top left) Surya Anchorage in taupe; Surya Sheepskin in white; Artistic Weavers Kentucky Ethan in brown; Karastan Prima Shag Fassi in ivory, cream, and taupe.

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It’s a Trend: Shower Plants

Heather Keeling
Heather Keeling

Here’s a trend that’s slowly and steadily been creeping up on the design scene – shower plants! One of my decorating rules of thumb is having some live greenery in every room, and some of these bathrooms take it to the next level with their jungle-like vibes. We might all not be lucky enough to have a large window ledge near our bathtub like above, but this look is very forgiving and easy to adapt to whatever bathroom configuration you do have in your home.


Have a bit of a black thumb? One of the best pros about shower plants is that you never have to remember to water them and the humid air that occurs post-shower is fantastic for their care. Some varieties have also been proven to remove toxins and bacteria from the air, which is a bit of a health benefit. If you have a lot of natural light coming in a vining philodendron would be a great choice with lots of vining drama.

Bauer Media via My Domaine

If the bathtub or shower itself isn’t an option, think vertically and consider hanging a plant from the ceiling where you can spare a square foot or two. Something that cascades as it grows – think ivy – would be ideal. If that’s not an option think about adding a few smaller plants on a shelf or even gasp the top of the toilet tank. Work with what you’ve got!


If you’re a bath lover your caddy can act as a sort of pseudo coffee table, so add a few small pots or large air plants to it for personality. You can also add a few larger pots on the bathroom floor if you’ve been blessed with a big enough space, Boston ferns and snake plants work great.

Molly Winters via My Domaine

Perhaps one of the smartest – and easiest – ways to incorporate some greenery is by simply hanging a plant over the showered or curtain rod for the perfect careless bohemian aesthetic. It’s also a perfect option if you’re living in a rental because it involves zero permanent alterations that will need patched up when your lease runs out.

Add more of that natural earthy feel to your bathroom with a rug made from natural fibers in an interesting pattern or shape!


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Spa-Like Touches for the Bath

In the middle of winter, there’s nothing better than coming in from the cold to enjoy a leisurely soak in the tub or a hot shower. Elevate the experience even more by adding one or two (or more) of these small, spa-like touches to your bathroom. Once you do, you may never want to leave!

Emily Henderson

Whitespace. Give your bathroom a fresh start by clearing out all the clutter and giving the space a thorough scrubbing. If the walls are looking dingy, consider adding a fresh coat of paint in crisp white or a soothing hue like silvery blue.

Candles. Who can resist the soft glow of candlelight while soaking in the tub? No one.

Artwork. I’m a big fan of hanging artwork you love in the bathroom, with a caveat — it shouldn’t be priceless. The humidity and unstable temperature of the bathroom can damage artwork over time. But if you have a well-ventilated room and the art didn’t cost a fortune, go for it!

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Living plants. Fresh green plants lift our mood, clean the air, and breathe life into what can sometimes be a bland, sterile room. Plus, many plants do well in the humid conditions of the bathroom. Try ferns, palms, or even orchids.

A bath tray. If you’re lucky enough to have a real, honest-to-goodness bathtub to soak in, make the experience even better with the addition of a bath tray. This wooden tray that sits across the tub can hold your book and a mug of tea safely out of the water, or simply offer a spot to stash that fancy bar of soap you’ve been saving.

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Good towels. If your towels are looking a little worse for the wear, splurging on a great set of new towels can really make a difference in how your bathroom looks and feels. A stack of pretty white waffle weave towels exudes that luxury spa vibe, while the striped-and-fringed versions seen here will give your bath a more eclectic Moroccan mood.

Organizing tools. Don’t skimp on good organizational tools! The right tools can make your bath products easier to find, and give your shelving and drawers a neater, more polished look. Try clear glass apothecary jars for decanted supplies (like cotton balls), and baskets and trays for everything else.

Emily Henderson

Fixture upgrade. Upgrade your shower head, replace the mirror above the sink, repaint the cabinets, or swap a regular door for a salvaged barn door on sliders. Get creative and see what you can change!

A pretty rug. Look down: if your bathroom floor is still sporting a furry synthetic bath mat, consider swapping it for a more modern option. For practical purposes, I love a good flat-woven cotton rug that you can toss in the wash regularly — see below for some great options.

Rug Shopping Guide: (Flat-woven 100% cotton rugs, clockwise from top left) Safavieh Montauk in ivory and gray; Rizzy Home Flip Top Circle Stripes in gray and orange; Safavieh Rag Rug in ivory; Safavieh Montauk in ivory, blue, and black.

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