by Staff Reports

Bronze Accents

Now that you’ve replaced all your fixtures, brass is making a comeback in home design décor –only this time, it’s a warmer matte metal, rather than shiny imitation gold. The classic metal will bring some pizzazz to an otherwise dull room and is a welcomed change from the standard brushed nickel. Designers recommend using brass sparingly. Consider mixing it with oil-rubbed bronze or incorporating it into your home as an accent.


Statement Floors

Forget the walls, look to the floors! Herringbone hardwood flooring patterns, bold geometric tile and designer epoxy finishes are a great way to make a room pop. White flooring, while difficult to maintain, is HOT with tile in the kitchen and baths and white wood-flooring in living areas.




Light Wood Cabinets

While white cabinets remain popular, light wood finishes are quickly gaining ground. The wood finish adds warmth and texture to make the space feel more inviting and less sterile. When considering cabinet style, you should know the shaker has evolved – think shaker 2.0 – this year. The newest style looks like a shaker, but with a bit of extra roping or an additional ledge to refine the look.



Open Kitchen Shelves

Show off your dish collection with open kitchen shelves. The open-shelf home design trend gives you more storage options, especially for large or bulky items. And this is a popular storage solution for modern and rustic kitchens.




Floral Prints

Bold, contrasting-color florals are making a big statement. The key is moderation. Gone are the days when your drapes, bedspread, pillows and chairs all matched (thank goodness)! Mix neutrals and basic tones with your bold statement for that happy balance. Play it safe with a throw pillow or blanket, vases, comforters and other items before committing to something more permanent.



Textured, Patterned Wall-Coverings

This is not your grandmother’s wallpaper. Abstract patterns, large dimensional florals and textures will be everywhere in 2018. A single wall or focal point makes a room come alive. Today’s wallpapers come with beads, texture and even sand




Fresh Colors

Deep colors will be the go-to for designer walls in 2018. The 2018 Pantone Color of the Year is Ultra Violet. According to Pantone, “Ultra Violet communicates originality ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.” Other retro shades showing up again are Avocado Green and Harvest Gold. This time the colors are warmer and deeper, rather than the brassy versions from the 70s. Gray is still the new beige and white remains extremely popular to balance out all of the color.


Natural Elements

Natural elements are popular for their beauty and timelessness. Ideas to incorporate the outdoors into your home include stacked stone limestone walls and limestone floors, pops of green throughout, reclaimed wood accents and even floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors to offer dramatic views of the outside.



  • Edison bulbs. Instead, try locally-made artisan light fixtures. Choose something that speaks to you or fits in with the style of your home décor.
  • All white rooms. This year, it’s about color. Incorporate moody blues, Ultra Violet or accent colors from your floral accents into your space.
  • Brushed metals. Opt for warmer metals like bronze and gold accents instead.
  • Smooth and sleek. While contemporary is still in, designers are ramping up texture in rooms. No more shiny floors, lacquered cabinets and leather furniture in a stark room.
  • Chevron. Think florals or other creative patterns.