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16 Home Design Trends to Watch in 2018

Whether you're designing your new home or just looking to update a room in your current house, here are 16 home design trends to watch in 2018.

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Accommodations for Multiple Generations

More homeowners are living with extended family members, and one home design trend in 2018 is having accommodations for multiple generations. And think about a basement living area complete with a second kitchen, or an added main-floor bedroom to accommodate aging parents.

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Brass Accents

Brass is making a comeback in home design decor. The metal will bring some pizzazz to an otherwise dull room. And try a brass-framed mirror, brass light fixtures and tables with brass legs.

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Wider Doorways and Hallways

More seniors are choosing to age in place, and that means coming up with practical solutions to everyday problems. One home design trend is for wider doorways and hallways that can accommodate a wheelchair or scooter. And pocket doors are a popular choice for those who choose to age in place, as they take up less room than a swinging door and may be easier for some to operate.

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Kitchen Updates: Open Kitchen Shelves

Show off your dish collection with open kitchen shelves. The open-shelf home design trend gives you more storage variety for a smaller price tag than traditional cabinetry. And this is a popular storage solution for modern and rustic kitchens.

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White Flooring

While it may be difficult to maintain, white flooring will be everywhere. Think white tile in the bathroom and kitchen and white wood flooring in living areas. And white brightens up even the darkest rooms and works with nearly every color combo.

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Smart Lighting Controls

Smart Lighting Controls

Automatic controls will be one of the biggest home design trends in lighting for 2018. Not only will smart lighting control systems save on energy, they can be customized. And since lighting needs vary depending on the time of year, time of day and the user.

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Roof Decks

Not just for apartment buildings anymore, roof decks are becoming a hot amenity for residential homes. This is because they offer an alternative to the traditional deck or backyard patio. And just add some patio chairs, an umbrella and a table for an entertaining spot with a view.

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Tankless Water Heaters

As more homeowners look to save on energy and money, tankless water heaters will surge in popularity. These water heaters provide hot water only as it is needed at a rate of about 2 to 5 gallons per minute. And they come in both gas-fired and electric models. Smaller than traditional water heaters, so they're great if space is at a premium.

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Rustic Bathrooms

Move over modern. When it comes to bathroom home design trends, it's all about rustic. And whether it's an old claw-foot tub, a shiplap wall or a couple well-placed rustic accents, there are plenty of ways to move beyond the sleek, modern bathroom designs that have been everywhere the last few years.

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Additions and Alterations

With more people choosing to stay in their homes, homeowners will look to make major additions and alterations to their homes in the coming year. And two of the hottest remodeling trends will be creating that dream kitchen and adding on to accommodate a growing family.

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Water Colors

Water-inspired hues will be go-to paint colors, especially for bathrooms and kitchens. And think turquoise which pairs well with both white and wood accents.

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Repurposed Items

While refinishing old items such as furniture has been hot for years, the home design trend will be to use old finds in new ways. And try using an old end table as a child's LEGO table or turn a wheelbarrow into a chair!

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Textured, Patterned Wallcoverings

Whether it's a patterned wallpaper or an over-sized piece of 3-D artwork, patterned and textured walls will be everywhere. Try abstract patterns, large floral designs or paisley for a look that will make a statement.

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Over-sized Furniture

Furniture will work as a statement piece as over-sized sofas and chairs make their way into living rooms. And with more homeowners wanting large, open living areas, these over-sized pieces—whether in a modern or antique style—will help fill the space.

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Black Walls

Black Walls

Deep colors will be the go-to for home design walls in 2018, such as "Black Flame" from PPG Paints. The color combines black and indigo. And is a versatile color that can be used on an accent wall, the ceiling or on cabinets and doors.

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Add Some Greens

While houseplants never go out of style, décor featuring plants will be big in home design. And plants are an easy way to design on a budget and can add pops of color to the space. Try putting plants in colorful planters or hanging them in front of a large window.

Rachel Brougham
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