2018 Home Decor Trends & 2019 Predictions

Real Estate Agent with Amanda Fontana Real Estate LLC

2018 is nearly halfway over, and this year has brought home design updates worthy of multiple Instagram posts. Buyers and renters alike are paying closer attention to detail than ever, and these designs pack a punch!


Here are the top 5 home decor trends of 2018, and my predictions for how we’ll evolve into the year to come.

  1. Wallpaper for the Win
    This year accent walls have taken on a whole new meaning. Rather than going with a bright paint-covered feature wall (that’s soooo 2017), reach for a locally designed wallpaper instead.

    Now, these aren’t your grandma’s rooster-lined hanging selections. Today, the options are endless. In 2018, wallpaper is treated as a true piece of art meant to reflect the owner’s personal style.

    We’re steering away from simple monochromatic surfaces, and going towards creative digitally printed paper.
    wallpaper home decor trend


  1. Refined over Rustic
    wood home design trendDIY ran rampant in 2016 and 2017. We had reclaimed this, and repurposed that, to fill our homes with charm. Although cute country and shabby chic designs still have their place, it’s time to elevate your DIY decor.

    One area of change in 2018 home decor trends, is refined wood over the rustic repurposed wood we’ve seen the past two years.

    Don’t worry; you can still reduce, reuse and recycle lumber. Is that a sigh of relief I heard?

    Instead of finishing your floors and furniture with bleach-white cerusing, think more glamorous. We’re incorporating glam dark-toned finishes back into the home. Are you ready for a shift back to the dark side?

  2. Metallics & Metals
    Metal is a trend from 2017 that shows no signs of slowing down. If you’re a fan of HGTV, which as a Des Moines Real Estate Agent, I am, then you’ve probably heard the term “mixed metals.”

    One of my favorite shows has a habit of mixing natural textures with metallics and metals, which is right in line with 2018 trends.

    Coppers and brass will reign supreme in 2018 and will continue into 2019. Faucets, frames, and lighting fixtures will take center stage when covered in magical metallics.
    metal home design trend

  3. Flower Power
    flower design trendI previously mentioned that metallics and metals should be mixed with natural textures. One area you can incorporate the great outdoors is through the use of flower patterns.

    Large-scale floral patterns are a great way to turn a simple powder room into a conversation piece. Imagine this. You take a beige powder room, add a metallic faucet, refined wood vanity, and a bold floral wallpaper. Now that’s a WOW-worthy washroom.

    Add popular petals such as peonies, lilacs, and other botanical florals to add life to any room.

  4. Artisan Accents
    artisan home decor trendI’ve mentioned texture several times now, and that’s because it’s sprinkled within each 2018 trend. Textured takes the cake in 2018.

    Picture artisan hand-crafted wicker baskets and hand-woven macramé cushions. These are materials with live edges and true character that add dimension to any room.

    Don’t be afraid to mix different materials either. Velvet, concrete, wicker, and fringe are among several of the ultra-trendy materials that will shift your eyes away from your iPhone and onto nature.


As you can see, 2018 doesn’t shy away from making a statement. Although minimalism has its place, 2018 and 2019 home decor trends will shift towards maximalism. This doesn’t mean going back into the 80s era of chunky furniture and crowded rooms, it means maximizing the space you face with sleek decor and purposefully-placed pops of texture and color.


What are your predictions for 2019 home decor trends?


Comments (3)

Lorraine Ball

Some awesome home decorating inspiration! Mixing some of these elements is so in right now! I found this article that would be helpful in styling some of these elements: https://www.tishflooring.com/2018/04/clashing-compliments/

Nov 14, 2018 11:37 AM