Houzz 2018 Home Design Predictions

The editorial team at Houzz, the online home design and remodeling community with over 40 million users, have compiled a list of their predictions for 2018. If they’re right, we’ll be seeing a little less greige, subway tile and stainless steel and a bit more color and pattern. Here’s what they spot on the horizon:

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More Colorful Kitchens

White kitchen fatigue is beginning to set in for some homeowners, and they’re looking for ways to make their space warmer and more unique. Expect to see more color, especially in safer tones of gray and blue. Also look for stained wood to make a comeback as an alternative to painted cabinets.

Darker Living Room Walls

Living room walls in deep red and warm grays with earthy shades of camel, rust, tobacco, brown-blacks, and burnt yellow will replace cooler neutrals for a more intimate and dramatic look.

Fewer White and Stainless Steel Sinks

Sinks in a wider range of materials such as concrete, stone, copper and granite composite, and in darker hues of gray, bronze or black will be replacing white ceramic and stainless steel in more and more kitchens.

non stainless steel sink trends
Photo courtesy of Designstorms LLC

Flower Power

Not delicate nosegay patterns or quiet rosebuds. New florals are high-energy, oversized bohemian botanicals in high contrast colors.

Vintage Lighting

Contractors and designers are reporting more interest in vintage-style fixtures, such as aged copper pendant lights.

Trough And Bucket Sinks

Deep, wide and tough trough and bucket sinks have long been a mainstay of industrial spaces and farmhouses. They’re now finding their way into laundry rooms and kids bathrooms where they complement refined modern farmhouse styles which will also continue to be popular.

trough and bucket sinks trend
Photo courtesy of Sheila Mayden Interiors


Concrete has been a favored material choice for the past few years and is now showing up in more unexpected ways, such as in furniture, decorative accessories, wallcoverings, countertops and tile.

Shiplap Continues

Millwork feature walls, i.e., shiplap, paneling and reclaimed wood boards will continue to be popular in bathrooms, on kitchen islands and fireplaces, but now expect to see it in bedrooms, too.

Unique Tile

Move over subway. Tile that looks like wallpaper, concrete, wood, or even fabric is making a splash at design shows. It offers all the durability and easy clean-up of tile with the color and pattern versatility of paper, paint, fabric and wood.

kitchen backsplash trends
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Calm And Modern Bedrooms

Better sleep is the new magic bullet for improved mental and physical health, and while a tastefully decorated bedroom won’t insure a good night’s sleep, it can’t hurt. A pared down, clean look that incorporates soothing neutrals, soft fabrics and simple, functional pieces is the direction homeowners are heading.

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