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10 Hot Trends For Your Home In 2018

10 Hot Trends For Your Home In 2018

Starting to think about making changes to your home? The new year is, not surprisingly, a popular time to try on new trends or make overdue updates. Before you hit the paint store or buy those new kitchen cabinets, take a look at what industry experts are predicting will be some of the hottest home trends for 2018.


Brass has been showing up in kitchens, baths, and lighting for a few years, but homeowners who were hesitant to take the leap can feel more confident next year. Brass accents are expected to be huge for 2018.


The end of the all-white kitchen?

It's been the dominant interior trend for several years now, with white cabinets, white subway tile, and white quartz or marble countertops dominating kitchen design. But, next year, don't be afraid to add a little color. Everyone will be doing it doing it.

"Houzz says white will always be a classic color for kitchen design, but homeowners are expected to throw in bits of color, especially other neutrals like gray and blue," said inman. "In order to add a little warmth to such a cool palette, designers are ditching painted cabinets for warm wood tones, such as mahogany."


Last year, hygge made a splash, bringing "the Danish concept of finding contentment in cosiness" to the home," said The Independent. While we're not quite ready to get rid of this homey trend, a new one is burgeoning: Ikigai. Will this lifestyle concept from Japan "help us live our best lives?"

The central principle of Ikigai is about finding purpose in life, and covers everything from a mindfulness surrounding daily tasks and goals to social connections to what we buy—and keep—in our home.


Of course, don't fear that following Ikigai means you have to be perfect. If you also follow the principle of wabi-sabi, "the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection," said Country Living, you can relax your mind and enjoy your surroundings without needing everything to look just so. "In home design, this translates to handmade or hand-painted items including rough linens and pottery. The result? A deeply personal, organic aesthetic."

Into the purple

Ultra Violet, a rich, dark purple, is Pantone's new 2018 color of the year, so if you're a fan, you'll have lots of options for incorporating it into your home in 2018.



If Ultra Violet is too dramatic for you, there are other options within the purple family that designers say will be hot for 2018. "Millennial pink is still around and I still love it, but it's morphing into lavender and lilac," Nancy Fire, creative director of HGTV HOME, Design Works International and Studio NYC Design told House Beautiful. "People were sarcastic about millennial pink at the beginning, but it's being used to bring out beautiful, soft tones with accents that are deeper."

The end of gray?> In other very important color news: "Beige and brown are back," said Gates Interior Design. "If you never got around to embracing the grey trend, well guess what? You're back in!"

A sink to remember

Popularized in large part by HGTV's Chip and Joanna Gaines, the farmhouse sink has earned superstar status in the kitchen. But, they have mostly been stainless steel. Not so in 2018. Houzz predicts "warmer hues and grittier textures," with "concrete, stone, copper and granite composite sinks in darker hues of gray, bronze or black."


Geometric shapes aren't going anywhere, but we may be seeing more than linear shapes next year. "Hard geometrics are going to be huge, and I think circles are the new triangle," interior designer Genevieve Gorder told House Beautiful. "You can start small with accent pillows or dive in with graphic wallpaper.


Non-linear shapes are also showing up in other areas, like these curvy couches.

Standout lampshades Make a little, no-commitment update by addressing your lampshades. "White drum lampshades, begone," said My Domaine. Anna Brockway, co-founder of Chairish, told them, "We're seeing strong interest in pleated, patterned, and even wicker lampshades. This is a great way to get a sophisticated, decorated look and bring freshness to existing lighting pieces."

The Gas Station And 6 Other Places To Make A Quick Stop For A Great Holiday Gift

The Gas Station And 6 Other Places To Make A Quick Stop For A Great Holiday Gift

Time is dwindling down, and now you've left yourself without a sufficient opening to shop for the holidays. What's a procrastinator to do?! Don't fret. We've got tips for gifting from places you would never expect and may even need to go, anyway, so you can get yourself out of a bind and make a great impression!

The supermarket

You have several good options here. The key is having some semblance of what you want before you walk in the door so you don't spend all your time aimlessly walking around.

1. The Cosmetics aisle - Didn't know the market had a cosmetics aisle? They sure do, and it's filled with great gift ideas. There may be some pre - boxed makeup sets. That's a good start, but it'll make an even bigger impact if you thoughtfully package it with makeup wipes, Q - tips, and Kleenex. Now, put it all in the basket from the housewares or home décor aisle. You can pull off the same idea for men by choosing a shaving kit or razors, aftershave, face and/or hand lotion, etc.

2. Go to the kitchen aisle, where you should be able to find some pots and pans, dishes, and various kitchen items. Grab a large decorative bowl or a big pot. Line with a kitchen towel, and fill with small kitchen items like wooden spoons and serving pieces.

3. Use the same idea with the pot or bowl but fill it with gourmet food. Grab good bottles of oil and vinegar, gourmet olives, pickles, exotic spices, and then head for the deli counter for gourmet cheese, lunch meat, and a good loaf of crusty 1.bread. This will be especially appreciated by the person hosting a get - together because it makes an instant appetizer.

The drug store

This is a treasure trove of gifts. Lots of cosmetics here too, and some packaged holiday items you can grab and go. You know what else they have? Greeting cards. Pick a good one and you earn bonus points. Typically, they also have a Redbox outside. Go old school by picking out a couple of videos, and then go inside and get some microwave popcorn, favorite candy, and a bottle of wine, six - pack of beer, or soda.

The Dollar Store

There are some great finds at the Dollar Store and then there are some items that make it pretty obvious where they were purchased. Bypass all of it and head for the balloon counter. Mylar balloons here are one of the best deals you'll find anywhere. And, at $1 apiece, you can buy a huge bouquet and make your giftee's day.


There's likely to be a Starbucks within a short distance from home. You could go pick up a gift card, which will always be appreciated. But, take the extra step and get a mug and a pound of brew, too, and you'll score extra points.

The gas station

Pick a station that has a walk - in store and you'll find all kinds of gift options. Overwhelmed (or underwhelmed) by the choices? Lottery tickets are a winning gift every time - as long as the person you are buying them for is of age!

The car wash

We all need to wash our car from time to time, right? A pre - paid pack of washes, or, even better, a car detailing, might be perfect for your giftee.

The liquor store

Yes, you can grab a bottle of wine just about anywhere. The advantage to hitting a liquor store or wine store is being able to get recommendations, find a nice gift bag and maybe even a set of glasses.

What To Do When Your Home Isn't Selling

What To Do When Your Home Isn't Selling

When sellers start the home-selling process, no one wants to think "What would happen if my home doesn't sell?" But before you panic, recognize that there are many things that you can do so you don't wind up in that position.

Tip 1: Understanding the real estate market and the value of your home will help you avoid this dilemma. The first key point is to get educated about the market. Read your newspapers, online real estate sites, and consult with the best experts in real estate for your area to determine the sales price.

While all that may seem basic, you'd be surprised how many sellers rely on emotion to dream up a selling price for their home. Some have done little, if any, research on even their own neighborhood. Instead, their strong ties to their homes cause them to imagine that their home should sell for the price they want. Or they base the selling price on how much they owe which is, of course, of no significance to buyers.

Tip 2: Fix up your home. Most buyers don't want to purchase a big list of must-do fixes in order to live in the home they just bought. Yet, some sellers think that it's a waste to spend money on a home that they're moving out of soon. That's quite a predicament. Both sides have valid points except one side-buyers-might be in a stronger position. The seller wants out and if the home is a mess, many buyers will simply move on to the next best house.

Yet, if a buyer wants it badly enough, he/she might agree to purchase your home but it's guaranteed you'll take a financial hit as the buyer will want to discount the price for the problems that need fixing. In the end, you might have to fix the issues before the sale anyway. So, starting with a house that is in relatively good order is the best way to begin. Read some of my other columns to see which renovations give a good return.

Tip 3: If you need to sell your home, don't pull it off the market because you think the season isn't right. Buyers who need to buy a home will keep hunting through all the seasons. There may be some slow times but if people need a house, they'll keep looking even in the unlikely times.

Tip 4: Consider incentives. Yes, you can make your home more appealing by tossing in some incentives. It's best to speak with your REALTOR® about which incentives are best for you to offer. Even practical incentives can help get buyers to your home to view it. These incentives can help encourage the buyer to move forward, especially if other challenges arise.

Tip 5: Stage your home. This is not the same thing as fixing up your home. Fixing up your home includes daily maintenance and repairs. Staging your home involves using experts to make your home showroom-ready–like a model home. I know you might say that all your friends tell you that you have fantastic taste but, trust me, if you're serious about selling your home, then it's worth at least having a consultation with an expert in the industry.

Here's why: They are trained to stay on top of the trends that have mass appeal. They also offer a fresh set of eyes on your home. They might easily point out something that you never saw before because you've been living in your home for a long time. They will look at your home from an “outsider's” perspective and that's exactly what you need.

Taking the time to, at least consult with experts, allows you to gain knowledge and information about your home and the market place. What you do with that is up to you, but it may just be the difference between a For Sale sign and a Sold sign hanging outside your home.

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