The FINANCIAL -- On December 20, Zillow announced the top home design trends for 2018 and the three soon-to-be forgotten fads from 2017.
Floral prints, statement floors in bathrooms and laundry rooms, and light-wood kitchen cabinets are among some of biggest home design trends for 2018, according to the Zillow Home Trend Forecast.
"Bar carts and all-white kitchens may soon be a thing of the past," says Zillow's home design expert Kerrie Kelly. "While homes with all-white kitchens can be beautiful in photos, they are hard to keep clean and they may sell for less money. In 2018, expect to see a shift away from the farmhouse chic trend. Instead, look for a rise in warmer colors, unique natural woods – both in flooring and cabinetry – and floral prints."
Top Home Design Trends for 2018:
1. Floral Prints
Interior design experts predict floral prints in bold, contrasting colors will make a big comeback in 2018, particularly on large billowing fabrics like drapery, as well as chairs and throw pillows.
2. Statement Floors
Forget statement walls, 2018 will be about statement floors. From bold colored geometric tile to light-colored herringbone-style hardwoods, expect to see a rise in statement flooring next year, especially in bathrooms and laundry rooms. Statement floors are also a great way to make a small room pop without adding clutter.
3. Light Wood Cabinets
Not all kitchen cabinets have to be painted white. In 2018, more homeowners will gravitate towards medium and light wood cabinets, particularly with flat fronts and clean lines as they add warmth, texture and natural elements into the home that can help make the space feel more inviting.
4. Warm Neutrals
From warm reds to caramel browns, moodier color palettes, both on walls and in artwork, will be more prevalent in 2018.
5. Matte Metal Hardware
Matte metal light fixtures and kitchen hardware, like drawer pulls, are a beautiful complement to medium wood cabinets. Zillow expects to see a rise in homeowners choosing matte hardware finishes over shiny silver or gold, especially in the kitchen.
Fads to Forget from 2017:
1. All-White Kitchens
Expect to see more color in kitchens next year, especially for homeowners planning to sell. Zillow data shows homes with blue kitchens sell for $1,800 more than homes with white kitchens. From painting island cabinets a navy blue, to contrasting white countertops with medium or light wood cabinets, adding color and texture in the kitchen can help make the space feel more comfortable and inviting.
2. Bar Carts
While perfectly staged bar carts look beautiful, they often go unused on a daily basis, taking up space and collecting dust. Instead, experts predict a shift towards coffee carts, which can be equally trendy, but far more practical.
Succulents are easy to care for and relatively affordable, but there are many other vibrant indoor plant options to choose from. While experts do not expect succulents to go away completely, they do anticipate their popularity to decline in 2018 as more homeowners consider incorporating other colorful or leafy plants into their homes.