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The 10 Most Popular Home Decor Trends of 2018

Produced by Architectural Digest with The Home Depot.
This year’s picks combine style and longevity

Some trends are iconic—think subway tiles, herringbone floors, bar carts as décor. Others have gone the way of the dodo, with good reason. After all, who still wants a Tuscan kitchen, and don’t even get us started on vertical blinds. But unlike last year’s millennial pink craze, 2018’s most popular home décor trends offer of-the-moment panache with enduring style, giving you the freedom to make a statement without sacrificing staying power. Read on for 10 trends to help you bring your home into the present and beyond.

Colorful Trim

It was once a given that any decorative wall molding or window trim was painted white to provide contrast and definition against a colorful backdrop, but the modern take on this now iconic trend is to keep accent millwork the same color as your walls. The effect is subtle but significant, offering a classic look that’s also au currant. Another option: paint trim a dark color to make them pop against a pale background.

Velvet Furnishings

This one has been going strong for a few seasons but reached critical mass this year—witness the premium most catalogs charge for velvet versions of their most popular furnishings. The resilient fabric adds warmth and depth to any room and imparts a luxe look despite its increasing performance and durability.

Wallpapered Powder Rooms

Another trend that’s been gaining steam, wallpaper in a powder room or small bath is no longer just a novelty—it’s expected. From iconic prints to bustling landscapes, covered walls make a statement while offering lasting beauty.


For those who love the idea of marble but want to bring the look up to date, opt for terrazzo flooring. The stone-studded surface imbues a space with unexpected pattern and organic texture but still looks sophisticated and luxurious.


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Bold Ceilings

Remember when wallpaper and accent colors were meant strictly for walls? No more. Paint your ceilings a skin-flattering pale pink or a light-reflecting high-gloss white, or cover them with a blooming floral or patterned print for a surprising detail that makes a room look better while encouraging conversation.

Large-Scale Artwork

Say bye-bye to the gallery wall. The look in 2018 is more polished, less collected, and focused on single large pieces anchored behind a sofa or bed, above a fireplace, or on your entry wall.

High-Gloss Paint

When your go-to style is glam, only a high-gloss finish will do. Thankfully, these ultra-shiny paints are on the rise thanks to their resistance to dirt, stains, and mildew, making them ideal for kitchens and baths, as well as restoring weathered wood furniture. But beware: the lacquered look will reveal any imperfection, so proceed with caution.


Whether they’re woven into a mosaic tile backsplash in the kitchen, appear on the legs of furnishings in the living room, or pop up as vintage brass hardware in the bathroom, metallic accents add luster and textural contrast in any room. An extension of last year’s rose gold fad, it’s a chic departure from the rustic and industrial elements that have been so popular over the last few years.

Colorful Kitchens

If you’re suffering from white kitchen fatigue, rejoice: new cooking spaces are bolder and brighter than they’ve been in years, incorporating everything from patterned backsplashes to two-toned cabinetry.

Colorful Kitchens

Colored Appliances

In keeping with the trend toward color, appliance brands are thinking outside of the stainless box, offering a range of hues that include matte black, rose gold, and everything in between.