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Apartment Decor Trends for 2018

Out with the old, and in with the new! 2017 was all about mixed patterns, faux finishes, and textured furniture. But what's in store for 2018? Chron consulted the experts, and we've selected 10 of their top choice trends below.

1) Lavender

2017 was all about Millennial Pink. But now the hues are maturing. "Millennial pink is still around and I still love it, but it's morphing into lavender and lilac," says Nancy Fire, creative director of HGTV HOME, Design Works International and Studio NYC Design. "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."


2) High Contrast Palettes

Joanna Gaines, the star of HGTV's Fixer Upper and mastermind behind Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Paint suggests pairing saturated color with white to balance out the look so it doesn’t feel too saturated. When picking out a bold shade, Gaines recommends green: it's found in nature and is, therefore, timeless.


3) Circle Patterns

What does Genevieve Gorder, a designer on the upcoming Trading Spaces reboot and spokesperson for Air Wick limited edition seasonal scents predict for 2018? "Hard geometrics are going to be huge, and I think circles are the new triangle," she says. If you're wondering where to begin, try starting small with accent pillows. Or, if you're ready to dive in, there's lots to explore in the world of graphic wallpaper.


4) Tone on Tone

It's a hard look to pull off, as it requires PERFECT matching. Yet when trim work and walls are the exact same color, the look can be truly chic. If you opt to embrace this trend, paint your dresser a similar shade as your walls, as seen in the pic below.


5) Brass Accents

This year, brass is back! "We’re getting away from the brushed silver and we're moving into those golden brass tones that are warm and subtle," says Doug Wilson, a designer on the upcoming Trading Spaces reboot. "It's a nice substitute for the stainless steel that's expected and pedestrian at this point."


6) Moodier Palettes

Moody teens and spouses can be unpleasant and give "moodiness" a bad rap. Believe it or not, it can be comforting to enter a room where the color palette matches your mood. "We're using richer color palettes with different colored metals, such as deeper gem tones, velvet upholstery and sleek black and white marbles," says Karen Asprea of Whitehall Interiors. "Using lacquered wall panels where you might have seen wood paneling in the past allows for more flexibility in terms of color and finish, and really adds to the environment of any space." So, what are you in the mood for?


7) Natural Elements

2018 is all about bringing the outside inside, in all the best ways! "For me, it's more important to design a space that fits within the architecture it resides in and, in some way, reflect the geography of its location. For example, incorporating natural limestone and taking advantage of the gorgeous views to set the tone of the spaces," says Shawn Henderson of Shawn Henderson Interior Design and the designer behind Turks & Caicos residential resort Rock House. "Choosing natural elements and using materials that are long-lasting will result in a beautiful space with longevity that will stand the test of time."


8) Velvet Furnishings

Get it while it's hot! "I don't think it will last too long, but the look of velvet is a big trend," says Sabrina Soto, host of The High/Low Project. Soto has embraced this material in her home this season by buying a deep blue velvet couch for her formal living room. If you'd prefer a safer choice, go with a soft gray.


9) Tile Twists

Subway tiles are the latest take on the popular bathroom and kitchen material. These small tiles, which are a more eye-catching than the standard-sized tiles in our opinions, are perfect for smaller kitchens, bathrooms, bars, or any small space that needs some extra flair. They work well as accents, too.


10) Agate Wallpaper

The multidimensional shapes and vibrant colors of geodes make these crystal rocks both chic and calming as home decor accents. Geode-inspired products are now available for every different corner of your home, at various price points. "Geode and agate wallpaper will become more popular in the mass market," says Soto. "Now you see it in small boutiques, but I think it’s going to become more prevalent in the Targets and HomeGoods of the world."