We’re already into 2018 and a few trends are rising to the top when it comes to home design. If you’re looking to update your home before selling or looking to buy an on-trend home, then it may be time to ditch the subway tile, stainless steel, and comfortable neutrals. Here’s a quick look at what’s trending this year.

2018’s Hottest Hues
Say goodbye to the soft, rosy millennial pink and hello to bold, bright hues. From statement turquoise and sunny yellow to vibrant red and shades of purple, we’re in for a wild ride. Designers expect to see high contrast palettes with whites balancing out saturated colors, tone-on-tone paint with the trim the same shade as the walls, and rooms with a pop of color in the trim only.

What’s Cooking in the Kitchen
Similarly, all-white kitchen fatigue is coming. While the trend isn’t expected to disappear, grays and blues, as well as warm wood tones, are expected in this year’s kitchens. And that subway tile? It might be time to swap it out for a fish-scale pattern or a larger, porcelain backsplash with less grout. Some families are also trading their big islands for in-kitchen dining tables to make the kitchen more of a gathering place.

Bathroom Updates
Updating a bathroom can be one of the easiest ways to add value to a home, and this year’s trends don’t disappoint. From new accents like matte black, brass and copper (replacing the now-common brushed steel look) to glass inserts for tub-shower combos (goodbye, shower curtains), there are several small changes you can make to your bathroom that will have a big impact on its trendiness. That trough sink you’ve been considering? Now may be the time to buy it.

Going Natural
Both vintage lighting fixtures and those from local artists and small businesses are a great way to meet a practical need while adding a bit of art to the home, shifting the focus from technology to a more natural feel. Similarly, elements like stone, copper, wood and limestone are expected to make an appearance from accents and furniture to countertops and wall coverings.

Is Your Home Ready to Sell?
If you’ve been making updates to your home and are looking to put it on the market, the right agent can make as much of a difference as the right interior design. At Benchmark, our agents can offer insight to help you get the best value for your home. Find an agent near you today!