Finding a home requires trade-offs, whether in the house or neighborhood. And though it’s not easy to change your neighborhood, you can certainly change the way your home looks and feels. To help homeowners and renters make their house a home, the , an expert group of interior designers, home stagers and organizers from across the nation, is here to share their home décor advice and insights.
Ahead of 2018, the Trulia Design Panel gave their predictions for 2018’s big design trends. What’s in, what’s out, and why?
“I am a lover of all things vintage and appreciate a nod to the past, but it just became too overly saturated,” Crowell says. David Charette of Britto Charette adds, “there is no reason to have exposed track lighting; it can be recessed in drywall for a much cleaner and aesthetically pleasing look.”
“Bamboo flooring is out, out, out,” says Jay Britto of Britto Charette, citing bamboo’s low durability and the overall tiredness of the trend.
What’s more, while bamboo was once cited as an eco-friendly flooring option, concerns have been raised more recently about its negative effects on biodiversity and carbon emissions.
Put down the mandala and consign the wall-hanging psychedelia to the ’70s.
“These guys had a dormant period from around 1980 to last year, and I think they are headed back into hibernation,” Crowell says.
“Repurposing items like egg cartons and toilet paper rolls makes your space look junky,” says Layne Brookshire of Ms. Placed Professional Organizing.
“Using the same pattern for the walls, the windows, and all the accents is dangerous, but if done properly—it’s perfect! ” Crowell enthuses.
She’s almost as excited about the slightly less risky trend of mixing patterns in décor, like in the bathroom of this home in Los Angeles’ Topanga Canyon neighborhood. If you’re seeking guidance, take some , which has been acing this trend for years. Jay Britto and David Charette of Britto Charette agree, predicting that, “more and more mid-century patterns will be used in textiles and porcelains in 2018.”
But forget about Grandma’s house. Wallpaper, as seen in the kitchen of this mid-century style home in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood, is , and forward-thinking designers like and are keeping it contemporary and chic.
The unmistakable sheen of lacquer, especially combined with eye-catching color like the fireplace and mirror in Courtney Love’s onetime West Village townhome, is a sure way to make a room pop—and on your own in big and small ways.
“It is bold and sexy and makes such a statement,” Crowell says. “I love it so!”
Although its merits have been the subject of , minimalism is an right now and a mainstay in many newly remodeled homes for sale, like this three-bedroom, two-bathroom in the Hollywood Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles.
“It may have gotten its start in a trendy way, but the concept sticks and spreads thanks to the undeniable improvement in the overall quality of life,” Brookshire says.
Whether it’s a night out, a new outfit, or a piece of avocado toast, everyone’s looking to get maximum Instagram value out of life these days. So it’s only natural to pursue what Jay Britto calls “upload-worthy” furniture and accessories as well, as depicted by the bedroom of this Bel Air home.
“The materials will be unexpected, beautiful, and functional,” he says.
To learn more about the Trulia Design Panelists, visit: info.trulia.com/truliadesignpanel.