2018 Design Trends & How To Afford Them

Curious about what’s on the radar of designers and home decor lovers for 2018? The 2018 design trends are coming in hot and, if you’re like me, you’re already trying to figure out ways to get those trends into your own homes! The only problem is how to do that every year without breaking the bank. Well, it is doable and that’s what I am here to help with.

Trend #1: Bringing Nature Indoors

Bringing nature into the home is getting more popular (and why shouldn’t it be?) and will continue to trend in 2018. The best part about this trend is that it can be achieved many ways: everything from utilizing natural wood tones, to homing plants on the shelves and counters. And, with so many possibilities for bringing this 2018 design trend into your home, it shouldn’t be difficult to incorporate nature into your indoor space – whatever your budget may be!

2018 Design Trends: Kitchen With Rattan & Wood Tones
Picture from Style & Home

We are seeing more and more of the natural wood tones showing up in homes. Why? Well, it’s earthy, trendy, and it makes your home feel homey, regardless of the style you are trying to achieve. Styles like Scandinavian, Bohemian, rustic, and eclectic are using exposed wood elements more. It’s possible to incorporate this great trend in any home and any style! Like any trend, go easy. Sometimes less is more, so don’t go replacing every wall in your house with paneled wood (come on, not the 60’s). Instead, try putting some natural-toned wood open shelving up in the kitchen to display some of those pretty kitchen items that get hidden in your cupboards!

Potted plants are an easy and cost-effective way to incorporate this trend in your home. If you are like me and horrible at keeping plants alive, then try some fake ones. Nowadays you can easily find affordable and realistic fake plants. A bonus: they are easy to swap out as the seasons change and different holidays come up.

2018 Designed Trends: Modern Kitchen With Wood Tones
Picture From House & Home

You can also bring nature indoors through furniture and decor of organic materials. This year, try Rattan, a strong plant similar to bamboo that is often used in wicker furniture. It is in style and (let me tell you) it has never looked better! Wicker baskets are a great way to incorporate this trend in your home this year. There are so many options out there, style-wise and price-wise. These warm, natural tones and materials are allowing minimalist and modern sleek styles to still feel warm and homey.

I am loving this design trend for 2018. To be frank, the trend will most likely continue past 2018.

Trend #2: Using Soft Edges – Architecture & Furniture

Curved arches and rounded furniture are back. The softness and elegance of these designs adds a touch of traditional in ways I couldn’t love more! Getting those curved arches in your home is going to be hard to do in a more affordable way, but there are still ways to incorporate this trend in your home without breaking the bank.

2018 Design Trends: Emily Henderson's Curved Architecture
Picture from House & Home

Arches and curves are making their way back into the home in window styles, arched alcoves, doors, and furniture! These soft lines flow seamlessly with the rest of the home, regardless of the style.

2018 Design Trends: Curved Couch
Picture from Style at Home

Maybe you don’t have the money to redo all the archways in your home, or maybe you can’t buy that new and trending designer couch (don’t worry, neither can I), but there are subtle ways to bring this new trend into your home.

Try throwing some rounded throw cushions on the couch, hang a curved mirror, or buy some circular poufs or ottomans for the living room and family room for added seating. This is far less expensive, but still incorporates these trending soft edges into your decor!

Trend #3: Making The Kitchen More Of A Living Space

The kitchen is the hub of the home. It’s the place in the home where everyone congregates, the command center. Why shouldn’t it become more of a shared living space for the whole family? I LOVE this trend. Bring it on, 2018!

2018 Design Trends: Banquette Seating
Picture from Emily Henderson

So how can we achieve it? There are many different methods popping up – and they’re all great! It really just comes down to the space you have, the budget you want to stick to, and the style you have in mind.

First, banquette seating: the perfect way to make use of that large kitchen window with a view, or that awkward corner that you can’t quite seem to fit a table and chairs into. Plus, believe it or not, you won’t need a huge budget to easily do it yourself! Pinterest has tons of DIY plans for framing in your own benches for the banquette seating. After that it’s as simple as getting the fabric you want for the cushions on top. This is also a great way to play around with some colour and pattern, adding a bit of “spunk” into the kitchen.


2018 Design Trends: Eat-In Kitchen
Picture From Remodelista

Second, create an eat-in kitchen with your dining table right in the kitchen. This one is great because it really brings the family and entertaining space right into the kitchen area. It may not be for everyone, but as a mom, it’s nice to be able to still interact with the kids and family and friends while I am doing dinner prep, or baking. The kitchen table can then act as both a place for people to sit and chat/do homework/entertain, or it can act as extra counter space for baking, cutting food, and the like.

2018 is looking like a great year for new design trends! So many things are happening. We are really in a period of design where limits can be tested, chances can be taken, and options are endless. I get seriously excited. Now is the time to try out those crazy little ideas that you have been storing in the back of your head. Test them out! Design right now is really about creating a home that speaks to you and your personal style.

Your house should tell your story. It should be you, but a house. Make sense? Right now, styles are being mixed and matched. You don’t need to stick to just one. I firmly believe that if you only buy items that you love, you will be able to find a space for them in your home and they will work well together.Fill your home with items you love, not items the internet tells you to love.

Maybe these 2018 design trends will inspire you to go a little crazy with your house design. Which trend is your favourite? Which trend do you think needs to stop trending?