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Pantone Predicts 2018’s Hottest Home Trends

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Wondering what stylish homes will look like next year? According to Pantone, the color authority turned trend forecaster, homeowners in the know will be flashing some fringe and going geometric and iridescent in 2018.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, introduced the home decor fads that will be all the rage next year at the recent International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago. Here, Realtor.com offers six that it predicts will rise to the top.


  1. Geometric patterns

Geometrics are expected to be seen in everything from tile on backsplashes to wallpaper to wall art. Try focusing on a single accent wall, or really go for it by wallpapering your entire dining room or bathroom. You also can start small with pillows or throws in geometric prints.


  1. Typography

Messaging on home goods has been popular for some time, especially given the way we all communicate on social media. Typography will continue to remain more of a complement to a room’s story and live on in smaller finishing touches such as pillows and art.


  1. Wood treatments

Expect to see wood in unexpected places, such as ceilings and as accent walls. Utilitarian pieces such as lamps and pots for plants are great places for natural wood. Hand-carved wood bowls also offer a natural, simple yet powerful element.


  1. Fringe

Fringe currently is being seen in decorative throw pillows and blankets, but keep your eye out for this trend on small furniture pieces such as footstools and ottomans. You might even start seeing it on curtains and light fixtures.


  1. Metallics

Metallics may start to take a more dominant role, with furnishings such as coffee tables and dining tables. Try offsetting a traditional upholstered sofa with an all-metal side table. Hand-painted metallic elements on fabrics and art also can add an artistic flair. Metallic fabrics also are no longer considered risky. Most rooms need a bit of sparkle, and a pillow laced with gold thread can be just the way to achieve this.


  1. Iridescent accents

This trend still is pretty under the radar and expensive, so you might wait for it to become more affordable before you indulge. For now, fill a bathroom wall or backsplash with iridescent tile, or let smaller accessories such as a side table, clock or pillow shine. Then invest in coffee and side tables.



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