A new year is here once again. The holidays and time off are over and we are all returning back to our routine lives. The Christmas and holiday decorations have come down, and I don’t know about you, but my home feels like it was burglarized. The Grinch came in the night and took everything, including the crumb too small for a mouse! After having the beautiful greens, the big tree and the table set for many, even putting out the decor that I had up before the holidays now seems lacking. Don’t get me wrong, having your house as decorated as you do for the holidays year round is not what I am suggesting.
I have always been a supporter of the idea that your home should be a collection of well-loved and useful things. The homes that look like a show house that no one lives in, whose decor all came out of the latest catalog aren’t homes to me. They don’t have personality and stories that you can feel as you move through them. Trends are great, but as Karl Lagerfeld once said: “Trendy is the last stage before tacky.” These are words to live by.

Home Decor for 2018

So how do you freshen up your home while keeping it authentic and real? The approach is simple and comes down to quality and quantity. Adding a few modern or on-trend items to a space can help it feel lively and new. Picking only or one two will keep the cost down and prevent you from having a room that becomes outdated overnight. You mix these items in with beloved photographs, your kids’ art, heirlooms and memorabilia and you have perfection.
Another good guideline is to pick out items that have some classical or traditional qualities. Especially when it comes to larger items, go for the “safer” trends. There are a lot of decor styles that are hot right now that you can invest in that are not going to be obsolete tomorrow.

Let’s dig in and explore some fun options to freshen up your home for the new year and beyond!

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Greenery & Green

White bedroom with screen, bed, armchair, bookcase, lamp and pouf

The Pantone Color of the Year 2017 was Greenery, so it’s no surprise that the color continues to be popular. From the bright green of Greenery, the shades have morphed into Olive, Jade, and Chartreuse.
The second part of the green craze is actual greens. That’s right, house plants. People are going ga-ga covering all the rooms in their homes in both faux and real foliage. Real foliage helps to clean the air in your home, but faux is much simpler to care for. You pick the one right for your lifestyle, either way, they are a great, fresh addition.

Floral Prints

I don’t think anyone is ever surprised to see floral patterns on a spring trend list. In fact, most of us roll our eyes at the sheer notion. But, this years trend is slightly different, its bigger and bolder, literally. Large-scale and bright floral prints in electric hues are in. Pair them with neutral colors and natural textures to keep them from getting out of hand and make them more long-lasting. Remember, less is more, especially with florals. Done right and sparingly, you can bring a lot of life to a dull area.


I tend to cringe when I hear the word fringe. Images of 1960’s hippie dens haunt my dreams at night. While some of the modern fringe revivals fall into this category, other new takes are fresh and fun. Frayed edges add a rustic, farmhouse charm to household items like tablecloths and napkins. Throw pillows and blankets in bright colors become even more whimsical with fringe banding.


Floral patterned pillow in braided basket on white floor next to king-size bed with pink coverlet

The year is just started but it is already quite obvious that Purple is going to be the stand out color of the year. From light and airy Lavender to the dark and dramatic Ultra-Violet, and all the shades in between Purple is out in force. The reasoning here is twofold. First and foremost, Pantone Color Institute named 18-3838 ULTRA VIOLET the Pantone Color of the Year 2018. Their influence on the Fashion and Home industries is undeniable. Expect to see the mystical and mysterious shades of deep purple everywhere. As a native Minnesotan and Prince fan, I highly approve.
The influence driving the popularity of the lighter Lavender shades is a little less straightforward. The most likely theory is that it is stemming from the ongoing Millennial Pink craze. Soft shades of Pink have been enjoying the spotlight for some time now, so it makes sense that the color is evolving. Cool blue tones are being added to the soft, warm pinks, and we are ending up with beautiful light purples.

Brass & Mixed Metals

Brass is a heavy favorite in the metal world currently. Of course, like most metal fads it will most likely be fleeting. That doesn’t mean you should shy from it though. Mix it in via less permanent installations and enjoy. There’s no need to swap out all your metals in an area to add some brass. Mixed metal looks are wonderful, they make spaces look collected and organic.

 Dark and Moody

While most of us tend to think of dark and moody interiors as drab and depressing, this new trend is anything but. Cozy, romantic spaces are being created using dark florals, velvets, and black accents.

Raw Materials

Accessories made from natural and raw materials are timeless additions to your home. Investing is artisan and handmade options add natural and personal flair. Celebrate the unique imperfections and variations or each piece and enjoy the uniqueness of one of a kind decor.

Brass & Mixed Metals
Brass is a heavy favorite in the metal world currently. Of course, like most metal fads it will most likely be fleeting. That doesn’t mean you should shy from it though. Mix it in via less permanent installations and enjoy. There’s no need to swap out all your metals in an area to add some brass. Mixed metal looks are wonderful, they make spaces look collected and organic.

Black and White

Apartment with white brick wall, sofa, table and pattern rug

High contrast color palettes are in high demand, and there is no higher contrast than Black and White. The classic color combination is seeing quite the revival in the home décor industry. Always chic, just ask Coco Chanel, it is a look that never goes out of style. The addition of warm browns and natural woods has enhanced the duo. The warm, neutral tones work to curb the harshness of the contrast and provide some nice textures.

However, you decide to freshen up your space for the New Year remember, it is your space and your style and personality are what’s important. Don’t get wrapped up in the trend and making purchases to have the latest items if you don’t love them. Your home should be a collection of the things you love and that make you happy!

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100 comments on “24 Home Decor Picks to Freshen Up Your Space in 2018”

  1. Wow! I love these! Yesterday I sat back and looked at the blank walls with sadness! I have brown throw pillows on my brown leather couch… but I LOVE the splashes of floral color you have! I’ll definitely be adding that in asap! Thank you!

  2. I’m from Minneapolis and I’m a HUGE Prince fan so I was super excited to see purple as the “new” color. I’m also a fan of green and my living room is a light olive green–it’s so soothing!

  3. I always get SO sad taking down the Christmas decorations! And I love your suggestions, greenery is definitely something I want to incorporate more of into my home.

  4. I was very happy to take the xmas decorations down and make a clean fresh start for the new year. I will be buying some new plants to brighten up the house and I’m pleased purple has come back on trend as it’s my favourite colour.

  5. I really love the raw material accents or accessories, and the black + white decor. We’re currently in the process of renovating our house, and with that comes a lot decor decisions we need to make. This post has definitely helped open our eyes to things we haven’t considered yet!

  6. I love this so much! While re-doing our house room by room I constantly struggle with avoiding too many permanent things that are trendy but still making it look good. You have some great advice!

  7. So many great tips! I’ve been bringing a lot of raw materials into our living spaces to warm it up a bit. It really helps!

  8. I agree that it’s very smart to choose decor pieces with a timeless, unpretentious appeal rather than something that’s trendy for just a moment or two.

  9. So many great ideas! I love both shades of green and purple. I also love the mixed metal idea. My husband just re-did our guest bathroom with copper accents, so I guess he is ahead of the game!

  10. These are all great tips! I’m working on refreshing my master bedroom right now, and I’m definitely leaning towards adding some rich purples and golds into the mix!

  11. Emerald has been my favorite color for years, so I’m still loving the greenery trend! And I love that maximalism is getting popular, too 🙂

  12. I love what you put together with the purples. It’s all so soft and lush looking. Purple is one of my favorite colors, but I would never know how to put it together in a room!

  13. I love the entire blog. I am always looking for ways to decorate my apartment. These are all very beautiful ideas to try.

  14. I LOVE black + white along with mixed metals. Surprisingly I have yet to decorate a room liken that lol. The closet I have is black and grey bedroom with copper accents

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