NAHB Housing Trends: Interior

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Home design trends are always changing, giving trendy homeowners no end of challenges when it comes to keeping up with the latest and greatest strategies. If you’re looking for a fresh way to keep your home up-to-date this year, try channeling some of the top techniques used to create stunning interiors in recent months. Inspired by 2017 winners for the Best in American Living award and the National Association of Home Builders Design Trends roundtable, these looks are sure to give you a fresh take on the year ahead.

Undressed Windows


If you’re constructing a new room, one of the most popular features you can add this year is a massive bank of windows. Floor-to-ceiling glass is one of the best materials to go for if you want to enhance the look of a space. Any area with good views should make the best possible use of them with windows as large as possible.

If you don’t have the luxury of installing new windows, bare yours more proudly by undressing them. Windows of all sizes featured minimalist dressings in the year’s highly rated homes. A simple shade can provide nighttime privacy while rolling up and out of view during the day. When you’re gazing out of the windows, you don’t want anything in your way. Even a massive wall of windows can benefit from the wide undressed look trending this year. For 2018, less is more. Your windows are ready to bare it all.

Warm Neutral Palettes

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Neutrals are a great go-to when you’re looking for an interior palette that will last for years to come. No one wants the hassle of repainting annually in the color of the year. Pick a sophisticated gray with warm undertones, and you have a backdrop that you can work with for decades. Avoid chillier takes on the tone and opt instead for those that lean more toward brown than black. This approach is the best way to keep your shades of gray welcoming.

Using neutrals on the walls, ceiling, and major pieces of furniture such as a couch will give you a sleek and subtle backdrop that you can dress up to suit the season, the mood, or the year. Throw pillows, blankets, curtains, and other textiles provide the pop of color when needed, while your gorgeous grays set a versatile stage.

Dark Walls

If you want to make a statement, try a decidedly dark backdrop. A deep blue or rich charcoal hue is a stunning choice that will draw all eyes to your decorating. If you’ve heard the common myth that dark colors should be avoided for their tendency to shrink a space, rest assured that you can easily avoid this phenomenon. Simply balance your deep background with a light and airy foreground. Use shades of white for your furniture, drapes, and rugs to offset the dark paint beautifully.

Shades of Purple


The much-anticipated Pantone color of the year is Ultra Violet for 2018. This bright purple hue inspires creativity and lights up the imagination. Pantone describes this color as a hue that “suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead.” If you want an interior design look that’s decidedly of the moment, don’t forget to include this shade in your home. Provide pops of purple in the form of a new throw at the foot of the bed, a bouquet on the dining room table, or new throw pillows for the couch. A bit of this color will go far in your designs.

Painted Cabinets

Wood finish cabinets are going out of style this year. The current trend is all about painted cabinets and shelves for everything from your kitchen to your built-in bookshelves. If you’re going monotone (more on that item next), paint the cabinets to match the rest of the room. For those who prefer a pop of color, paint your cabinets in a warm neutral color such as gray. This color is fast becoming the color of choice in place of a natural wood grain finish.

Monochromatic Textures

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Say goodbye to the struggle of picking out perfect pairings. The monochromatic trend is taking all the guesswork out of decorating and simplifying items to the extreme. Several of the top designs of the year feature a notably matched look with walls, cabinets, counters, window frames, ceilings, and some furniture in a single shade.

What keeps this look from being too boring is the addition of texture in place of color. Paneled walls, elaborate crown molding, detailed window frames, and beautiful built-ins create depth and interest in the absence of a varied color palette. Try this look yourself by adding rich architectural elements washed in a single shade of white.

Wood Ceilings

Wood is always a prime pick when you want a rich, rustic feel for your home. Using unpainted wood for your interiors is challenging, as paneled walls can look tacky if they’re too cheap, and installing the good stuff is no small feat.

Add wood to your home in a more original manner by skipping the walls and going directly to the ceiling. Wood panels above the room give it the feel of an elegant lodge, while leaving the walls free for a shade of your favorite color of paint. Accented with heavy beams, or used on high soaring ceilings, wood will give your room an instant upgrade that’s undeniably alluring.

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Well-Placed Stone

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If you’re looking for the ideal material for a timeless home upgrade, turn to stone. One of the top trends for 2018, stone is showing up on fireplaces, backsplashes, and floors. Stone offers the best blend of natural appeal and ageless elegance. Able to conjure images of everything from castle walls to a wooded waterfall, this material is an ideal way to upgrade your home. You’ll find stone is particularly stunning when combined with those wood ceilings mentioned previously.

Keep your home fresh and modern with these interior updates. Tackle 2018 with a new look for a space that will feel warm and welcoming throughout the year and well beyond.

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