Home Design Trends That Won’t Last in 2018

Home Design Trends That Won’t Last in 2018

Home Design Trends That Won’t Last in 2018

“For a house to be successful, the objects in it must communicate with one another, respond and balance one another.”

– Andre Putman


There are a lot of home design trends in 2018 that are already declining in popularity.  Earlier this year, velvet furniture, two-tone cabinets, open shelving and even 70’s inspired rugs and tapestries, were the rage for many interior designers.  However, these design trends are quickly being tossed aside as being out of favour – which can be a costly mistake for those looking to stay abreast of the latest and most fashionable interiors.  Additionally, it is important to be aware of the changing attitudes, especially when you put your home on the market to sell.  According to the Independent, a newspaper in the UK, a survey found that the 1970s is considered the least fashionable decade, and yet, many of the design trends seen this year included homage to this decade.  Do you know what was one of the LEAST desired interior furnishings (according to the survey that included 2000 participants)?  If you guessed taxidermy, you are correct!  Participants advised that deceased animals propped up on walls or welcoming guests in foyers are a total turn-off.

White kitchens were considered outdated for 2018, and interior designers predicted bold new kitchens to be popular.  According to HGTV.com, “All white kitchens have been very popular and almost the norm for the past few years, but for 2018 we can expect to see an increase of color in kitchen designs from the cabinetry to the sink materials. Expect to see bolder color choices that range from natural neutrals to charcoal to sage providing a more chic and sophisticated alternative to modern homes. To complement the darker palette, we can also expect to see a shift from stainless and all white sinks to more color-rich materials such as copper, concrete, and granite.”  However, I have been in many upscale homes and confess that some of the most modern and inviting new kitchens tend to focus less on color, and more on layout and efficiency.

Open shelving fails to allow for much storage, and can cause clutter in other areas of a home.  This trend can be very visually appealing, but not serve to meet the storage needs in smaller or older homes.  It is important to remember that your home reflects you and your family’s personal style, and that thoughtful design and furnishings can last for a long time.  According to the Toronto Star, home trends for 2018 included: backsplashes in the kitchen that resembled fabric or wallpaper, trough sinks found in farmhouses, and the use of the colour purple.  Needless to say, these are not the design trends that I would encourage clients embracing to “update” their home before they sell as they may not appeal to the majority of home buyers.

Timeless design trends exist.  Hardwood floors (that can be sanded down and refinished in different stains), double sink vanities, spacious kitchens with eating areas, and rooms that are clutter-free are appreciated by buyers in all price ranges.  Homes that are spotlessly clean are more favorably viewed than a home with a better layout that is messy.  Much like a first date, a home showing creates a “first impression” that permeates the attitudes and beliefs of a buyer.  Many buyers consider a clean home to have less maintenance issues (such as electrical, roof, etc.), and will often pay a bit more for a home that is organized, tidy, and smells inviting.  For those home sellers with “fur babies”, it is critical to ensure that Fido or Meow Meow’s fur, food dishes and litter box are not openly displayed during a home showing.  You may want to focus on getting rid of any pet odours that you may not be aware of by having the carpets cleaned prior to listing your home for sale.  I know that what I am about to say seems to be unnecessary, but it happens ALL the time when our team shows other listings.  If you have a pet, make sure you clean up after Fido in the yard!  Many homeowners may forget to do this daily, and it can really deter potential home buyers when they come across a beautiful home with ready-made fertilizer lumps greeting them on the grass.

A past client contacted us to share her story of a home design fail.  She and her family owned an older home that they were slowly renovated, and the existing interior reflected the 1970s in many, many ways.  When their avocado-colored toilet broke, the home owner desperately needed to replace it to match the existing sink and tub that were in the matching green colour.  After speaking with a plumbing company, she was surprised to learn that a green replacement toilet was $1,200 and sold through a high-end company that specialized in “home design trend” finishings and was marketed under a different color name than “avocado”.  A quick visit to the local Restore resulted in a colour-perfect replicate of her avocado toilet for $10, and was proudly marketed as a “retro toilet”.  Personally, I would NOT recommend anyone updating their bathrooms to avocado, pastel pink, lavender, sunny yellow or baby blue colors – especially your tub, toilet or sink!

If you are considering selling your home, let our McCullough Team guide you in the right direction so that you can sell your home faster and for the most amount of money.  We can provide staging advice and help you organize your home so that it appeals to the largest number of potential buyers and sets your home apart from the competition.  Call us today at 250-751-1223 or email us today at: brian@mmshomes.com and let our team provide you with the real estate experience and expertise you deserve.

Brian & Myles McCullough


There is a lot to appreciate about this award winning North Nanaimo waterfront property. From its award winning renovation featuring only the highest quality brands and finishes, to its ultra rare and private 0.72 acre lot this home will surely impress the most discerning buyers. As you enter the grand 2 storey entry, you will immediately notice the elegant curved staircase leading to the upper floor bedrooms and through to the towering fireplace with floor to ceiling stone work and huge windows flanking it on either side to show off the endless ocean views. With the kitchen being the heart of the home, this award winning design gives a feeling of a timeless and classic look fit for a magazine cover. With an oversized island, perfect for family gatherings and entertaining, a top of the line Jenn-air appliance package and all the custom cabinets you could want, this is truly a chefs dream. Off  the kitchen and dining area is an expansive deck space complete with its own outdoor kitchen with a built-in Kalamazoo grill fit for the most passionate grill master. The upper floor features 2 large bedrooms with a Jack and Jill bathroom connecting them, a luxurious master suite with loads of built in cupboards, a stunning fireplace, separate office space at the back of the large walk-in closet, a private view deck and an exquisitely finished ensuite with granite tile floors, a spa like soaker tub looking out to the ocean. The lower level is certainly where the fun happens, featuring a wine and cigar cellar, large office area with built-in desk space, a cozy family room and a top of the line theater room. Few homes today offer such opulence and style while still providing room for a family and a yard with garden space and play areas galore.  Contact Brian & Myles McCullough today at 250-751-1223 to arrange your private viewing.  Check out the video of this breathtaking home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrIf9EP8rlM&t=10s  Being offered for sale for $1,950,000.

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