The Worst Home Decorating Trends We’ve Already Seen in 2018

It may feel like 2018 just began, but already home decor sites are noticing what’s been popping up in terms of this year’s trends. Spoiler alert: It’s not all pretty. Read on to find out which home decorating trends you should definitely avoid this year.

1. Maximalism

Colorful contemporary bedroom

Crazy colors and patterns will probably go out of style quickly. | archideaphoto/iStock/Getty Images

Perhaps a response to the minimalism trend, maximalism is gaining popularity in 2018. Maximalism, as described by the Los Angeles Times, involves “more texture, color, pattern, embellishment, comfort and eclectic style.” Though a welcomed change from the sparse homes and apartments we’ve been seeing thanks to minimalism, complete maximalism just isn’t a sustainable trend. And will surely go out of style quicker than it came in.

Next: This ’70s decor piece is making a comeback.

2. Curved sofas

Round shape sofa with luxury style pillows and marble top table in foreground

These sofas take up so much space. | Kwanchai_Khammuean/iStock/Getty Images

MyDomaine believes ’70s-inspired curved sofas are going to come back in a big way this year. Though they are an elegant addition to the right room, they’re not the easiest pieces of furniture to style. If not incorporated by a professional, they can look out of place and unnatural.

Next: You’ll be seeing more of this trend, unfortunately.

3. Metallics

White and gold apartment desk and living room

Covering everything in metallic is no doubt going to be out soon. | KatarzynaBialasiewicz/iStock/Getty Images

Metallics started to make a comeback in 2017, but HGTV thinks 2018 will be their year. Though metallics make for fun accent pieces, you’ll most likely be sorry if you go overboard. We’ve already done metallics in the ’60s, and they phased out. They’re sure to disappear this time around, as well.

Next: Soft to the touch, but not sustainable …

4. Velvet

Living room with blue velvet chair

It may be beautiful, but it doesn’t last long. | KatarzynaBialasiewicz/iStock/Getty Images

Velvet is also coming back in a big way. Homeowners are concerned with filling their homes with soft, pleasurable-to-the-touch fabrics, and velvet fits the bill. Though it does look beautiful — especially in rich jewel tones — when initially purchased, velvet doesn’t have a reputation of longevity. Skip the velvet, and buy something more sustainable.

Next: Though it makes a statement, this trend is not very versatile.

5. Extra bold seating

Close up of yellow fabric sofa and cushions

The rest of your designs will revolve around this one piece of furniture. | WichitS/iStock/Getty Images

MyDomaine says though many professional designers recommend keeping bigger pieces of furniture neutral, more and more people are turning to bold seating choices as of late. Of course, ultimately, you should buy whatever makes you happy. But it’s definitely more difficult to change the design of a room as trends change if your sofa and chairs are in bold colors.

Next: This trend can make your room feel smaller.

6. Statement ceilings

ultra modern and contemporary bedroom

Having a bold ceiling can make your room feel smaller. | KatarzynaBialasiewicz/iStock/Getty Images

Bold patterns or painted ceilings are also emerging as a 2018 trend. “Boldly painted or wallpapered ceilings are making the most of what designers are calling the ‘fifth wall,'” says the LA Times. Statement ceilings can make it feel like the room is closing in on you or make your room appear smaller if not done correctly. The good news is if you do want to give a statement ceiling a try, it’s relatively easy to paint over it and start fresh.

Next: The kids should come first. 

7. Sophisticated nurseries

Elegant white nursery or baby's room

Your baby needs to come first. | hemul75/iStock/Getty Images

According to the LA Times, nurseries are becoming less about the kids and more about the style choices of the parents. There’s nothing wrong with a beautiful nursery. But be careful not to become so concerned with the design elements that important nursery items are left out. Baby needs come first, style second.

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