When it comes to home staging and design there are a lot of new trends that you should be aware of so that you can stage homes for sale in a way that looks modern, updated, and appealing to buyers. The importance of staging a home can’t be overstated. Estimates are that staging a home increases the likelihood of it selling by more than 70% so staging is critically important to get a house sold. Use these top design trends for 2018 to stage homes and increase your sales:

Gray Is the New White

GrayWhite walls, even soft white shades of white, are totally out this year. Gray is the new white and you should be considering painting walls gray instead of white when repainting for staging or to sell a home. Gray hues ranging from very soft pearl gray to deep charcoal gray are being celebrated on interior design blogs and in design magazines. A white with gray undertones is also very popular for people that want to get in on this trend but don’t want to commit to full-on gray paint everywhere. Gray is a perfect choice because it’s a neutral with some visual interest that homebuyers really like. It also can be used in any room in the home effectively.


The texture is another design trend that is very hot right now. Natural stone, reclaimed wood, and other natural accents are being used in the home to provide contrast and texture on accent walls, fireplaces, and other areas throughout the home. An accent wall with a thin veneer of natural reclaimed wood instead of a dark or vivid color is definitely on trend and probably going to be a lot more popular with buyers because it’s easy to take wood down but not so easy to paint over a vivid colored wall.

Natural Accents

Bringing the outside inside is all very much on trend right now. Lots of houseplants as well as fountains, natural stone, and other elements being used in the living room, kitchen, bathrooms, and bedrooms will add a little color and a lot of fresh air to the home. Take advantage of this trend to make homes more popular with buyers by adding lots of houseplants and fresh flowers to the home during the staging of the home.

Gold Is Back

It seemed like brushed nickel was never going to go away but finally warmer metal accents are in fashion again. Gold is back in a big way and gold accents in hardware, light fixtures, and other accents are everywhere this year. Copper is also very much on trend for home use. But brushed nickel and matte silver are no longer the default accent metal for home design. 

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