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Pantone Predicts 2018’s Hottest Home Trends

Pantone Predicts 2018’s Hottest Home Trends

6 Home Trends for 2018 Predicted by Pantone


Wondering what stylish homes will look like next year? According to Pantone, the color authority turned trend forecaster, homeowners in the know will be flashing some fringe and going geometric and iridescent in 2018.

This week at the International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago, Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, introduced the home decor fads that will be all the rage next year.

And we’re inclined to listen up, because the folks at Pantone—which used to predict only the Color of the Year, then branched out into seasonal color forecasts and now more general home design trends—seem to know what they’re talking about.

Case in point? They hit it on the nose with at least one of their two predictions for 2016’s Colors of the Year, Rose Quartz, a ubiquitous light pink shade whose iterations nicknamed “Tumblr pink” or “millennial pink” have invaded fashion, interiors, and graphic design. Just this week, New York Magazine reported on “Why Millennial Pink Refuses to Go Away.”

So what’s the next big thing, Pantone? Here are the six home trends that it predicts will rise to the top, and the shades that are sure to be hot in the coming year. A variety of experts also share tips on how to incorporate these trends into your home.

Geometric patterns

There are so many ways you can incorporate geometry into your decor; it’s one of the most approachable trends of the bunch.

“We’ll see geometrics in everything from tile on backsplashes to wallpaper to wall art,” says interior designer Larina Kase of Philadelphia. Focus on a single accent wall, or really go for it by wallpapering your entire dining room or bathroom. You can also start small with pillows or throws in geometric prints.

Photo by be-attitude – Geometric wallpaper complements traditional wainscot paneling.


Pillows with words, framed art saying “EAT” … the typography trend is still around and going strong.

“Messaging on home goods has been popular for some time now,” says Homepolish interior designer Michelle Gage. “It’ll become increasingly popular, given the way we all communicate on social media. It will remain more of a complement to a room’s story and live on in smaller finishing touches like pillows and art.”

Wood treatments

The presence of technology, especially a year from now, will have us craving natural elements like wood more than ever. Kase expects to see wood in unexpected places like ceilings and as accent walls.

“Utilitarian pieces such as lamps and pots for plants are great places for natural wood. Hand-carved wood bowls offer a natural, simple yet powerful element,” she adds.

Photo by Beaumont Concepts – A contemporary kitchen comes down to earth with unrefined wooden barstools and various kitchen accessories. 


“Fringe is going to be a hot home trend,” says Gage. We’re currently seeing it in decorative throw pillows and blankets, but Gage says to keep your eye out for this trend on small furniture pieces like footstools and ottomans.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if we started to see it on curtains. I could also get behind some fringe light fixtures!” she says.

Photo by Camellia Interiors Ltd – Fringe can feel stuffy if used incorrectly, but a textured fringe throw feels of-the-moment.


Another trend that’s ramping up now and is destined to carry over until next year is that of metallics anchoring a room. Kase says metallics may take a more dominant role, with furnishings like coffee tables and dining tables. Try offsetting a traditional upholstered sofa with an all-metal side table.

“Hand-painted metallic elements on fabrics and art will add an artistic flair,” says Kase.

Interior designer Annie Elliot also adds that metallic fabrics are no longer risky.

“Most rooms need a bit of sparkle, and a pillow laced with gold thread can be just the way to achieve it,” she says. “We’re seeing shine via metallic and pearlescent accessories such as pillows, lamps, and even small side tables.”

Photo by SwanfieldLiving – A silver table at one corner balances out the silver lamps across the room. 

Iridescent accents

This is by far the most futuristic look of the group.

“The iridescent trend is one of our favorites,” says Lizzie Grover, creative director of Hutch, an interior design resource for millennials. “We love to admire all of the iridescent tables and decorative pieces.” (For example, this side table from ABC Home & Carpet.)

“Unfortunately this trend is still pretty under the radar and expensive,” she adds. “Wait for this trend to get more affordable before you indulge.”

For now, fill a bathroom wall or backsplash with iridescent tile, or let smaller accessories like a side table, clock, or pillow shine.

“There won’t be any escaping this trend,” says Gage. “It’ll be the new take on Lucite, which had its moment.” She sees this updated look showing up in coffee and side tables.

Photo by Loop Design – Perfectly pearlescent tile is a low-key play on the iridescent trend, but get ready for bolder takes on tables and wallpaper.

Intense colors

Of course, the authority on color had something to say about the shades that are sure to be hot in the coming year.

“Intense colors seem to be a natural application of our intense lifestyles and thought processes these days,” says Eiseman. She distilled the color trends into eight groups, one of which is called TECH-nique, a palette that supposedly pays homage to technology. Colors include bright blue, green, fuchsia, and purple, which are complemented by iridescent tones of turquoise and hot pink, white, and frosted almond.

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This week Pantone released its PANTONEVIEW Home + Interiors 2018 book with eight key color stories for the coming year, including TECH-nique, a mix of vibrant and iridescent hues.


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Fresh Off WBC Win, All-Star Catcher Jonathan Lucroy Lists Louisiana Home

Fresh Off WBC Win, All-Star Catcher Jonathan Lucroy Lists Louisiana Home

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Texas Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy has put his four-bedroom home in Lafayette, LA, on the market for $820,000. The backstop is a two-time All-Star who represented the winning Team USA in this year’s World Baseball Classic.

Built in 2012, the 3,914-square-foot home is located in the Brookshire Gardens subdivision, a new luxury construction project in central Lafayette. It features an open-concept lower level, with antique wooden beams and brick accents.

The home opens to a formal dining room, which has an adjacent wet bar with wine refrigerator. Large windows let in lots of natural light. A wide brick archway separates the dining room and living room, which has a simple brick fireplace and wood beam mantel.

Kitchen island
Kitchen island


The kitchen is anchored by a long island with a white marble countertop. There are white cabinetry, a six-burner gas stove, stainless-steel appliances, and a full backsplash. Just off the kitchen is a sitting area with a floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace.

Open-concept dining room
Open-concept dining and rooms


On the second floor, there’s a game room with space for a pool table. The listing photos show several framed Lucroy jerseys (along with a framed Derek Jeter jersey) from teams he’s played on over the course of his MLB career.

Game room
Game room


Outside, there’s a covered patio with a brick fireplace and kitchen. The home includes a two-car garage and spacious backyard, which the listing notes could easily accommodate a pool in the future.

Outdoor kitchen
Outdoor kitchen


Lucroy’s ties to Lafayette date to 2005, when he joined the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s baseball team, the Ragin’ Cajuns. There, he notably set the school record for doubles and runs batted in.

Lucroy, 30, spent his first six seasons in the bigs as a catcher with the Milwaukee Brewers. In 2016, the Brewers traded him to the Texas Rangers.

He was named to the All-Star squad in 2014 and 2016 and is widely regarded as one of the best catchers in the American League. In this season’s MLB Player Rankings, CBS Sports ranks Lucroy just behind top-ranked San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey.

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Does Bela Lugosi’s Ghost Still Haunt This $3M ‘Hollywoodland’ Tudor?

Does Bela Lugosi’s Ghost Still Haunt This $3M ‘Hollywoodland’ Tudor?

Bela Lugosi Former House in SoCal

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It’s been over 80 years since iconic cinema star Bela Lugosi slept in this stately Tudor in Beachwood Canyon, yet his reputation still haunts it. Whether it’s called Westshire Manor, Castle La Paloma, or simply the Bela Lugosi House, the remodeled mansion is now for sale for $3 million.

The hillside Los Angeles neighborhood where this mansion is perched is right under the world-famous “Hollywood” sign, and is in fact still known as “Hollywoodland,” which is what the sign said when it was first constructed.

Best known for playing Count Dracula, Lugosi moved around Los Angeles and was hard to pin down, but the best sources place him in this particular home between 1934 and 1937. Apparently he, his fourth wife, Lillian, and their large dogs, including Great Danes and a white German Shepherd, enjoyed hiking to what was the Hollywoodland sign at the time.

Bela Lugosi's former home was also owned by Kathy Bates and Jon Cryer
Actors Kathy Bates and Jon Cryer later came into possession of Bela Lugosi’s former home.


Sitting on a quiet cut-de-sac, from the street the Bela Lugosi house is not too imposing
It sits on a quiet cul-de-sac.


Lugosi wasn’t the only celebrity to inhabit the manor. Actress Kathy Bates lived there for several years. Considering her roles in “Misery” as well as “American Horror Story,” we thought Westshore Manor might have a scary actor vibe.

But in 1999, Bates sold it for $859,000 to Jon Cryer of the decidedly nonfrightening “Two and a Half Men.” Public records show that he parted with it in 2004 for $1,367,000. A major remodel and restoration happened after Cryer left, helping boost the price to its present amount.

So what is it about the manse that has intrigued celebrities for decades? Built by Frank W. Green in 1932, the home retains many vintage features, including a ballroom-size living room with stone fireplace, a formal dining room with iron-paned windows, and a library.

In addition, there’s a master suite with marble fireplace, original tile work, and mahogany peg-and-groove flooring. Hand-wrought ironwork can be found throughout the home.

The former Bela Lugosi home has a ballroom-sized living room
Ballroom-size living room


The formal dining room has banks of original, iron paned windows
Formal dining room with original iron-paned windows


The spacious master suite has been updated, but still retains much of its original charm
Master suite


The updated chef's kitchen features Gaggenau appliances
Chef’s kitchen with Gaggenau appliances


Original nooks and crannies abound
Original nooks and crannies


But there are also features that a modern buyer would approve of: an updated chef’s kitchen with Gaggenau appliances, a heated in-ground spa, an outdoor stone shower, a gym, and a wine cellar.

All this, plus three bedrooms and four baths, is spread over 3,484 square feet on a large terraced lot. Some of the many fountains and water features on the grounds date to Lugosi’s time there.

After reviewing the photos, features, and history of this vintage beauty, we’re sure there’s nothing haunting the place. All Lugosi ever really wanted was a home…

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The Over-the-Top Mansions Billionaires Just Can’t Sell

The Over-the-Top Mansions Billionaires Just Can’t Sell



A billionaire’s home may have it all—over-the-top amenities and square-footage measurements in the tens of thousands are just some perks—but that doesn’t mean it sells right away when it hits the market.

Take billionaire real-estate developer Jeff Greene, who nabbed a gaggle of headlines in 2014 when he listed his gated Palazzo di Amore estate in Beverly Hills, Calif., for an eye-popping $195 million. At the time, that stratospheric price made this 25-acre property the nation’s priciest listing.

But sometimes the mighty fall.

After a year off the market, Palazzo di Amore just returned for $129 million—a full $66 million off its original asking price, Forbes reports. And this isn’t the spread’s first major price cut; in 2015, Greene slashed the price by $46 million to $149 million. It’s also been available for rent—most recently asking $375,000 per month.

Still, nobody seems to want it. This estate, which Greene nabbed for $35 million in 2007 and spent millions more renovating, includes a 35,000-square-foot main home, a separate guest house and a 15,000-square-foot entertainment center featuring a ballroom and bowling alley. The grounds also house a vineyard.

It might be a bit of a hit to his ego, but Greene isn’t alone. Below, a look at two other billionaire-owned mansions that aren’t flying off the shelves.

Max Azria | Los Angeles, Calif.

Inside fashion mogul Max Azria’s California home. | realtor.com

Fashion designer Max Azria first listed this 60-room Holmby Hills pad in 2015 for a cool $85 million. But after it languished on the market for eight months, he grabbed it back—only to relist it with a different brokerage firm last March for $3 million more.

The compound is still on the market for that $88 million ask.

The Wall Street Journal first reported the price change, with one of the new listing agents crediting it with the rising prices for luxury homes in the City of Angels.

Dubbed Maison du Soleil, the 30,000-square-foot residence has 17 bedrooms, 22 bathrooms and a full roster of leisure spaces. Perks include a 6,000-square-foot movie theater, a swimming pool with a bar, a tennis court and a greenhouse.

Richard Kurtz | Alpine, NJ

The indoor basketball court at New Jersey’s priciest listing, which first debuted in 2010. | realtor.com

Richard Kurtz, a real-estate developer whose net worth is reportedly $1.4 billion, first listed the sprawling 30,000-square-foot mansion he built at 18 Frick Drive in affluent Alpine, NJ, in 2010 for $68 million.

That high price made the 12-bedroom pad the Garden State’s priciest. Seven years on, it has yet to sell.

Having gone on and off the market, the home—which Kurtz has never lived in—will soon return for $48 million, Bloomberg reports. That price tag still makes it New Jersey’s priciest listing.

“I’m not giving it away,” Kurtz told Bloomberg. “There’s a lot of house, with a lot of value, and a very smart buyer will recognize that.”

Details include an indoor basketball court, a movie theater, a pool and a garage for 11 cars.

But he’s quick to confess that the potential pool of buyers is quite shallow (which is probably the issue with all of these lavish lairs).

“You’re dealing with a limited audience,” he told Bloomberg, adding that despite all the press around this property, no real buyers have materialized. “I spoke to somebody who deals with athletes, and even if they make $15 million a year, they can’t afford this house.”

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Feeling ‘Priced Out’ of Your Local Market? Here’s How You Can Still Buy a Great New Home

real-estate-pricesIf you’re trying to buy a new home, few things are more frustrating than a hot real estate market. When home prices are climbing fast it can feel like you’ll never be able to save enough for your down payment. In today’s post we’ll share a few ways that you can get in – even if you’re feeling priced out.

Start Smaller And Upgrade Later

If you’re a single professional or a young couple, it might be wise to start with a smaller starter home.  While a townhouse or condo might not feel as large as a detached house, they are more affordable options. Starting small allows you to build equity in your home. This, plus your increased earning power as you work for longer, can open up more home options later.

Another benefit of starting small is that you’ll already have a home. If the local real estate market experiences a quick change, you won’t need to scramble. You can plan to buy a larger home – that ‘perfect’ house – when the time is right.

Bring In Family As Investors

Do you have family members who might be willing to provide a loan or financing? If so, start the conversation with them to see if they are willing to co-invest in your new home.

There are many ways to bring in family as investors when you buy. They can provide a straight loan of funds to increase your down payment. Or if they want to be less involved, they can co-sign your mortgage, which will allow you to borrow a larger amount. In many areas, a family member or investor can also be a legal co-owner of the house or the property it sits on.

Make Use Of Experienced Professionals

Finally, don’t forget to ask the local experts for more advice. Real estate agents and mortgage brokers are in-tune with the local market. They spend each day helping buyers like you with understanding their options. If you’re short on ideas, a real estate professional is a great place to start.

It can be tough to stay positive when you’re feeling priced out of the local real estate market. But with a little ingenuity and planning, you can get out of the rental market and into a great new home.

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