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Part of the fun of buying a new home in New Braunfels is getting to pick out your paint colors and your countertops and your backsplash. There are so many things that go into making a new house a home, and personalizing it to your exact taste is a thrill. But when you’re making all those choices, you probably also want to make sure you’re staying on trend to protect your home value. Pantone Color Institute and Realtor.com are here to help, with the home decor trends that are not only hot now, but will be in demand next year as well.

“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,” said Realtor.com. “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.”

Geometric patterns

Starting with the chevron or zigzag pattern a few years back, geometric patterns have been a strong trend for everything from backsplashes to flooring to upholstery to wallpaper in Hill Country new homes. And they’re not going anywhere. Whether you’re using a wallpaper featuring a geometric pattern on an accent wall or bring in a fun rug or upholstered piece, this trend will add some texture and dimension to your space.


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

If you’re looking for a cool and clever way to express yourself in your new Hill Country home, adding this type of decorative piece may be the way to go. “Messaging on home goods has been popular for some time now,” Homepolish interior designer Michelle Gage told Realtor.com. “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

Natural elements that showcase wood allow us to connect to nature—perfect for living in the Hill Country!—and contrast with the clean lines and sharp edges we are seeing in today’s popular floorplans for new Texas homes. “The presence of technology, especially a year from now, will have us craving natural elements like wood more than ever,” they said. Expect to see wood showcased in decor pieces beyond tables and chairs, and on ceiling and wall treatments.


Bell-bottoms are back, and they’ve brought their 1970s friend, fringe, with them. “Fringe is going to be a hot home trend,” Gage told them. “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, as well as curtains and maybe even light fixtures.”


Over the last several years, we have cycled through chrome and brass and rose gold as metallic furnishings became a staple in today’s on-trend homes. Brass has been especially noteworthy, replacing silver-based hardware in some of the most spectacular kitchens. For 2018, think metallic furniture that can “anchor a room,” like coffee tables and dining tables,” a metal side table to offset “a traditional upholstered sofa,” and even accessories like pillows that have metallic thread woven through to add “a bit of sparkle.”

Iridescent accents

If you want to adopt a trend before it becomes overdone, think iridescent. “The iridescent trend is one of our favorites,” Lizzie Grover, creative director of Hutch, an interior design resource for millennials, told Realtor.com. “We love to admire all of the iridescent tables and decorative pieces.” Iridescent tiles like mother of pearl or glass mosaics, can add interest to a backsplash in your gourmet Texas kitchen, or your spa bathroom. “Or let smaller accessories like a side table, clock, or pillow shine,” they said.

Intense colors

Paint is one of the features Hill Country new home buyers are often most interested in because it’s one of the easiest ways to make an impact in a space, and to redo when you’re ready for something new.

“Of course, the authority on color had something to say about the shades that are sure to be hot in the coming year,” they said. And the trend they’re seeing: Intense shades that include “bright blue, green, fuchsia, and purple, which are complemented by iridescent tones of turquoise and hot pink, white, and frosted almond.”

For more information about buying a home in the Hill Country, visit The Crossings. This 288-acre masterplanned community in New Braunfels features two Lennar single-family neighborhoods, family-friendly amenities including a swimming pool, grassy play areas, and walking trails, beautiful Hill Country views, and an ideal location that’s private and serene but offers easy access to I35.

You can also click below to download the free Guide to Buying a New Home.

Guide to Buying a New Home in the Texas Hill Country

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