Homes are hitting the market across the country with clean lines and bright spaces, proving you can maximize style while keeping things minimal. Stunning. Sleek. Neat. If these homes are any sign, 2018 is shaping up to be the year of keeping things simple, yet sophisticated.

1. Use a restrained color palette

Light colors such as white along with understated neutrals, barely there greys, and pastels are intrinsic to minimalist homes. Though you could add brighter colors, we suggest you stick to one or two and limit the dosage. In the picture, blue cushions add color and break the monotony of the neutral color scheme. Interestingly, the horizontal grooved on the wooden table make it stand out too.

2. Declutter and edit

To be a minimalist, you’ll have to say goodbye to clutter. And to do that, you’ll have to edit what you display on shelves and tables. Stick to essentials and store the rest can in cupboards and cabinets. This kitchen shows how only a few well-chosen elements have made it to the counters.

 3. Use accent decorations

Don’t think that just because you have a minimalist home, you can’t decorate it. The rule is to use decorative elements as accents and not go overboard. Similarly, for art, choose one focal piece instead of a group of small ones. This bathroom uses bold accessories, in terms of proportion and content, but placed together on a low table, they become a focal point and not a distraction.

 4. Minimal furniture

A minimalist room would only contain a few essential pieces of furniture. A living room, for example, might only have a couch, another chair or love seat, a coffee table, a minimalist entertainment stand (not a huge one with a bunch of shelves), a television, and a couple of lamps. It could even contain less (couch, chairs, and coffee table, for example). A bedroom might have a simple bed (or even just a mattress), a dresser, and perhaps a night stand or book shelf.

5. Simple artwork

To keep a room from being boring, you can put a simple painting, drawing or photo, framed with a subdued, solid color, on each wall if you want. Leave some walls bare if possible.

A new year offers a clean slate. It’s a chance to tweak (or totally ditch) the old and ring in the new. This goes for all aspects of life, including the home. So, in the spirit of change, we asked design experts to reveal the hottest home décor trends for 2018.

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