Mix and Match: Update Your Home With 2018 Design Trends

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(StatePoint) Are you planning to refresh your home but aren’t sure where to start? Some of today’s most popular design trends encourage mixing and matching favorite home accents within the same space.

There is no need to feel limited by fixtures or finishes, according to design expert, Colleen Visage, who is Progress Lighting’s vice president of Product Management.

“Homeowners today are not content to have the same look, the same finishes or the same collections throughout the house,” says Visage. “They really want to personalize their spaces.”

Coordinating complementary pieces creates a cohesive feel to the home. It can also reinforce a unique style because the ultimate outcome is a custom design. Here are a few ways to master the mix and match trend.

• Mix Monochromatic Accents: Tone-on-tone designs are very popular in kitchens, bathrooms, entryways and living areas. Countertops, cabinets and home accents in varying shades of grays and creams can create a sophisticated statement. These tones pair perfectly with gold, brass or brushed nickel finishes.

• Design with Dual Tones: Mixed metals or dual tones are on-trend and very popular in home design today. This look can be achieved through mixing fixtures with different, but complementary finishes. For example, Progress Lighting offers fixtures that feature finishes with contrasting accents, such as antique bronze and brass, antique bronze and natural brass or polished nickel with silver ridge -- adding visual interest.

• Pendant Groupings: Pendant groupings are commonly used in a foyer, over a kitchen island or above a dining room table. These versatile fixtures can be mixed and matched to create a custom cluster design for a statement-making look.

“I like to design areas that are so inviting, people don’t want to leave,” says Susan Wilson, designer and founder of Susan Wilson Interiors. “When a home features accents and lighting that work together seamlessly, it makes the spaces throughout memorable and relatable.”

Searching for more design inspiration? Visit to view images, collections and project ideas for every budget, style and space.

Take your design vision to the next level and personalize your home’s living spaces by mastering the art of the mix and match trend.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Progress Lighting