These Are The Top 10 NI Home Decor Trends For 2018

Posted: by December 22nd, 2017

From geometric print wallpaper, cool neutral kitchens, sleek minimalism, beautiful bathrooms and outdoor entertaining areas  – here are our predictions for the Top Home Décor Trends in Northern Ireland for 2018.

  1.  Cool, Neutral Kitchens 

Kitchen design has seen a significant shift away from featuring heavy amounts of wood towards a preference for modern minimalism.  The addition of integrated, built-in appliances which run flush with kitchen units have removed the bulky element of ovens and microwaves – replacing these with sleek sophistication.   Induction hobs are also replacing range cookers offering a more contemporary, easy-to-clean alternative – which also doubles up to provide additional worktop space.  White kitchens are certainly the order of the day – far from being deemed characterless and bland – they are practical and bright.  We love the sleek minimalism of this detached new build at Victoria Gate in Derry/Londonderry.

Below, this home for sale in Lisburn has teamed a white high gloss kitchen with stainless steel appliances offering a crisp, polished finish.

The natural tones, luxury interior finish and the addition of traditional wood add warmth to this modern white kitchen in Donaghadee.


2.  Geometric Wallpaper

We are witnessing the reinvigoration of patterned wallpaper. Geometric wallpaper designs generally look best when restricted to one feature wall.  Bold patterns can supercharge a room, emphasise architectural features and add chic sophistication.  What’s more – you don’t have to be an interior designer to achieve this look.  The injection of bold patterns looks best when balanced with neutral, soft furnishings which, we think, has been achieved perfectly in this bedroom in Hillsborough.

63 Kilwarlin Road, Hillsborough


3.  Outdoor Entertaining

Outdoor spaces are one area which will see even more growth throughout 2018.  In terms of home improvements, it’s typically a lot more straightforward as inside your home can remain untouched.  Homeowners are acknowledging the importance of being able to add value to their home by introducing outdoor spaces which can be used all year round for entertaining.  It’s a simple and affordable way to add square footage to your home, without having to cause any disruption to the internal living areas.  Fire pits, outdoor barbecues, and pizza ovens are all simple and cost-effective ways to increase the enjoyment of your garden.

Whether you are designing a new home or have plans for home improvements for 2018, PropertyPal features some amazing outdoor design ideas.  We love the seamless indoor/outdoor living offered by this home currently for sale in Dungannon.


Outdoor entertaining spaces don’t have to cost the earth, and can sometimes be achieved with some DIY skills.  We love ideas that remove entertaining, cooking and cleaning away from the kitchen – to quality outdoor spaces like this home below, for sale in Derry/L/Derry.

5 Woodcroft Lane, Ballymena2

Here’s another example of indoor/outdoor living at Portstewart.  Bi-folding doors create one large, seamless space to cook, wine and dine.


4.  Hot Tub Delights 

Granted, a sunken hot tub is certainly at the more luxurious scale of ‘home improvements’ but adds significantly to the enjoyment of your home – all year round.  More and more homeowners are exploring the option of adding these quirky additions to their home – just like this glorious property for sale in Craigavon.

79 Old Mill Rd, Scarva, Craigavon

Why not enjoy all the benefits of relaxing under the stars!

79 Old Mill Road, Scarva, Craigavon


5.  Polished Concrete 

Polished concrete has grown in popularity and is being used predominately in new build homes – both internally and externally.  By smoothing and polishing the aggregate of concrete, it has a finish which looks shiny, expensive and makes a stunning alternative to more traditionally used natural stone.  The addition of polished concrete offers a bold, unique and contemporary feel to this new build property for sale in Derry/L/Derry.


6. Room Dividers & Cosy Nooks 

There has been a gradual move away from open plan spaces in preference for cosier more private places to more clearly define different areas in the home.  This contemporary stove below helps to create a beautiful room divider in this Downpatrick property – separating the dining and seating areas.  The double-sided stove means the fire (and the heat) can be enjoyed at both sides.

Turmennan Lodge, 7 The Craig Lane, The Craig Road, Downpatrick


7. Natural & Earthy Decoration 

Natural stonework can make a stunning feature wall in the home and creates everlasting decoration.  If you have a renovation project in mind, research conservation architects in Northern Ireland who will offer expert guidance on restoring pieces of history and original beauty in your home.  Below, The Coach House, Hillsborough, involved a superb stone conservation which involved restoring the original stone wall – seen here in the master bedroom.

The Coach House, 1 Church Lane, Main Street, Hillsborough


8.  Exterior Cladding

Timber cladding offers a durable and attractive finish to a home.  Below, “The Leaves” in Drumbo, Lisburn has been magnificently finished with Siberian Larch Timber.  Natural cladding offers a rustic look with a timeless appeal.  It offers both a modern look but with a real environmental appeal.

The Leaves, 107 Tullyard Road, Drumbo, Lisburn2


9. Velvets

Smooth velvets and shimmering materials are all set to continue their trend in interior décor throughout 2018.  When combined with more natural materials, like in this home below for sale in Tobergill, Antrim, it offers warmth and luxury.

Brook Cottage, 44 Donegore Hill, Tobergill, Antrim

If you don’t fancy a complete furniture makeover, then why not add in a few decorative velvet cushions like Glen Cottage in Bangor.

Glen Cottage, 167 Groomsport Road, Bangor


10.  Home Gyms 

While we live in an increasingly health-conscious society there is also a lot less time to do anything about it  – and so on PropertyPal, we are definitely seeing the growth of home gyms, a trend which we predict will grow throughout 2018.  These homes below are for sale in Lisburn, Bangor, and Cloughmills and have excellent space for the incorporation of home gyms.


26f Lough Road, Upper Ballinderry, Lisburn

Springwell Lodge, Bangor

springwell lodge-178-springwell-road-bangor

Cloughmills, Ballymena.



If you are looking for décor inspiration or wanting to modernise your home design throughout 2018, remember to keep up-to-date with all our beautiful homes on PropertyPal, guaranteed to generate lots of ideas and inspiration for home improvements.


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