Whether you are putting your home on the market or just looking for a few ways to refresh and renew, spring is an inspiring time to upgrade kitchens and bathrooms, replace well-loved furniture or paint walls to give them new life. Following are a few of the top trends we are seeing right now in those areas:

Easy ways to refresh a room

Add sparkle with shiny metals and glass objects. Brass is back, but try it in a matte finish with transitional lines, such as orb light fixtures, decorative kitchen faucets and modern drawer and door pulls.

A technology backlash may be behind a yearning for more natural elements in our homes. Live plants and trees complement that aesthetic and also breathe fresh life into any room.

Add textural interest with velvet (very big this year), faux fur and animal skins. Grasscloth or other textures on walls lend warmth to a space.

Paint is always a stylish choice. Go subtle on the walls and add pops of brighter, warmer colors - vibrant purples and reds, warm grays and aqua are all popular this year - with accessories.

What other design trends are popular for 2018?

Mid-century modern furniture and bold wallpaper in reds, yellows, and oranges are just starting to show up. Consider pairing them with understated curtains and accessories.

White kitchens still reign, along with industrial fixtures and lighting.

Cement, stainless, copper, wood and quartz all make exciting countertop alternatives to the ever-popular granite.

Multi-use outdoor living spaces are still having a moment, with firepits and comfortable seating in Sunbrella fabrics. Whether indoors or out, we want our homes to be a peaceful refuge and a welcoming space for our family and friends.

Remember, the only thing constant is change, and that goes double for trends. That mosaic backsplash, shower or bathroom floor will eventually be dated.  Look for something more transitional and classic in those areas and save the trends for your accessories, lighting, and faucets, which are easier and less expensive to update.

Happy decorating!