Elegance and sophistication, mixing textures and unique shapes with a bold blast of colour – 2018 home interior trends are all about creating luxurious spaces for lounging in! There are hints of vintage (velvet sofas, mustard, orange and maroon colour palettes) but given an update for modern life.
Those holding on to the simplicity of a more minimalist and subtle approach will be happy that there is still a strong nod to nature – with pretty plants and eco-inspired interiors reflecting modern values of sustainable living. Here are a few trends to keep your eye on if you are looking to freshen up your home interiors for 2018.
The minimal, whitewashed Scandinavian-inspired interior has been given an injection of colour and warmth for 2018. 2017’s Millennial Pink is still popular but used in a more sparing way – a cushion or throw here and there – and mixed with more subtle berry hues to turn it down a shade. Warmth is given with tonal reds, oranges, corals, and the appearance of teal shades is popular, especially contrasted with a black and white geometric print. Other Dulux 2018 colour predictions include ochres, terracottas, moody blues and vibrant violets. When using strong colours and prints in your home, it’s best to have a balance of tonal solids so your prints can stand out. If you’re reluctant to get the paint rollers out, a simple way to create newness and add colour in your home is by adding graphic decorative pillows, a new set of bold bedsheets or colourful towels in the bathroom.
Kitchens with Character
Streamlined, all-white kitchens in a minimal style have been a popular choice for a while but the look for 2018 seems to be a bit more playful. It’s about using mixing finishes – like wooden work surfaces with a marble topped central island, or cabinets in different wood varieties or painted in various colours. It sounds a bit hectic, however, the effect creates a more homely and interesting atmosphere, in a room that is the heart of the home for many, and ensures your kitchen isn’t a carbon copy of next door too.
There is inspiration from vintage furniture, though updated for a modern lifestyle – think an evening of Netflix binging after a busy workday, feet up on a sumptuous, oversized indigo-blue, velvet sofa. The trend is strong for big and fluffy, single cushion sofas, that encourage lounging in style and reflect our need to relax in ever-busy modern life. There is a steer away from patterns in favour of block colours, mostly in rich, deep primary colours like emerald green, ruby red or mustard yellow. Pieces in unique shapes with round, soft edges and mixing comfortable sofa spots in soft, textured materials with leather statement chairs remains tres chic!
Greenery & Nature
Incorporating indoor plants, and lots of them, is also growing in popularity in 2018. The effect adds pretty colour and texture to any room in a very affordable way, plus improving the home’s air quality and helping to connect us to nature. The most popular plants to incorporate indoors include succulents such as aloe vera, snake plants and cacti varieties – easy to keep and great air purifiers. Add tropical textures with larger plants such as yuccas, ficus, philodendrons, palm varieties and even bamboo, in colourful pots and planters. Not only physical plants but nature inspired prints and incorporating eco-friendly, natural materials remains a strong feature in the home for 2018. Leaf print soft furnishings and statement walls, unique hand-carved wood craft pieces and plenty of sustainable wood, wicker, linen and slate provide a contrast and an alternative to the more glamourous and opulent trends predicted for 2018.