Five interior design trends for 2018


“New year, new me” for 2018? It doesn’t have to stop at changing your lifestyle. Breathing new life into your home with a change in design can be one way to refresh your mind, and there are a number of key trends that will be making their mark in interior design over the next year. If you’re not looking to completely redecorate your home in the new year, there are a few simple ways you can incorporate these trends into your own home. Here are some of the key trends to look out for:

Japanese wabi-sabi will replace Scandi-living trends of 2017

Following the Scandi trend-wave of 2017 that brought us hygge and lagom, the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi welcomes the idea of seeing beauty in the imperfect and is set to make its way into our homes in 2018. This means your home doesn’t have to look like a showroom everyday. Instead, emphasise the use of organic materials and embrace authenticity, even if it is a little off-kilter. For a few statement pieces to create a wabi-sabi aesthetic, consider handmade pottery and glasswares with subtle imperfections.

Interior design brand Sansho sources handmade products from traditional artisans in the Far East, meaning no two pieces of their Japanese homeware are identical. A paper lamp shade, earthenware vase, or even a set of decorative dishes can subtly inject a bit of wabi-sabi into your home, without you needing to redecorate your entire home and ensuring no one else has the same item as you.

Contemporary wallpaper will overtake painted walls

Gone are the days of only being able to find wallpaper in your grandma’s house. Solid blocks of colour on your walls will remain on trend, but designers will look towards patterned wallpapers rather than vibrant paints to keep homes looking contemporary and fresh.

Simply adding wallpaper to your walls is a quick and relatively easy way to update any room, and won’t necessarily break the bank. However, it’s important to take care when applying a patterned paper, as you want to ensure the pattern lines up with each sheet, to avoid any uneven lines. Rebecca Atwood is just one designer offering printed paper in pale shades, as well as bright colours and cool, neutral tones, giving a chic finish to any room.

Jewel tones will complement feature wallpapers

Deep, jewel shades are set to make their mark over the next year in interior design, and Pantone has even announced its Colour of the Year as Ultra Violet. The deep purple shade works well as a wall colour for living rooms, or can be added to your home to provide a contrast to bright furniture. The shade has both warm and cool temperatures, allowing it to be paired with a wide range of shades, depending on your tastes.

If purple isn’t your colour, Sherwin-Williams also opted for a deep jewel tone with its colour of 2018, and announced Oceanside as its shade. The marine colour includes shades of blues and greens, and is said to help boost creative thinking.

Velvet will bring a touch of opulence to our homes

According to design experts, velvet is set to make a comeback in our homes. Interior designer Jade Nottage has claimed we can expect to see velvet everywhere, particularly in the winter months at the start of the year.

This retro Gatsby-inspired movement can bring a touch of opulence to your home, whether that’s in the form of cushions, throws, sofas or chairs. There is no set colour palette for velvet either, meaning you can customise the shade for your own taste.

Take inspiration from the 70s with shapely furniture

Curved sofas and rounded furniture are also back, with 70s-inspired silhouettes offering a stylish addition to otherwise box-shaped rooms. According to New York-based architect Elizabeth Roberts, a curved sofa offers a “current” alternative to the L-shaped sectionals and look great from all angles.

At the 2017 Milan Furniture Fair, a usually reliable precursor to the following year’s biggest trends, many designers unveiled puffy, curved and plump furniture shapes. Swedish designers Note unveiled La Isla, which perfectly captures the soft and shapely furniture we can expect to see in the new year.


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