With a fresh new year on its way, I’ve decided to look at the ‘Home Style Predictions for 2018’. Trends are often things we follow without realising, we all have ‘that friend’ who wears amazing clothes and looks so stylish, all the while completely effortlessly, home decor and interiors are no different. We all ask, ‘Where is that from?’ and ‘How can I get one too?’ It’s just part of the world we live in. However, no one should follow the style trends to the letter, it can get boring, we don’t want all the same and not to mention doing so can get very expensive.
So how do we change our interiors without breaking the bank? With style. How do we become that trend setter? My advice would be to keep the big stuff; sofas and furniture, fixtures and flooring should all be pieces you buy and install because you simply love them. Changing these larger things all the time is just unnecessary. So we look to accessories, textiles and wall colour. These are things that can really transform your space and for not too much expense. They are things you can add to, thrift and even make.
The truth is we all need a little guidance every now and then. It is possible to be so out there, that it just looks wrong. I don’t know about you but it would be great to get ahead of what everyone’s doing and be unique. So let’s take a look at what’s coming in 2018 and you can be a trendsetter too. Dare to be different.
Large statement art
It’s true, we’ve all seen everybody’s gallery walls, but it’s just something we’ve been seeing for far too long, people drilling holes in walls everywhere will rejoice about this one. Large statement artwork is the way to go in 2018. I’m also favouring photography works over typography. If you’re now thinking, well what do I do with all these framed pictures, you can still make that big statement but with a picture ledge instead, like this Wallniture one below.
Now I’m not talking about the peach in your Grandma’s bathroom suite, but grey and blush pink has been around since it hit the big time in 2016 and only grew in popularity in 2017. While pink may still be on our radar for a while yet, it was time that blush pinks’ cool cousin got in on the act. I may have had this in mind when working on the master quilt, it wasn’t intentional but I was clearly on to something. It still works well with grey but peach even compliments your houseplants. Use it on the walls, I’m really liking *insert paint shade*. If you aren’t that daring or prefer a white palette, just that peach in your accessories. Take a look at this Peach pouffe, perfect to lift the grey-est of grey interiors and inject something a little different. I’m also absolutely loving this Armchair from Target too, if you are indeed, in the market for some new furniture.
Pantone also released their colour of the year 2018 this week, Ultra Violet Purple. It’s a brave colour, not one that I myself, are wholly sold on. Pantone state it
Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us to the future.
In interiors, Ultra Violet can transform a room into one of extraordinary self-expression, or conversely its polish can tone down a room with subdued, modern pairings. Adding spice and brightness, Ultra Violet calls attention to a tufted couch, piece of art, or accent wall. As a colour that can take you in so many directions, Ultra Violet makes a statement in any space, whether it’s one of tradition and elegance or unexpected boldness.
I do think it will grow on me, the almost Cadbury purple, it may even be the new navy. Who’d have thought?
Photo Credit: Sofa.com
Mixed materials in the kitchen
Out is the ‘all white’ kitchen, people all over are realising, it just isn’t practical as pretty as it looks. In, is the idea of mixing materials in the kitchen, dark granite, wooden shelves, glass, concrete and encaustic tiles. People are getting creative in their kitchen space in 2018 and I’m not just taking about the food. Different textures in materials create interest and a warmth to the home that an all white kitchen does not. Take a look at this mood board I created ready for our kitchen this coming year. Standby for that planning post, or subscribe here so you don’t miss it.
Warm Tones in the living room
Remember my blog about the adult lounge? Continuing the warmth, cool tones of grey and navy blue have been starving our living areas of warmth for too long. Grey sofas are being replaced by tan leathers and dare I say it warmer wall tones like maroon/burgundy. This is a trend anyone can achieve though, if you aren’t in the market for a new sofa, simply by change up some of your accessories. I’m loving these items also from Target:
Heron Hawker Plants
If you haven’t been successful this year creating your own Jungalow this year, you aren’t alone, in fact the only plant I have is a cactus and I’ve had it since I was twelve. If, like me, you aren’t green and serene, you need Heron Hawker Plants in your life. Co-owned by Rob and Ant, they specialise in beautiful hardy house plants, styled in such beautiful pots and glassware, that will more importantly last beyond January. Hurray! Here is what they had to say about plants for 2018:
2017 was the year of the return of the terrarium and at Heron Hawker, we reckon 2018 could very well see the trend continue, but increasingly moving away from succulents, with hardy cacti and aloes taking center stage. Busy London lives mean our customers are seeking beautiful indoor designs, that they can leave to their own devices, watering sparingly once every month. Bold, colourful pots, and displays laced with fluorescent sands have also taken to the market. 2018 will also see us looking up – as Indoor hanging plants continue their comeback as the 1970’s knitted macrame craze offers those with limited space, a chance to bring some life and greenery into flats and bathrooms. From the classic String of Hearts to Tradescantia and the Devil’s Ivy Scindapsus.
So, Twenty-eighteen is all about creating that perfect outside, inside, bottle garden or terrarium, hanging pot plants galore.
If fabulous foliage, aloe and cacti are your bag, you should absolutely check them out. If you are local to London they also run terrarium workshops, not only do you get to take the plants you have used home, you learn how to care for your terrarium too.
Which leads me finally to my favourite trend for 2018. Geometric patterns! You may have noticed on my Instagram feed. I am expecting to be coming back to this one a lot over the next year. Its popularity began in 2017 and is a trend that is set to only grow to 2018. This is a simple design fix that can be adopted in any room. From a feature wall of geometric wall paper, to tiling or even soft furnishings.
If however, committing to an entire wall using geometric patterns seems like a big ask, you could always incorporate geometric patterns in your wall art or even your soft furnishings. One artist I am loving is FlatOwl on Etsy. Her landscapes and abstract pieces have the geometric element to them, all the while creating an on trend visual focal point on your wall.
So what do you think? It’s going to be an exciting year for interiors. Are there any trends you think you may sway towards? or some you simply think ‘ugh, no!’. Let me know! Leave a comment below!
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