2018 Interior Design & Decorating Trends
I've had a few of you recently ask me about 2018 interior 'trends'. Trends can be a tricky business - you don't want to get so caught up in them that you're constantly reinventing yourself and emptying your bank account to suit their comings and goings BUT it seems to be preferable to give them at least a subtle nod in your interiors, to demonstrate that you are 'trendy' after all. Of course.
Before we go further it's important to mention that interior trends are not quite like fashion trends - they have a much slower, longer burn (thank goodness for that). After a trend starts hitting trade shows like Milan Design Fair - the world's biggest design trade event - you will start seeing it filtering through to magazines and then design blogs but you won't yet see it at your friend's place.
It's even easy to think 'there's NO way I would EVER incorporate that crazy trend into my home'. Then style savvy social media influencers start picking it up and suddenly it IS at your friend's house and before you know it, it has made it into your place. In my experience, trends are quite good at sneaking up on you and infiltrating your home, before you even realise what you're buying. Or is that just me?
Often this trade fair-to-home process takes around two years from it's first trade fair sighting give or take and in some unnamed locations longer. Then the trend often hangs around for another two-four years, giving you time to accept this 'new' outrageous trend and revel in your 'trendiness', before you're deemed as dated and it's time to update and start over again.
So, what about 2018? Well the 70's are back but in a slightly more sophisticated way. I'm lucky enough to say that I never lived through the 70's, so have no associated PTSD when it comes to palm leaf wall paper or green bench tops.
We've already seen quite a few 70's influenced interior trends creep through in a big way in the last two years - macrame, patterned wallpaper, cane furniture, even shag cushions and rugs and I am loving every moment may I add. But 2018 throws a new, dare I say - more refined - take, on 70's cool.
This year it's all about creating a tactile, warm, homely feeling - just like the 70's - but with a luxurious, sophisticated edge. A few trends I've seen on repeat this year since Milan in April worth talking about - curves, velvet, warm tones, fringes and 'Japandi'.
You've got them, I've got them - your furniture should apparently have them. Think soft edges, plump, circular, 'organic' shapes for furniture and decor. No ninety degree angles or sharp edges here thanks. Comfy and toddler friendly all the way - hallelujah. Combine that with low profiles (an enduring trend) and short legs, to enable sofas to 'float' above the floor and you have a very '2018' look.
Think velvet. Velvet has been around for a little while, popping it's head up in a very scandi style way - in pale greys and pinks, on mainly cushions here and there, but when I say 'think Velvet' I mean, think velvet on steroids. Lounge suites, armchairs, textiles and even tablecloths and floor rugs. It's BIG baby, it's luxurious and super soft AND it's out and about in all of it's colourful glory.
Speaking of colour. So what 2018 colour should I use on my sofa cushions to show everyone that I am in fact trendy? We have seen the pastel phase through and while pastels aren't quite 'out' they have definitely been moving aside for some bold jewel like beauties. We're seeing Navy and Emerald continuing to pop up in the coolest of interiors, even some rich royal and electric blues but in particular the warm hues are hitting some serious trendy high notes this year, after their debut in previous seasons.
And the alpha colour of the warm hues? Of course a resounding PINK. But instead of the soft pastelly blush we've become accustomed to, we're now seeing some pretty bold dusty roses, burgundy and even clearer ruby notes, hitting high trends. These punchy pinky hues, paired with burnt oranges, terracotta and earthy browns (hello 70's!) are taking the design world by storm this year so far. Expect to see a lovely burnt orange and plum velvet cushion on your friend's sofa very soon (as well as on yours, because of course, we all know that YOU are uber style savvy and trendy too - of course). I may need to get some too, it seems.
Beloved Grey hit such popular highs in the last decade that it has become a classic neutral but rather than using it in our decor and textiles this year, it's beginning to take function as a backdrop on the walls. Stick with it. AND speaking of nuetrals and walls - beige and cream (shock, horror, dare I say it) were flaunting themselves across many designer install at the Milan fair, curiously creating a sophisticated, warming and inviting backdrop for those poofy, round and velvet pieces.
And finally, while we're on the topic of walls - wall panelling and mouldings are hitting the scene in a big way - it's all about creating tactile, homey and sophisticated little home sanctuaries from an uncertain world outside.
We're also seeing a move away from single feature walls of colour, towards a whole feature room - bold colour on all four walls, instead of just the one. Pick your jewel colour and make it a warm one for extra 'trendy' points.
AKA Bangs. But on your cushion / curtain / bedspread / throw / mirror, instead of your head. Coming your way on the trend express, so get amongst it. Enough said.
Huh? Well, we've seen 'Scandi' which has now morphed with Japanese minimalism to bring you - you guessed it - 'Japandi' - perhaps one of the most relatable and relevant trends for our indoor/outdoor Aussie lifestyle. Think a simpler and more sophisticated version of Scandi. Darker wood tones such as walnut are making a come back in fixtures and furniture. Mixing blonde timbers with deeper darker timbers is a very hot look right now. Pair it with minimal imperfect/bespoke design elements that make a piece look handmade (a rising design phenomenon called 'Wabi Sabi' which is also referred to as handmade / artisanal / maker's trend) and you have a red hot 2018 trend.
In kitchen trends, marble still seems to be the preferred material, however it is now used in a much more discreet and restrained way. In the place of thick 300-400mm carera marble bench tops, we're seeing the emergence of marble bench tops as thin as possible. And while we're on the subject of kitchens - the all black kitchen is the new white kitchen. Black for bechtops, cabinetry and even the sink with integrated work appliances. 2018 popular. At least in the design mecca of Milan, so perhaps start planning for your own black 2020 kitchen.
It's lovely to have a round up of trends but we all know that following such, can be exhausting and expensive. So, perhaps a better questions is - what is here to stay? Well marble isn't going anywhere and neither is brass. Natural tactile materials like rattan, timber, jute and even cane still have a lot air time left, lending themselves to a more minimal Janpandi style and our relaxed indoor-outdoor lifestyles. So, check out your shopping cart on that marble coffee table, brass tap ware and rattan buffet for some timeless design at your place and then maybe add a few velvet cushions, a curvy armchair and a fringe throw for good 2018 'trendiness' measure.
And there you have it - a few 2018 trends to live (and die, in a few seasons time) by. I hope it was helpful.
Let us know in the comments below if you've spotted other interior trends - we would love to hear from you! Which are your fave and are there any you hate?
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