2018 Design Trends

Friday, 2nd February 2018

Pantone have named their Colour of the Year for 2018 as Ultra Violet - a "dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade", but it will take a while for this hue to start seeping into our home decor trends. What's still trending right now for your home? Read on and find out...

Metallics have played heavily in the interior decor trends over the past couple of years, with everything from scatter cushions to kettles and tap ware being hit with the metallic stick. The trend isn't showing any signs of slowing down, with metallics still featuring heavily in the design stakes for 2018 - but think more matt brass than copper and don't turn your back on silver, as this cool metallic is making a comeback after all the coppery golds of the past two years.

Another trend that has featured prominently in interior decor has been the soft, powdery hues of pale pinks and blues, alongside the bold emerald and jade greens. The soft feel of these colours has been paired with plush velvets in sofas, ottomans and occasional chairs, but this trend is on the way out, so instead of investing in the bigger ticket items, keep to easily changed decor items such as cushions and throws, if you want to explore this trend. If you have a fairly neutral colour palette in your furnishings, it's always easy to mix and match the design trends as they come and go. These pinks, blues and emeralds can liven up nude or grey furnishings.

As our lives become more hectic and more reliant on technology, we're seeing a return to the organic and earthy in our homes. Although most of us don't live the idyllic surrounds of open countryside or sprawling beachy sands, we can still bring these organic elements to our homes. Think hanging wall gardens and water features to bring the tranquility and the use of soft leathers and subtle tones of earthy colours in our decor. Our home is our sanctuary from the busy, technology driven world, so make it rich, warm and a space you can really unwind in and connect back to nature.

The Scandi trend has been a popular one, but with this return to the organic, earthy colour palette, the darker timbers are making a comeback. Whether it's flooring or cabinetry, the rich look of dark timber brings a sense of dramatic luxury and a feeling of warm to the room.

Take a look at some of these 2018 design trends at work in our homes, below.