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Interior Design Trends to Look for in 2018

Updated: Aug 28, 2018

We’ve been studying trends within the London interior design industry closely and come up with stunning list of the trends that we think will be prevalent in 2018. Here’s our round-up of the most exciting and attractive home décor trends we expect to see in the coming year.


Last year saw many trends come and go but the emphasis was on large and brilliantly eye-catching. From tropical jungle prints to flamboyant flamingos and an unprecedented amount of luxurious metallic furniture. However, what does 2018 have in store for us? And what will you be rushing to your interior designer to source for you?


Rich Colour Pigments


Michael Reeves Design, Dubai

The general rule has been that grey is the neutral colour of choice for stylish interiors, but this year we will see that colour choice will become bolder. People will begin to make braver colour choices on every aspect of the interior, from people’s walls to their furniture – as we have seen in sofas already this year. Moody and emotive interiors are also much more popular than ever, with people going for brooding violet, navy and even striking emerald green colours are all key for 2018.


These are just a few of the rich new shades that are set to make up the spring/summer palette and have been enhanced further with furniture pieces made of luscious velvet fabric.


Glamorous Dark Woods


Michael Reeves, Mustique

Wooden furniture is set to have a more nocturnal feel this year. Interior stylists are beginning to move away from pale, bleached woods to became popular due to the Scandinavian trend of recent years. In 2018, darker wood tones are seeing a resurgence that will be significant and bring back the retro glamour style of years past and provide a new modern take on it.


Admittedly, this darker trend has been simmering in the background for some time, but this year it is set to take over completely. While metallic handles and legs are the perfect accompaniment for that glamorous feel. The combination of walnut, gold, brass, black and marble gives a much more elegant and sophisticated feel, even on high-street pieces.


In addition to darker wood tones, retro shapes, such as wishbone-style dining chairs are making a comeback – they are timeless with rich wood stains. An appropriate dining table to go along with them could set up a super stylish dining room, with dark shades of walnut that show off the wood’s natural grain.


Globally Inspired Goodness


Michael Reeves, Neville

There’s no doubt that the places we travel will always have an impact on the interior styling we go for in our homes, but this is much more common in the industry as a whole now. Expect to see your friend’s homes take influence from the beautiful colours and patterns seen in the cities and palaces of exotic places like Rajasthan.


You will also particularly earthy colours like clay, terracotta and ochre featured on global-inspired prints – another item that will play a key role in this season’s styling. The prints have a natural, organic feel to them which makes them extremely tactile thanks to the patterns, materials and fabrics.


While traditional block printing will inspire the patterns of soft furnishings and serve-ware. You could try mixing smaller scale Ikat prints with larger paisley-inspired designs for your cushions and other furnishings.


Artisan Textures


Michael Reeves, Wharf

Variety in texture will become a big thing this season, as furniture with a natural handmade feel with rattan and wicker materials are becoming the stars of the show. This is perhaps because of the more playful role they play within our homes – from embellishments, raw edges and appliqué details that are irresistible to the touch.


You can achieve a lot by just playing with different textures and materials. This means you have the ability to mix materials like woven wicker, macramé, marble and metal. Ones that may not be traditionally thought of together but work spectacularly well and should be embraced when combining your texture palettes.


No matter what the colour palette you choose, there is an infinite amount of textures that can be combined to create another layer of interest in your decoration. This particularly applies to macramé, which you will see in almost ever new furniture collection that is coming out this year.


Metallic Accents Continue


Michael Reeves, Dubai

This may not be something new but it is still very popular among interior designers. The big change for this season is in the metals that are chosen for metallic touches – copper and rose gold is out and brass is in. It is much more organic and sophisticated than the other choices and brass furnishings, mirrors and accessories are an easy way to add a luxurious and elegant finish to any room. This especially true of soft pink or emerald green featured rooms as they accentuate brass and gold finishes perfectly.


You don’t even need to include these tones on a large scale to have an effect. Simple additions like lamps and mirrors inject life into a room without you having to invest in larger, more expensive furniture pieces. Mixing brass with marble creates the perfect on-trend feel for any home in 2018.


Despite being small, these finishing touches add a huge impact to any room. You can even take it a step further, without breaking your budget, and go for quirky metallic vases. They add the perfect amount of luxury to a room, while not being too overwhelming in the context of your existing décor.


Infographic by Michael Reeves

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