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It's always a good idea to drop everything and listen closely when the trend forecasters talk about next year's predicted trends… If anyone knows the ins and outs of the interiors world it's them! We’ve rounded up all this forecasted information just for you and have put together a hit list of what’s in (and what’s out) for 2018 that you simply must read!



Let's start with the Pantone colour of the year, ULTRA VIOLET. A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade that communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us toward the future. Expect to see this hue across all areas of interior design, furniture and homewares, from ultra violet velvet lounges to luxe bed linen in all the deepest violet shades, this is an energizing and inspiring colour… Perhaps we should be expecting big things from 2018! Also on the colour radar for the year ahead are warm and earthy tones such as sienna, tan and terracotta, these replace the more minimal pallet of previous seasons. For interior accent tones, colours such as watermelon red, black forrest, and emerald green are just perfect for expressing your interior story through layers of considered furnishings with exquisite accents.



When it comes to kitchen interiors think black - it is the new white. Black is being used for metal, painted wood and stone, even the kitchen sink gets the black treatment in 2018. In kitchen furnishings, the bar stool is back, made from either natural, earthy materials or contemporary metals - the bar stool is the must-have kitchen accessories. Marble accents still feature strongly although the use of marble is becoming very subtle and should be limited to accessories or wafer-thin in features such as the benchtop. Pendant lighting is still hugely on trend for 2018 with brass featuring prominently in many pendant lighting styles. The trend of concealing glassware and tableware is reversed for 2018 with freestanding cabinets and open shelving creating a more casual yet chic look.



Wallpaper as a decor feature is showing no sign of abating. The key trends for wallpaper design are either geometric featuring dashes and stripes or organic seen mainly with soft watercolour markings and handmade style splotches. Floral and damask styles are OUT. In terms of furniture for 2018, there has been a real move towards comfort in couches, with curved and plump shapes aplenty predicted. Subtle references to 1950s glamour can be seen in the furnishings for 2018 with long fringing seen on lounges and shorter fringing on throw rugs and cushions. Coffee tables are of either a high wend metallic finish or an earthy more natural wooden variety with dark woods such as mango, walnut, and rosewood adding in key darker tones to the living room interior. Expect to see a move away from copper accents towards brass and eventually a return to silver metallics by mid-2018. Floor lamps will also see a resurgence next year with portable style lighting becoming a design feature within the home.



Bench seating is set to remain on trend for dining rooms in 2018 whilst dining tables take on more artisan and bespoke look that signifies quality craftsmanship and timeless design. Styles range from mid-century inspired to heavy modern rustic tables. Wicker and metal features strongly in dining chair styles with velvet designs also featuring strongly in predictions for dining room furnishings in 2018. Again darker wood tones are returning after being banished for the past seasons in favour of the blonder scandi tones. 2018 is all about pendant lighting. Not only reserved for above your kitchen island, pendant lights can also be hung right above your dining table. They add warmth and create focus over what should be an integral piece of furnishing in your home.



When looking at styling trends for 2018 it should be noticed that there is a dominant current trend for the more is more aesthetic, which is here to stay, however, an edited selection will get you a long way in the year ahead. Popular styling pieces and materials include terrazzo, velvet, ottomans and side tables, lamps, brass objects, hand glazed ceramics, mouth blown glass vessels, textured wall hangings, wooden vessels and indoor plants especially the ever popular cactus.





Warm colours, natural stone, cacti, curved shaped furniture, metal furniture, wicker, portable lamps, fringing darker toned wood and black kitchens.



Florals, damask, heavy stone, white kitchens, copper and rose gold finishings, minimalism and high gloss finishes.



Suede, asian inspired design and red accents.




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