Design Trends for 2018

I actually hate the word “trends”- especially as it relates to interior design. Interior design is incredibly personal. It’s not like a haircut or a new dress. It’s a way of living and tells the story of, not just your life, but of the history you bring with you to your home.

With that said, I would be naïve if I didn’t acknowledge the influence fashion and culture have on how we style our homes. Indeed, looking back at “trends” in home interiors throughout the 20th century is a visual journey of designs that still shape our lives (but that’s for another blog).

So, for now we’ll look at what designs influenced 2017 and what ones we think will carry through to the New Year.


Ultra violet purple (18-3838) has just been crowned the Pantone colour of the year. Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute, commented that “we are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to Ultra Violet.”

The colour purple has long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality and artistic brilliance. Prince, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix all used the colour to expression their experimentation, non-conformity and creative individualism. It is a colour that makes you feel deeply spiritual and deeply emotional.

As the colour is so very rich, most people tend to use it as an accent colour in their home. Whether as a feature colour in a piece of art or as a secondary chair or sofa, the intense pop of colour provided by the purple adds life and joy to any space.

For those of you brave enough, I love pairing purple with red. It’s not the easiest combination to pull off but when it works it looks amazing.   


Are you sick of metallics yet? Of course not! It’s difficult to peg “metallics” as a trend because their use and execution is so varied. Long gone are the days when visions of gold taps and overly ornate lighting spring to mind at the mention of gold, silver or copper.

The December 2017 issue of Elle Decoration magazine featured an article gushing about the joys of using gold. Editor-at-Large, Michelle Ogundehin said “I believe that gold’s renaissance in the home is to do with a quest for optimism. This noble metal is a material that sings, shines and looks overtly happy.”

Indeed, if anything the trend looks likely to be using more metals and pairing them together. Matt, polished, brushed, antiqued, satin, distressed. All of these various finishes greatly affect the way the metal looks and feels. Using a combination of brushed gold and antiqued brass you have a rich, historic feel with lots of drama.

Artisanal Instead of DIY

For years we have fallen over ourselves for the easily accessible DIY furniture. Anyone could have a “designer” home. However, as the novelty of the £2 lampshade has worn off, we see a shift words fewer, better quality artisan products. Glass blowing, pottery, quilting are but of a few of the artisan trades making a comeback. 

Consumers want to support local, hand-crafted trades people. These pieces are disposable, their investment, not only in our homes but also in our communities.

While you don’t need to become obsessed with trends for 2018, it’s nice to keep your eyes open for items at the forefront of the design world. We are certainly spoiled for choice- making your own spin on it is up to you.  

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