Say goodbye to pineapples and marble as we predict the hottest interior trends for 2018:
As we settle into the New Year, and the last of the Christmas tree pine needles have been swept away, it’s time to turn our attention to the new interior trends which will be decorating our homes, and no doubt filling our Instagram feeds, throughout 2018.
First up, it’s terrazzo. Derived from the Latin term ‘terra’, meaning ground, it is a concrete alternative which will bring colour and pattern into the home. Informed by the historical and ornamental floors of ancient Venice, terrazzo in today’s world is made from chips of marble, quartz, granite or glass and set into a matrix of concrete or epoxy resin. As a result, the unpredictable and random patterns within terrazzo create a hybrid of design possibilities. Combined with modern technology, terrazzo is no longer limited to just floors and walls. Think kitchen countertops, plant pots and even dining tables. It seems our 16th century Italian grandfathers were onto a good thing…
Looking towards colour, and while Pantone is poring over ‘Ultra Violet’ – its latest Colour of the Year announcement – we are looking towards the new neutrals. Think less magnolia, more lavender, soft mustard, mint and peach. Pale colours have always been interesting in our eyes – wallflowers they are not. The new zeitgeist is warmer tones, blush pinks and colours once thought old-fashioned. So much so, Dulux announced ‘Heart Wood’ as its 2018 Colour of the Year.
Less screen time and more face time is the inspiration behind the figurative art trend where deconstructed facial elements, line drawings of the human form, and eye motifs with exaggerated eyelashes are all in vogue for 2018. Reclaiming pen and paper, more and more people are taking part in line drawing classes to express creativity and have time away from electronic devices. This has given way to a focus on the illustrated human form which encapsulates the true meaning of ‘eye-catching’.
Perfect imperfection is another emerging trend for the year ahead. As we know, life isn’t perfect, and the Japanese have coined a term to help us all embrace the various ups and downs we experience. Wabi-sabi is an idiom which originates from 15th century Japanese tea ceremonies and finds true beauty in the handmade, the unpredictable and the idiosyncratic. Wabi indicates rustic simplicity, while sabi alludes to the serenity and contentment that comes with age. Ceramics are a good place to start since they are the sum of the handmade and the unique bearing the signs of their making and enhancing the narrative behind the product. A refreshing move away from the showroom-style homes we are consistently seeing, there is now a renewed appreciation for imperfection.
The botanical trend is showing no sign of slowing down, and is continuing to adapt to garden-restricted urban dwellings. East London-based florist, Grace and Thorn, #greenupyourgaff campaign has gained a cult following with London millennials. A purse-friendly way to give a room a new lease of life, the beloved houseplant family has been joined by a popular new companion, the airplant. With the ability to purify the air, airplants make the perfect plant cohort for space-poor homes and amateur gardeners, since they don’t take up floor space and require little care. Hang plants from ceilings, place them in terrariums, or create a living wall – all are viable options to create an urban oasis and an overall calming environment with a therapeutic, refreshing quality.
Last but by no means least is maximalism. With Nordic design and all things minimal a long reigning trend within interiors, some designers have decided to flip the script, and it’s not for the faint-hearted. By definition, it essentially means more is more. More colour, more texture, more pattern and definitely more fun. Characterised by courageous colour and pattern clashing, statement wallpaper, outlandish art on the walls and eclectic decorative objects adorn rooms of the house. A reaction against the austerity of 2017, the maximalism trend refuses to take itself seriously and adopts an ‘anything goes’ attitude – something we should perhaps all consider in the year ahead.
All in all, 2018 is looking set to be a year of bold colour, outstanding pattern and distinct textures. As the home is one of the places we spend the most time, why not paint a few walls, plump up the cushions on the sofa and pot a few plants to create a home worthy of Instagram fame. While not all of us can get on board with #interiorsporn or #livingroomgoals, we do like the sound of switching the home up for the year in order to stay ahead of the curve in 2018 – and we can’t wait to see what our clients have up their sleeves.