We Love… Interior trends 2018

Houzz recently collaborated with interior designers to analyse its own data of popular photos and articles to predict some of the top home trends we can expect to see this year.

When it comes to home decor trends, 2017 was the year of rose gold accents, exposed brick, subway tile patterns, and velvet furnishings. With a new year comes new colours, materials, textures,  finishes, and fresh takes on classic styles. So what’s in store for 2018?

The arrival of Ultraviolet

Replacing last year’s vibrant Greenery, the 2018 Pantone colour of the year is Ultraviolet – a stunning deep purple shade, chosen to reflect the limitless mysteries of the cosmos, creative discovery, and a sense of intrigue about the future.

Ultraviolet is a strong tone that is capable of dominating any space. It is therefore thought that the colour will likely to be introduced into the home to simply add subtle pops of colour – perhaps a single chair, a rug, a piece of artwork, or a refresh in the crockery collection. Alternatively, soft pastel shades carrying ultraviolet undertones may be used to add the colour with more prominence.

Open plan kitchens

Open plan layouts have dominated modern homes in recent years, and while that’s not set to change in 2018, there is likely to be an influx of more spatial boundaries with furniture – bookcases, cabinets, and seating – used to create a semi-closed off section between two conjoined spaces such as the kitchen and living room.

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Dining tables in the kitchen

For some time now, large islands and breakfast bars have provided a hub that proudly welcomes everyone to the centre of the kitchen for eating family meals and enjoying sociable drinks. But it is believed that more homes, especially those with smaller kitchens, will favour a traditional dining table in the centre of the kitchen instead of an island.

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Vintage light fixtures

Interiors experts predict that 2018 will see lighting take more than a functional role, with feature fittings taking a top spot in the list of must-have trends for the year. Decorative vintage fixtures, such as large low hanging copper pendants will prove popular, not only for adding a subtle gleam of illumination to a room but also for giving the space an artistic finishing touch.

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Colourful kitchens

All white everything has proved a popular backdrop for modern kitchen design in recent years, but 2018 is pitched to be the year that warm wood tones such as deep walnuts and mahoganies along with new neutral paint shades (greys, creams, and blues) will be welcomed into the space.


New textures and finishes

Last year, rose gold and brass finishes were must have materials in the kitchen. In 2018, matte black is expected to make a statement appearance which is exciting for us as last year we noticed a rise in the number of our own customers opting for black shades of paint for the outside joinery of their extensions. Additionally, Houzz predicts that concrete will become more prevalent throughout the home in unexpected ways, being used for furniture, decorative accessories, wallcoverings, countertops and tiles.

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Pantone image via: www.pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2018