Whether you’re a trend follower or a style maverick, these four home design trends will provide plenty of inspiration. Award-winning interiors house Design Intervention has built its success on creating stunning homes around the world, here its partner Nikki Hunt talks us through these design trends, and how they can be incorporated into your home.
#1 Lavender Trends
Two colour-expert giants, Pantone and Dulux, have declared purple to be the official colour of 2018. It’s a complex hue, being a blend of two shades that are seemingly diametrically opposed as colours – calming blue and stimulating red. Purple brings them together to create something totally new. It’s traditionally considered to have an uplifting effect on the human psyche, and psychologists also tell us that purple encourages creativity – perhaps that’s why I love it so much!
For our hot humid weather, I think Dulux’s ‘heart wood’ shade is preferable to the strong bright ultra-violet from Pantone. I love how Dulux’s purple has a grey undertone, giving it a smoky, mysterious tinge without any heat. I would use it as an all-over colour as it has an almost neutral tone with a bit more zing.
#2 Metallic Design
Warm metallics such as gold have now well and truly replaced silver and chrome as the popular choice for metallic finishes. The year 2015 was dominated by rose gold and copper tones, but last year we saw a definite move towards more yellow-toned golds – a trend that’s set to intensify in 2018.
#3 Curves Ahead
Forget simple rectilinear shapes, this year is all about curvaceous forms. Expect to see curved walls, rugs and sofas, softer lines and less linear designs.
#4 Animal Magic
In 2017, we witnessed a love affair with modern tropical prints. These patterns were bold, bordering on brash, but what I loved about them was that they were overwhelmingly happy. This trend is no passing fad; bold fun colourful prints are here to stay in 2018. Last year it was parrots and flamingos, which continue to prove popular, but they are now joined by a menagerie of other animals.
Cole & Son launched a new collection at London Design week in September, which celebrated the animals of Africa. Clarke & Clarke’s new collection, Animalia, has also launched, and is a rhapsody of a maximalist jungle. It’s bold and cheerful, and I’m absolutely in love with it. (I think my living room needs a makeover!)
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