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New Year, New Design?

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Entering the new year makes the perfect opportunity to redecorate our homes because they’re so 2017. Moving into 2018, you want to leave everything in the past and in terms of interior design, this is achievable. We’ve teamed up with Oldrids & Downtown, a retailer of quirky bedroom furniture and a department store that has over 200 years’ experience, to find out what the trends look like for home design in 2018.

Reflecting on 2017

To make accurate predictions of what 2018 will have in store for interior design; it’s important to reflect on 2017 and look at what trends made our living spaces homelier whilst being incredibly visually pleasing. So, what were some of the best trends that transformed our homes over the past year?

The World’s Colour of the Year for 2017 was the world’s brightest neutral – Greenery. The colour green did well in general, as we saw the use of this colour in fashion and commercial design – making it an instant hit with the general public. Greenery represents refreshment and revitalization, which a lot of people could relate to during that time.

Untreated walls were another hit in 2017, with a rustic and industrial look being more aesthetically pleasing for our social media feeds – especially when they were complemented with a wood burning stove. This trend was a brilliant way for homeowners to save both time and money when decorating, whilst giving them the flexibility to be versatile with their furniture.

When it comes to homeware, cork-themed furniture was a fond addition. The environmentally friendly material was commonly used throughout the year to make items such as vases, glasses and even lampshades. However, they were often accompanied by a metallic surround that gave off a youthful yet premium vibe.

When looking at what was popping in kitchenware, a big trend that captured everyone’s heart was the use of mason jars as cups. Young or elderly, everyone had one in their kitchen. This trend even caught on with restaurant owners, who discovered that they could use these to serve drinks as well as storing food and ingredients. Accompanied by a striped straw, mason jars are the perfect item to serve a nice cool beverage.

Those were some of our standout trends from 2017 then. But what does 2018 look like?

2018 Interior Predictions

Although copper was big in 2017, it will go out as quickly as it came in. Gold and brass furniture will make its return and will become a household essential; although making it subtle is the key to making them look good. Golden legs of a table accompanied with a white top will be the talking point of all of the dinners you host, for instance.

Pristine white kitchens were a big thing for last year too, but this year homeowners will find themselves mixing and matching with materials and colours to give their kitchens a bit more character. Everyone seems to have a white kitchen, white tiles and white marble worktops and, frankly, it’s a bit repetitive. Mixing finishes will give it a cool New York-like aesthetic that everyone will love.

When it comes to threads in your home, whether this is your cushions or your curtains, rich colours are essential. This can really benefit the furniture you have in your room and make it pop to any visitor. Don’t go too wild with different colours, but at the same time don’t be afraid to try something you haven’t used before, such as a mustard tone – be the trendsetter with all of your friends.

Darker walls are going to be another hit, as 2017 saw us favour those lighter and brighter colours. For those who opted for untreated walls last year, it’s time to leave them there and generate something new in your living space. Picture grey walls with your mustard curtains – it’s an interior designer’s dream. Withhold the elegance in your home by opting for a palette of aged colours that will make the most beautiful backdrop.

With gold coming back, we think that a 70s theme will be popular throughout the home as well – so expect a return of wooden furniture. From units in your living room to your dressing table (accompanied by a long motel-like mirror), you will have plenty of storage space that will accompany the colour of your walls and threads beautifully.

Those are some of our trends for 2018 – be a trendsetter amongst your friends, and don’t leave it too late!

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