Whether you’re looking to revamp your entire home, or just want to update a room with new cushions, these are the interiors trends you need to adopt for 2018.
Last year’s interior trends are still going strong to some extent: tropical jungle prints, flamboyant flamingos and metallic anything, on everything. But what are the top decor trends of 2018, and how can you incorporate them into your home without risking a complete overhaul of your design sense and a small fortune spent on updating your interiors?
Start with the easiest, and often the cheapest, way to update any space: paint. Interiors for 2018 are all about rich pigments, and although grey may still be the neutral of choice, colour is set to be bolder, both on walls and furniture pieces. The moodier the interior, the better, so don’t shy away from colours like brooding violet, rich navy and striking emerald green, whether to update an old armoire or to create an accent wall.
Next, consider texture. Both textiles and furnishings have taken on a playful role with lots of embellishments, raw edges and appliqué details – making them irresistible to the touch. Furniture with natural handmade feel, made from rattan and wicker, is the star of the show; check out the Tribe Dubai picks curated by The Edit, a new concept store on Al Wasl Road.
So much can be achieved by simply playing with textures and materials. Whether it be woven wicker furniture, macramé cushions or mixing marble with metal – perfect for modern lamp choices – don’t underestimate the power of embracing and combining different textures. Also, whatever the colour palette, mixing textures can instantly create another layer of interest. We love the use of macramé, seen in almost every new collection on the high street, from cushions to wall hangings. Matalan, interestingly, has large and affordable macrame wall hangings that are a statement on any wall.
And speaking of texture, an obsession with marble can definitely fall in this category. From lamps, bed linen and serving platters to wallpaper, laptop skins and phone covers, there’s a marble effect finish for all home accessories this season. Marble cushions can add an on-trend touch to pale colour schemes
The tropical trend is still going strong, so anything banana leaf, palm motif, pineapple or monstera is as popular as ever. The good news is, the trend has evolved for 2018, and it’s now less about vibrant carnival brights and more about mixing plenty of lush, energising greens, which look striking against on-trend darker furniture choices. We’ve stepped away from pale, bleached woods that were hugely popular thanks to the Scandi trend of recent years to charcoal and navy walls that are so fashionable for home decorating right now.
Metallics, also, are still popular, but think less copper and rose gold and a lot more brass, the more sophisticated and organic of the metallic colour palette reminiscent of the Art Deco trend popular in the 1920s. Whether going for brass hardware in the bathroom, or choosing to update a room with a brass mirror or brass accessories, you’ll be adding a luxurious touch to the room, and creating the perfect background to accentuate all the emerald green and millennial pink that’s so in vogue right now. Start small and hunt down a brass vase or lamp; hit up H&M Home, Zara Home and Matalan for affordable accessories.
And speaking of affordable accessories, don’t forget Maisons du Monde for anything pineapple or cactus – two trends from last year that show no sign of abating. You’ll be able to find a pineapple for every room, if you so desire. Brass ones, at that.