Four 2018 interior design trends to master on a budget

by Housesimple on 20th June 2018

Say goodbye to copper chrome, flamingoes and monstera leaves – according to Pinterest's Home Report, there are some new interior design trends on the block for 2018.

If you’re looking to update your home, there are plenty of ways you can harness these trends with a good bit of DIY – and without breaking the bank in the process.

Statement colours

Neutral shades are being put aside this year in favour of seriously bold hues – particularly red, blue and hunter green.

  • Paint is pricey, so create a statement wall rather than repainting the entire space.

  • Use ornaments that match the statement wall in other parts of the room to tie it all together.

  • If you choose a dark colour like navy, make it pop by setting brightly coloured furniture beside it in vivid shades such as red and yellow. Similarly, if you choose a bold red, balance it out by placing dark furniture in front of it.


Texture contrasts

Searches for wool, leather and fringed fabrics are soaring this year as people focus on bringing textural contrasts into their homes.

  • Focus on your soft accessories, such as throws and pillows, rather than buying a whole new sofa.

  • Experiment with different textures by mixing and matching cushion covers – choose a mix of faux fur, chunky weaves and sleek silk.

  • Browse your local second-hand shops for retro treasures such as crochet throws.


Spa bathrooms

People are spending more time (and money) on areas of the home dedicated to relaxation. Take some inspiration from the world's coolest bathrooms with these simple tips:

  • Install a rainfall showerhead. It's a lot cheaper than a full-on bathroom remodel and will add serious luxury to your bathroom.

  • Replace old, tired towels with brand new fluffy ones – in spa-appropriate white, of course.

  • Use essential oils in place of air fresheners – jasmine, lavender or lemongrass are ideal for creating that spa atmosphere.


Upcycled furniture

Revamping pieces is all about breathing new life into what you've already got. This is ideal for budget-conscious DIYers, as long as you're willing to do the hard work yourself.

  • If you don't have any items you want to update, look for cheap furniture in charity shops and flea markets.

  • Follow free tutorials on YouTube and websites like Ikea Hackers to keep yourself on track.

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