Planning to redecorate in 2018? From bright colours and tropical prints to handmade ornaments and mismatched furniture, ultra-modernism is in. Here are the key interior design trends that experts predict will take off this year.
Say goodbye to Scandi-inspired minimalism and hello to opulence. Contrasting prints, eye-catching patterns and bold hues are going to be a big hit this year, as well as metallic and nomadic accents. If you want to keep up with interior trends on a budget, this is a good one to go for – swap your old cushion covers and knick-knacks for new statement pieces.
This year, homeowners are set to start adding more colour to their kitchens. Warm woods like mahogany are fast overtaking plain white countertops, while sunny, farmhouse shades like yellow, terracotta and blue are great choices for the units themselves. Stainless steel sinks are likely to be replaced with rustic stone and granite or light-catching copper. Tiles are back in fashion too – think geometric, terrazzo and Moroccan styles.
Chopping or baking stations are set to be a big feature in 2018 kitchens. They're freestanding and sit slightly lower than counter height, so they're more ergonomic, which is perfect if you're tackling complicated recipes. Sit one beside your counter as an extension or, if you have a big room, use it as a centrepiece.
2017 was the year of copper chrome – this year it's all about solid black. It's versatile, timeless and complements most colourways. From lampshades and mirrors to towel rails and taps, in 2018 you can expect to see more matte black fixtures in bathrooms and living rooms as well as kitchens.
The traditional dining table is making a big comeback, replacing the breakfast bar for family meals in the kitchen. To conquer two 2018 trends in one, choose a table with a hard stone top so it can double up as a baking counter, or opt for one with a mahogany finish to give your kitchen a rich centrepiece.