2018 Interior Trend Talk
It’s a new year and, if you’re one of the legions of people who’ll be taking up some kind of self-transformative New Year’s Resolution, a new you.
Let’s face it, it’s never been a bad time to be comfortable in your own skin and whatever form that may take.
If it means your ditching some of the seasonal wobbliness that comes with the excess of the holiday period, learning a new skill or turning a facet of your personal or professional life around.
The new year is as good a time as any for introspection and taking a step back from our lives and be honest with ourselves about what’s working and what isn’t.
If the aesthetic of your home has been nagging away at you for some time and you think it’s time to get your interior design on point (with the caveat that contemporary is always temporary) the new year is a great time to do it.
What better to present a decisive finger on the pulse to all who visit your home?
So with the cold weather for many of us, it’s a great time to tackle some of the interior projects that we plan
Its also a time to clear out the clutter of unused furniture, clothes, and unused items, to a waste haulage by Shamrock Environmental it’s a great idea to revitalize your home while the year is in its infancy.
Whether staying current is of paramount importance to you, or whether you just think your home’s aesthetic needs a breath of fresh air, the talk on the street is that these trends that will come to define the coming year; what’s coming in and what’s going out.
In the kitchen
If you’re thinking of re-imagining your kitchen as a minimalist, pristine vision in white and chrome that looks ripped out of one of Kubrick’s imaginative science fiction films, think again.
Too sterile looking kitchens can be too cold and not appeal to many people.
Most of us want a welcoming kitchen.
White kitchens have dominated the scene for years now and the word is that people are generally a little tired of them.
For me, I am not tired of white but do like adding color with greenery and my black granite countertop adds balance to the white cabinets.
The new trend talk is that eclectic kitchens using mixed materials are in.
If that sounds a bit too shabby chic for your sensibilities, don’t worry you can use mixed materials in artful and elegant ways.
Mixed materials and finishes can still be brought together in a cohesive, neat and unified way.
Think bare hardwood floorboards with black ash cupboards and pine effect work surfaces and you have the measure of it.
In the living room
The fall and winter trends of last year tended towards rich textures like velvet in soft furnishings and vivid colors like teal on the walls.
This year’s trends seem to veer towards softer and subtler tones.
Lilacs, peaches, and violets will adorn the trendiest walls in the coming year.
Shapes appear to still be en vogue which is great because they represent a really strong look, they’re visually intriguing and they can represent a great talking point.
Statement art should, however, be allowed to make a statement.
Give it room (ideally a whole wall) to breathe.
Gallery walls have proven popular in previous years, will that trend continue or is the statement art the way to go?
Oh, and if you’re thinking of going with Carrara marble on your mantelpiece, this appears to be on the way out. This year, Terrazzo’s where it’s at!
Cute is out and moody is in. The bedroom should be a place of relaxation but it should still make a statement.
Moody photography prints are very much en vogue at the moment.
Natural materials should be used to create a relaxing yet elegant environment.
Bare wood, stone and natural fabrics like cottons and linens are common sense bedroom practices that will never go out of fashion.
A curious trend towards subtle(ish) notes of ‘70s glam is also creeping into fashion at the moment and if you’re feeling bold you can inject a little of this into your bedroom design!
Design Trend Takeaway
Trend predictions are just that predictions. Some are right on some are not.
One way of keeping my home decor up to date is to occasionally add new items, rearrange and move furniture & pillows to and from different rooms.
This keeps your home fresh looking and is easy on your DIY budget.
As always stick to what you love, regardless of what is supposedly trending.
For more design trend talk take a look at these lists: