5 Interior Design trends to watch this year

09 May 2018

In December, Pantone released its colour of the year, Ultra Violet. This is a great summary of what is to follow in the world of design and interiors – being bold, experimenting and thinking outside the box. From geometric patterns to dark and moody wood stains, here is a breakdown of the top trends you should know about.

1) Nature’s best

With more people filling their homes with foliage in a bid to counteract our increasingly urban lives, we are seeing nature move inside in other ways as well, reflecting our need to reconnect with it. The colour green – from sage to emerald is being seen on walls, upholstery and furniture. Teamed with botanical and/or tropical prints and natural materials such as wood, marble and ceramics – this trend is a classic that can work with any style of home.

2) Maximalism

Following several politically and socially uncertain years, people are beginning to use colour and vibrant aesthetics to propel them into the coming year. Maximalism is a way for people to express their own personality and style in their own space, without hesitation or rules. A sign of opulence and confidence, the maximalism trend is taking over the white-washed, clean and minimal looks we have seen for so long. Dark, moody colours take centre stage over white, and are the perfect base for bold pattern and colour. With no one colour standing out amongst the rest – this year is about them all. Greens, blues, terracottas, yellows and blush, pairing pastels with brights, and pattern with, well, more pattern! To team with the opulent trend, luxe fabrics and textures like velvet and silk are also still going strong this year.

3) New metallics

The ever-popular rose gold and coppers are being replaced by more industrial shades of brass and nickel. Less high shine and more sophisticated, muted tones are an easy way to add luxury to any room.

4) Dark Wood

The Scandi trend that seems to have reigned forever is being taken over by a darker, bolder and more moody tone! Expect to see the likes of walnut, dark oak and charcoal/grey stains. Paired with brass or gold accents – this trend is effortlessly luxurious.

5) Geometric pattern

Timeless and elegant, we are seeing a huge amount of geometric patterns in wallpaper, tiles, fabrics and furniture this year! From simple and classic to bold and fun, geometric pattern is something that can be used in even the most conservative homes.