New year, new interior trends! And it looks like 2018 is going to be the year of the chevron. We also predict that ‘cultured looks’ inspired by the past and ‘jungle fever’ will be popular – but not together! Read on for our predictions about the hottest looks for homes in 2018, along with styling advice on how to ‘get the look’ from our resident interiors expert, Lorna McAleer.
TREND #1. Neon Jungle
Make your tropical scheme even wilder in 2018.
“Invigorating tropical spaces are definitely here to stay,” says Lorna. “We’re going to enjoy this injection of fun and vivid nature-inspired energy, reimagined with psychedelic influences. Intense ‘neon’ colour will merge with striking patterns in the form of exotic animal skins and jungle foliage. We’ll also see this theme submerge to find its inspiration in colourful, tropical waters.”
TREND #2. Reflect
Counterbalance the rapid advances of technology with luxury items and a rich colour palette that project ‘elegant timelessness’.
Lorna says: “To some extent, all trends draw their influence from the past and this look celebrates history and heritage, finding inspiration in libraries and museums. There’s a sense of ‘looking backwards to go forwards’, which translates as a fusion of retro and modern influences.
“Key looks are wood panelling, leather bound books, libraries/reading nooks and scientific specimen artwork. Colours are classic and modest; mix burgundy and warm brown colourways with mellow neutrals. Rich mahogany wood or a leather ‘Chesterfield’ sofa will infuse rooms traditional style, but team such items with sleek, modern blinds to stop the scheme from appearing stuffy. Alternatively juxtapose neat, heavily draped, formal fabrics with contemporary furniture.”
TREND #3. Chevron/Herringbone
“Traditionally used on real wood flooring, herringbone is set to be a huge look for 2018. And it’s no longer confined to the floor; utilise chevron designs on walls and window coverings for a soft, more current take on this traditional pattern. Introduce in bright berry or orange colourways or, at the other end of the scale, monochrome.”