At this years’ Décor + Design Show in Melbourne, international trend forecaster Victoria Redshaw from Scarlet Opus in the UK shared her top trends for home design for 2018. Victoria predicts we will see a move towards luxurious interiors with a deep sense of comfort, a blending of designs from a variety of cultures and a continued focus on sustainability using reclaimed materials.
If you’re looking for inspiration for your new home or just wanting to revamp your current home, here’s a list of what’s on trend in home design in 2018.
1. Cosy luxury
Victoria Redshaw predicts we will see a new type of luxury in home design that is not ostentatious but rather focused on creating a haven in our home where we can escape from our busy lives. This will see a move towards richer colours like burgundies and sapphire blues and elements of brass and bronze.
The cosy, luxury trend was also on show at the recent Milan Furniture Fair (Salone del Mobile Milano), where comfy couches that were curved and low were the order of the day. Wallpaper also featured heavily, particularly in living rooms and with a focus on geometric or organic designs.
2. A blending of cultures
The layering of colour, pattern, traditions and techniques from a variety of cultures is also on trend according to Victoria Redshaw. She describes it as a journey across the old Silk Road and the focus is on achieving a harmony of different cultures through design.
This trend is reflected in Dulux’s new palette of colours for the home called ‘Kinship’, which is a rich, earthy palette designed to create a sense of warmth and includes colours such as ochre, terracotta, rust, organic greens and greys. These colours can be punctuated with dark accents such as black in artwork and furniture.
We’re increasingly seeing a move towards sustainability in home design and Victoria Redshaw says the use of reclaimed products will be big in 2018. This trend has already started, with new products being made from waste materials from the agricultural, furniture and fashion and textiles industry.
When we think about using reclaimed materials in home design, wood comes first to mind, but look out for a wave of innovative products like tiles made from old TVs.
4. Kitchens and bathrooms get a pop (or a lot) of colour
Colour is making its way back into kitchens and bathrooms and featured heavily at the Milan Furniture Fair. Marble benchtops in kitchens are still popular but there’s a move towards much thinner benchtops. Black kitchens are also hot right now.
We’ve seen colour slowly creep back into bathrooms and be used as a feature accent through coloured basins, toilets and tiles. Grey is leading the way in this new trend, but green and plum colours are also becoming popular.
In terms of tapware, plumbing and bathroom product supplier Reece is talking up the pin lever style, which has been revamped to include modern touches such as curves and multiple finishes. And if you’re looking for a new loo, smart toilets are the way of the future. The Roca In-Wash Inspira Smart Toilet, for example, includes built-in bidet functionality and comes with a slimline remote to control functions such as cleaning, drying and adjusting the water temperature. It also features an LED night light for those late-night trips to the loo!