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February Guest writer Amanda Harris talks Interior trends for 2018

Wed 31 Jan 2018

Interior trends for 2018
 

With Christmas, all packed away and our homes looking rather sparse, it’s time to make the most of these long evenings and dream about how we can spruce up our interior spaces for the year ahead.

The ways in which we seek our interior design inspiration is changing. Social media has become a massive influence, exposing people to countless examples of what is possible with our interiors, encouraging individuality and the confidence to build one’s own look.

One way to update your home’s look is with new accessories. Lampshades, cushions, throws, rugs, flea market finds and clever upcycling projects are perfect ways to refresh without spending a small fortune. A fresh paint colour on the walls isn’t going to be expensive either and will take no time at all to make a massive difference to a room.

If you don’t want to update an entire room; windowsills and table tops are a great place to start.

What will we be seeing more of in 2018’s interiors?



Vintage and Artisan

Pieces of a vintage nature are more popular than ever. With the new-found confidence for interiors that Social media has presented, people are increasingly ditching the off the shelf home look and are more willing to indulge their creative freedoms, creating one of a kind living spaces. A much-loved vintage finds or an artisan-made piece can become a showpiece and the influential starting point and theme for curating accessories.

House Plants

Have steadily been increasing in popularity, they are a fuss-free way to add life, movement and texture to an interior of any style or colour. Not only do houseplants look good, they are good for us too; absorbing carbon dioxide, producing oxygen, regulating humidity and improving the general air quality in a room. Just the presence of plants in your indoor space is said to reduce stress and facilitate creativity.

I like to collect plants together, creating riotous displays of lush greenery that bring indoor space to life. I always go for odd numbers, varying the size and texture of your chosen plants to create displays of pure botanical opulence.

Let’s not forget about that under utilised patch of sunshine; the kitchen windowsill, crying out to grow some microgreens or fresh culinary herbs. A little living larder, bringing colour and life to your kitchen.

Dark wood

This is something coming back into favour. Although I must be honest it’s never gone out of favour with me. I love dark antiqued wood with its moody colour pallet and the depth and drama it creates, especially against a whitewashed stone wall so typical of old houses here in Pembrokeshire.


Textured

Interiors keep ones visual attention within a room, giving that cosy, rustic feeling. Creating layers of texture work by bringing earthy tones together in a multitude of visual layers, creating interest and depth. Using texture allows for seasonal flexibility too. Use lighter materials such as linen, hessian and cotton for warmer seasons and woven woollens, faux fur and velvet into Autumn and Winter.

Add texture to a room with a leather Chesterfield sofa, weathered wood, distressed metal, woollen fabrics, velvet and natural materials such as wicker.


Soft Earthy Neutrals
 

From an uplifting pallet of greys with a green undertone provide a warming space without overpowering. My favourite colour for this task is Drop Cloth by Farrow and Ball. Drop Cloth is the traditional name for the indispensable painter's dust sheet which this muted colour embodies.

My experience with ‘Drop Cloth’ colour is that in bright daylight, its grey tones shine through then as artificial light is added or the afternoon sunlight streams in, its green tones become apparent, softening and warming the room. Perfect for a warm neutral backdrop.

Bold  Colours
 

Accents of bold colours are set to be popular this year. One personal favourite is Farrow and Ball’s “Charlottes Locks”. Taking its inspiration from the flame red hair of their Head of Creative, this deep and dramatic orange is particularly spectacular when used in small areas. Use in a gloss finish for extra impact.

Another heavyweight is Annie Sloane’s “Amsterdam Green”, a deep bottle green -  perfect for giving a tiered piece of furniture that moody re-loved look.

Using bold colours on a statement piece give interiors a blast of colour which provides the building blocks on which to base your curated accessory selection.

Florals

A well placed floral display is the perfect finishing touch to an interior. The placing of a large bunch of flowers in the middle of a coffee table immediately draws the eye to the floral display. You can use flowers to emphasise a chosen colour or add a finishing touch to a statement piece of furniture. The scent of flowers also adds another layer to the sensory experience of an interior.

Floral soft furnishings have also been enjoying increased popularity, with vintage florals by such stalwarts as Sanderson still very much desired.

There are some great artisan fabrics out there too. I am loving a new design by the team at Damson and Slate, “Peony” based on a watercolour by the designer's Grandmother.  It is a beautiful blouse, floral fabric in muted greens with beautiful blush pink blooms.

With some ideas for what to do with your interior this coming season please don’t forget to think about how you can upcycle or pass on to a local charity for resale items that are no longer favoured in your home.

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