Trends: What's hot and what's not for 2018

Life begins at home, we look at the trends we predict will be surfacing to an interior near you.

As one year closes and another one begins, it is a time to look forward into the future and think about changes, goals and ideas for the year ahead.

Pantone of the year

No trend list would be complete without highlighting the colour of the year. Rewind to the beginning of December when Pantone first announced their colour of the year for 2018, the eye-catching ultra-violet. The analysts at Pantone closely research key trends across the arts world including food, fashion, entertainment and home décor to arrive at the significant colour of the year. The “provocative and thoughtful” shade of ultra-violet is a creative inspiration with elements of new technology and the galaxy reflected in its dreamy qualities.

We began to see this colour creeping into our interiors as a vivid focal point last year. The spell-binding qualities of Ultra-violet can instantly transform a room. The colour can naturally take you in several directions depending on the desired effect. The deep nature of the colour can instantly tone down a room with contemporary pairings. The enchanting brightness can attract attention to a statement feature wall or bold accessory.

Contemporary furniture brands such as Munna embrace dramatic statement pieces and the 2018 Pantone colour of the year can be spied in their luxurious Lolita armchair.

Pairing the golds or other metallics, Ultra Violet becomes luxurious and dazzling; with greens or greys it evokes natural elegance.


According to Pinterest’s hot 100 list, which predicts the year’s trends using search data and pin analysis, neutrals are evolving. Move over white and beige, there is a new-neutral in town. The colour ‘sage’ is having a renaissance. Pinterest have noticed a 170% surge in pin saves for people looking for sage green interior inspiration.

christopher guy sage green furniture

It is easy to see why the colour is so popular. People are adopting the new neutral owing to its soft tones and greyish simplicity which blends seamlessly with any living environment.

To test the colour out without going fully new-neutral, try incorporating the colour by into a soft throw or within elements of a home accessory.


Of course, the sage green colour trend doesn’t just have to be paint, but incorporated in living materials and print. Hot on the heels of the Pinterest colour trend, is the recognition that palm print is trending right now. The fern is here to stay.

In a bid to bring the outside into the home, the bold and oversized pattern can be found on anything from soft furnishings, bedding and wallpaper. The emergence of wallpaper as a form of art allows the dramatic print to become the centrepiece of the living space.

Pairing the natural colours of botanical or jungle prints with metallic add a touch of luxury to the interior.

Cole and Son palm print wallpaper
Cole and Son Jungle Wallpaper

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