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Home design trends 2018

If like me you’re getting bored with your decor and find yourself swooning over homes and interiors on Pinterest and Instagram, then do something about it. We’re not talking about giving your home a complete overhaul instead, just give it a little refresh with these top tips. Take it away Joel…


Intimate darks

The anthracite and graphite colours have been around for the last few years and are still going strong. However slowly we’re transferring this love into more light blacks and darker colours whether its a flat finish or wood grain texture. Shades like Little Greene’s Jack Black, Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue or Studio Green (pictured below) are real contenders here and offer the intimate shades but with a hint of colour to make it more personal.

navy wall

Inviting lights

Grey and white is one of the most timeless combinations from the interiors industry and is still going to be a strong contender this year but you’ll see it moving away from gloss and navigating more towards the matt textures.

light grey wall

Here we have the Loft White and Rubine Ashes from Little Greene

Natural textures

Luxury materials in our homes is something that a lot of us aspire to have. With manufacturers expanding their ranges, expect to see so much more of the natural effects of concrete, marble and wooden finishes. This makes it so much more accessible for us all to achieve this look.

white vein worktop

Along with new colours on our surfaces, floor and wall coverings have also expanded. Seeing more people use exposed brick again is fantastic and with technology advancing, you can now pick up brick slips that go up as easy as tiles.

brick effect wall tilesBrick effect tiles from EMC Tiles

Transitioning from one room to the next is no longer met with thresholds and we’re embracing the two textures working together. Using the natural shape of a tile, this ‘blending’ is a beautiful feature when joining a kitchen to a dining room. Karndean Flooring released their new Kaleidoscope range which makes this effect effortless. I saw it at Grand Designs Live last year and I can’t wait to work with it.

wood and tile floor

Blended metals

Copper has been huge for the last few years and it’s now running through into our kitchens and bathrooms more than ever before. There’s a lot of talk about brass and bronze making a comeback, but don’t expect to see the old English gold bath taps making a come back. Instead, look more for a rustic modern affair with products in a brass finish that I’m sure you’ll love. Also, black is becoming a lot stronger and we can really see this taking a stand in brassware and feature products.

scandi kitchen handles

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