Watch For These Trends

This post was created in collaboration with our friends over at Bellhops Movers

Generally speaking, we believe in timeless over trends and that quality is more important than fleeting fads. But most people want their home to look current and stylish so it can be helpful to keep an eye on the direction that interior design is going.

We have compiled three of the top trends happening in the world of interior design for 2018. They can be as subtle or dramatic as you want. Whether your house could do with a quick shot of colour or a complete overhaul, take inspiration from these current styles.

 

Black and White

Black and white is such a classic colour combination, but one that never seems to get old. From a tonal point of view they are polar opposites but they work because together they create the ultimate balance. A home should be a safe haven and creating any sense of balance will help it to feel like one.

A black and white base color palette can be crisp and contemporary. It is particularly striking when used in tiling and wallpaper. And it always lends itself well to geometric lines and patterns. But black and white alone can be stark, especially in a larger space. Consider a third or even fourth accent colour, such as pale pink with coral, or turquoise and medium blue, or even tans, camels and browns with the black and white combo.

Black and white looks stunning in hallways, kitchens and bathrooms. There has also been a recent surge of popularity for black and white nurseries, due to the fact that newborn babies are unable to distinguish colors and are stimulated by black and white pattern.

 

Patterns and Print

Travel always has an influence on interior design but this next trend is also impacted by a Scandinavian movement known as Hugge, which is all about creating a cozy, comfortable lifestyle. Prints and patterns tie in here because they bring a warm, eclectic ambiance to any room.

The brilliant thing about incorporating prints and patterns into your home is that with so many patterned items available, it is easy to find decorating elements to use in your rooms. Adding intricate designs with soft furnishings like cushions, rugs and throws can change the whole look of a home. But even smaller items like lampshades, mugs and tableware can make a difference. It’s even impacting greenery – Pinterest has revealed that pins for patterned plants are up 533%.

But the best part? The patterns don’t even have to match! Contrasting prints and colours only add to a beatnik-chic vibe. However, combining patterns can be a bit tricky and there are a few rules of scale that are helpful to follow. Here is where spending a bit of time and budget on a decorating professional can help.

 

Jewel-Tones

Jewel-toned colours add a richness and depth to interior design. As you would imagine – considering their name – these colors feel luxurious and expensive. But they don’t have to have the price tag to prove it.

These lavish shades like wine, plum, teal, ruby and royal blue look rich and deep painted on as a feature wall. They can be incorporated easily into most colour schemes, but work especially well on a neutral base such as white, cream or grey.

For pure opulence, combine jewel tones with fabrics such as velvet, silk or sheepskin. Statement sofas, chairs, footstools, curtains or blankets are instantly elevated when draped in these lavish shades. To gain extra trendy points, place jewel-tone colours next to dark wood or metallics.

The most important thing to consider when you are decorating your home is you. It’s fine to take elements that are in fashion but it’s always best to choose colors and styles that suit your taste, preference and lifestyle.  So spend some time thinking about the looks and styles that best reflect you and the way you see yourself living before you purchase. You’ll be glad you did!