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The hottest home design trends for 2018

Posted on December 19, 2017 in Blog

Whether you’re building or renovating, it’s a good idea to know what’s trending in the world of home and interior design.Here’s our predictions for what’s looking hot in 2018 (and, what’s not!)


Two-toned kitchens and warm natural selections – like clay, gold, henna, and ginger are becoming a hot choice selection. The trend of concealing storage and tableware looks to be reversed a little this season, with plenty of freestanding cabinets with glass doors and open shelf racks for showing off crockery.

That being said, electronic appliances such as fridges, dishwashers and stovetops are increasingly hidden elements. Concealed behind cabinetry or under benchtops.


Kitchen appliance specialist Smeg has reported a growing trend towards the upright cooker among those currently renovating or building. According to Smeg, both of these groups tend to favour free-standing cookers because of the smaller footprint and the styling, which complements both the compact contemporary kitchen style and the more rustic, organic themed kitchen.


Copper has been very popular for a number of years but it has reached its peak and brass is now the metallic of the moment,” says leading futurist Victoria Redshaw from London trend forecasting agency Scarlet Opus.

“We are predicting the eventual return to favour of silver metallics, look out for this starting next year.” She says.


Organic materials and traditional handcrafts will continue to gain momentum. As our lives become more hectic and reliant on technology, our desire to reconnect with nature and return to a simpler way of life is beginning to be reflected in the design and style of our homes.

This influence can include anything from choices in building materials to homewares and soft furnishings.


Dark wood is making a comeback. Rosewood, Walnut and the tonal marbling effects of Mango Wood result in a wonderful effect.
Cork is another beautiful material which makes not only beautiful floors but cabinet doors and walls also. Filled with wood and soft textiles the rooms ask for bright lighting design. Combined with spectacular lighting ideas, dark wood can create spacious, warm, and comfortable rooms.


A fusion of Japanese and Scandinavian style calls for a neutral palette and a light touch of colour. Small accents in vivid hues and quiet colour schemes create modern interiors which feel comfortable, spacious, energetic, and luxurious.


Wabi Sabi – the ancient Japanese philosophy of finding beauty in imperfection is something that’s taking off lately. A lot of designers are finding products that become more attractive and interesting as they become love worn and time worn from use; revealing new layers of colour and texture, crackled effects, weathering and oxidisation.


Pendant lights can add warmth, mood and focus to kitchens and dining rooms, and are available at affordable prices.You can create a focal point for your kitchen by adding feature pendant lights.
Choose lighting that compliments your hardware in either hand blown glass, matte black, or chrome finishes.

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