After a restful Christmas and New Year break, we have returned to the office full of fresh new ideas for the year ahead. Many of our suppliers have been sending us previews of new 2018 collections and products and we have had quite a bit of fun filtering through the plethora of new products. We have identified 4 trends that we think we will see more of in the year ahead.
1. Lavender Luxe
Both Pantone and Dulux have declared a purple tone to be the official colour of 2018. For two colour giants to agree on a colour choice, well that is certainly something to note.
Purple is a complex hue being a blend of two shades seemingly diametrically opposed colours — blue is calming and red stimulatory— and brings them together to create something totally new. Traditionally considered to have an uplifting effect on the human psyche, psychologists tell us that purple encourages creativity. Perhaps that’s why I love it so.
For our hot humid weather, I think perhaps Dulux’s offering of Heart Wood is preferable to the strong bright ultra violet from Pantone. I love how Dulux’s Heart Wood has a grey undertone, giving it a smoky mysterious undertone without any heat at all. I would use it as an all-over colour. It will feel almost like a neutral but with a bit more zing.
I have used lavender in my past projects as I like how it can bring a cool serenity to our homes.
2. Gold Metallic Finishes
Warm metallics have now well and truly replaced silver and chrome as the popular choice for metallic finishes. 2015 was dominated by rose gold and copper tones but last year we have seen a definite move towards more yellow toned golds. This trend is set to intensify in 2018.
Forget simple rectilinear shapes, this year is all about curvaceous forms. Expect to see curved walls, rugs and sofas.
4. Bold Animal Prints
2017 saw a love affair with modern tropical prints. These patterns were bold, bordering on brash but what I loved about them was that they were overwhelmingly happy. Well this trend is no passing fad. Bold fun colourful prints are here to stay in 2018. Last year it was parrots and flamingos. They will still be popular but they are joined by a menagerie of other animals. Cole and Son launched a new collection at London Design week in September which celebrated the animals of Africa.
Clarke and Clarke’s new collection Animalia will be launched in January and is a rhapsody of a maximalist jungle. It’s bold and cheerful and I am absolutely in love with it. I think my living room needs a makeover….