Forget your beiges and greys, it’s all about pale and interesting for 2018 – this look is more about using tints of hues like lavender, lilac, eau de nil, light peachy pinks and mint – it’s more subtle than the ice-cream pastels that we’ve seen in the last few years, with a fresher, more modern and sophisticated twist.
Think last year’s tropical trend on steroids – this pumped-up version is bold, bright and not for the faint-hearted. There’s a blend of cultural influences going on here; it’s reminiscent of Jamaican textiles, but there’s also a 1980s vibe (Postmodernism has seen a big revival in the last year) with its disco-themed palette and mix of monochromatic graphic patterns. Either way, it’s a playful look that’s guaranteed to transport you to warmer climes while you wait for summer to arrive…
This eclectic trend has a more laid-back vibe and is perfect for trendy travellers who want to show off their souvenirs. The key is to blend influences – mix Moroccan blankets and kilim rugs with Ikats and contemporary prints to create an authentic vibe. Keep the palette earthy and natural to maitain a calm and not-too-chaotic feel. Greenery is still important this year and will add an extra dimension to your scheme, so invest in plenty of lush indoor plants and succulents to complete the look.
We saw floral prints go big and blousy last year, but this year the obligatory botanical trend has gone small scale, with more delicate, painterly and abstract floral and nature-inspired designs. Inspired by old botanical prints and sketchbook drawings, this year’s look has more of an artisan feel.
In our fast-paced digital world it’s nice to come home and switch off. This trend is all about embracing a slower pace of life by surrounding yourself with lovingly handmade pieces against a pared-down backdrop of neutral, warming tones and furniture that’s made from natural materials such as wicker and rattan. Experiment with textures and opt for tactile surfaces to create interest.