The beginning of the year is always an exiting time filled with fresh starts, good intentions and, of course, brand new interior trends! The Houseology team have been combing design shows around the world including IMM Cologne and Maison et Objet to seek out the newest brands and collections as well as the most prominent interior trends of 2018.
We have pulled together some of our favourite looks from the show to bring you everything you need to know about the hottest interior trends 2018. From the essential new season colour palette to the textures, materials and brand names that are dominating the interior world in SS18...
Soft blush ‘millennial’ pink has been one of the hottest hues in the interior world over the past three years and is showing no sign of waning for 2018. However, this season we see blush being paired with moody charcoal grey to create a harmonious colour combo that is cool and contemporary rather than sugary.
If you prefer cool clashing to contrasting shades, try combining blush with another of 2018's favourite tones, burgundy, for a bold injection of colour with a playful 1970s inspired edge.
SS18 CHIC: NATURAL MINIMALISM
Houseology’s SS18 Chic look aims to create a sense of calm and balance in our busy lives by introducing natural materials and rustic finishes to our interior spaces. Furniture and lighting with genuine heritage that is made by skilled artisans rather than mass produced is important to this trend and combats the disposable nature of our online lives.
Furnishings that fit the Chic scheme can be characterised by their graceful aging as many of the materials that are key to this look actually become more beautiful with age rather than deteriorating. Soft leather upholstered armchairs, weathered timber table tops and tactile ceramics are all perfect for recreating this look in your own home. "Woven materials are a huge trend for SS18," says Lauren. "From rattan and seagrass to oversized knits, weaves were being showcased across everything from outdoor furniture and rugs to luxurious throws and this organic-inspired texture is perfect for bringing Houseology's Chic look into your home."
Neutral tones provide the natural partner for the organic materials of the Chic scheme but the term ‘neutral’ is also receiving a new season makeover for 2018. "Very delicate pastel tones such as soft sage green and washed powder blue are replacing the grey-based neutrals of 2017," says Lauren. " These new neutrals are also perfect for harnessing the optimism of spring and bringing an instant breath of fresh air into your home."
SS18 LUXE: EVERYDAY LUXE
This year's Luxe look from Houseology sees a more contemporary twist on the classic Luxe scheme making the style more accessible for those looking to add just a touch of this iconic style to their interior. Designed to bring a little luxury to everyday, this look infuses opulent materials such as velvet, precious stones and marble which instantly elevate any interior and invite a feeling of restrained glamour into your space.
Rich jewel tones such as emerald green and stinging ruby red are the classic choice in more glamorous schemes but SS18’s blush and marble bring a modern slant to Luxe living, particularly when paired with brass, rose gold and marble accents across table tops, light fittings and finishing touch accessories.
The furnishings in the SS18 Luxe look also offer a more contemporary feel with more delicate designs replacing heavy materials and oversized shapes. Slim, elegant legs and dainty silhouettes feature across furnishings while lighting and mirrors have also been pared back to create sleek shapes that are undeniably stylish.
SS18 URBAN: MID CENTURY INSPIRATIONS
Retro colour palettes, furniture designs and lighting are all having a serious revival and the elegant silhouettes of Mid Century style furnishings are more popular than ever. Iconic outlines such as the NORR11 Line Two Floor Lamp and the Republic of Fritz Hansen Fri Easy Chair are essential to the SS18 Urban look for their simplicity and Nordic appeal. For SS18 these simple Scandic outlines are being paired with industrial materials such as concrete table tops, iron hardware and weathered timbers which provide contrast for the sleek engineered finishes often associated with Urban design and create a look that offers greater visual depth and texture.
"The new neutral colour palette also works beautifully with our SS18 Urban scheme," says Lauren. "The soft pastels bring a little warmth to materials such as concrete and can be easily added to the scheme. As well as beautiful upholstery and soft furnishings in this palette, at the design shows we also saw a wealth of beautiful tiling and terrazzo flooring that encapsulates this look perfectly!"
From the kitchen to the living room, for SS18 we are bringing our entire lives out into the garden. Whether you are cooking for friends or relaxing with a glass of wine, creating outdoor rooms that showcase your interior style is the only way to enjoy the great outdoors in style for SS18.
"This season’s outdoor furnishings are blurring the lines between interior and exterior style with many designs being as at home in the living room as on the patio," says Lauren. "Woven finishes, rope detailing, bamboo and teak are among the most popular materials in the newest collections, adding a touch of relaxed sophistication to the garden. The newest collections from Ethimo are absolutely breath-taking and we are really excited about the new range from Vincent Sheppard too - it will be launching on Houseology.com very soon!"
This season, outdoor cooking is so much more than firing up the BBQ and a wide range of tools and outdoor ovens are making dining al fresco the most stylish way to eat. From smokers to hot plates, the kitchen is going on tour and allowing us to create delicious outdoor feasts, we love the collection from OFYR and have many more pieces launching in time for the summer months.
ONES TO WATCH
As well as providing us with a chance to meet with all the newest brands and design houses, the interior shows are an opportunity to meet with our existing brands and get a first look at the latest collections before we bring them directly to you. "There were so many incredible stands at the shows," says Lauren. "The brands really do go all-out and create the most beautiful settings in which to showcase their products. There were so many collections that really stood out and we loved the latest ranges from Eichholtz and Dutchbone. As well as existing brands, we will also be working with a number of new names in 2018 and Dome Deco is one we are really looking forward to sharing on the website. The collection has a gorgeous Luxe feel with beautiful brass accents and rich upholstery - it's definitely one to watch out for!"