Refresh your home for 2018

Refresh your home for 2018

If you’re thinking of giving your home a makeover, why not make it the talk of the street? Take inspiration from the latest interior design fashions before you start and you could turn friends and neighbours green with envy.

Here are some of the latest trends you might want to follow:

Out with ‘hygge’, in with ‘lagom’ and ‘wabi-sabi’

In the last couple of years, the UK has gone crazy for the Danish concept of ‘hygge’, meaning coziness. This year it’s the turn of two other concepts in internation design; ‘lagom’, Swedish for ‘just the right amount’, and the Japanese idea of ‘wabi-sabi’, or ‘embracing imperfection’.

Both Vogue and Elle Decor have endorsed the trends, which are meant to reflect a desire for simplicity and authenticity, both inside the house and in any outside space too.

Dedicated chopping and baking stations

Style-site Houzz.co.uk suggests dedicated chopping and baking stations are becoming a must-have in kitchens.

As foodie shows and trends inspire greater cooking efforts at home, a surface for more serious chopping and rolling is highly desirable at a lower height to the regular countertop.

Different worktop materials

The sign of a seriously fashionable kitchen is, increasingly, a mix of worktop materials, wood with marble being particularly sort-after at present.

Strong sofa colours

Stronger colours are definitely on-trend. But if you don’t want to do a full paint job, adding a bold-coloured sofa might do the trick instead; pink, green and strong blue statement-sofas are now seen in many stylish homes.

Richer pigmentation

Design magazine Ideal Home says richer, moody colours are all the rage this year and less grey and neutrals. Be braver with your colour choices and perhaps go for violet or an eye-catching emerald green. This goes for both furniture and walls.

Artisanal textures

Ideal Home also suggests that the use of textures in furnishings is surging at present.

Think of furniture that has a ‘handmade feel’, using materials such as wicker and rattan. Basket-weave rugs, macramé cushions and wall hangings as well as earthy-looking lamps and lightshades would complete the look.

Patterned tiles

Tiles full of patterns, with Spanish or Moroccan stylings, are everywhere this year, from bathrooms and kitchens, to utility rooms and conservatories. You might have stayed in a hotel or apartment in Spain with exactly the sort of tile in it that homeowners are trying to replicate back in the UK

Smart-lighting

Topping the hi-tech trend list is lighting which can be controlled by simply speaking out loud, or remotely through a mobile device. Mood lighting, and lighting which can adjust throughout the day automatically, as well as colours and ‘disco’ lighting are all on-trend.

 

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Published 17th April 2018