Trends change, interiors evolve but from my perspective never has the choice and quality of interior homewares been so exciting. I’ve spent so much time looking through house magazines, instagram and Pinterest over the past few months and there are some definite themes big this season. Firstly, the softer, neutral palette isn’t going anywhere and will continue to be popular. This look is from Sainsbury’s Home, Sainsburys really are fantastic for everyday, luxury homeware (and quality children’s clothes).
Dunelm predict metallic furniture handles and legs are bang on this season, with walnut, brass, gold and marble bringing a sophisticated edge to interiors. Mixing metallics with your kitchen appliances and décor. It no longer looks wrong if your light fittings don’t match your taps. Terrazo is also an on-trend look for walls, surfaces and your bathroom splashback, although I’m not sure it’s a look we’ll be adding to our finished bathroom, but its certainly appearing in many interior images and looking to be popular.
Cork, a material that filled my parents home when I was growing up is now making a surprising reappearance. The use of more natural materials will be evident across the high street. Pale green and soft pink colours are making a big appearance this Spring, M&S have a range of sugar pink and mint homewares, and Next are showcasing soft hues across their homeware product line. Think Palm Springs!
Whilst I’m also seeing a big leaning to going dark with paint colours, including black ceilings personally its not a look I like or would want to pull off. Although simply checking out the #Deliciousdarkdecor hashtag on Instagram brings up some gorgeous, moody dark interiors. Proof that if you are brave enough, you can pull off an amazing look. This look is by Marks & Spencer.
DFS have this gorgeous Bailey sofa for just under £1600 if you want to classic yet contemporary sofa, I’m also coveting the Harland Miller Penguin book print behind the sofa but sadly his work is out of my price range.
Magazines are showcasing much bolder looks, with statement brights and colour splashes popular, deep green, hot pink and dark turquoise – paired with soft whites and pale greys look great. The cheery cushions below are from Homesense’s Spring 2018 range, offset against this hot pink paint colour, they really help make the look ‘pop’. The use of bold colours won’t just be limited to paints and cushions, kitchen appliances and furniture will also be brighter this year.
Directional herringbone for flooring will be big this year, definitely a look I love and I think won’t date, adding a classic but contemporary look to any floor. Prices do vary considerably however so definitely shop around. Herringbone is most likely to by my hallway choice in the finished house, although I’m also really taken with a variety of the engineered oak floorings available from Havwoods.
Bare brick and the industrial look will be really popular this year. Just think about the cool and trendy hotels around, that look is now migrating into home interiors. I’d definitely like to have a feature brick wall in our home, the texture adds atmosphere to a room, far more than paint. Concrete is also going to be big, whether flooring, fireplaces or home accessories, Concrete is popping up everywhere. This concrete grey and willow pendant light is from House of Fraser (£70).
My home design look
It’s hard not being able to style my home with the abundance of fantastic homewares I’ve picked up recently. There are so many beautiful homeware items available in the shops, as well as a glut of quality, independent online sellers and makers. Whilst all I can show you at the moment in our 1960s fixer upper is the original carpets and curtains – (not a look you’d want to recreate), my early design thinking is that the main living area is going to be a neutral palette (crazy with toddlers but I’m a sucker for punishment!). This space will feature large comfy sofas, covered in an abundance of cushions and over-sized, plain rugs. Grey and soft tones was popular in 2017 and I think its set to stay in 2018 – you’ll either be a neutrals fan or will be embracing the bold, bright look. Upstairs with four bedrooms to decorate, at least two will feature some darker colours and the remaining will incorporate wallpapers and soft greys, beige and white hues. The look I’d like to achieve in our living room is a little like this:
With this anticipated to be open plan and large in layout, the furniture needs to be big enough to combine adult entertaining as well as functional for the children’s play space. You can take a look at my Pinterest boards for an idea of the design and feel I think I’m going to be creating throughout the house.
What trends or homewares are you loving at the moment? How are you incorporating Spring into your home this year? I’d love to know.