5 Design Trends to Look Out for in 2018

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Image from Decor Idea via Pinterest
We are now over half way through 2018, and people all over the world are asking the same question: where have the last six months gone!? Summer has finally arrived, and has brought a plethora of new home interior design trends to look out for with it! Keep reading to discover five favourite styles and trends to look out for over the next six months along with some tips on how you can incorporate them in your own home!

Tropical Prints and Pineapples
Following last year’s success, furnishings and accessories that feature a tropical print or, better yet, a pineapple, are dominating the world of interior design. From leafy towels, cushions and throws to pineapple mirrors, soap dispensers and crockery; this fun, stylish trend doesn't look to be going anywhere anytime soon. This is great news for plant-lovers, as the prints work exceptionally well with a host of greenery, and nothing is too much for this larger than life look. Alongside the typical palm leaves, the Swiss cheese plant has taken precedence on many designs, for a more retro finish. 

Interestingly, the tropical trend has added a new perspective for the summer season, focusing on lush, energising greens as opposed to lashings of loud and bold colours. The style also welcomes a slightly more ‘out-there’ approach, with exotic birds and oversized insects also welcome on mugs, bedding, or any which way they can!

Metallic accents
The timeless trend of making the most of metallic continues to reign supreme, with a shift in focus away from cold, silvery shades to warmer tones including brass and copper. There are a variety of ways you can embrace metallics in your home, including vintage industrial lighting, retro bar stools and furnishings and even something as small as a drawer handle. These shades bring a luxurious finish to any room they are placed, and can work well with soft, pastel colours for a complementary contrast.

The beauty of the metallic trend is that it can be as little or as large as you see fit. You call the shots, and it is your house after all, and you’re the one who has to live in it, so why let anyone else tell you how to do it? Each house will have its own voice and character, and it’s up to you to decide how much, or little, of this trend you wish to incorporate.

Dark Woods
Wooden furnishings and accessories are taking to the dark side this year, adding a more glamorous, sophisticated finish to any room or home. The pale, bleached counterparts of the past, once popularised by Scandi trends including Hygge and Lagom, have made room for these elegant fittings, much to the delight of those with light-coloured make-up desks – and one too many foundation stains!

Dark woods can be implemented easily through searching second-hand shops for vintage treasures or heading to a parents/grandparent’s attic to see what they have going spare. Upcycling is in, and dark woods have been in and out of style consistently over the last century. Pair your findings with rich, complementing colours on rugs and curtains, with consideration of how the texture of the fabrics might further the desired effect.
Image from Nub Watches via Pinterest
Vintage Furnishings
As mentioned previously, upcycling is in, and as is anything that can be recycled, reused or rehomed will be highly-regarded in the world of interior design during the second half of 2018. Home interiors can be a reflection of the state of world affairs and given the increased focus on all things planet-friendly, opting to go vintage seems to be the ideal, cost-effective solution for all! Buying a house is harder than it has ever been for young people and being able to afford all the trimmings once that eye-watering deposit has cleared is unrealistic, to say the least.

Whether you’re looking for a full-scale, six-piece dining set or a few retro accessories to add some character to your living space; there are a plethora of charity shops that will offer high-quality, preloved goods at bargain prices. If you have a slightly larger budget to work with, source reputable companies that sell realistically vintage goods of high-quality. Try to include some of the tendencies of vintage furniture, including the use of high-quality materials, a handcrafted finish and expert craftsmanship.

Interiors Perhaps no surprise to most, this age-old favourite remains as prevalent as ever in the latter half of 2018, and continues to grow steadily in popularity for both young and old. Exposed brick, retro wall lights and minimalist traits are just some of the ways you can achieve industrialism in your home and are good options for the rest of the year, with a combination being the best option.

For the ultimate industrial vibe, opt for original statement art, a mixture of retro wall lights and pendants from the past set against exposed brickwork. Practice practicality wherever possible, and core colours including black will always complement such themes.

Hopefully, these ideas have given you some inspiration for your own home over the next six months, but if you’re still in search of some ideas, Pinterest is always a great place to start!

What do you think of these design trends? 

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  1. God that kitchen in the first picture it my kitchen of dreams.


  2. wow nice
    Thank you for sharing

  3. I like the idea of vintage pieces. So many things go to waste these days. And the flat-pack furniture we are so used to now just isn't as good quality as stuff produced 20+ years ago.

  4. I love love love pineapples!! They really are everywhere!!

  5. I absolutely love metallics in a home! It's so beautiful!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

  6. I am loving dark wood and older furnature at the moment, they are SO stunning!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  7. I love home design, it just excites me! Pineapple are my favourite, they look so pretty and I love the idea of metallic accents.

    KHVDIJA | http://www.khvdija.co.uk

  8. I've been really getting interested in vintage styles lately. Also, I've been seeing pineapples on everything.

    Faye Jessica | fayejessica.co.uk

  9. I am loving everything monster leaf recently!

  10. I am always here for some metallic accents! x

  11. Tropical prints are everywhere right now aren't they? Clothes, decor - everywhere you look theres pineapple! x

  12. Tropical Prints and Pineapple's I am so down for! Metallic accents also!xo

    Char | www.charslittleblog.co.uk

  13. I love all the trends you've mentioned. I always thought I was a light-wood girl, but the dark wood trend has got me second guessing myself with its sophistication!
    Lovely post. xxx


  14. I'm not a fan of dark wood and pineapples but I love using vintage pieces.

  15. I’m loving tropical prints at the moment!!

    Ayse x

  16. I love the industrial style, the lights are so lush!

    Gemma Louise

  17. I’m not surprised by palm prints and pineapples, everywhere I look currently, a brand is incorporating it x

  18. I love adding some copper and rose gold touches around the home, they really lift a room.


  19. I love all these trends you’ve pointed out I’m loving the dark wood and metallic accents x

    Joyce �� 

  20. I am loving dark wood at the mo x

  21. I love the tropic prints and pineapples! Although, I feel like a bit of an idiot if I wear/buy anything with pineapples on since I'm allergic! xx

    Brooke | www.brookeclarke.com

  22. I love tropical print & I love the industral touches too

  23. I love metallic accents in almost everything around me! Be it my kitchen & home decor or even my stationery x


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