With January long gone and plans for the year ahead taking shape, we’ve had a look at the top interior decor trends for this year.

Last year it was pineapples, pinks, greys and rose gold, so what does this year hold in store?

Bold colour

A bold colour is a great feature for any room, the key being not to be too full on with the application, adding touches here and there to create a striking effect amongst calmer tones. A simple way of getting the balance right would be to use a feature wall, or keep the decor neutral with splashes of bold colour on the soft furnishings. Taylor Wimpey have done this well with orange tones across their show home in Oak View, as pictured. 

 

Natural elements

Inviting the outdoors in and embracing natural materials around the home can create a tranquil ambience and a zen atmosphere, but by doing it this year you’ll also be on trend! The bathroom is usually an easy room to adopt this in, with bamboo, greenery and wicker looking in place, similarly to this property in Church Crookham. A large plant could be the ultimate natural element, along with water features. You could also create some centrepieces with pebbles or shells from a trip to the beach.

 

High contrast

Similarly to bold colours, but with the importance of maintaining a white balance, high contrast and saturated colours. This property in Farnborough has embraced the style well, combining a feature wall with furnishings for a high impact, dramatic effect. Keeping enough white in the room will ensure that the saturated colours won’t drown out any natural light or impact the spacial awareness of the room. This room has also embraced two further trends for this year; tropical patterns and the colour green.

 

Dark woods and metallic tones

The combination of a natural element and metal is always pleasing to the eye and often found in kitchens. We have a new homes site coming up in Ash which has adopted this style beautifully. This can also be seen in the kitchen of this one bedroom apartment in Farnborough. The wood effect, contrasting against the white and metallic handles is a key trend for this year. This could also be applied in reception rooms with the use of dark furnishings or flooring paired with home accessories. Brass is the new rose gold this year, so expect to see lots of “on-trend” looks.

 

The new “it” colour

Last year it was dusky pink or grey, this year it’s all about lavender. This is such a flexible colour, in that it could easily be incorporated across many rooms. We’ve seen a few bathrooms with mosaic featuring a lavender tile, or perhaps a canvas of some stunning English lavender fields. It’s a colour which creates a sense of calm, much like the scent. This kitchen within a family home in Fleet has adopted a subtle hint of lavender within the kitchen, using the coloured splashback and accessories to add vibrancy to the neutral tones of the units.

Hopefully, if you’re considering a fresh look to a room this year, that’s given you a few ideas to get going, keeping your home on-trend in 2018.