Trend forecasters tell: what’s in (and what’s out) for 2018
Courtesy of www.homestolove.com.au. You’ve heard all about millennial pink and you’re 100 per cent across Scandi-cool, but what’s next for the world of interiors? Real Living visited the Décor + Design Show in Melbourne where trend forecasters presented the next big interior trends – and revealed which design crazes are on the way out.
“Copper has been hugely popular for more than five years but it has reached its peak and brass is now the metallic of the moment,” says leading futurist Victoria Redshaw from London trend forecasting agency Scarlet Opus. “We are predicting the eventual return to favour of silver metallics, look out for this starting next year.”
While the interior world’s pink obsession continues, Victoria warns it may not last forever. “Powdery pinks are very ‘now’ and look chic with gold, shades of grey, corals and nudes, but I feel it will soon look dated.” says Victoria. “It’s better to use these pale pinks for textiles and accessories or as a paint colour that can be changed in the next few years rather than big investment pieces or more permanent installations like tiles.”
As our lives become more hectic and reliant on technology, our desire to reconnect with nature and return to a simpler way of life will be reflected in the design and style of our homes. Organic materials and traditional handcrafts will continue to gain momentum.
“A new type of earthen luxury that focuses on a sense of wellbeing,” will influence everything from our choices in building materials to homewares.
“One of my top trend tips for 2018 is to look out for products that relate to Wabi Sabi – the ancient Japanese philosophy of finding beauty in imperfection,” says Victoria. “These products actually become more attractive and interesting as they become love worn and time worn from use; revealing new layers of colour and texture, crackled effects, weathering and oxidisation.”
Earthy tones and dark woods will also make a comeback. “Rosewood, Walnut, the tonal marbling effects of Mango Wood and Shou Sugi Ban charring techniques that result in a wonderful blackened surface effect,” Victoria explains. “It’s a striking shift away from the blonde woods, and the Scandinavian style, that have been popular in recent years.”
Fundermax, Staron Solid, Perago Quartz and Laminam all work well with 2018 trends with a variety of textures and colours that work with these trends. Applications in the form of walls, tables, furniture, and floors will help you stay on trend in 2018.