Furniture, like fashion, sees annual trends. Styles, shapes and colours all come and go over time. There are, of course, some timeless classics that stand the test of time, but these are few and far between.
It’s predicted that in 2018, key furniture trends will simplify and make our lives more straightforward, while at the same time encouraging homeowners to be more creative with colours, textures and patterns.
Modular furniture, which comes in parts that can be swapped and rearranged, will continue to be a key trend. This form of furniture gives us more flexibility with the space we have and the ability to change the feel of a room simply by swapping items round.
Furniture made from ecologically sustainable materials such as wood, stone and glass will be popular, allowing people to bring a sense of the outdoors inside. Colours that evoke the outdoors, such as sky blue, ivory, dark browns and greens will help to create a calming eco style.
The idea of bringing the outside in will continue through the shape of furniture and we’re likely to see chairs and sofas, for example, that resemble flowers. Vibrant plants that have specific health benefits, such as cleaning the air or aiding sleep, will also come back into vogue.
If an eco-style isn’t for you, then try on trend bold, geometric prints for wallpapers and fabrics, as these will be fashionable throughout 2018. On the subject of wallpaper, 2018 will also see more of us use it in bathrooms. While it somehow doesn’t seem quite right that you would do this in the most moisture-laden room of the home, there will be some great prints with waterproofed finishes, just perfect for the bathroom and easier and cheaper to replace regularly than tiles are.
In 2018, bare walls will be so last year and wall art will be popular. Arranged in either regimented or a more haphazard fashion to suit your interior design and mindset, the wide choice of frames available will also allow you to put your personal stamp on things.
The vintage and upcycling phenomenon will continue this year too, as many of us scour reclamation yards, second hand shops and flea markets to find that unusual piece of furniture that can we can work our magic on, leaving us with a truly unique piece.
Whatever your personal taste, there is a trend in 2018 to suit everyone, and restyling your home doesn’t need to cost a fortune. Choose a theme or trend that you like and add simple, lower cost items such as a lick of paint or a roll of wallpaper to create a feature wall. Some new cushion covers or even just some large, vibrant houseplants are also smart choices. Any or all of these changes will spruce up your home and keep you on trend.
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