'The Interior Design Trends in 2018' - With Rockett St George & Busola Evans
At the end of January I was lucky enough to attend the Rockett St George event 'The Interior Design Trends in 2018' with Busola Evans at The Boutique Workspace Company in Shoreditch. Busola .....you can find her on Instagram at @busolaevans....... is a journalist and currently the acting Deputy Editor for Living etc so she certainly knows her stuff! I was very excited to hear her share her inside knowledge about the 2018 interior trends and how you can take inspiration from them to improve your living space.
Alongside Busola, and asking the questions, as well as giving her expert interiors advice, was Interiors Journalist and writer Kate Watson-Smyth. As always at the fabulous Rockett St George events the drinks were flowing, the canapés delicious and a sold out crowd of interior lovers were ready for an evening of interiors chatter and the chance to ask for expert interior design advice from Busola and Kate.
Accompanying me that night was my lovely friend Sam, another interiors nut who you can find on Instagram at @vintagecuratorinteriors ..... She was kind enough to take notes so I could concentrate on sipping my G&T...... Thanks Sam! - I'm still trying to persuade her that it's an unpaid role well worth taking on on a permanent basis, with the added benefit of an almost guaranteed midweek hangover, but so far she's not biting for some reason.....
This is my first of two posts that I'll be doing after attending this event, with the second in a few weeks all about Rockett St George's exclusive New Collection.
So, what has 2018 got in store for us in the interiors world? Well, Busola tells us that the pared down scandi vibe is going to be taken over by big, bold and brave interiors- Maximalism is the way forward! Be it fabulous wallpapers, stand out pieces, plush velvets, statement ceilings or just bold use of colour these are the interior trends that it's all about this year! However, don't panic, Busola said that it often takes 2 to 3 years for a trend to become mainstream and lets face it we don't need to change our entire home to be 'on trend' you can take what fits your taste and style, by using accessories, painting a few walls or putting up some fabulous wallpaper...... As Busola said on the night, a good place in your home to experiment with new looks and trends is in your downstairs loo, office or spare bedroom if you have one.
We are also coming into a 70's revival so vintage 70's pieces and dark wood, such as walnut, are back on trend. Furniture should be sculptured and 'strokable', plush velvets are here to stay, its all about the 'luxe' and our interiors being tactile. The trend for looking at nature for inspiration stays with us and mixed metallics are still big, but the mood now is definetley towards brass and gold. Pastel colours are going to be huge, ice cream shades such as peach, mint, lemon, pink and lavender will be making their way into our homes- we'll also be seeing browns used more in furnishings and wall colours harking back to that 70's vibe...... Set against bold walls and wallpapers and with gold accessories, stand out pieces are what its all about in 2018!
Let's take a look at some of the specific trends Busola told us we'll be seeing in 2018........
Terrazzo is a flooring material traditionally made by exposing marble chips on the surface of concrete and then polishing until smooth, it originated in 16th-century Italy as a way to reuse stone offcuts. The material became very popular in England in the mass of post-war building projects as a cost effective alternative to materials such as marble and granite. More recently, terrazzo has enjoyed something of a revival, due to its resilience, easy maintenance and design qualities.
These days other materials such as glass are sometimes used as well as marble chips, and you can also buy terrazzo in tile form too as a cheaper alternative. It is set to be a big look in 2018 and is now coming through into home accessories such as lamps and tables as well as wallpaper patterns.
Velvet Sofas & Chairs
Velvet is not going away, which I'm pretty pleased about as I only bought my velvet sofa a couple of months ago! ..... Use velvet sofas and chairs to make a statement using bold colours, pastels and chocolate browns. Set them against a patterned wallpaper, bold paint or against natural brick walls.
Adding pops of color or patterns to your walls is great, but have you ever thought of putting it on your ceiling? As Busola says statement ceilings are 'the fifth wall' and we are going to be paying more attention to them this year along with being more experimental. Dark or bold paint, wallpaper, tin tiles, timber cladding - anything goes. How great would it be to be laying in bed and not just looking up at that plain white ceiling eh? Some of my favourite Instagram accounts have already made their ceilings a major statement as you can see below....... I'm definitely going to be painting mine darker this year!
Herringbone pattern is going to be big this year, be it bathroom tiles, a kitchen splash back or wood flooring this is the pattern to go for in 2018...... If you’re re-doing your floors or walls, consider using a directional herringbone pattern to add dimension to your room, the pattern can really add a classic, yet modern element to any space. Herringbone will also be found more in accessories and furniture this year- think rugs, cushions and herringbone tweed upholstery.
On my current wish list is the Jive Herringbone Tweed Chair from Rockett St George, it's part of their exclusive range of chairs, and as you would expect from RSG, it fits perfectly with the current trends we're seeing at the moment. I'd like this beauty sitting in the corner of my bedroom!
Mixing metals is another trend that is set to stay in 2018. It's being seen more and more in kitchens and bathrooms and these days there is no need to match your light fixtures and accessories to your hardware in these rooms...... I love mixing metallics and think its an ideal way to add texture and interest to a scheme. This, of course, doesn't mean you have to have every metallic colour in your home, mixing up similar hues such as brass, aged brass and gold gives a great effect. However, if you want to chuck them all together I say go for it! There is no particular right or wrong its all about being bold and brave with your interiors..... And lets face it, if you're using accessories you can always swap them about or spray paint them, which is what I do when I'm bored of a certain colour!
One of the other trends that Busola and Kate talked about that is set to stay is looking at, and using, nature for inspiration in our homes. I think so many of us are doing this in our homes now and plants in particular were huge in 2017 and they won't be going anywhere in 2018!......Plants are a great way of adding colour, texture and pattern to a scheme. So, is this the year of patterned plants? According to Pinterest, saves for “patterned plants” have increased 533% in the last year!
So there we have it...... It was a fabulous evening listening to what Busola and Kate had to say and also spending some time chatting to the fabulous Rockett St George ladies....... I can't wait to tell you more about their fantastic New Collection, exclusive to RSG, soon......
Which current trends do you have in your home already? Are there any you're thinking of adding soon? Let me know in the comments or on my Instagram @hornsby_style- I'd love to hear from you!