As we enter the last few months of 2018, it’s intriguing to consider how UK residents have chosen to decorate their home interiors in the past year. It is also exciting to look forward to the interior trends of 2019; where we can begin anew and explore new ways to reinvent our homes.

For this reason, property specialists, at have explored the interior trends favoured by different regions across the UK (in 2017), in addition to discovering what interior trends have been most popular in 2018, and what we can swap them for in 2019.

To achieve this, Sell House Fast analysed a report by Homewings titled: ‘The Homewings Interiors Trend Report 2018.’ The report reviewed over 13,000 style quiz surveys across the UK.

Interestingly, discovered there are definite, regional design preferences. Scottish residents preferred Nordic Cosiness; embracing the concept of ‘hygge’, pastel tones and clean lines. Whereas Eclectic Creativity was a theme favoured by residents in the South East. Think of bright colours and vintage treasures.

In Wales, it’s a strong 70’s theme, full of dark woods and vibrant patterns. The North of England placed glamour over comfort, with sleek leathers and chrome accents; in stark contrast to the simplicity of the Midlands. For residents in the middle of England, a traditional take on Scandi was a personal favourite; minimalism and muted hues are key.

Interior Design Trends

Similar interior trends can be mapped in the South West and East Anglia.

While Modern Tradition suits residents in the South West; the ultimate balance between style and comfort, East Anglian residents take it one step further with Country Chic; a shabby-yet-stylish look, enhanced with delicate colour schemes.

2018 Trends to Transform in 2019

SellHouseFast selected five of the biggest trends* in 2018 and sourced alternatives to swap them for in 2019.

Trend 1 – Brass

With copper fading fast in 2017, brass became the metal finish to experiment within 2018. In 2019, swap it for CONCRETE. All things industrial will be a big trend in 2019. Tough yet practical, concrete is a great addition to the home, especially in the bathroom. If you’re worried it will look too utilitarian, don’t forget it can be polished down for a sleek, smooth finish.

Trend 2 – Velvet

Luscious velvet has been seen everywhere in 2018, most notably in sofas and soft furnishings.  In 2019, swap it for PASSEMENTERIE. Passementerie is the art of making elaborate trimmings or edges; think fringing and tassels. Sumptuously retro, this trend will be seen in vibrant colour combinations and unusual shapes. It’s the perfect way to accessorise a plain background and adds a fabulous, flirty feel and texture too.

Trend 3 – Terracotta and Rust

Bold and non-conformist, tones of terracotta and rust featured in many homes this year. In 2019, swap it for HONEY AND NUDE. 2019 will call for a far more elegant palette of warm, autumnal shades that will melt into the New Year. Utterly warming shades of classic cashmere, sand and oatmeal are the perfect places to start.

Trend 4 – Dark Stain Wood

Glamourous, 70’s-style dark stain wood was a prominent theme in furniture throughout 2018. In 2019, swap it for CRITTALL. Irrevocably English, Crittall lends itself to 2019’s industrial trend and emanates an edgy and versatile feel. It’s about urban dwellings that are multi-purpose; metal framing can effortlessly transform a space and let in light. The trend will be seen everywhere from doors to room dividers and shower screens!

Trend 5 – Terrazzo Floors

With its many colour combinations, alternative flooring made an impact in 2018. In 2019, swap it for SCALLOPS AND SCALES. In 2019, interiors will dive into the ocean (thank Sir David Attenborough for this trend!) Curved, scalloped furniture will be a big trend in living spaces and bedrooms. While mermaid and fish scale tiles will breathe life into every bathroom or kitchen surface.