Staying up to date with interior trends is essential — and being able to decorate your own home is something that everyone looks forward to, no matter what time of the year! As we’re now in 2018, you want to leave everything in the past and in terms of interior design, this is achievable. We’ve teamed up with Oldrids & Downtown, retailer of the most beautiful dinner sets and a department store that has over 200 years’ experience, to find out what the trends look like for home design in 2018.

What trended in 2017?

Knowing what worked and what didn’t work in 2017 is essential to making a success of your home in 2018 — what trends made our homes extra edgy? We aim to look at some of the best trends that transformed our homes over the past year:

Greenery was 2017’s World Colour of the Year, which is in fact the brightest neutral on the planet. The colour green did well in general, as we saw the use of this colour in fashion and commercial design – making it an instant hit with the general public. Greenery represents refreshment and revitalization, which a lot of people could relate to during that time.

Wood burning stoves were a big thing in 2017, but looked even better in front of untreated walls — giving a more industrial vibe that seemed to be a hit on social media. This trend was a brilliant way for homeowners to save both time and money when decorating, whilst giving them the flexibility to be versatile with their furniture.

Surprisingly, cork-layered furniture was a unique addition to the home — and sparked the interest of all of our guests. The environmental friendly material was commonly used throughout the year to make items such as vases, glasses and even lampshades. However, they were often accompanied by a metallic surround that gave off a youthful yet premium vibe.

Kitchenware items notoriously change over time, and mason jars made a return — but to be used as cups! Young or elderly, everyone had one in their kitchen. This trend even caught on with restaurant owners, who discovered that they could use these to serve drinks as well as storing food and ingredients. Accompanied with a striped straw, mason jars are the perfect item to serve a nice cool beverage.

With trends changing, and sometimes being difficult to narrow down — what can expect to see this year?

Trend forecast for 2018

With copper products flooding our homes, it will soon make its way out. Gold and brass furniture will make its return and will become a household essential, although making it subtle is the key to making them look good. Golden legs of a table accompanied with a white top will be the talking point of all of the dinners you host, for instance.

2017 was the year for heavenly white kitchens, but this year we suspect that more people will be mixing materials and using a range of different colours in the kitchen. Everyone seems to have a white kitchen, white tiles and white marble worktops and, frankly, it’s a bit repetitive. Mixing finishes will give it a cool New York-like aesthetic that everyone will love.


Rich colours are a must this year in your home for threaded goods, especially with lengthy materials such as drapes. This can really benefit the furniture you have in your room and make it pop to any visitors. Don’t go too wild with different colours, but at the same time don’t be afraid to try something you haven’t used before, such as a mustard tone – be the trend setter with all of your friends.

Although we loved bright surroundings last year, the use of darker colours in our home will make a return — accompanying those rich coloured textures nicely. For those who opted for untreated walls last year, it’s time to leave them there and generate something new in your living space. Picture grey walls with your mustard curtains – it’s an interior designer’s dream. Withhold the elegance in your home by opting for a palette of aged colours that will make the most beautiful backdrop.

Sleek wooden furniture from the 70s will make its return, especially with golden features to accompany. From units in your living room to your dressing table (accompanied by a long motel-like mirror), you will have plenty of storage space that will accompany the colour of your walls and threads beautifully.

Don’t leave it too late, you need to decorate your home before these trends go out!