The use of color in interior decor is extremely important for bringing personality and character to a room. Even simply adding a pop of color can change an interior space dramatically, whether it be through a daring paint color choice or by adding a variety of home accessories and furniture.
Previous interior color trends have seen minimalistic neutral interior color schemes and pastel color palettes, but with this year’s Pantone Color of the Year named the bright shade of Ultra Violet, at The LuxPad, we have a feeling this year’s interior color trends will be a lot more daring.
We spoke to a collection of established interior designers and asked for their predictions of the color trends we can expect to see on the interiors scene throughout 2018. Featuring dark color schemes and palettes of pinks that can be used across the home, we provide you with the latest interior color trends you need to know about in 2018.
This is our own bedroom. In our previous home, our bedroom was white and Scandinavian style. We had blackout blinds but it was still very bright, particularly in the summer. We were able to convert the loft here and as the room was at the top of the house, I wanted a cocooning effect with dark and moody colors, to create an escape. I used Farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue on all the walls and had the floorboards stained with the dark color. We sleep so much better now and I have converted to a great advocate of going dark, particularly in master bedrooms.
Maklin&Macrae fully refurbished this Clapham family home, and part of the client brief was to better utilize the front reception room, making this a more adult driven space where they could find peace and entertain guests. The design scheme for this room was inspired by the spirit of a library, with the aim of creating a cosy member’s club feel for after dinner drinks. The right hue of blue enabled us to inject enriched classic tones into the walls and bespoke joinery, offering a sense of calm for a truly relaxed environment. The Farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue used on the walls is a confident color with a contemporary edge and brings drama to this reception room.
The complimentary furnishing fabrics were key with rich velvets and a thick, lustrous silk rug specified to bring tactility to the scheme. We took much consideration to select the right sofa that framed the bay window and gave a focal point with soft interesting curves. This grown-up space is further defined by the jewelry dressing of a warm Roll & Hill globe pendant light, and metallic flashes of brass in the seating and floor lamps.
There is a general trend of people moving away from gray and very neutral schemes and increasingly embracing bolder, deeper-hued tones for walls and kitchen cabinetry, rather than limiting bolder colors to accent accessories and decorative pillows. This is a guest room I recently completed in a traditional country house setting (although the color would work just as well in a city bedroom or study). The depth of pigment in the salmon peach walls lends a masculine tone to what could otherwise be quite a feminine room and the overall effect is more modern.
The reason this fresh contemporary style dining room was designed in this striking modern style was that it formed part of a new rear extension with Bi-fold doors leading onto the rear garden. Light streams in through the back of the property – thus allowing a strong vibrant fuchsia pink color to be used as the feature wall. The Italian clear glass pendant lights complement the white gloss family dining table with Aram chairs in black and white. Art bought from galleries in London give it a charming and welcoming look and the sculptural black ceramic vintage vase with fresh cherry blossom creates a stunning backdrop for family entertaining.
This color has captured the hearts of the Instagram generation and interior designers alike. Millennial Pink provides a fantastic way of introducing a feeling of serenity and fun to any space. The brilliant thing about pink is that it can be cold or warm. The more muted pinks hark back to the 1950s – think Grease. They work wonderfully with other similar colors like teal and grays, which have a vintage feel to them. Hot pinks add a bit of spice to an interior and are a subtler way of adding drama to a room if red is not your thing.
We believe at My Bespoke Room that classic colors are certainly not going away (we all still love whites and grays) but we’re also loving less traditional neutrals. In particular, the color green, as seen in this bedroom. It works to bring a moody feel to any space but doesn’t feel overwhelming at all.
This master bedroom remains bright and sophisticated, boasting a Farrow & Ball Studio Green feature wall, and pastel soft finishing touches. Shades of dusty pink lift the moodiness of the deep green, creating the perfect balance with surrounding gray walls. Throw in some brass finishes and you’re bang-on-trend!
This image sums up spring to me. The soft and delicate pastels are feminine but not saccharine. The color palette is beautifully calming for a bedroom and the warm brass tones add to the sense of luxury.
The contrasting textures are so important – crisp white cotton sheets contrast with the lux velvet headboard and throw. I always like to add an edge to feminine interiors and the sharp lines of the bedside table and light work well as a juxtaposition to the soft furnishings. The bespoke pillow in cut velvet fabric also serves to ‘toughen up’ the scheme and adds a wonderful pop of bold color. This look is easy to achieve as there’s so many lovely brass fixtures and tables at the moment. My advice would be to mix up the hard and soft textures and always throw in something bold to a soft-hued scheme.
PANTONE 5395 U is a blue-black color and will be a popular key color for 2018, especially in kitchens. Combined with metallics like polished brass, it can add a luxurious feel to any interior from upholstery to woodwork. This color can be used with a statement piece or even to dominate a room with walls painted in this sophisticated tone. This deep blue will work well with Ultra Violet as well as pastel hues that are still very much on trend.
We believe 2018 will see a monochrome color trend. Monochromatic does not mean only black and white, it’s more about shaping the space with one color. Let’s take gray, the most boring color you say? Gray is not boring when chosen within the right context. From light gray to the dark graphite, the choice is huge. It’s all about choosing the right color to match the history of your house or retail space that matches perfectly with the existing building elements.
This bedroom has several grays and the tiny pop of Klein blue in the pillows. We left the original concrete ceiling and created a decorative concrete decor on the wall. Light gray laminate with dark graphite edges has been chosen to make the room a little bit airier and lighter. Wardrobe doors have been chosen in moody matt graphite which adds more depth. All the furniture, doors and plinths have been chosen black to make a statement in an already light room. Adding a contrasting color like black-white or gray-black makes the room more interesting and dynamic. Don’t be afraid to choose statement pieces or play with colors and shades that shape the space and create something unique.
Be bold. A dramatic sitting room with a basalt painted feature wall and citrus yellow shelving to highlight objet d’Art. An electric fire brings the room to life and looks fantastically real with its flickering flames and perfectly sawn, round logs that we recessed into the wall on each side. Leather sofas sit elegantly in the space with zingy velvet pillows that pop. I love the way this room sets a formal yet cozy atmosphere. Socialise with friends or recline the sofas and it’s the perfect cinema room. To get the look: use dark paint, neutral flooring and furniture. Then let it pop with accessories. Add a fire if you can for warmth and a beautiful focal point.
2018 is set to be all about rich, deep and warm colors – burgundy, terracotta and aubergine. Here in this home office/music room, the baseline is warmth and coziness, accented by bright pops of color – like the yellow lamp and turquoise pillows.
Those deeper, rusty and purple-rich colors are perfect to mix with dark woods found in vintage or antique pieces of furniture. It’s definitely a good time to stop hiding granny’s dark side table or bookcase – they could add character to your interiors and help create an atmosphere that is at once familiar, comfortable and stylish.
At Kelling Designs, we love mixing different textures, contemporary furniture with brown antiques and vibrant colors to create a unique, beautifully bold room. Bright velvet pillows from William Yeoward, a KD Loves purple leather ottoman mixed with printed fabric from Warwick, ceramic Porta Romana lamps and Biddy Hodgkinson artwork, silk velvet sofas from De Gournay. Forget your bog-standard gray or neutral rooms, the only ‘beige’ thing about this room is the suede walls – why use paint when you can use fabric?!
With consumers becoming more aware of how their throw-away shopping habits affect the planet, 2018 is already seeing a move towards handmade and eco-friendly products that have character and longevity. Imperfections are being embraced, and natural finishes such as these raw pink plaster walls are cossetting in our hectic lives. Toughen them up with a contrasting element- hard with soft. Hard materials seen here such as leather, steel and wood are contrasted by the soft hand-woven jute rug, linen pillows and houseplants. Tones of terracotta, cream and sage work well with this pink palette and can be added to your room with throws, rugs and decorative pillows. And if you want to add a touch of glamour, throw in a couple of brass candlesticks or picture frames.
Vivid colors, organic and earthy shades and textured fabrics work so well in this houseboat interior; mellow yellows, blues and greens compliment natural woods with an ease and elegance we could not assume would work quite so well. And they are all very on-trend right now. One thing I have noticed this year is the use of layering – from floor coverings to bedding, pillows and throws – which adds dimension to a room and gives depth to a design. I don’t think I have seen this amount of mixing of styles and tones to create such eclectic styling, in a very long time, but I’m inspired by it. If you are a lover of color and texture, you could not be happier this season with such a vibrant display in the world of interiors.
Kitchens are busy places, both practically and visually, so when designing one for real life (not just Instagram) I try to inject color in places it can easily be changed up when the mood takes me. These neon yellow handles are laminate pieces cut to size then sprayed with car paint and glued in. Experimenting is a great way to find what works for you and this is an easy and inexpensive way of doing so. Another big color trend for 2018 kitchens is metal. Distressed metal, such as these old copper saucepans will make a new kitchen look less sterile and give the space a unique, luxurious feel. Combine with a copper sink and tap and your space is instantly updated.
The indigo blues are still in fashion but recently we tend to use it through accessories and art, rather than large joinery items or furniture pieces. Together with an element of gold or brass, these create a rich composition, even in a new build apartment. Scaling it down and refining rich tones helps to animate the atmosphere while ensuring that even the most conservative of clients have a fashionable interior. We will always ensure that those pieces are easily replaceable if the fashion changes. This style of combining trends/colors gives us an opportunity to be creative within our environment.
We love the confident, unconventional and out-of-the-ordinary style for this family kitchen. The simple, neat and clean lines combined with the choice of modern style furniture makes this kitchen a playful and elegant space. The style selected and the layout designed gives the privilege of moving freely in the space and allows the owner to enjoy every moment of the cooking ritual.
Complementary colors, mustard and blue create a vivid and energizing atmosphere. The deep blue sets up a calming and whimsical surrounding, lifted by the touches of mustard. To achieve this playful and welcoming feeling, create a light color background like a painter’s canvas, play with neutrals and add a splash of bold yet sophisticated colors.
For me, 2018 is the year of the ‘color pop’ on the interiors scene and this London living room completed by us last year perfectly illustrates how embracing bright colors will help you achieve a room that wows. This room really makes a statement with purposeful hits of bold colors in the deep sumptuous teal velvet on the seating, vibrant yellow lighting and splashes of pink in the accessories it creating a fresh, energized and personality packed room. The statement art above the sofa incorporating all the colors in the scheme brings cohesion and cements those color pops!