Hottest Home Decor Trends 2018

Forget New Year, New You… it’s time for New Year, New Home!

If you have grown a bit tired with your home decor, 2018 represents the perfect opportunity for you to spruce it up. This guide is the only thing you need to learn about the popular home decor trends we’ll see this year, and how you can put them in your home. 

Botanical

Floral prints have long been popular, and in 2018 they are coming to the fore in the form of the botanical trend. This is an easy trend to bring into the home. The first step is to invest in indoor plants. This is much easier than trying to re-wallpaper a room and then decide you don’t like it. 

Not only do plants freshen up a space, but they’re also there to create a healthy home environment. Just make sure your cat doesn’t eat them and result in a £300 vet bill (I’m clearly not still upset about that).

If you want to get the botanical theme without having to spend lots of money redecorating a room, just focus on the accessories. Buy some botanical print cushions for your sofa. Use earth, natural colours such as greens and browns, and even yellow. Leaf prints are widely available: with birds, without birds, bold pattern, detailed pattern, ferns and ivies, to bright flowers. There will be something in this trend that you like for sure.

Purple

When Pantone announced their Colour of the Year as Ultra-Violet, a lot of people were left a little bit unhappy. I haven’t even been a huge fan of purple and don’t think I’d ever use it in my home. As soon as the colour was revealed, hundreds of articles went out about how you can incorporate purple into your home.

Pantone's Colour of the Year Ultra Violet - home decor trends 2018

 

Pineapples

Pineapples were everywhere last summer, and I definitely haven’t seen as many in the lead up to winter. But I’m sure, come March, all the gold pineapple statues you could want will be filling Primark once again. 

You can get pineapple print dinner plates, pineapple centrepieces for your dining table, or something even more bold like pineapple print wallpaper!

 

Striking flooring

‘Feature walls’ and ‘accent walls’ have been around for a long time now (long enough for us to have got bored of them?). Now, striking flooring is making a feature. Many people are renovating their hallways with patterned, Victorian-style tiles such as these ones.

Bold Victorian floor tiles

Picture taken from https://www.porcelainsuperstore.co.uk

 

Vinyl flooring such as Karndean flooring is expected to make a comeback, with homeowners and designers making a real statement with the colour and style of flooring they choose. But, the key is to keep it sleek and sophisticated. Too much can be too tacky. If you choose a patterned floor, make sure your wallpaper design/paint is kept clean and minimal. This doesn’t mean that you can’t choose a bold colour. A dark blue would look amazing with the above patterned floor, if your room can hold it.

 

Luxe metallic touches

Last year, rose gold was everywhere: in lamps, waste bins, chairs, candles, table legs. Soon after came copper, because of the industrial look. Copper went with wood and other metals really well to create a loft look. Instead, for home decor trends 2018, we’ll be seeing lots of gold.

When I first heard this, I thought about our original 70s door handles. Or an aged dresser with gold handles. However, gold can be done tastefully and in a modern way, so don’t panic!

John Lewis is selling these lamps, which they’ve paired with a gold table.

 

 

They’ve also included two of our home decor trends 2018: plants, and bold flooring. The space looks light and modern and the gold fits in really well.

 

Artisan textures

Texture is always an important feature of home decor that people tend to forget about. They instead focus on colour, material, style, but not so much texture. In this home decor trends 2018 list, I’ve included textured furniture, such as wicker and rattan furniture. Don’t be afraid to experiment with this trend a little. Bring it into your home, but not too much. Buy a wicker bin, or place a wicker basket in the bathroom to store toilet rolls. 

 

Glam dark woods

The final thing on the home decor trends 2018 guide is dark wood. Again, gold combined with dark wood makes me think of a room straight out of the 60s. BUT, it can work, and it can work well.

Oak has been the wood that everyone has turned to recently, but it’s possibly time to replace this. The dark wood will work well with the Victorian-style tiles too, or other traditional trends.

 

dark wood furniture with large bay window and cream walls and rug

 

 

 

So there you have it: some of the top home decor trends 2018. Are you going to embrace any of these trends in your home?

 

How to Achieve a Classy Home Look

Achieving a classy home look isn’t always easy, but these three suggestions might make it more so.

There are many things you might want to achieve in your home. We always seem to change our mind on what style we want. But one style that won’t change is that of a traditional and classy home.

This old-world charm is something that can be difficult to get right. It can be even more tricky when you’re trying to combine old-world with a modern home. It can take an expert and practised eye to get it spot on.

But good news! There are also a few choice ideas which are bound to work. Here are some great and easy ways to achieve a classy home look. 

 

Antique Fireplace

If you have a fireplace or even a plain chimney breast, then you might find it beneficial to make as much use of it as possible. Fireplaces are huge centrepieces and should be used to draw the eye into the room as soon as you walk in. 

Consider treating yourself to a brand new fireplace, perhaps even an antique one from the likes of Westland London. No matter what your home is like, or the kind of space you have to work with, installing an antique fireplace will make a huge difference.

You might choose a traditional one like this from Kerry. She lovingly restored this one herself and was absolutely worth the effort. 

 

A classy home means installing a classy fireplace like this traditional Victorian one which has been restored.

 

 

Or perhaps something a little more modern like a woodburner.

You might find that a fireplace is just what your living room has been missing all these years.

 

Mirror Details

Mirrors always add a touch of glamour and glitz for a classy home. It’s hard to pinpoint why exactly, but it works and is worth bearing in mind if you are looking for a way to make your home a little classier.

Something you should also consider is to have some mirror detailing. This can really be effective in making mirrors you have hung up seem even more special and classy. What those details are is entirely up to you, but if you want a truly traditional feel then you might want to go for a more classic look. You might be surprised at what a difference such details really can make to your home.

 

Daring Colours

If you really want to add some Victorian class to your classy home, try bold wallpaper print and dark wall colours. There’s something so lovely and traditional about dark furniture paired with daring wallpaper. 

 

So achieve a timeless, traditional home look easily with these suggestions!

How To Choose the Right Furniture for Your Home

It doesn’t matter whether you’re living on your own or you live with your entire family; your living room is one of the most important rooms in your house, so how do you choose the right furniture for it?

This is the room where you’ll open your presents on Christmas morning. It’s also the room where your guests will sit when they come over. For that reason, you have to do everything you can to make sure that you choose the right furniture that suits the style of your home.

 

Making Plans

The first thing that you need to do is make plans and take measurements. It helps to use a tape measure when you do this and it helps to have a meter stick too. This will help you to measure the length and the width of your room, but you also need to account for any alcoves and any recessed spaces as well.

When creating a floor plan, it’s a good idea for you to use some grid paper. You can also sketch it out on notebook paper or even printer paper if you don’t have access to any of these materials.

When you have done this, make sure that you plan out how much space each piece of furniture is going to take up and make sure that you have at least one metre between each piece. You don’t want to buy a piece of furniture and then realise that it’s too big and makes the room look much smaller. 

Leaving one metre gaps between your furniture gives you enough walking space between each object, and will also stop the room from feeling cramped.

 

Choosing Furniture

Are you thinking about having contemporary furniture | modern dining table and chair sets | Danetti? If you are, then measure your doorways to prevent any problems with the delivery. The last thing you want is to order your furniture, only to find that you can’t actually get it in your home.

After you have a rough idea of how much space you need, you should mark out where your furniture is going to go by using tape on your floor. This is the best way for you to get a visual idea of how much room your furniture is going to take up. I did this with my rug in the dining room to make sure all the chairs fit comfortably on it! 

 

Choose the right furniture for your home - tape on the floor outlining where the rug will sit under our dining table.

 

Accessories

It’s important that you don’t allow your accessories to take over your space. It’s a good idea for you to have a few conversational pieces and even paintings as well.

Glass ornaments are also good for this but if you have too many pieces then this can easily make the whole room feel overcrowded. It’s also important that you get samples. Even if you are convinced that the furniture you have chosen is right for your room, it helps to get a leather sample of the sofa or even a fabric sample of the cushion as this will help you to match the other furniture you’re going to buy.

This is just one of the many things that you have to think about when purchasing your furniture, and by taking your time, you can make the whole process much faster and much easier.

 

Choose the right furniture by taking your time, thinking through where it will go and the use of materials, and measure it.

Have you ever bought something, got it home and instantly regretted it? What did you do in that situation?

 

*Collaborative post

Six Décor Changes To Make a Big Impact In Your Home

Fed up of your home? Here are Décor Changes To Make a Big Impact on your homes’ interior.

If you want to give your home a bit of a redesign before the festive season begins, we’re giving you some ideas! However, it’s pretty understandable if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on it.

A brand new kitchen design, for example, can be expensive and will take quite a while to get done. While it will make an impact to the home, it isn’t going to be top of the list for things to do around the house.

So here are some decor changes to make a big impact on your home, without it having to take too much time to get it done. Have you got plans to renovate or redecorate before the year is through?

Create Scale

Some of the most stunning show homes have something in common; each room creates scale.

An oversized lamp in a living area could be just the thing to make a big change. Or perhaps a large sofa that takes up a lot of the room. A grand super king bed in a bedroom could be an option too. For this kind of thing, you can just work with what you have already. It could be placing an indoor plant on a box or putting a lamp on a shelf. It is all about creating scale and it can make some dramatic changes.

 

Consider Accessibility

Accessibility can work in a number of different ways, depending on your situation at home and who lives there.

You could add in something like a lift from The Terry Group as a practical feature, or even just a way to add value.

The front of your house could be considered for accessibility too; do you have a lot of stairs to climb to get to your front door? You can have fun with this kind of thing too, if you have children, for example. A slide alongside your stairs could be a fun way to have things, as well as a new driveway or wider doorways.

Some of these are on the grander scale of things, but some of them really aren’t and could be simple to do, but they create a big impact on the home.

 

Create a Photo Wall

A wall for artwork, quotes, and photographs is a great way to completely change the look of a room, or even just a stairwell or hallway.

It is like repainting the wall, but with texture and colours from the prints. You can make this work for you and choose things to be as subtle as you would like. If you have children, framing their creations and making a wall of their artwork could be fun in a playroom or child’s bedroom. It doesn’t take much, but will make a dramatic change.

 

Rearrange Furniture

One of the simplest things that you can do, without having to spend a penny, is to simply rearrange the furniture that you have in your home.

Could your bed fit alongside a different wall, for example? How about making your sofas look more like an L-shape, rather than facing each other? You don’t have to use the shape of the room if you don’t want to; you can create your own walls by where you place furniture. Look online for some ideas, and take some measurements before you start.

 

Jazz Up a Fireplace or Mantel

If you have a fireplace or mantel in your living or dining area, then what have you done with it so far? For many people, it can be something that accumulates junk on top of the mantel or dust in the fireplace.

But you can really make these things a statement area by jazzing them up with some accessories. Changing it up seasonally can be a good idea too, so you can create a different look and use of colour.

 

Bring the Outdoors Inside

Adding colour with greenery from the outside, as well as florals, is a great way to get a pretty inexpensive pick-me-up. It doesn’t have to be an expensive indoor tree. But a few branches or a planter can make a big difference to the look and feel of the room. It can create an instant cosier look as a plant can round off harsh corners in a room, as well as add colour.

 

These are just some decor changes to make a big impact. Have you done any of the above before? What has been the most daring thing you’ve done in your home in the past? Would love to hear in the comments.

A Nature-Lover’s Guide To Embracing The Great Outdoors At Home

There’s nothing quite like the simple joys of nature. And those connotations of relaxation, health, and natural beauty can work wonders for your home.

Even if you aren’t particularly passionate about nature, gaining this look and feel brings many benefits. From improved vibes to increased efficiency, those rewards will transform your home life for the better. And here’s how you can achieve those goals in just four easy steps. Embrace the great outdoors at home.

 

Go Green

The human race is now far more aware of the need for green living than it was in the 20th Century. Most older properties aren’t blessed with the facilities needed to reduce carbon footprints and energy usage. Rectifying this issue should be top of your agenda.

Insulation is the first aspect to consider, which is why improved roofing and double glazed windows are key. Meanwhile, water-saving toilets from the Green Age can cut water waste in four. On a similar note, modern kitchen appliances can have a hugely positive impact.

Simple gestures like switching to LED lights will aid the cause too. In addition to enhanced vibes, you should see a noticeable improvement to cost-efficiency.

 

Opt For Wood

When it comes to designing rooms, choosing natural materials brings a natural atmosphere. Moreover, you’ll often find that they offer greater longevity while they also tend to make a far bigger statement too.

Doors from George Hill Timber can also aid the insulation properties compared to some materials. Meanwhile, wooden tables and seating offer luxury and style. Another great thing about wood is that every tree is slightly different, meaning you’ll always get a unique appearance.

Finding an artist that can create wood sculptures can be highly rewarding as you look to inject a sense of personality and style too.

 

Encourage Light

One of the most important aspects of getting the great outdoors at home is lighting. Lighting is one of the most important features of any home design. This is especially true when trying to embrace a natural vibe. Dressing the windows to encourage sunlight to enter the home makes rooms feel brighter. Moreover, the heat can be very beneficial during the colder months.

There are several aspects to consider, such as privacy. If this could be an issue, decorative films offer a translucent finish for the best of both worlds. Furthermore, you may wish to consider the use of lamps and other lighting features.

One way or another, making the home feel lighter and brighter is sure to work well with the nature-related ambitions. When added to the fact those upgrades create the perception of increased space, this is a no-brainer.

 

Choose Natural Designs

Embracing nature doesn’t always include using natural materials and ideas. Appearances are everything in home design, and a little faux nature can be just as useful as the authentic thing. Better still, it makes the maintenance work a lot easier.

There are many ways to handle this process. Autumnal-inspired designs are a particularly popular solution to bring living room spaces to life. Meanwhile, subtle natural tones can also be used to enhance kitchens, bathrooms, and other parts of the home.

A little natural enjoyment goes a long way to improving the happiness throughout the home. Even if you don’t wish to embrace all of the tips above, every homeowner can benefit from incorporating some. Moreover, now is the perfect time to do it.