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The interior trends predicted to be big in 2018

While home trends are forever changing, stylist Heidi Albertiri pin points what you should be focused on in 2018.

Founder and editor of The Life Style Edit, Heidi Albertiri, says there are clear ideas around what is in and what is out in 2018.

“Disposable is out. We are looking at creating environments that have more longevity. That we can add to over time, that fit with our own personal style and that grow with us,” she says.

This line of thinking should be front of mind when choosing furniture and big ticket items in the home, to both keep costs down and keep up with changing colour palettes.

“I love to have strong basic pieces in the home. A signature sofa and bedhead for example in neutral palettes are beautiful and can be updated seasonally without too much expense with cushions,” she says.

“As the saying goes, you can never have too many cushions and they can totally change the look and feel of a space, with colours, textures and prints.”

Stylist Heidi Albertiri.

Heidi, who recently ran an educational series at The Retail Quarter, says there are the tried and tested looks that are home design staples, such as industrial, coastal or scandi. But what changes is the colour palettes that depict these trends, textures and textiles.

Here are the trends she believes will have a strong presence in 2018.

Say goodbye to Hygge and Hello to Lagom

While both of these concepts are hard to pronounce, they are easy to achieve in the home. Hygge (pronounced ‘hooga’) loosely translates to cosiness and is centred on creating a warm, blissful atmosphere.

Lagom on the other hand is an extension of this and looks at living this bliss long term. Based on the Swedish concept ‘not too little, not too much,’ the Lagom trend is all about creating a space with just the right amount of furnishings and accompaniments. It’s about ditching the clutter, impacts on the environment and creating an ethos of moderation.

Bring power with colour

A strong paint colour can be used to transform a space and add character to a home. Pastel and neutral colours are having a big impact on the colour scene right now, and will continue to influence the interior landscape into the New Year. If you want to keep with Lagom’s not too much, not too little approach, choose a neutral colour palette and stick to a few key colours. Think red-based shades, soft greys and taupe colours.

Rattan is on trend

The rattan trend has continued to make an appearance in the interior game over the past year, with this growth forecasted to continue moving into 2018.

"I’m seeing more and more rattan materials in design – from chairs, to lighting, to room dividers, and even the fashion industry are getting on board," Heidi says.

The rattan trend is reflected through traditional handcrafted pieces, and will warm any environment with the inclusion of the natural textures and it’s earthy golden glow. This look works best with muted and flesh tones, but lends itself across the board – mixing gracefully with coastal and earth environments as it works to bring a relaxed and lived in vibe.

Velvet stands loud and proud

As we move into 2018, expect to see bursts of velvet throughout the home. Keep an eye out for strong velvet pieces, mixed with tonal palettes –these refined pieces mix well with industrial finishes. 

While velvet is on trend, don’t get carried away. Start with adding single bold pieces to capture elements of the trend, before slowly working to introduce high impact pieces to the home. Heidi suggests to work with your space. While these trends may be in, they may not necessarily work in your home.

“You always have to look at your surroundings. Over the years, when I have moved house, my personal items don’t necessarily match the style of home I have lived in,” she says.

“There is no use using boho styling in a modern space with hard lines and shiny surfaces. I always style my spaces based on the bones and surrounding feel of a space and introduce items that lend itself to the overall feel.”

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