The autumn and winter 2018 interior trends
If you’re looking to create a slow living lifestyle and the interior to match it then chances are that you don’t want to participate in fast purchasing and the trends that fuel them. I’m with you - I think it’s far better to create your own style that you take the time to invest in rather than being trend lead. HOWEVER, trends can keep us open to new ideas and approaches to design and style. Whilst you might not do a full overhaul of rooms or a house based on a new trend, if you want a small refresh for a room that is feeling tired or you’re looking to redo a room that needs an update then trends can be a great place to get some inspiration.
So what trends are out there for this Autumn and Winter?
Keeping it neutral
The neutrals are still holding court in the world of colour and it makes complete sense; they’re a great colour base for a room to which you can add either pops of stronger colour or textures and patterns. Neutrals don’t have to be boring or cold either - you can create a warm and cosy atmosphere with darker or browner greys or a calm and relaxing one with cooler blue tone greys and whites.
There’s an increased use of natural or organic materials such as wools, jute, wicker or rattan. It feels like bringing nature into the house but in products such as blankets and baskets rather than with plants. For Winter this could make your home feel really cosy if you layer it up with soft wool blankets, all of which can be stored in a woven basket. If you want to keep it minimalist go for simple colours or patterns on a couple of blankets and just add the one good sized basket.
Scandi meets industrial
I like both Scandi and the industrial style and we’re starting to see it working together as a trend this season. Think metal legs for pale wood table surfaces and benches and bare bulbs for lighting. For accessories you could look to concrete plant pots and wire baskets. Another area that this works well in is open shelving where you can channel the look through metal shelves whilst having an area for you to display objects that mean something to you. Habitat have released the Patton open shelving this season which has a hard metal look to it or you could look to the classic String products for a softer approach to metal. The introduction of metal really gives an edge to what can otherwise be a very soft Scandi look but it doesn’t take away from the simplicity and elegance of the Scandi aesthetic.
This trend isn’t new to this season - we’ve seen it cropping up over the last year so I don’t think it’s going to go away too soon. The Japanese aesthetic that is influencing design at the moment is one of simplicity and calm which is perhaps why it appeals so much right now as an antidote to a fairly rushed society.
Luxe is all about rich textures like velvet, satin or wool, marble, high quality wood and polished metals. It can be a great style for maximalists but I think you can pare it back to the fundamentals for using within a minimalist design. If I wanted to add a luxe element to a minimalist design I would use silver candleholders, a wool cushion in a pastel colour like this one from HEALS and a marble coffee table to create a sense of simple luxury.
Can you see yourself incorporating any of these trends into your home this season? I think I might look to add a little hint of the industrial to my home office - watch this space!
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