Interior design trends for the year ahead

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Sian Astley, property expert for the Homebuilding & Renovating Show and project manager for BBC2 series ‘Your Home Made Perfect’, predicts the biggest interior trends for the year ahead:

70s retro revival
“Grey isn’t exactly banished but if you’re a hippy at heart, you’ll be delighted to hear the 70s are making a comeback. But for 2019 it isn’t as easy as simply warming up a scheme with a nostalgic palette of earthy tones. Terracottas, oranges and tans can help keep things grounded and give a more organic feel to the home. To make them fresh, mix them in with cobalt blue and curvy shapes,” Sian says.

“Combine timbers with punchy pattern and mixed metals for a more interesting look, or use it to soften a monochrome scheme. This interiors revival isn’t about recreating Woodstock but about sprinkling some 70s’ stardust into a modern look.”

Shaded balance brilliance
“Shaded balance is an increasingly popular trend which creates a contrasting effect and serves as an anecdote to the past fews years of very dark interiors. Combining the opposites of light and dark shades evokes elegance and visually breaks up a interior scheme,” Sian explains. “It doesn’t need to be black and crisp white – though that classic combination works wonderfully – it could be navy and cream, or deep green and ivory.

“Don’t be afraid to use darker shades as accent colours. If a room has creams or pastels, the bold use of black will ground a scheme and give punchiness while stopping it from being too wish washy. Shaded balance works well with wooden accents; for example, materials such as timber, which also ties in with the seventies vibe coming back.

Botanicals
“The botanical trend, which focuses on plant elements, is here to stay and is incredibly versatile.

“Botanical wallpaper is an inexpensive way to introduce a trend into a space and shouldn’t always be restricted to walls. Incorporating a statement ceiling can provide a completely different sense of space and transform a room into something spectacular. Additionally, laying scallop or herringbone tiles in rich emerald jewel colours to walls or floors also taps into the enduring greenery trend.

“Living walls are another way that forward-thinking renovators and self-builders are really introducing plants into the home. These living, growing walls are a relatively inexpensive way to bring a home to life, guaranteeing an organic and creative focal point to any room.”

Decorating with ‘80s style
“For those 80s kids at heart, the resurgence of Memphis Style is instantly recognisable and a welcome hit of fun. Fancy mixing up primary colours and neons, stripes and chevrons?

No problem. Don’t be afraid to experiment and create daring combinations; for example, by accenting the scheme with bright, saturated colours like cobalt blue, acid green and shocking pink.

“Eighties home decor is a playful trend though not one that most people can use to embellish their entire living space. Use elements of the scheme which suit you; it’s best to tap into the trend and lift elements from it.”

Tiling
“Recent developments in technology mean that tiles truly have revolutionised the way we can decorate our floors and walls. Photographic techniques ensure porcelain tiles look just like timber, and texturing now means they feel like timber too, and can be used in wet areas where real timber simply isn’t an option. Think one step further than just laying decking on a terrace; design in new porcelain planks which give a stunning finish, are non-slip and zero-maintenance.

Terrazzo tiles, next generation encaustics and high gloss colour ceramics are there for the choosing – we just have to be brave enough!”
Picture credits: Ricardo Bravo

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