The modern Farmhouse style will continue to flourish in 2018 and spread to the bathroom. Parker predicts that there will be “more concrete, stone, copper and granite composite sinks in darker hues of grey, bronze or black”.
Nothing livens up a space like a bit of the unexpected. And just as mixing and matching pillows on a sofa can re-energize a living room, blending different types of metals can do the same to your kitchen and bath. The stark white palette of this room lets the stars of the space—unlacquered brass faucets and hardware, and a beveled gold mirror—really shine.
Although white will always be a classic colour for kitchen design, homeowners are shying away from bland hues and injecting rich colours, such as warm wood tones (eg, mahogany) and neutrals (eg, greys and blues), into the space to give it a warm, fresh and unique feel.
It “harkens back to simpler times,” he said, “and that feeling of simplicity can be very calming in a home environment”.
Social sites such as Instagram, Pinterest and Houzz have exposed homeowners to “what’s possible, what looks fun and what they can personalise themselves,” Parker said, and have encouraged them to be bigger risk-takers when it comes to colour.
More about: | interior design | Interiors | Houses | Homes | house | home | home interiors | interior designs | interior trends
Retrouvius, Kensal Green Founded by Adam Hills and Maria Speake, who met on their first day at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, their vision for the shop was unique. Salvaging items from skips, old offices and abandoned houses to name a few places, the shop is full of quirky pieces.
Most pieces are sold as they were found, only a few are restored. Paul Smith once bought a device for measuring the length of men’s trousers when horse riding from the shop. Current stock includes rare Derbyshire fossil limestone from the facade of a Farringdon demolition and Edwardian furniture from a London reference library.
You really will find all sorts of odd things in Retrouvius. Find it: 1016 Harrow Rd, NW10 5NS; retrouvius.com/home
The Scandi trend that seems to have reigned for, well, forever may have taught us to select bleached woods and indiscreet furniture but this year, we’re going bolder. Expect to see the likes of dark oak, mahogany and textured walnut pieces adding a new depth to a room.
The Cloth Shop, Notting Hill The Cloth Shop is exactly what it calls itself. You will find a huge array of fabrics from around the world that are all made of natural fibres. Quilts from India, linens from Russia and woollen blankets from Ireland are all under one roof.
If that wasn’t enough the owners, Sam Harley and Alex Adams, who have been running the shop for over 20 years, can advise you on fabric measurements and recommendations. They really know their cloths! Find it: 290 Portobello Rd, W10 5TE; theclothshop.
2 of 10 Photo by Peter Frank Edwards; Styling by Elly Poston
HAUS, Victoria Park Haus offers a carefully considered selection of the best in contemporary furniture, lighting and homeware from their delightful East London shop. Products are sourced from leading European design brands and internationally renowned designers, as well as lesser known pieces from smaller producers and independent designers.
Find it: 39 Morpeth Rd, E9 7LD; hauslondon.com
Pitfield, Hoxton Shop, café and exhibition centre in one, Pitfield is a lovely place to spend an afternoon. Homely meets modern, the space is packed with unusual pieces in many different styles. From vintage to designer, and from furniture to wallpaper, it would be difficult not to find what you are looking for.
Find it: 31-35 Pitfield St, N1 6HB; pitfieldlondon.com
Labour & Wait, Shoreditch Labour & Wait showcases quality, everyday design products for the home. You won’t find any wacky designs here; everything is traditional and timeless. Many of the designers behind the creations on sale still use traditional manufacturing techniques.
If you are after honest, wholesome homeware – look no further. Find it: 85 Redchurch St, E2 7DJ; labourandwait.co.uk
Triangle, Clapton Chatworth Road is a new London hotspot with its Sunday market, cafes and delis and Triangle is its latest addition as a design-led lifestyle store. Started by three close friends, Triangle sells everything from stylish teak tables to mid-century glassware via Scandinavian homeware from designers such as Normann Copenhagen.
Find it: 92A Chatsworth Rd, E5 0LS; trianglestore.co.uk
Vintage light fixtures, including sconces, lanterns, pendants and chandeliers, are making a comeback as crafty home do-it-yourselfers outfit retro fixtures with new technology.
Jimmie Martin, Kensington Wacky is the word that best describes the Jimmie Martin shop. Featuring one-off pieces of furniture in bold colours, frequently neon, the designs are always quirky and unusual.
Founders Jimmie Karlsson and Martin Nihlmar wanted to sell sophisticated design items that would be glamourous, yet retain an urban feel. Their animal print cushions are a must-see. Find it:77 Kensington Church St, W8 4BG; jimmiemartin.
Warm greys paired with “camel, rust, tobacco [and] brown-blacks,” as well as earthy reds and yellows, are expected to edge out cooler neutrals in the coming year.
According to MADE.com’s team of designers, 2018 is going to be the year of leather and velvet. Velvet is billed to be the fabric of choice for statement soft furnishing (yes, this may really be the year to finally invest in that forest green Chesterfield). As for leather, it’s all about bedrooms – think upholstered headboards and quilted chairs.
While you might not immediately think of green as a neutral, the muted hue and gray undertones of sage (read all about its “it color” status here) make it a versatile and crowd-pleasing choice. Pair it with natural textures for a super earthy vibe that’s especially fitting for beach homes.
Step aside, white marble – it’s concrete’s time to steal the spotlight. “It’s a really affordable, high-impact design element,” Parker said.
It may have seemed like house plants were in their hey day most of last year but they’re not going anywhere. This year, however, they’ll be patterned. According to Pinterest searches for “pattern plants” is up 533 per cent. With vibrant designs and colours, they may just be the cheapest way to give your room a new lease of life.
Instead of rose and yellow gold, more industrial shades of metal are expected to become the prominent choice. From brass to nickel – less high shine materials will add a more organic element to your space.
The ease and availability of millwork has helped increase its demand and popularity in the design world. “Before, if you wanted to find millwork or reclaimed wood, you really had to know where to go and find somebody who was good at working with it,” Parker said. “Now, you can DIY it, and put it right against the drywall behind your bed to create a feature wall.”
Homeowners are running with the “less is more” notion in the master bedroom and opting for more modern and minimalist furnishings. Instead of bold and busy colours, soothing, neutral colour palettes are expected to reign supreme, along with soft fabrics and simple furniture pieces.
mollymeg, Islington A child’s dream come true. Molly Meg is an independent children’s design store offering an adorable selection of furniture, home decoration, vintage style toys, gifts and party supplies.
Although established since 2009, their first permanent store opened in October 2016. Find it: 111 Essex Rd, N1 2SL; mollymeg.com
The home remodelling and design platform Houzz recently released its top 10 home-design-trend predictions for the new year. The site’s forecast, derived from conversations with industry experts as well as trends noticed among its 40 million monthly users, gives a glimpse of what we might soon see in our homes – and on our social media feeds.
Another sign the modern Farmhouse trend isn’t going anywhere soon: Houzz predicts that deep, wide and durable trough and bucket sinks will continue to be popular in 2018. Used commonly in busy laundry rooms and kids’ bathrooms, these long, narrow and low-maintenance sinks can help create a rustic aesthetic and maximise minimal space.
Things are looking up in the world of ceilings. Once ignored (or, worse, plastered with popcorn), the home’s topmost surface is now making a major statement. Whether painted a bold hue or dressed in patterned or textured wallpaper (hello, bamboo matting!), ceilings are becoming prime eye-catchers in every room.
Who needs to jet off to an exotic locale to feel the vacation vibes? Make it happen at home with spa-worthy baths, vibrant island hues, rattan galore, and breezy porches that beg for a fruity umbrella drink.
Mint, Knightsbridge Mint has made a name for itself in the design world by offering exclusive works by both new, as well as internationally recognised, designers. Mint also places a strong focus on interpreting the latest interior design trends.
With many one off and limited edition pieces made exclusively for Mint, having them in your home will make friends and family very jealous. Find it: 2 North Terrace, SW3 2BA ; mintshop.co.uk
Trend Alert! Meet the Hottest Colors for Spring (and How to Style in Every Shade!)
House of Hackney, Shoreditch If you’re got a things for bold prints, then House of Hackney will be a treasure trove of design inspiration for you. Founded in 2010 by husband and wife team Javvy Royle and Frieda Gormley, the homeware products range from lampshades to shower curtains to wallpaper.
You’ll probably recognise their palm fronds design… Find it: 131-132 Shoreditch High St, E1 6JE; houseofhackney.com
Monologue, Shoreditch Just a few months old, Monologue is a contemporary concept store founded by interior designer Pavel Klimczack with a Scandi leaning. You’ll find HAY stationary, soft throws in eclectic prints and unique accessories for the home.
Find it: 93 Redchurch St, E2 7DP; monologuelondon.com
Earl of East London, Hackney This lifestyle brand prides itself in a love for mid-century and vintage products and offers stunning collectables, home décor items and personal accessories. Co-owners Niko and Paul have also developed their own range of interior fragrances inspired by their travels and memories.
Find it: 13- 23 Westgate St, E8 3RL; earlofeastlondon.com
Forget statement walls and look to the ceiling. Searches for “statement ceilings” are up by 310 per cent this year on Pinterest and we can see why. An inventive way to transform a room from the top down – people are keeping the walls one colour but then wallpapering, tiling, decorating or painting the ceiling to make it the standout feature of the room.
Yes, there are new neutrals but bold pigments are still set to be hot this year. MADE.com predicts an abundance of burnt orange and greens – including forest and cactus green – as well as peacock blue, Bordeaux and tomato reds with ochre.
Cool in the ‘70s, uncool in the ‘90s, cool in 2018. Yes, Terrazzo is back. The colourful floor tiles add an incredible edge to any room and if you can’t stretch to the painfully beautiful marble Terrazzo tiles from Max Lamb, expect lots of more affordable options to appear on the market over the coming months as designers open their arms to the composite stone once again.
Indish, Crouch End Flying the design flag in Crouch End since 1996, Indish sell Scandinavian and British home orientated items with two things in common: an aesthetic and a function and useful and beautiful things.
There are super hipsterish ornaments and decor to instantly liven up your living or bedroom, from vases and abstract cushions, to clocks and geometric wall art. These are also unique pieces that would make fabulous gifts.
Indish is definitely for the cool and quirky. Find it: 16 Broadway Parade, N8 9DE; indish.co.uk
What might seem like ho-hum functional furniture can become a serious art piece with the intricate detailing of bone inlay. This Bohemian-style dresser will glam up a bedroom or dining room with its indigo backdrop, Ikat inlay, and thin brass frame.
“I find that vintage fixtures are often better-made than new fixtures, I prefer their patina, and I appreciate the distinctive, one-of-a-kind quality they add to rooms,” designer and NBC’s Today show style expert Elizabeth Mayhew wrote in The Washington Post. “Online shopping platforms such as 1stDibs, Etsy and One Kings Lane have made it easy to find everything from an early 20th-century French crystal chandelier to a Sixties Sputnik.”
Twenty Twenty-One, Islington You really can’t miss Twenty Twenty-One when you are walking down Upper Street. The shop front is just as striking as what is for sale inside. As the name suggests the designs on offer combine classic styles from the twentieth century with contemporary designs.
The clean aesthetic makes for elegant designs that won’t tire over time. Find it: 275 Upper St, N1 2UA; twentytwentyone.com
Looking to refresh your kitchen or bathroom? Stay away from subway or hexagon tiles and instead consider contemporary tiles that look like wood, concrete, resin, fabric or even wallpaper.
Searches on the site for “bathroom spa” have increased by a whopping 269 per cent in the last year. People are wanting to create the feeling of total peace and relaxation of a retreat with large jacuzzi baths that you can soak in until you go pruney, all-one-colour tiles, earthy tones and minimalist accents.
Once all the rage in the ‘70s, terrazzo is now making a major comeback (Pinterest saves are up 316 percent). That’s good news for beach dwellers, since the material—made from embedding little chips of marble, quartz, granite, and even glass into concrete or resin—bears a close resemblance to a sandy beach. Bring a hint of terrazzo to your home with these brass-inlaid coasters.
Andrew Martin, South Kensington The Andrew Martin shop is an explosion of different cultures, decades and nostaligia. Their design items are inspired by all three, and pieces on display have an unusual emotive power to them.
Stepping inside you will see a range of unusual objects and things you wouldn’t expect to see in an interior design shop, such as giant leather animals, some taller than six foot. Nothing on show is subtle – if you are after a few statement pieces this is the place for you.
Find it: 198-200 Walton St, SW3 2JL; andrewmartin.co.uk
“These rich colours are not like the avocado green and mustard colours from the 1970s. They won’t date quickly,” Parker said. “They are rich, moody and work well in home environments where you want a soothing and diverse mix of colours and textures.”
9 of 10 Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Stylists: Lindsey Ellis Beatty and Rachael Burrow
Darkroom, Bloomsbury Favouring colour and texture over what the object is when it comes to the designs they have in store, Darkroom showcases items in a unique way. Against the signature black walls of the shop, their colourful pieces, ranging from vases to jewellery, really do pop.
Find it: 52 Lamb’s Conduit St, WC1N 3LL; darkroomlondon.com
Do South Shop, Crystal Palace The perfect mix of rustic and modern. The Do South Shop was established in 2010 and has since become a warm and cozy home from home offering furniture, quirky lighting, luxury sofas and unique accessories to add that ‘wow’ factor.
They also specialise in vintage furniture classics. Find it: 2 Westow Street, SE19 3AH; dosouthshop.com
A pattern that’s derived from its resemblance to the bones of a fish makes a big splash in coastal homes. Sass up a plain wood or tile surface with the pattern—it looks especially elegant here as marble flooring.
“We’re seeing new uses [of it] on all kinds of hardscaping surfaces,” Parker added. “On anything you can think of, people are casting it.”
Pentreath & Hall, Bloomsbury Pentreath & Hall was founded by accident five years ago when Ben Pentreath, an architect, decided to open a small shopfront on his office annex, and his friend Birdie Hall, an artist, decided to help him.
The shop was born and has now grown to become a treasure chest of beautiful things. Only stocking items the pair both love, it is clear that these two are a very stylish duo. Ideal for contemporary twists on classic design pieces.
Find it: 17 Rugby St, WC1N 3QT; pentreath-hall.com
“As people set out to personalise their spaces, they are kind of bored with seeing a white sink all of the time,” Parker said. The rustic home decor trend is “waking people up to trying something new and different”.
Tom Dixon, Portobello Dock The Tom Dixon shop is breath-taking. Nearly all of the items on sale are show-stopping pieces that would be the talking-point of a room. Established in 2002, this British product design brand turns everyday objects into extraordinary works of art.
Even if you only want to have a browse, definitely stop by, you will be impressed. Find it: Wharf Building, Portobello Dock, 344 Ladbroke Grove, W10 5BU; tomdixon.net/uk
Gallery walls certainly still have a place in our hearts, but betting it all on a single statement maker can also have massive impact. An abstract landscape with electric hues is an instant show stopper, and can play well in a neutral space in addition to one with complementary brights.
Already used for floors and countertops, the versatile, accessible material is now being utilised in more interesting and unexpected ways, including in home accessories, such as pendant lighting and furniture.
While it pays to bring greens inside for their air- and mood- boosting qualities, pretty potted plants also serve as artful décor. A tropical breed with a large leaf, like an elephant ear or fan palm, makes for an architectural display, while plants with patterned fronds like calatheas add visual interest and a living layer to the space.
Admittedly, when has anyone not wanted to feel like their bathroom resembles a fancy hotel spa but if Pinterest is anything to go by, people are now wanting it more than ever.
Designers Guild, Kensington Designers Guild was established in 1970 by brother and sister, Trisha Guild and Simon Jeffreys. Their range of luxury designs, fabrics, wallcoverings and bed and bath collections are available worldwide but their UK flagship store is is situated in Kensington.
Find it: 265-277 KING’S ROAD, SW3 5EN; designersguild.com
10 of 10 Photo by Peter Frank Edwards; Styling by Elly Poston
Smug, Islington Full of personal touches, Smug reflects owner Lizzie Evans’ eclectic tastes. Items are displayed on unusual items of 1950s furniture that Lizzie has collected over the years, including Formica tables and even retro school desks.
The shop space features it’s old waxed boards and rusty manhole covers combined with glass flooring. The result is a bright, open space that keeps its unique and old-fashioned charm. When you have finished browsing the homeware designs you can go to recently launched Café Smug for a quirky coffee.
Find it: 13 Camden Passage, N1 8EA; ifeelsmug.com
From bold ceilings to resort-worthy baths, Pinterest’s most popular décor ideas deserve a place on your beach house inspiration board.
Time to stop thinking of interiors as just inside – statement doors are on the up. Searches on Pinterest for “colourful doors” have increased by 121 per cent this year alone. Whether the doors painted with neon hues, framed by decadent bay trees or has a message mat in front of it – people aren’t skimping on outdoors decadence.
Boost your mood and your curb appeal with a front door painted a vibrant and uplifting shade (as a surprise to no one, we’re partial to blue, but pink, yellow, and red are also winning options). Get this look with Blueberry by Benjamin Moore.
Atelier Abigail Ahern, Islington Designer and author of ‘A Girl’s Guide to Decorating’, Abigail Ahern, is known across the design industry for her glamorous taste and ability to design pieces that are bold but also tasteful.
The shop is enchanting. The design pieces on display feel luxurious and glamorous and the huge array of brightly-coloured flowers create a unique shopping experience. Find it: 137 Upper St, N1 1QP; abigailahern.
SCP, Shoreditch Located in what used to be an old mattress factory in the middle of the Shoreditch Triangle, SCP Shoreditch has since been transformed into a chic location for interior design. Featuring over 200 brands over two floors, the shop showcases contemporary furniture and homeware accessories.
On sale are also some of SCP’s own designs which combine beauty with practicality. SCP are known to have launched famous names into the industry, such as James Irvine, Jasper Morrison and Terence Woodgate.
Find it: 135-139 Curtain Rd, EC2A 3BX; scp.co.uk
Sage is slated to be the new neutral. Replacing the likes of pure white, beige and stone – the muted green with grey undertones is certainly more bold than others but it’s an approachable colour. Paired with woods and a cream colour palette, the green will soften and warm up any space. Other pastels that are tipped to be hot include soft mustards, jades and olives.
Houzz editor and writer Mitchell Parker spoke about Houzz’s conclusions, and why these particular trends are gaining traction.
Do Shop, Shoreditch Do Shop shows off the fun side of design. The shop features furniture, lighting, kitchenware which is functional but also inspiring. Do Shop also has the Do Masters programme where they select young design school graduates and market and sell their products in store.
Most of the profit made then goes to the designers. Find it:16-28 Tabernacle Street, EC2A 4DD; do-shop.com
Aram Store, Covent Garden When Zeev Aram opened his first showroom in 1964, the Londoners that walked past the shop front didn’t know what had hit them. Today the shop features a huge range of stunning design pieces, from chairs and tables, to lamps and storage.
There is even a whole floor of the shop dedicated to new work by designers that are still relatively unknown, as helping talented designers is something Aram has always deemed vital. Find it: 110 Drury Lane, WC2B 5SG; aram.
The tropical palm print may have flooded your Instagram feeds over the past 12 months, but people aren’t yet tired of eye-catching, oversized graphic florals. Houzz expects even more interpretations of overscaled floral patterns, in high-contrast colours, in 2018.
Jasper Morrison, Hoxton Jasper Morrison provides an entirely different shopping experience. Featuring products from around the world, many made by anonymous designers, the designs on sale are unique, despite being everyday objects.
Their website is definitely worth checking out; it, much like the shop, is the epitome of understated chic. Find it: 24 Kingsland Rd, E2 8DA; jaspermorrisonshop.com
Future and Found, Tufnell Park Named after what they stock, future being new designs from around the world, and found representing the array of vintage market finds on display, the shop provides what it promises.
All their designs are simple and the colour palette is uncluttered – you won’t find an array of brash coloured objects here but rather muted shades. Find it: 225a Brecknock Rd, N19 5AA; futureandfound.
This Longtime Kitchen Trend Is Officially Out (And We’re a Little Surprised, To Be Honest)
OKA, Chelsea What began as a mail orders interiors company in 1999, turned into an official shop in Parsons Green, by 2000. OKA offer hand-crafted rattan accessories and storage inspired by the Far East yet adapted and modernised for the West.
OKA is now available in the prettiest spots across the UK. Find it: 155-167 Fulham Road, SW3 6SN; okadirect.com
The Old Cinema, Chiswick Dating back to the 1890s, The Old Cinema was just that. Now refurbished into London’s only department store dedicated to antiques, vintage and retro designs, it is well worth a visit.
Items are sourced from around the world and many items are one off pieces that you won’t find anywhere else. Find it: 160 Chiswick High Rd, W4 1PR; theoldcinema.co.uk
Skandium, Knightsbridge Specialising in Scandinavian Modernism, Skandium has a range of unique designs on sale. All understated and chic, Skandium stocks furniture, ceramics, lighting and glass. Items are made to be durable and versatile, and all are laid out neatly in the shop.
Skandium shows how cutting edge design can work in your home. Find it: 86 Marylebone High St, W1U 4QS; skandium.com
Aria, Islington Aria is found in an impressive building which as well as being home to the design shop, is also the venue for many creative events. The shop stocks an eclectic range of contemporary furnishings as well as hand-selected vintage pieces.
Aria also collaborates with local independent designers and artists so be sure to check them out if you are after something a little different. Find it: Barnsbury Hall, Barnsbury St, N1 1PN; ariashop.
From MADE.com to Pinterest, designers and industry experts have spoken and revealed the interior trends that are set to soar over the next 12 months.
Not a marble ledge or millenial pink wall in sight, this year, it’s more about understated tones with splashes of bright, luxurious textures and outdoor decorations.
Enter your email address Please enter an email address Email address is invalid Fill out this field Email address is invalid Email cannot be used. Try another