Designscape | Design Trends | 2018

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018
2018 Design Trend Guide

2018 is finally here (let’s hope it’s a good one…) and with the new year comes a whole host of new trends to keep up with. We’ve compiled our 2018 trend guide to help navigate your way through the quagmire with a focus on the key takeaways that will prep you for the year ahead.


Purple Reigns

With colour giants Pantone and Dulux announcing ultraviolet and heartwood as their colours of the year, purple is officially the palette du jour. Interior designers are favouring paler hues over the regal Pantone colour and you heard it here first, lilac is set to storm ahead of millennial pink in 2018.

Heart Wood

Mellow Yellow

Yellow is hot in 2018 – think deep ochres and rich ambers that add a touch of luxury to your home. One of the best ways to introduce colour is with accessories and the tassel cushion from new brand ONE NINE EIGHT FIVE is an ideal way of bringing understated glamour into a living room or bedroom.


Bold Brights

Although ultraviolet has been controversial (Pantone describes it as a dramatically provocative and thoughtful colour) it has heralded in a new dawn of bold brights. Think statement, saturated colours that are playful and vibrant.

Bold Brights

Sage Green

According to the top global trend predictions by Pinterest and the Pinterest 100 list, sage is officially the new neutral. Soften a space with this chic and calming hue. Perfect paired with natural woods and plants and ideal for kitchens and bedrooms alike this versatile colour will keep your home looking stylish.

Sage Green



We’ve seen the rise of concrete over the past year and in 2018 it’s set to be even bigger. The repurposing of the commonplace building material into playful shapes with a practical use has been rife in 2017 and with new designers taking up the mantle you’re likely to see concrete all over the place. A major player forging the way is Lyon Beton who take a light-hearted approach when designing their collections, combining creativity, aesthetics and functionality to add something with character to your home.

Lyon Beton Concrete

One to watch for 2018 is Tim Walker Studio, based in East London, Tim focuses on creating beautiful concrete lamps, clocks and bowls. With collections in the pipeline, we’re excited to see what’s new.


It’s always time for a 70’s throwback, and this year it’s Terrazzo. Traditionally used as flooring because of its incredible durability, the material is ever increasingly being used in more inventive ways. Design giants, Normann Copenhagen and Hay have launched terrazzo furniture collections and more makers are incorporating terrazzo into ceramics. The search term was up 316% on Pinterest as people saved Terrazzo walls, floors, splashbacks and more.

Mixed Metallics

With copper, brass and gold all having their heyday, it’s no real surprise that the mixed metallic look is one of the hottest trends for 2018. Matt Black is set to be a key trend right through to 2019 so our tip is to use this as a base metallic and work up from there, mixing brass and golds for an elegant effect.  

Mixed Metals



Abstract and geometric patterns have been in vogue in 2017 and show no signs of abating in 2018. Again 2018 is set to be a bold year so go big with your patterns. The abstract check cushion from ONE NINE EIGHT FIVE is the perfect piece to bring this trend into your home.

Abstract Check Cushion


Again Pinterest 100 comes up again, informing us that searches for herringbone patterns have increased by 131%. A beautiful parquet floor is what dreams are made of and is really a trend that doesn’t date.


Line drawings  

Line drawings have popped up all over the place, on plates, earrings and cushions. Drawing influence from the early 20th century, there’s something simple, raw and elegant about this style. For a great example have a look at the woman print, by ONE NINE EIGHT FIVE. Available as a cushion, standalone print and throw, the line drawing of the female form was made to celebrate the beauty found in every woman. A limited edition, 15% of all profits from the collection will be donated to the UK’s eating disorder charity Beat.

Woman Print

Design Themes

Ethical brands

As people take a more considered approach to shopping, what they buy and how it’s made the ethics behind a brand has come out on top as one of the most important design themes for 2018. With loads of ethical brands out there you can keep your homes stylish without compromising on provenance. Graypants are a great example of an awesome ethical brand – their scraplight series uses recycled cardboard to create a surprisingly tough and timelessly elegant range of lampshades. We love the Tilt lamp and at £569 it’s a steal too.

Tilt Cone Floor Lamp

ONE NINE EIGHT FIVE was hailed in both the Refinery29 and Evening Standard top ethical homeware brand round-up and it’s not hard to see why. With every piece sourced from sustainable farms as well as being made in the UK, these guys make the impossible a reality – you can have both style and substance.

Statement ceilings

The fifth wall is going to be a major feature in interiors during 2018. Go bold with colour (think black ceilings) or be expressive with the lighting you consider. Whatever you choose, go big and don’t shy away! A design-led lampshade is an instant update to a tired ceiling, whether it’s a recycled paper shade from Graypants, or a concrete pendant from Tim Walker Studio – create a focal point that your friends will envy.



Wabi-sabi has slowly been rumbling under the surface in 2017 and is set to explode in 2018. The new hygge, wabi-sabi simply put is the Japanese art of taking pleasure in imperfections. 2018 will see a move away from the glamour of marble and gold to something a little more homespun and rustic. The practice was originally rooted in Buddhist tea ceremonies where prized utensils were handmade and imperfect. We’ve reflected this trend in our handmade collections – isn’t it always better to see that someone has put their time, effort and character into a piece over something that’s slick, soulless and finished to perfection? From our designers, take a look at Tim Walker’s pendants. Each one has been individually cast in a process where minor variations and imperfections do occur. These are only meant to enhance the beauty and uniqueness of the product, making each a one-of-a-kind.

Tim Walker Studio

Image credits

1. Dulux, 2, 8, 10. One Nine Eight Five, 3. Damian Russell, 4. Prostoria, 5. Lyon Beton, 6. Play Associates, 7. Buster + Punch, 9. Ofdesign, 11, 12. Graypants, 13. Tim Walker Studio

Tim Walker

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