Fancy some new gear for the new year? Looking for easy but effective ways to transform your place into a stylish space? Never fear, the style team from eclectic designer furniture retailer Matt Blatt is here with its top trends to ban bland and nail 2018’s key looks. You can thank them later.
Top 5 Trends
1. Dark timber
The opposite of the blonde wood Scandi style of recent years, 2018 will see the resurgence of dark and moody timbers in dining tables, on sideboards and cabinets, in coffee tables and even sofa legs. Welcome back walnut!
2. Indoor greenery
Faking it is the new making it when it come to plants and the fabulous range of faux foliage on offer can fool almost any gardening guru. From oversized indoor ferns to all-time favourite fake figs to the mysterious Monsteria and more, on-trend homes will be showing off greenery galore in 2018.
3. Plush fabrics
It seems the interiors’ scene’s velvet crush is here to stay, with the sumptuous fabric covering sofas, ottomans and armchairs everywhere in 2018. From pale pinks to deep greys to rich reds and blissful shades of blue and green, velvet – and our new fave fabric suede – are made to be seen.
4. Muted metals
Move over rose gold and copper. Shiny metals have had their moment and now it’s time to make way for matte metallics in rustic tones of brass, bronze and old gold. Think pendant lights, bar carts, side tables, credenzas and ornaments….there’s plenty of scope to bring a little metallic magic to any interior.
5. Modern Victorian
What do you get when you mix velvet with old gold with patterned textiles, dark wood and jewel tones? Dramatic salon style that’s perfect for moody bedrooms, dining rooms or cosy lounges – it’s Victoriana reinvented for modern-day living, and it’s the ideal remedy for clinical white interiors and ultra-modern angles.
Top 5 Colours
A pared back version of 2017’s ‘Millennial Pink’, this year we’ll be choosing muted shades of apricot, peach and clay as our new neutrals, both on walls, in window dressings and in accessories including throws, cushions, wall hangings and artwork.
Anything but boring, the new rustic browns – ranging from tan to cognac – are warm and earthy and distinctly different from the cool grey shades of recent seasons. Mix them up with organic materials including leather, rattan, cow hide and timber.
Going deeper than the apple-toned ‘greenery’ of last year, green is still going to be seen in 2018, however, this time it’ll be in soft sage shades on walls and in deep emerald green, olive and forest in furniture. Green velvet sofas , dining chairs and armchairs are a must have. You’ve been told.
With Pantone announcing the provocative purple shade ‘Ultraviolet’ as it’s colour for 2018, the rest of us had better take note. Pair with palest pinks to channel vintage romance, or stand with dark timber, bright whites and distressed metals for an edgy, urban take on this fresh shade.
We’re still loving this cool shade which is a brilliant blend of green and blue and adds a balanced, elegant vibe to any swish space. Saturate a room in it if you dare, pair with jewel tones or use to brighten up a neutral brown base in a modern way.
Top 5 Pieces
1. Portia Sofa with Chaise
Talk about making a style statement. In a plush peacock-inspired velvet, Portia is gorgeous, glamorous and the new must-have sofa for luxe living and lush lounging. With its geometric detailing, bold brass legs and super spacious size, Portia is our new season sofa crush….and it’s not hard to see why.
2. Chrissy Credenza
The top of our latest lust list, combining warm walnut timber with punchy pink and retro red in a roomy design made to accommodate…well, everything, Chrissy is the ultimate look-at-me credenza to take storage in any space to an entirely new level.
3. Queenie Dining Chair
Up the style ante in any interior with Queenie. Available in two peacock-inspired velvet shades atop sleek black steel legs with a curvy mid-backed profile, Queenie is a divine design that looks sublime. Just don’t put her in a corner.
4. Abramo Desk
With its aeronautical design, sharp, sleek angles and clever concealed storage this desk is made for display. Not one to be tucked in a cluttered corner, let Abramo hold court as a fabulous feature in any swish study or living space – in your choice of Scandi-inspired oak or dark and handsome walnut.
5. Chester drinks trolley
Get your Gatsby glam on with the Chester Drinks Trolley, the ultimate entertainer to transform any room from ordinary to opulent in an instant, whether it’s a luxe living space, chic kitchen, dapper dining room or art deco alfresco. After-dinner-drinks here we come.
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