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2018 Trend Forecast

“Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that’s why it’s so complicated”

– Paul Rand

2017 was a beautiful year of tropical greenery, rose gold and bohemian desert trends. We saw the fiddle leaf fig and monstera leaves take over our interiors and rose gold found its way from the rings on our fingers to the light pendants above our kitchens. To be honest, we’re not sure we’re ready to let these trends go yet, but we’re excited to open this 2018 chapter to a collection of terracotta tones and soft 50’s revival. Let’s release our grip on boho chic and refresh our perspectives with ethical and sustainable living…



Terracotta and burnt orange are tones that we’re expecting to see a lot more of this year. From bed linen to accent homeware items, hints of this red hue are scattered throughout interiors. Shift away from Scandinavian style and dig down into the charred, rustic textures of wicker baskets and linen. Velvet, suede or ceramic, find the right texture for your space and embrace the weathered, arid appearance of these sienna hues. Pair it with cool white and pale blue to subdue the weight of this shade, or mix it with Moroccan inspired rose pink and bright teal tones.

Out ‘go to’ prop for this trend: The Moroccan Ottoman, Arabian magic carpet and rustic lanterns

1950’s Romance

Romance, glamour and luxury! Think the sharp angles of 50’s deco furniture complimented with soft velvet and pops of greenery. Key colours include navy, chestnut, sand and the ever present, millennial pink. Sit down with any Hitchcock film, or a modern drama like A Single Man, to get reacquainted with the 50’s, and embrace all the vintage Danish teak wood armchairs you can find. This trend captures sophisticated metals in angular designs, making it all about the key furniture pieces. Keep the detail active with elements such as metallic terrariums and antique whiskey decanters. Maintain texture with your cushions, rugs and coffee table ceramics and focus on soft, muted tones.

Out ‘go to’ prop for this trend: Cow hide stool, antique whiskey set, terrariums and shearling rug

Bold & Bright

If you’ve been to any kind of independent design market this year, you would have definitely come across the trend of bright perspex earrings, macrame plant hangers and abstract art prints instead of inspirational quotes. With 2017 ending on a high with the love is love movement, people are proud to have a voice and embrace self expression. The trend of using bright colours is a beautiful visual metaphor for political activism. With the 2018 colour of the year being announced as Ultra Violet, we’re excited to embrace tones of lime, raspberry, cobalt and teal. We especially love the revival of pink and red together, either on bed linen or clothing; it’s a bold and beautiful look.

Out ‘go to’ prop for this trend: Acapulco tables and chairs, bright lanterns and macrame holders

Ethical Living

We’re entering an age so engaged in technology, it’s no wonder people are turning to ethical living and sustainable designs in their homes to reconnect with nature. Let’s return to a simpler way of living by valuing experience over possessions. Start small; get your hands dirty in the veggie patch, introduce meatless Mondays and purchase a re-usable water bottle. Design does not have to be compromised. Some of the highest quality of jewellery and furniture comes from independent designers and why not visit your local Salvation Army for secret, unique finds. The aesthetics of this trend captures that Byron Bay relaxed beach vibe, yet is achievable for city dwellers. Why not focus on key lighting fixtures like lanterns to illuminate your space and white wash some pallets for original outdoor (or indoor) furniture.

Out ‘go to’ prop for this trend: peacock wicker chair, pallet furniture and feature lanterns

Tailor Made

Embrace gender fluidity with masculine, tailored features this year. Three words: high impact accessories. This trend oozes confidence as we adopt colours like mahogany, forest green, chocolate, midnight blue and moss. Branching off the scandi/ minimalism movement, this trend welcomes more texture and bursts of bronze accents. Opening plan living and sparse interiors are necessary and beautifully capture modern Australian living. Try combining concrete and metal for earthen luxury, and embrace leather for a tailored twist. It is the blend of heavy duty materials used in delicate ways that defines this trend and the beauty it holds for 2018.

Out ‘go to’ prop for this trend: Chesterfield leather lounge, chocolate arm chair and tripod lamp

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