There’s no place like home, and whether yours is a rented shoebox with damp stains and a mouse infestation, a 10 bedroom country house complete with tennis court and garden flamingos, or a penthouse suite with floor-to-ceiling windows and a rooftop pool, it’s important to make your home somewhere you feel comfortable.
Not everyone has the budget to make their pied-à-terre look worthy of a six-page spread in a glossy magazine, but we can all add Instagram-worthy features to our homes.
How can you make sure your interiors are on trend though? God forbid you Instagram anything as basic as a light-box or a gold pineapple. Unless you love light-boxes and gold pineapples. In which case you do you.
To ensure you’re ahead of the style curve, we spoke to some of the world’s top interior designers to find out what the next big home trends are set to be.
Gold, brass, silver, bronze and rose gold have been popular for a while, and they’re not going anywhere soon.
Award winning British interior designer Katharine Pooley, however, foresees a fresher palate when it comes to metallics, with “a focus on polished nickel and silver/industrial finishes.”
Bronze in particular is set to be a big trend, according to high-end London interior designer Jo Hamilton.
2. Textures and layers
Pooley says texture is going to be big news both with fabrics and finishes: “I think we’ll see a lot more highly textural fabrics with contemporary woven metallic threads in the weave,” she told The Independent. “Fabrics like these create a timeless and chic look in any room.”
And she adds that embossed surfaces, three-dimensional finishes and glass and metal detailing will add layers to finishes.
Top interior designer Anouska Hempel agrees, saying she thinks 2018 will bring “more overlay and layers.”
3. A natural influence
Over the next months and years, interior style is set to go back to nature, according to Hamilton, with soft, warm, calm tones. She thinks a colour scheme of natural terracotta, greys, woody tones, muted blues and greens will be hot for 2018.
What’s more, natural hand-baked tiles with geometric patterns and shapes are going to be on-trend.
4. Understated elegance
“I think that in the current socio-political climate we may see a move away from ostentation,” leading interior designer Charles Rutherfoord told The Independent. “It would be wonderful if a reaction against this led to understated elegance and purity of line.”
After a period of eclecticism, Rutherfoord believes it’s time for clarity and innovative design.
5. Focus on the fireplace
It’s one of the oldest parts of a home, but the fireplace is seeing a resurgence – even in the British summer.
“It has gone from mature marble surrounds to modern shapes but today people want something unique with inlays metals and interesting shapes off the shelf,” top interior designer Kelly Hoppen says.
Although marble has been trendy for a while, Hamilton believes it will remain popular into 2018. But, she says, there’ll be a broader colour scheme, with browns, greens and blacks all featuring.
Everyone’s favourite Instagram flat-lay background doesn’t seem to be going anywhere yet.