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What will be trending in interior design in 2018? Every year the design set and trend-professionals alike flock to iSaloni Milano (www.salonemilano.it) to get ahead of the curve and find stylish gems for some of our exciting residential projects.

So what can we expect to see in the next 18 months? Making my way across the Europe shows, it was hard not to notice there was a strong presence of bright, bold colours at iSaloni Milano (www.salonemilano.it ), Maison Objet Paris (www.maison-objet.com ) and the many London Design Festival shows (www.londondesignfestival.com) this year. Dynamic and vibrant tones are here to stay, and an exciting design journey lies ahead…


There are many ways to introduce colours into your interior schemes. For the brave, why not use one colour, in different tones, throughout the room. For example, create a space that is unequivocally blue, and immerse yourself in the evocative colour from the walls and ceilings to the floors; the soft furnishings to the accessories.

For those who are yet to be convinced by the power of colour, why not introduce it bit by bit? A statement sofa in a vibrant colour, a lamp shade or cushion, or even a single wall?

Balancing colours in a space is important. The use of two contrasting or complementary colours can create bold and dramatic effects, whilst using a different tone of the same colour creates subtle nuances in a room’s appearance, adding depth and dimension to a room.

So, what colours, and which combinations? And on what mediums? As a starting point, take inspiration from your favourite artists and their work. Artwork in the home can provide a stimulating source of ideas for your interior schemes. A great example is the abstract work of Le Corbusier. Palettes led by burnt orange and red are striking, decadent and dazzling, adding fire and passion when echoed in our interiors.


Lots of burnt orange was on display at iSaloni Milano- in the Pinterest pics above you can see a shot of me at the interior brand JAB’s exhibit. They blended tones from carpet to wall colour, even down to the glass vases- which creates an impactful space. Burnt orange has an autumnal 1970’s feel and can be spiked by varying orange tones.

For me, I love the on-trend look of orange against conker-brown walls – it demonstrates the way a statement colour can be introduced into a more subtle scheme. Or you can intelligently use Impressionist artwork to compliment your scheme by hanging an oversized piece above the sofa or the bed.

The combination of orange and blue is always effective too, and has been used in art and design movements throughout history for its immediate impact. From the creation of the first blue pigments in antiquity to the work of Pop artists in the 1960s, the pairing of these hues is, and will remain, a popular one.


Rich burgundy red is also going to be huge. The colour of our most visceral emotions as humans: love, danger, passion, heat.

The trend for these startling fabrics is actually reminiscent of Victorian stately homes, illustrious tapestries or even old-world sultry boudoirs. Red can add warmth and drama to any space.

It also works brilliantly as a statement accent in a room with a more neutral or completely contrasting scheme, drawing the eyes into a particular corner or alcove.


Light olive and sage green are also making a big appearance. They are refreshing and revitalizing shades that are symbolic of new beginnings, and were acknowledged as a must-have colour by Pantone in 2016.

Green can be paired with neutrals, brights, deeper shades, pastels and metallic colours. Capture the essence of the natural world with a blend of light greens and darker tones. I love to take it a step further, and bring the outside in, offsetting foliage and greenery against a wall in a more muted colour.


Yellow is another key trend. A widely used tone for wall colours in British design, yellow has become a tone for the redecorating masses. Think magnolia, think pale lemon. Snore! All that is about to change….

We are moving to bright egg yolk yellow, sunflower hues and deep mustards. Inspired by such places as the yellow room of the Sir John Soane’s museum and the iconic yellow drawing room at Nancy Lancaster’s private quarters above Colefax and Fowler’s shop on Avery Row in London’s always-chic Mayfair.

Designers are implementing this joyful colour in any way they can, be it on the walls or by adding little pops of sunshine with furniture and accessories. It is interesting to see this vivid colour being re-introduced in the boldest ways today showing that the colour yellow is still very much en vogue.

London’s new cool new private member’s club The Chess Club uses plush yellow tones in its restaurant, while Paris’ ultra-luxury recently revamped, Hôtel de Crillon, has subtle tones of goldish yellow dotted around the lobby.

Mix a bold yellow with an earthy blue or a luscious green. The important thing to remember when using a combination of colours is not to overwhelm. No-one wants to feel like they’re sitting in a Rubik’s cube!

Use clean lines and light to intelligently break up the bold use of colour or have more muted tones for staple pieces like the shelving or a table. It’s the dialogue of the pieces and not the pieces themselves that creates aesthetic success.


Millennial Pink is another color that has captured the hearts of the Instagram generation and interior designers alike. Millennial Pink provides a fantastic way of introducing a feeling of serenity and fun to any space. The brilliant thing about pink is that it can be cold or warm. The more muted pinks hark back to the 1950s – think Grease!

They work wonderfully with other similar colours like teal and greys, which have a vintage feel to them. Hot pinks add a bit of spice to an interior and are a more subtle way of adding drama to a room if red is not your thing.

We used pink recently in the master bedroom suite of a project we just completed in London- the tone we used to paint was ͞Cuisse de Nymphe Emue͟ from a collection of natural paints by Edward Bulmer. It is a fabulously dusty pink with umber undertones to give an air of sophistication.

An effortlessly feminine tone, pink will work well to soften the masculine feel of a space. The colour we used was inspired by the family rooms at Petworth House where it had been chosen by Lord Egremont’s mother and it was she that gave it its risqué Nymphe name.


Blue conjures up images of summer skies and clear waters, infinity pools, blue lagoons and fantastic seascapes. Known for its calming effects, use blue in bedrooms or bathrooms to create an essential restful aesthetic. Live by the rule, the bluer, the better. Think Yves Klein blue, everywhere! Inspired by cities like Jodhpur in India or by the Majorelle Garden in Marrakech, designers are using this colour to really intensify the dynamic of a room.


Ahh Metallics. The collective love of chromes, gilt-metal and polished metallic continues to show in many schemes seen this year. What is more interesting is the use of colours such as green, blue and pink to really make these metallic finishes dazzle. Often in the gilding or silvering of these metal finishes, there are other tones visible, such as those in the work of Rampoldi Casa, which really bring out the subtle hues of these finishes.


Modern classics are back, and are taking the design and interiors industry by graceful storm. The display by Insideherland, shown on the pinterest board, had it all; texture, colour, curvaceous and inviting forms.

The influence of mid-century design is evident and utterly unapologetic. Celebrated for its simple, yet striking, sculptural shapes, this style will suit any modern interior. Comfortable and functional pieces, sacrificing anything but style.


This year, interior design has experienced a move towards comfort. Large, inviting and cosy furniture in confident colours and plush fabrics has led almost all trend forecasts.

Sumptuous cushions filled with goose down and seating arrangements that are both welcoming and elegant are an expression of modern day life for design aficionados.

My favorite new season sofa is from Calligaris as it has a distinctive structure, giving a sense of weight to the piece, while its soft cushions provides an air of lightness. The velvet used for its upholstery adds to its inviting nature, its natural folds creating shadows which provides a cosy depth.

The Edra Sofa show on the pinterest board commands attention with its quirky form and undulating curves. The perfect centre point for a modern living space, its softness and unusual shape brings together a perfect balance of playfulness and understated luxury. Its alternative form and plush upholstery will no doubt ensure it is a talking point.

Colour trends for 2018 paint an incredibly bright future for contemporary makers and designers. From opulent oranges and ruby reds to the millennials’ favourite androgynous pink, through sea blues and greens and glorious yellows, the scope for interiors and design is endless and exciting. Bring on 2018!

Brian Woulfe Brian Woulfe

Brian Woulfe

Nothing less than lifestyle perfection is a phrase Brian Woulfe actively practices in all of his projects. Having started his Design Studio, Designed By Woulfe, over a decade ago, his ethos is to safeguard his clients' own personalities, whilst bringing new and unique elements to create the perfect balance of playfulness and understated luxury.