It’s the New Year and with a new year, comes new trends. Last year’s trends were full of contrast metal and shades of pink, tone on tone and of course references to green following Pantone's release of ‘Greenery’ for 2017. While Pantone ‘Ultra Violet’ has been released as the colour for 2018 – sales for sage green and grey-green shades have increased by 170%. Perhaps sage will become the new neutral…
The continued trend of ‘Urban Oasis’ combines the desire for a re-connection with the natural world – a refuge from our industrial surroundings and digital lifestyles. The number of “Patterned Plant” saves on Pinterest have boosted by 533%, which reflects our inherent need for nature. Whether it is bombarding your house with indoor plants or creating a dedicated calm space, the use of shades of green is a response to the ‘nature deficit’ to replenish, nourish and energise our minds.
‘Millennial Pink’ or blush may be on its way out with nudes, terracotta and sandy tones taking more of a front foot. Metallics may be reverting back to the old and trusted silvers, as copper and brass have reached their peak. Heimtextil have suggested the tone on tone trend will continue with a focus on how colour can affect our mood and emotions. With all surfaces covered in varying shades of a colour the intention is to create transformative spaces with either restful or recharging characteristics.
Industrial type metals like nickel and less high shine will be more prevalent and according to Pinterest’s Top 100 searches, “Mixed Metals” has increased 423% over the past year.
The uprising of the ‘Makers Movement’ and the continuation of consumer appreciation for artisanal and handcrafted production techniques, sees this trend influencing the way people are styling and designing their homes. Wabi-sabi (a Japanese philosophy loosely interpreted as an acceptance of imperfection) is an underlying theme to this trend. Exposed materials exhibiting scars and signs of age, handmade products bear the marks of their making and age old crafts like indigo dyeing are revisited.