An enjoyable part of the start of a new year is the chance to do a little research into the interior design trends for the year to come. Looking through the magazines, checking out the relevant websites and attending trade fairs – what could be more fun?! Based on our investigations we’ve put together a collection of bedroom looks for 2018.
The New Neutrals: Colour for Calm
In Elle Decoration magazine Michelle Ogundehin tells us that the colour choices for this year are tea rose, lavender, mint and pale peach. She describes these subtle, slightly ‘washed-out’ shades as the new neutrals, offering a “soothing salve” for our busy lives. She also assures us that these interesting, yet gently colourful shades are easier to work with than the bolder jewel colours of last year and will look good with, another of this years trends, natural materials: wood, stone, felt and matte brass.
We couldn’t agree more. These subtle, restful colours are perfect for bedroom interiors; they also work well with classic neutrals – white, taupe and grey (so you don’t need to start from scratch) – and with almost any shade of solid timber. We would suggest the warmer colours such as the soft pink of tea rose and pale peach will look good with our solid walnut bedroom furniture, or one of our upholstered beds – the headboard can be upholstered in a similar subtle pink shade, or in a grey colour or cool brown for a contrast.
The cooler lavender-grey and soft mint tones will also look good with walnut, but also offer a nice contrast against the warmer tones of oak, cherry and ash. See our Iona and Malabar beds above with soft mint green and teal bedding, both beds are in oak (the Iona has an upholstered headboard in a subtle petrol and ivory basket-weave, wool fabric.)
If you would rather experiment with these colours in an easy/more temporary way than upholstery or decorating may involve – why not try some new bedding or cushions? We have lots of bedding choices to suit this colour scheme – from new Chambray bedding in grey, ecru and peach, to Vintage Print Linen Blend Bedding and a range of quilts and throws.
Velvet – The Fabric of the Moment
The velvet trend – so popular in the latter quarter of 2017 continues through into 2018. From the images below you can see the colour palette of ‘new neutrals’ is perfect for this sumptuous fabric.
We have a range of bedspreads and quilts in velvet – if you want some pattern for added interest try the Embroidered Grey Velvet Quilt which features elaborate embroidery and a stitched cotton reverse. For a simple yet luxurious look try the linen and velvet quilts we have available in pale blush pink, rich inky blue and a soft jade green. On all these quilts the reverse is in a pale biscuit colour linen with stitching a similar tone – so these bedspreads will suit a range of looks depending on which side you choose to show.
If these bedspreads are not your thing – or quite your budget – try our soft and cosy blankets. These have a silky, velvet look side and a soft fleece-feel reverse and are available in a range of colours. These blankets are ideal if you want a luxury look on a budget. Another way to introduce a velvet look is with one of the new Persia or Karma rugs – luxury, hand-loom woven rugs in a range of subtle shades with a sumptuous, silky soft surface.
According to Elle Dec and Houzz grey is here to stay, and we couldn’t be more pleased! Whether you choose a monochrome look or use grey as a back-drop for more colourful accessories, you’ll find grey an incredibly versatile neutral. We have lots of products in a range of greys – from the palest silver grey to deep charcoal, from warm dove grey to cool graphite – including bedding, rugs, upholstery fabrics, nightwear and towels.
We often use grey fabrics for our range of upholstered beds as there is a shade of grey to suit every timber – just take a look at the images of Arran, Skye and Shetland beds above. Downpipe Grey (a Farrow & Ball colour) is also one of the most popular colours for our painted headboard beds – you can see it on the Koo above.
We also have a wide range of grey bedding available in cotton and linen. If you are looking for a pale grey – try our silver grey linen bedding or brushed cotton bedding. If you prefer a deeper grey try our luxury 1000 thread count cotton bedding, charcoal grey linen bedding or cotton duvet set in graphite. We also have a range of grey bedspreads and throws to complement, along with a range of luxury rugs.
Take a look at our nightwear collection to find robes, pyjamas and slippers in grey.
This look is all about natural materials featuring natural patterning – the swirls and stripes in marble, the knots and grain of solid wood. To incorporate this look in a bedroom scheme we would of course recommend a solid wood bed! For a timber with a rich, vibrant grain try ash, cherry or walnut. Ash is a pale golden colour with deeper stripes and swirls in a golden brown, cherry wood incorporates warm reddish tones but can also incorporate areas of cooler creamy, green shades. Walnut is a deeper chocolate brown colour with an espresso brown grain, but again areas of paler sapwood can appear. The beauty of solid wood is the natural variability of timber – knots, sapwood and burrs – all add to the individuality of wood furniture.
Continue the ‘Organic Layers’ theme by layering natural bedding in cotton, linen and wool. Our organic cotton bedding with a fine sateen finish, when paired with a quilted velvet and linen bedspread makes for a luxurious look. Alternatively try pure linen bedding and a woven wool throw or faux fur blanket for added texture.
Living Etc magazine points to ‘Maximalism’ as the big trend for 2018 – this look incorporates pattern, along with metallics, and with layers of varying textures in lush, deep colours. Mixing materials, textures and pattern – the Maximalism look is glamorous and opulent and allows you too be as experimental as you like. Try ruffled bedding and faux fur throws with upholstered, buttoned headboards, or vintage patterned rugs with fabric covered walls.
We have a range of products to fit the bill. My current favourites? I am very tempted by the new Persia rug – it’s silky and luxurious with a vintage ‘distressed’ pattern woven into the pile. I also think the new Army Green bedspread with an amazing geometric pattern stitched into the fabric would fit the bill. This green is also a rich and warm shade of green – perfect for interiors. The new Highland four-poster, which incorporates a solid wood frame and an upholstered headboard in a range of fabric options, is another good choice – select a vibrant wood grain and bold fabric for maximum impact.
Feeling Warm? The Burgundy and Terracotta Colour Trend
Warm colours are often a popular choice, particularly for the winter and autumn months. Elle Decoration tells us that the shades to look out for this year are inspired by nature – soft terracotta and deep berry tones. We have recently painted a wall in our showroom in a rich burgundy (Farrow & Ball colour Brinjal) and it’s proved very popular with clients. This deep colour is a good choice for bedrooms as it warm and opulent without being too vibrant to be restful.
If you’re looking for bedding in these shades take a look at our coral linen bedding, Damson check throws and Russet Zari duvet covers. We also have kimono robes, cushions and scented candles that incorporate these shades – if you visit Sheffield please do pop into our showroom to see the full collection.