Spring is in the air, and for once, that’s not just a figure of speech. The temperatures are rising, and we’ve finally emerged from what feels like one of the longest winters we’ve experienced for quite some time into the sunlight of spring.
With so much colour and texture to look forward to, now is the perfect time to start searching for those interior essentials to freshen up your home. But what are the key colours, textures and trends you need to look out for this spring?
We’ve put together this definitive guide to 2018 spring interior design trends.
Ice Cream Colours
While it might not be ice cream season quite yet, when it comes to your home, gelatos are definitely in. Traditional colours like pistachio greens, bubble gum blues and strawberry pinks are going to be very popular this year.
The key to getting the most out of these colours, as is the case with any bright motifs, is to keep a neutral backdrop. Using creams, white and even charcoal black on a single wall are go-to backdrops, or alternatively, accessorising with pastel vases, furniture or tableware. The beauty of this trend is that you can pick and choose the colours you like – no need to use the full carton!
Achieve this look in your home with our Linen Cotton Pistachio or Viscose Linen Blush chaise longues.
Product featured: The Bingham chaise longue shown in Viscose Linen Blush
Product featured: The Lover sofa shown in Linen Cotton Pistachio
Putting a bunch of daffodils on the dining table might be enough for some, but trendsetters in the interior world have sparked a renaissance of the houseplant – not least because of their aesthetic prowess, but because of their overall benefits to our health and wellbeing. Leafy palms, hardy succulents and fiddle-leaf figs are all perfect low-maintenance options to bring a little foliage to the home. But the trend has not stopped there. The world of surface pattern design has seen an increase in botanical patterns on fabrics and wallpapers. Although, this year we’ll see more subtle and traditional motifs rather than the tropical prints that were so popular in 2017.
All this interest in houseplants has also spilt over into colour choices around the home, with green being the colour for spring interiors in 2018. It’s not just the light, bright green of new leaves that made ‘Greenery’ Pantone’s colour of the year last year. Also look for darker forest tones, strong jades and pale minty shades.
If you’re looking to add a little green to your home then one of our matt velvet armchairs in Mallard or Washed Cotton Kiwi will make a stylish and sophisticated addition this spring.
Product featured: The Lullington armchair shown in Matt Velvet Mallalard
Nautical: Faded Stripes, Checks and Florals
They say that nautical interiors are timeless. Perhaps because of the positive feelings of freshness, seasides, and holidays they evoke upon entry. So if you want to give your home a time-worn and relaxed beach house feel then the combination of faded stripes, checks and florals is definitely the way to go. In terms of colour, combine blues, reds and pink to create a slightly sun-faded effect. Granted, it’s not quite summer yet, but there’s no harm in getting your home ready for the warmer months with this enduring seaside style.
In terms of fabrics, mix contemporary or vintage florals with utility fabrics like denim to style out this look. Combine that with pale wood or driftwood style furniture to create your own slice of beach hut-chic. Why not try our Linen Cotton ottoman in eggshell blue or driftwood washed cotton to perfectly channel this seaside ambience?
Product featured: The Winsley ottoman shown in Linen Cotton Navy
In the fast-paced world, the home should be the one place where you can refresh, unwind and switch off. You can embrace this slower pace of life by surrounding yourself with beautifully handmade pieces against a backdrop of neutral and warming tones.
In terms of your colour palette, forget about greys and beiges, this look is all about neutral but interesting, so think hues of lilac, lavender, pinks and mint. This will give you a fresher, modern look but still with a sophisticated twist. You should also experiment with textures and tactile surfaces to create additional interest.
Product featured: The Burderop chaise shown in Viscose Linen Pumice
A fantastically simple way to lift a lighter colour palette is to add just a hint of metal, with brass the real champion in 2018. Metallics in interiors have been on the rise for a number of years, but this spring, rose gold and copper are out and brass is most definitely in. This is a great way to add a natural and organic feel to a room and the good news is that it complements almost any colour scheme, so you really can’t go wrong.
Whether you love it or hate it, expect to see brass adorning kitchen cabinets, living room furniture, and vintage-inspired fixtures this year.
One of the more ‘out there’ trends we saw a lot of in 2017 was the use of bold patterns in cushions and rugs but also wallpapers. This is designed to bring a sleek and modern edge to a home. This pattern is set to continue as we move into spring branching away from the bold florals we talked about earlier and towards strong and angular geometric shapes.
Adding geometric wallpaper adds a confident and luxurious look to any modern home, but with everything from chequered floors, splash-backs and other accessories, there are many different ways you can introduce geometric patterns.
Product featured: The Yatesbury sofa/sofa bed shown in Linen Cotton French Navy
If you want to stay ahead of the curve this spring, then be prepared for full fringing and other embellishments to be a major feature in interiors this year. And it’s not just fringing, with macramé, tufting, tassels and feathers, you can expect to see it all this season.
This trend, whether it’s on cushions, wall hangings, rugs, throws or accessories adds a wonderful handmade quality to every room. A sumptuous tasselled throw on one of our handmade beds or tactile cushions on the sofa would do just the trick.
Product featured: The Hindon bed shown in Washed Cotton Driftwood
Earth tones are always popular at this time of year and once again things are heating up for spring and summer 2018. Embracing an earthy colour palette can help to create an uplifting mood in a room and bring back those feelings of the great outdoors.
This year, raw and earthy shades of clay, terracotta and ochre are just as popular as ever, but borrowing from the emerging botanical theme, greens are also very much in.
Mother Nature inspires many of the fabrics we use at Willow & Hall. We try to cover a wide range of textures and tones that aim to create feelings of freshness, earthliness, and hospitality. Achieve the earthy look in your own home with one of our love seat sofa beds in Viscose Linen Toasted Almond, Textured Linen Clay or Soft Wool Stone Harbour.
If you want to channel the country house atmosphere then classic images are very much back in fashion this spring, appearing all over fabrics, wallpapers and cushions. Rather than realistic renderings, opt for simplified linear designs that draw inspiration from the 1930s and 40s with images like vintage florals, hens and hares.
One of the strongest trends coming through this season is the combination of a number of very bright colours. Although probably not one for the faint-hearted, it is a surprisingly easy look to achieve and actually get right.
The key is to have one or two main colours to start with that will ground the rest of the look. For example, having two blocks of colour for the walls and the bedding can be transformed with bold pops of colour for cushions, rugs and curtains. You can also use textures to layer the look and don’t be scared to team stripes and patterns together.
2018’s interior design trends really reflect the mix of colour and texture we associate with spring. Whether you’re planning to redecorate your house, or looking to add some accents to your interior, you can be sure that adding a touch of spring will uplift and refresh your home!
The Willow & Hall team