Why it’s time to give your home a vibrant makeover

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New year, new… abode? We find out the latest design trends for your home in 2018 and how you can get the look

As the new year begins, we tend to take an ‘out with the old, in with the new’ philosophy to life, and that might include your home décor.

Whether you refresh your home with the seasons or just fancy a more up-to-date space with a few new accents, we’ve got you covered for what’s hot in interior design for 2018.

A splash of colour

Green hues dominated 2017, but 2018 is all set to start on a bright note with a much bolder tone, says Sharon Conneely, creative director at Full Circle Design.

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“This year ushers in ultraviolet as the Pantone Color of the Year, a colour that is moody, regal, provocative and visionary,” she notes.

“As [it’s] a bold colour, it may not be for everyone, so it is best to soften it with other shades from the same colour family such as lilac, blush, mauve and blue in your accent pieces. These colours pair well with greys, silvers and golds.

“If you are feeling bold, ultraviolet lends itself to drama when teamed with dark grey, black, gold or silver combined with rich fabrics such as silks and velvets,” she adds.

If you’re not a fan of loud colours, then take heart as green and more muted hues are making a return on social media.

“Sage green has been popping up in Pinterest a lot lately,” Sharon agrees. “It is a soft, appealing colour and lends itself to any room.

“There is also a swing towards darker kitchens in 2018 with navy, dark grey and black making an appearance.”

Pattern and shape

With geometric pattern finally on the wane, Sharon says we’re trading in the hard angles for a softer side this year.

“The previous years were all about geometrics, but 2018 takes its inspiration from the 1970s with its soft curves and saturated colours,” she notes.

“This can be achieved with bold jewel colours, hanging chairs and planters and a mishmash of ethnic textiles and patterns for rugs, cushions, poufs and macramé wall hangings,” Sharon suggests.

“Moroccan rugs don’t need to be on the floor as the 70s vibe encourages us to hang rugs on the  wall.”

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The renovations don’t have to stop there; look up, and there’s a whole new design possibility you might not have considered.

“A statement ceiling is seen as a fifth wall, which is one of the trends for 2018,” she says.

“As many of us live in rented accommodation, there are quick, economical, reversible solutions available to us to get the look without forfeiting our deposits.

“Vinyl decals can be used to add a touch of drama to ceilings. Go for oversized florals in contrasting colours to make an impact.

“Decals can be easily removed if you want to try a new look or need to return your rented accommodation back to its original condition. Another solution for ceilings is creating patterns with paint and frog tape or stencils.”

Small changes

You don’t have to make big, bold changes to make a statement. If you don’t want to commit to a full makeover, accessories are definitely the way to go, according to Sharon.

“The easy way to introduce trends into your life is to start with the accent pieces,” she suggests.

“These are small interior elements that can add a pop of colour, texture or pattern into a space.”

To accentuate your space, you can mix and match scatter cushions, throws, art, accessories and lighting.

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“One trend for 2018 is resort-inspired accessories including large patterned foliage, hanging baskets and pebbles,” she adds.

“Throw in rattan chairs and scatter cushions to help achieve that laid-back holiday vibe. Another trend coming our way is oversized art which is easily to implement in any room.”

Full Circle Design offers interior design courses for all levels each month at The Club, Mina Zayed. The next course will begin on 19th February. Prices start from AED 1,890. For more information, contact: info@fullcircle-design.com, fullcircle-design.com

WORDS Camille Hogg

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