The big interior design trends for 2018

Using different shades of just colours can add depth and contrast to a room. Paint and paperr by Far

Using different shades of just colours can add depth and contrast to a room. Paint and paperr by Farrow & Ball. Picture: Farrow & Ball - Credit: Archant

If one of your new year’s resolutions was to give your home’s look a revamp, best take some tips from someone with an eye for design. We spoke to Jane Cappleman, one of Suffolk’s leading interior designers, about what’s in and what’s out for 2018.

Go natural with flowered wallpaper and fresh cut flowers. Wallpaper by Tulipa Stellata Fuchsia by De

Go natural with flowered wallpaper and fresh cut flowers. Wallpaper by Tulipa Stellata Fuchsia by Designers Guild. Picture: Designers Guild - Credit: Archant

If one of your new year’s resolutions was to give your home’s look a revamp, best take some tips from someone with an eye for design. We spoke to Jane Cappleman, one of Suffolk’s leading interior designers, about what’s in and what’s out for 2018.

Ultra violet

Eyecatching - wallpaper with bold geometric patterns. Lavaliers wallpaper by Farrow & Ball). Picture

Eyecatching - wallpaper with bold geometric patterns. Lavaliers wallpaper by Farrow & Ball). Picture: Farrow and Ball - Credit: Archant

Each year the colour gurus Pantone declare a colour for the coming year 2018’s is Ultraviolet, a really intense and bright purple.

Jane says: “Ultra violet is going to be everywhere this year and will be seen in many shades. Lavenders and violets in soft tones, I think will look amazing when combined with deeper, richer accent colours such as olive green and tangerine and be a great alternative to the widely used grey tones.”


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Tone on tone colours

Tone on tone colouring or layering, is a decorative technique that takes a single or a few colours and uses different saturations throughout the space. The result is a room that can be dramatically transformed just by lightening or darkening of the colour shade.

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Jane says: “Using tone on tone colours, painting furniture or covering soft furnishings in a similar colour to the walls, with a limited palette of perhaps only two colours is a great idea, especially in small rooms. The light reflects differently off each surface so it looks as though 20 colours were used instead of one or two.”

Geometric designs

Geometric patterns can add eye-catching vigour to your room. This trend is all about balancing colours, prints, and textures so they all seamlessly enhance one another without overwhelming the viewer.

Jane says: “Large scale prints and geometrics will continue to become more widely used especially in wallpaper and there is an increasing trend to move away from flat or plain surfaces. Interestingly geometric designs are being used more and more as a prominent feature in kitchens and the use of statement glass or ceramic tiles with bold designs are becoming increasingly popular.”

Go natural

Bring some of the outdoors into your homes by using natural materials which can make you and your family feel calm, at peace and above all welcomed into a space

Jane says: “Natural elements such as stone and wood will continue to be used. They give great texture and are pretty much timeless although choose what you like as it may be out of fashion next year! If I believed everything I read I need to strip out and replace my kitchen which is only two years old!”

Vintage lighting

People seem to like taking a step into the past when it comes to lighting so there are plenty of light fittings that have the glow of nostalgia about them.

Jane says: “Edison bulbs, I agree have seen their day, however I can see using vintage or vintage style lighting will continue to be widely used.”

Artisan accessories

Having some singular furnishings in your home, especially if you’ve had a hand in creating them yourself, make for a personalised signature style.

Jane says: “Upcycling and recycling I’m sure will continue as the growing trend to seek out artisan accessories and one-off pieces is very much on the increase.”

(in bold) Jane Cappleman works from her base in Bury St Edmunds. She covers Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex and further afield if required designing a wide selection of interiors from classic to the more contemporary. For more information, visit here

To discusss your interior design and decoration needs further, Jane will come to your home to talk through your style, ideas and individual requirements. To book appointments, call 01284 763770 or 0774 9361 254, or email info@janecappleman.co.uk

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