Carol O’Callaghan looks at what’s in and what’s out in home interior styles and colours for 2018.
The 12 days of Christmas are officially over, which means those sticklers for tradition who refuse to take down the decorations until theTwelfth night, are hoisting boxes up to the attic this weekend.
If you’re anything like me, you can’t help but be aware of how bare the house feels now, but before you get used to it again, subject your space to scrutiny.
If a makeover or an afternoon’s worth of livening up a room is in order, then now is the time to start, so here are a few styling trend predictions for 2018.
Now that we’re all suitably well versed in hygge and lagom, it’s the turn of wabi sabi, the Japanese philosophy of finding attractiveness in imperfection. Anything loveworn or time-worn from use is considered more valuable and interesting, especially when it reveals new layers of colour and texture. Think chopping boards with burn and knife marks and you have wabi sabi.
It encourages an appreciation of things like crazing lines in china plates, wrinkled bed linens, and pillows not plumped to within an inch of their life.
Outdoors, it’s weathered garden furniture and cracked flower pots, but overall it leaves less fastidious housekeepers off the hook, although it’s bound to send feng shui and decluttering martinets into a tailspin.
This one aims to balance technology with nature. Think organic materials and traditional handcrafts to promote a sense of well-being — a slowing-down of the busy pace of life and our reliance on technology.
Terracotta and burnished orange and yellow, which are high up the colour charts for 2018, feed into this look. So do the darker woods like rosewood, walnut and the tonal quality of mango wood. The surprise of blackened surface effects is inspired by shou sugi ban, another Japanese import which makes a design statement out of charring wood to act as a preservative.
While we say goodbye to Nordic blond woods, it’s actually a relief to also bid farewell to its partner millennial pink, that zingy hue redolent of sugary ladies in Fragonard portraits of 18th century, but which no wardrobe of a 21st century fashion conscious youth in a man-bun, is without.
It’s the same colour chosen by film director Wes Anderson to saturate the set of The Grand Budapest Hotel, and subsequently, our homes, until it was everywhere.
This design trope’s makeover now sits on the margins of a more nuanced salmon-peach for 2018. It works with shady greys, fleshy tones and accents of brass, but best confined to smaller textiles and accessories. Even a paint version is workable, which only costs €50 or so, and can be changed with similar expenditure and labour.
Much as I love the warm tone of shiny copper, I’m not sorry to see it go, even though the real thing is fab, aesthetically and practically. I mean, what culinary wizard doesn’t love to cook in copper pots?
Sadly, the glut of accessories in faux copper which flays off like dead skin has cheapened the look so it’s on its way out along, with its millennial pink partner in crime. Brass replaces it in 2018, and trend whisperers say silver won’t be far behind.
Overdone — and also on the way out is the dreaded typography framed print with aphoristic declarations. Follow your heart is another exhortation gifted to me recently, and I may well do just that, all the way to the charity shop.
Unlike colour, black and white carries a sophistication and depth that colour versions just don’t have, regardless of the subject matter, adding character to a room without upsetting the colour scheme.
In a digital world, where text is relentlessly in our faces, a framed image of a loved one, a place which holds special memories, or just a moment snapped on a smart phone through a train window has the power to still the world, and that’s something we might benefit from in 2018.
FOR DOWN DAYS
In about a fortnight, you’ll notice a stretch in the evenings, but there’s still much of winter to go and days when curling up on the sofa to wait out a cold requires a blanket, or, a duvet dragged from an obliging bed.
Blankie.ie has tapped into this need and produced a range of 13 machine-washable, two-tone, duvet-style blankets in brushed cotton, filled with down and feather.
Take it outdoors in spring or on chilly summer nights for an al fresco glass of wine and a spot of star-gazing. Each comes in a handy bag for easy storage. €65 at www.blankie.ie.
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