10 cross-sector interior design trends for 2018

10 cross-sector interior design trends for 2018

What interior trends will boom in 2018 for your industry? We highlight two key trends in each industry that will be sure to set you apart from the rest.


Home interiors are big business, and what most of us think of when we think of interior design. But, what will be big for home-design this year?

1. Neutral walls with pops of colour

It’s time to put the magnolia, beige and grey paint back in the garage there are some new neutrals in town. Muted greens and yellows as well as other pastel shades are set to be in this year. Team your plain walls with a big pop of bold colour somewhere in the room. And, when I say big I mean big. Think bold kitchen cabinets, large furniture or settees.

2. Velvet

Velvet has been tipped to be the material of 2018 by MADE.com. A key trend in soft furnishings, our newfound love for velvet stems from the 90s fashion revival. Use this trend to inject rich pigments in to home design. Velvets in rich purple, navy and emerald green are so 2018.


Office design isn’t just bland walls and even blander desks anymore, but what are our top picks for office design in 2018?

3. Unconventional work spaces

This trend has been creeping in to the work place for a few years now, think open spaces and collaborative work environments. Go in the direction of comfy and cosy, include soft furnishings and bright colours. These work spaces are popping up in corridors, open spaces and that awkward spot under the stairs.

4. Go green

In 2017 the interior design world saw a boom in the incorporation plants and foliage in to home and workplace design, all in the name of health and wellbeing. 2018 is going to be even greener! As well as adding more and more plants to a workspace offices are now including interior green walls and partitions in their interior design. Stand-alone green walls can offer privacy and noise reduction to a wider office space.


With the rise in internet commerce retails stores are having to up their game to keep the foot traffic coming. Interior design plays a big role in that, but how will stores entice customers in in 2018?

5. Creative illumination

Stores will be creating more dynamic environments with the inclusion of lighting that plays with levels, colour and intensity. By incorporating lighting that interacts with customers, for example lighting that flatters customers in changing room scenarios can help to close a sale. Lighting can also be used from a branding perspective, the advancements in LED technology mean that retailers can experiment with colour and brightness to make it unique to their brand. Creating a lasting memory.

6. The experience value

This trend, rather than a physical product, is a shift in how retail interiors are designed. Stores can no longer rely on convenience with internet giants looming over them, instead they have to create an experience for potential customers. Stores are now a place where the consumer experiences a brand and its offerings. Retail stores will be designed with customer experience in mind, creating spaces for events and experience focused displays, including the use of interactive digital displays.

Hotels and hospitality

Image is everything in the hotel and hospitality sector. So, what will get customers booking in 2018?

7. Make the most of the lobby

In 2018 hotels will be transforming their underutilised lobby and reception areas in to valuable hang out spaces. Redesigning the lobby area to feel more like a living room space will mean guests spending more time in the public areas of the hotel (and closer to the bar!). Think sofa check-ins with complementary drinks on arrival.

8. Home away from home

If the goal is encouraging guests to stay longer hotels naturally need to make them feel at home. Creating a cosy home-like atmosphere allows larger hotels to keep with the competition from sites such as Air B&B. Adding a kitchenette is one simple way of encouraging long stay guests. Another way of encouraging those homely feelings is to get rid of “cookie cutter” bedrooms. If each room is individually and uniquely designed it will feel like commercial. Hand-made furniture, different textures and miss-matched furniture can all help create this feel.


Designing for healthcare environments can be tricky, the need to be practical but with the welfare of the patient in mind. So what will we see in our healthcare facilities in 2018?

9. Colour

Gone are the days of plain, classroom coloured walls. Research has shown that a person’s environment can affect their mental and physical wellbeing, as such hospitals, doctor’s surgeries and care homes nationwide will be ditching the institutional colours and being inspired by the residential design sector. Up-to-date neutrals like pastels and muted greens and yellows can help create and calming atmosphere whilst pops of bright colour can help increase staff and patient energy levels.

10. Designing for Dementia care

A rapid increase in cases of dementia and lead to the importance of interior design for dementia patience. Whether this be in hospitals, care homes or even private residence the importance of creating a comfortable and easy to negotiate space is key. Large spaces can be a challenge for people with dementia so making a facility feel as much like a home as possible will help put the patient at ease. Using different and contrasting colours can help reduce confusion as well as the use of different textures. With designing for dementia it is also important to include landmarks throughout the facility, no repetition of design features.

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