I have to admit that as I've got older I follow trends less and have, over the last few years, tried to nail my own personal style. However, trying to predict what will be popular over the coming year is a fun game to play and it's always interesting to look back and see which trends - if any - I got right.
Last year I think I did pretty well (see for yourself here), although I may have been a year early in saying that terracotta would be big as it's only just beginning to break through. Cacti motifs (and real ones) proved to be a hit but I underestimated the longevity of those pesky flamingoes!
Anyway, let's crack on with this year's predictions (guesses). Over the next four posts I'll be looking at The Style, The Material, The Colour and The Motif for 2018.
I'd love to know if you agree or think I've totally missed the mark, leave me a comment at the bottom :)
EDGY 70's GLAM
In stark contrast to the cool Scandinavian interiors of the last few years it seems that once again, more is more. Yes, maximalists rejoice! We've already seen a resurgence of the bar cart, an essential item for 1970s hostesses and now things are going up a notch.
Designers such as Jonathan Adler, Kelly Wearstler and even our very own Daniel Hopwood are masters of the Edgy 70s Glam (ESG) style and it seems that after a few years of austerity and pared back, natural living we're keen to inject some personality back in to our homes.
Anything goes with this style: patterns and colours clash, objets and artworks have a quirky irreverence. It's all about having fun! Curves are everywhere, from sofas and chairs (think Austin Powers) to lighting and accessories. The fabric du jour, velvet, is a must in any ESG home as is gold everything, touches of neon and the odd animal print (zebra is my fave).
If the thought of this much eye candy sends shivers down your minimalist spine (mine) but you'd like to indulge in a little ESG, try adding just one or two elements. I'm a big fan of cheeky (my mother would say 'rude') art so I'm putting up a few pieces that fit this theme. And I do love a bit of bling so I'm adding some gold bits and bobs here and there to make it fit with my own unique style.
As I said, this style is all about having fun and that is something I intend to do this year. Having spent the last three mourning the death of my marriage and wondering what the hell I'm doing with my life I'm ready to go again. Although I'm not a maximalist by any means and too much pattern gives me the willies I'm going to embrace this trend in a spiritual way by living freely and less seriously.
Edgy 70s Glam is about not caring what people think and filling your home with the things you love. I'm going to translate that to my lifestyle.
Bring it on, 2018. #zerof*cksgiven
Next time: The Material.