Ahead of the release of the latest SS18 colletions, we've spoken to Julia Kendell, guest designer for BBC's DIY SOS and spokesperson for The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show (22-25 March, NEC, Birmingham), on the emerging trends for 2018 and this year's absolute must-haves in interior design!
“The focus for the year ahead will be on functionality in the bedroom. For those who want to create more open space, it’s best to consider taking your clothing and storage out of this room to ensure a calm and relaxing place to relax and sleep. Consider converting an underused spare bedroom into a walk-in wardrobe.
“In addition, beds are viewed as the most important item in the bedroom as they contribute significantly to sleeping quality. Invest in a good quality mattress; it’s important to check if it can provide long-term care for the back and provide you with a good night’s sleep. Also, to wake up rested, a dark environment helps boost sleeping quality, so the choice of curtains or blinds is vital.
“Advances in sleep technology have developed to allow homeowners bespoke solutions to ensure a great night’s sleep. The latest ‘anti-gravity’ mattresses give the body an opportunity to heal overnight with no stressful strain on any joint. Skimping on comfort is a false economy and has a detrimental effect on all areas of life.”
“With life increasingly fast-paced, creating a spa-like retreat in the bathroom is high on the wishlist for many. Pinterest has reported a 269% increase in ‘spa bathroom’ searches in the past 12-months alone. To create a restful and recharging environment, plan a large bath for leisurely soaks and always try for comfort before purchase. A neutral scheme with natural materials such as marble or textural slate are a key theme for 2018. Ensure adequate storage to ensure a restful, uncluttered environment and upgrade the lighting to a dimmable circuit. Integral speakers in the bathroom will contribute to the bating experience.”
“Many self-builders have included a secondary ‘practical’ kitchen in recent years and this trend is likely to spiral further. Separating the real functional area from the show/theatre kitchen proves to be useful, as the house owner can leave the dirty dishes, trash and everything else that comes with preparing a meal in the secondary kitchen, while enjoying a hassle-free social experience with friends in the main area, where cooking skills can shine.
“For 2018 materials and textures are key with combinations of gloss cabinetry and natural timber, matt door finishes and terrazzo tiling or two colours of cabinetry to add interest to a functional space. After many years of neutral kitchens, forest green, peacock blue and this year’s Pantone colour of the year, ultraviolet, will be showing up in design-led kitchens.”
“For those with the space, a separate TV/cinema room is the antidote to the all-consuming, massive TVs overtaking any social interaction. This creates a calming area within the living room for good old-fashioned conversation by the fireplace.
“Technology has again provided a solution for the aesthetics when incorporating a TV in a living room. Mirrored TVs look like elegant framed mirrors when the TV is off and instantly become high-resolution screens when required. In addition, statement art is replacing gallery-style walls with super-sized images, providing a clean and powerful aesthetic."
To get even more advice from Julia Kendell, head to the National Homebuilding & Renovating Show on 22nd-25th March at the NEC, Birmingham, where she will be giving one-on-one expert design advice.
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