If you’re looking to give your interior an instant face-lift and make more ‘a la mode’ then upholstery is the answer. Whether you’re planning a major refurbishment or just want to inject some of the current trends in interior design, Natalie Norman of Inspire Upholstery forecasts that textiles are the way to go.

So what should you be introducing into your interiors styling in 2018? This is what we think you should look out for…

Textured Velvet Upholstery

In recent years we’ve seen a trend towards more tactile fabrics that please your touchy-feely senses, not just the eye. It was only a matter of time before textured velvet would make an appearance and forest-green is our favourite colour for this luxurious fabric. This harks back to another trend we’ve seen gain more traction – biophilic design.

This concept is about bringing nature inside and combines the use of natural materials with plant life and design inspired by nature. Green fabrics are a great way to introduce natural colour into your hotel, and is also very calming.

Teal Is On Trend

Not a fan of forest green? What about introducing teal into your interiors combined with other shades of blue or green? This colour – formerly Dulux Colour of the Year 2014 – has been widely used in home interiors in recent years. Now it makes the transition into commercial premises, perhaps as part of another trend to create more homelike interiors in the hotel industry.

As well as using teal with other colours from the same palette, we like the impact a contrasting colour can bring to the overall style of a room. How about mixing up cushions in teal and mustard yellow to create interest and a bold statement?

Or What About Millennial Pink?

This shade of pink is all over the catwalks as well as interiors, and is somewhere between grapefruit, apricot and salmon pink in colour. It has something a little bit retro about it – slightly faded glamour – and looks great with other shades of pink, grey as well as black and white.

Millennial Pink was used extensively at the Milan 2017 (design week), especially in furniture upholstery. We loved Bla Station’s ‘Pocket’ armchair (shown) in Millennial Pink that also includes a compartment for keeping hotel lobbies, restaurants and bars free of clutter such as handbags and laptop cases.

Tonal Reds Provide Warmth And Excitement

Another hot trend for 2018 is red. This time it’s not confined to just one shade of red, but runs through a palette of different tonal reds to create impact and interest. Shades of pink or orange could also be part of a scheme, or go to the other extreme and introduce some deep reddish purple tones to give a room design that luxury feel.

As well as changing the tones through an interior scheme, also use different textures and patterns. This adds more depth to the room – all united with a strong colour palette.

Patterns In Black And White

While our top trends for 2018 revolve around colour, black and white is also seeing a renaissance. This time we’re channelling geometric patterns with bold prints on soft furnishings and upholstered furniture. Of course black and white geometric fabrics also contrast successfully with the dominant trend for colour.

For further details – and inspiration – visit inspireup.co.uk

 

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