When it comes to interior trends, many think that to make a statement you have to be bold with colour and over the top with style. Think again!

With 2018 just around the corner, we caught up with Homemaker The Valley’s resident stylist, Morgan Braithwaite to find out what trends we’ll be bringing into our homes in the new year.

EARTHY LUXURY

One of the biggest trends forecast for 2018 is natural materials and textures. Think rattan, linen and woven rugs. Taking a more natural approach to your interior styling will see your space stick to a minimalist colour palette and allow your statement wares to pop.

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MONOCHROME

If you prefer the minimalist look, opt for cushions and throws in black and white designs that will freshen up your space while still maintaining a monochromatic scheme. With natural materials at the forefront of the interior trends forecast for 2018, it’s no surprise we’re seeing many wooden bench tops stained in black to stick to a monochrome colour palette.

PATTERNED RUGS

There is no question that Moroccan-inspired rugs and throws have been a major trend this year and will continue to reign supreme well into 2018. You can still stick to minimalist styling and just add a tease of texture to the room with a rug that has tassel embellishments.

BRASS & BRONZE

In 2017, we saw our love for gold and copper trickle throughout our homes and workspaces in the form of candles, vessels and other homewares and desk accessories. Although gold accents will always have a place in our homes, 2018 will see brass and bronze take front and centre not only inside our homes, but outside too. Adding touches of brass and bronze is the easiest way to elevate your entertaining areas with a touch of luxe.

CERAMICS

Whether you’re sipping out of it or eating off of it, 2018 will see ceramics become a must-have addition to your kitchen. If your décor is natural and earthy or is in need of a pop of colour, ceramic wares will give your dining an edge with its raw texture and feel.

KEEP IT ROUND

Whether it be a rug, a side table or a gold-rimmed mirror, many will be opting for round shapes in the new year. With a natural colour palette and raw textures and minimalist materials taking the lead in 2018, round accents will give any room a spot of interest.

GO GREEN

Bringing the outside in has never looked so good. When looking to give your space a little bit of life, plants or succulents in trendy planters will work wonders. If you don’t have the best track record with keeping plants alive, look for home accessories with floral motifs and soft leafy patterns or flower prints to bring some colour to your room.

HEADBOARDS

Whether you’re an empty nester who is looking to downgrade or a young professional looking to move closer to the CBD, apartment living can mean you’ll have less space to work with. If this is the case, you’re in luck! The new year will see many people ditching big and bulky bed frames and opting for a stand-alone headboard instead. A headboard gives you a little extra room to play with as well as being less cumbersome if you’re someone who is always on the move.

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