Four trends for A/W 2018

One of the most exciting things about the changing seasons is the introduction of new seasonal interior trends. And here’s what three of the leading home interest brands (The Rug Seller, I Want Wallpaper and Apollo Blinds have in store to help homeowners get the latest looks.

Autumn/Winter will bring:

  1. Exotic global traveller influences (yes in winter) (including Africana, Romantic Moroccan and Mexican Fiesta)
  2. New Autumn florals
  3. Retro vibes and
  4. Dark & decadent colourways

TREND #1 – Exotic Global Travel Influences



Design Director at Daniel Prendergast says:

“This autumn we’ll see room schemes that conjure the idea of exotic escapes reimagined with cosy textures and a deep autumnal colour palette. Two geographical areas are emerging as particularly popular, Africa (including Morocco) and South America (in particular Mexico).

“Heritage prints and tribal patterns, alongside animal motifs will create the feel of a sun-soaked safari even in the depths of winter.

“Utilise texture and rich colour to add some winter warmth. Warm reds and orange tones mixed alongside rich greens give this look an autumnal spin.

“Animal hide and skins, either on floor coverings or faux effect wallpaper, are another great way to introduce the look. On the floor, traditional hides always look great but if the room dictates a larger or ‘squarer’ rug, then patchwork leather/animal hide can be another option.”

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Mexican Fiesta

Design Director at Daniel Prendergast says:

This look is all about celebrating colour – vibrant tones in the home can be really uplifting when it’s cold outside. Plus, the colour experts at Pantone have also predicted we’ll be decorating with some vivid and unconventional colours in A/W including pink peacock, quetzal green, russet and valiant poppy.

“Introduce Mexican motifs with snakeskin, cacti or candy skulls. Flat woven colourful Kelim rugs inspired by the distinctive traditional ‘Huichol patterns’ of Mexico bring the party vibe to the floor.”

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Romantic Morocco

Apollo Blinds’ product design director Mike Stephen says:

Moroccan interior design is all sumptuous fabrics and about intricate pattern-work or tiling. Evoke the exotic and romantic feel of Morocco with these damask patterned window blinds. A rich grey base with intricate metallic detailing will update the look for autumn winter.”

“Hanging metal lamps and authentic shaggy rugs, as well as tiled wallpaper can all help to achieve this mysterious and romantic look.”

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TREND #2 – NEW Autumn Florals

Head of design at Alex Whitecroft says:

“Often people only think springtime when it comes to florals, but floral wallpaper is a popular look throughout the winter. Update florals with rich autumnal colourways and matching furniture in plush fabrics. Or choose a palette of dusky pink and warm neutrals and create a cosy feel by layering up throws and textures throughout the room.”

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TREND #3 Retro Revival

Design Director at Daniel Prendergast says:

“Autumn/winter’s take on the 1970s trend is clear about its origins yet mellow and sophisticated. A touch of paisley, mid-century furniture and a brown or orange rug on stripped back floorboards looks chic and effortless. Teraccotta is a key colourway shag pile rugs are back!”

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TREND #4 Dark Decadence

Head of Design at Alex Whitecroft says:

“Those who favour the dark side can luxuriate in the opulence of midnight blue, rich russet, amethyst, emerald green and deep teal this season – but the best news for me is that black is back!

“Black is a rich and versatile shade with lots of subtle variations.  Some may be fearful of this shadowy shade but there are lots of advantages to using black in the home – it has a real cocooning effect and it’s nigh on impossible to clash with!

“Metallic highlights (especially gold) shine brightest against a black backdrop; alternatively, take Pantone’s advice and “mix in some more surprising shades that express originality, ingenuity and creativity.”

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