5 hot interior trends for Summer 2018

We have so much color and texture to look forward to this summer!

Embellishments

Macrame, fringing, tufting, tassels and feathers – you name it, it's here for this season and you'll see it on cushions, wall hangings, throws, rugs and accessories. This trend will add a wonderful handmade quality to each room, beautiful tactile cushions on the sofa and a sumptuous throw with tassels on the bed, and a wall-hanging or two on plain walls to add interest.

Ice cream Colors

Gelato colors are going to be a huge trend in both interiors and fashion this year, but there's no reason to wait until spring, start investing in key pieces now and get ahead of the crowd. 'Choosing your favorite flavor of ice cream can be a bit like choosing your favorite paint color,' explains Kasia Wiktorowicz, marketing communications manager, Valspar. 'So why only choose one when you can have them all, in a perfect palette of ice cream colors. You can even mix up paint colors to suit your tastes and match accessories by using our in-store color matching technology.' Introduce these pretty colors on a single wall or multiple if you feel brave, and accessories with pastel hued vases, dining chairs and tableware.

Geometric

Although we did see geometric in 2017, it was mainly on cushions and rugs. This year it's all about tiles, wallpaper and art. Seen here is a bold design being used to striking effect, no, it's not tiles, it's actually a specially designed decorative membrane that is so watertight it can also be used directly on the walls of a shower or as a kitchen splash back.

Foliage

With increasing news of health benefits, the humble houseplant is fast becoming the must-have buy for our homes. And it seems the more the merrier, so pop down to your local garden centre and invest in some stunning plants. Place them in each room, use hanging plants for shelves and mantelpieces and some lovely leafy beauties for bare corners and coffee/side tables. Team them with some lush green pieces like this charming armchair, stylish pendants, a textured rug and some stripy green cushions for added interest.

Ombre

Meaning 'to shade', this season you're going to see ombre in many different ways, from fabrics to cushions, rugs to bedding, and in a painterly watercolor style on lampshades, artwork and furniture. If you don't feel brave enough to try it yourself on walls, then source a wallpaper instead. Once you have chosen your colorway, co-ordinate your accessories to complement the wall colors using a mix of plains and prints.

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