How to Nail the Top Interiors Trends of 2018 (part 1)

Sorry Ive been away from the blog for a while, but Im back with some of my fave style trends and passions that are still rocking the interiors world in 2018. If you have ever viewed my own home on my instagram account You will know my tastes are varied and many. From the palest and the prettiest of decors to the darkest and quirkiest of styles, but the one thing I cant resist is a new trend, yup tend to like um all, just cant resist a bandwagon! Ill be jumping right on it, and adding it somewhere in my home. Whether its a colour or a thing, l’m usually right at the front of the queue to try it. Heres some of my favourites right now:

1 Critter chic

Adding unusual and exotic birds and animalia to your decor has been around for a little while now, but the trend is growing, and new animals are becoming must haves all the time. Yes it has extended beyond the flamingo (still love them) to include any creature from an octopus to a leopard, and the high street brands are well and truly on board now, so Its easy to pick up yourself a piece of cute or quirky that will challenge the high end brands offerings for on-trend style .

So whether its a wall mounted beast, a divine swan,  or a table top mantis (yep I own one of those!) make like David Bellamy (if you are under 35, you will probably need to google this name!) and give the animal kingdom a whirl. Heres a few more of my favourites, reasonably priced pieces

2. The luxe look

And most especially all things gold and shiny and a little bit rock star! – Gold has taken a back seat to silvers and chromes since the 80s, when anyone who had a posh Nana , she would almost certainly have had gold taps, and it was practically compulsory to take all your friends to look at said taps to impress them. But no more, silver is being budged out, and gold is not just for the posh Nana’s! Im currently in the process of changing my silver kitchen door handles and taps to the gold side, and you don’t need to be midas to make this happen, handles from 3 quid on eBay, and full swan neck taps like this one from high street bathroom stores are priced the same as silver – amen to that I say.

 

And its not just the taps, even if you just want a piece of the gold stuff, try a pen pot or a mirror, or for all out luxe,  the must-have bar cart. And it sits well with so may colours, perfect with pink and white as an undertone, or great against a strong dark colour to shout ‘wow’ at all who pass. So make like an 80’s Nana and give gold a go, I defy you not to fall in love.

 

3. Whopping Wallpapers

Yet another revival from the past I hear you cry, yep think 60’s and 70’s here though, for the current trend of flamboyant designs, so think oversized palms, or roses bigger than your head for a true 2018 look. If you are brave enough, do the whole room, trust me it works. Or maybe start with the loo, or the bathroom, as small rooms carry large and blousey prints so well. I have a moulin rouge style oversized print in my downstairs loo and coupled with a matching theatrical pelmet and gold accents, it looks the biz.

If you don’t want to tackle the whole room, but would love to give it a go, try lining the back of a bookcase, or framing a piece like a big picture on your wall. Heres a few of my current faves, and ones I find most inspiring. Yep, its go large or go home with these beauties, which ones your fave?

 

 

oh, and before i go, my aforementioned  downstairs loo …..

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I’m back next with part 2 of the top 2018 trends I love, as theres simply too many to cover in one go (eek!) so I hope to see you there!

 

Anna x

 

 

Top Trending colours this year

So Farrow & Ball (www.farrow-ball.com) have announced their top trending colours for 2017. My favourite is definitely:

Studio Green

I was delighted and excited to learn the colour I painted my own sitting room (with much nervousness as it is such a dark colour) just before Christmas was up there . However since the day the first coat was added, I’m in love! I asked everyone I knew to assess the 17 paint swatches on the wall , all in dark shades, and the general opinions were ‘are you mad’ and ‘oo,  wont it make the room dark’  Turns out yes I am a bit mad when it comes to colour, but better that than dull , and if it does make the room appear darker, its only for the good, as its so cosy. My lesson learned from this one 1. trust your instincts 2. do you really need peoples opinion, if the live in magnolia land? find someone who shares your style to help choose colours.

Studio Green
Studio Green Painted Room
Studio Green In My Own Sitting Room
Studio Green In My Own Sitting Room
Studio Green Living Room
Similar dark green shades that are stunning

t especially suits high ceilings, and rooms you hunker down in on an evening as it wraps you in warmth, but even if you don’t have a high ceiling, or you’re a little nervous about strong colours, try it on a feature wall, behind a shelf recess, or on a chimney breast. I promise you’ll be smitten like I was!

Similar shades to Studio Green can be achieved using Crown’s (www.crownpaint.co.uk) ‘Steam Engine Green’ or from Dulux’s (www.dulux.co.uk) ‘Heathland

Crown Paint - Steam Engine Painted Room
Crown Paint – Steam Engine Painted Room

So why not be bold, and add some dark, or rich colour, even in a small room like the downstairs loo, for warmth and character

 

All White

For the lighter option, they have also named ‘All white’ as a top choice for 2017, this is one of the closet shades to white you can get , with a bit of character thrown in and suits both neutral and calm interiors, as well as rooms where the art of furniture need to be allowed to take centre stage.

All White Painted Room
All White Painted Room

This is also a great colour for paintwork, if you don’t want the day glow white look, it has a clean look, but with a less brash glow. Perfect for windowsills, skirting, door frames, and painted floorboards

Set of 4 Lavender Pot Plants
All white Paintwork With lavender Plants
All White Sample Room
All White Floorboards in a Dining Room

 

So whether your planning a whole new room make over, or want to try a spot of colour somewhere, let me know what you think of these 2.

 

Addicted to interiors

Hello, My name is Anna Elkington and I’m a Addict!

 

As people who know me well will testify, I am a grade A ‘housey stuff’ person!

My home is very busy with trinkets, ornamentation and colour, vintage and new.

I’m afraid my need to fill surfaces is an addiction, which means I do spend a lot of time re-arranging, and adding more to collections.

I don’t collect or choose one thing or style of things, Id be in trouble if I had to, as some days I want quirky critters and strange dolls, and others, I want delicate vintage glassware and pretty flowers. So heres my blog. Read on to see some of my collections (I guess I am what they politely call ‘eclectic’ in taste!)

Sadly this addiction does not always always run to dusting it, so no prizes for dust and cobweb spotting on my own pics- anyway I like to think they add to the theatre and ambience of a collection! (this is my excuse, you are welcome to use it also!)

 

And just for a laugh…..here’s where it all started, this is 14 year old me, in my bedroom at home that I decorated  from scratch , by myself, paid for it, made it, all me! (who else goes out and buys there own bedroom carpet with there own money at 14? I clearly got way too much pocket money!) This was the 80’s when a primary colour coupled with white was the only way to go….

My First project - be kind it was the 80s
My First project – be kind it was the 80s

Then in the 90’s I got my first home, it was all about flowers back then, small ones, big ones, and of course the shiny pine (this will make a come back on the next 10 years, things always do, but not sure I’ll be queuing up for that)

What hasn’t changed since the 80’s or 90’s though is my need to shop the way I do, I would spend a small fortune on one roll of stunning wallpaper back when I didn’t really have the money to do so, but equally, I would make stuff, forage in charity shops and jumbles sales and up-cycle. In this respect , nothing has changed, this is who I am today, and whilst I might not have to forego a night out for a new wall like I did back then, I still get a massive thrill from finding a bargain, or making something myself.

The 90's Look
The 90’s Look

Skip forward a few years, and here’s just a small sample of what me tick, from the quirky to the pretty.  Let me know what you think, and what you love to group together, I would love to know, and read on for regular posts of my home, my interior finds, and of course as an owner of a 3 on-line interiors brands, the stuff I get to see and learn on my buying expeditions for Melody Maison, Windsor Browne, and Flora Furniture.

The Delicates

The Delicates

 

And dont forget to follow me on instagram , where I post daily on my account parrots.in.the.parlour  

Happy reading

Anna x