Min­i­mal­ism is out – time to bring back the chintz

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Just as “fast fash­ion” has sped up the pace of change in our wardrobes, in­te­ri­ors have fol­lowed suit. But most trends – thank­fully – segue into one an­other, mean­ing that a new look might mean chang­ing just one or two things. What to change, though?

“Trends are al­ways an evo­lu­tion. It’s very rare that some­thing comes com­pletely out of the blue,” says Vic­to­ria Har­ri­son, edi­tor of Houzz.co.uk. The in­te­ri­ors web­site re­cently trans­lated an abun­dance of data from its two mil­lion monthly users into a real-life dec­o­rat­ing scheme for a Lon­don town­house, a project called Houzz of 2018, which wel­comed vis­i­tors over a week; ev­ery­thing was for sale. Houzz looked for the most no­tice­able emerg­ing search terms, rather than the most pop­u­lar ones, to give a more ac­cu­rate pic­ture of what might be the next big things.

Cosi­ness and home­li­ness are win­ning out against cool, pared-down styles. “All of the trends we iden­ti­fied were al­most the op­po­site of the white­box, Scandi-min­i­mal­ism look,” says Har­ri­son. “Peo­ple want a feel­ing of safety and se­cu­rity.”

Houzz’s find­ings, and the spring-sum­mer prod­ucts hit­ting the high-street, give a pic­ture of what colours, ma­te­ri­als, pat­terns and shapes have mi­grated over from last year, and what new ideas will be tak­ing us into 2019. Here’s what to ex­pect. Brass, mar­ble and vel­vet – lux­u­ries that have now be­come sta­ples – are three ma­te­ri­als that will be hold­ing their own this year. “Vel­vet sofa” was one of the key search terms that Houzz iden­ti­fied, and re­tail­ers are see­ing the same in­ter­est. “The de­mand for vel­vet up­hol­stery sky­rock­eted in 2017, and it will con­tinue to be the fab­ric of choice for soft fur­nish­ings in 2018,” says Kris Manalo, se­nior buyer for Heal’s. “In­cor­po­rate the fab­ric into your spring up­dates by opt­ing for pas­tel hues for a fresh spin on the typ­i­cally op­u­lent look.” Last year saw a rain­for­est-sized ar­ray of prod­ucts that cel­e­brated the trop­i­cal look, fea­tur­ing palm leaves, pineap­ples and pink flamin­gos. It’s still go­ing, but has de­vel­oped into some­thing more glam­orous than kitsch, fo­cus­ing on lush fo­liage. Os­borne & Lit­tle’s new Pal­maria wall­pa­per fea­tures palm leaves against a metal­lic back­ground, while Cole & Son’s Hol­ly­wood Palm, by LAbased Bri­tish de­signer Mar­tyn Lawrence Bullard, has an equally op­u­lent air of mid-cen­tury glam­our.

Real-life green­ery is a fur­ther on­go­ing trend, as we seek to bring the out­side in. Houzz found that vis­i­tors to the site were hun­gry for knowl­edge about the most suit­able plants for the home and, per­haps more cru­cially, how not to kill them.

Sophia Ri­d­ley, Deben­hams’ head of in­te­rior de­sign, says the trop­i­cal trend is “still mas­sive”, putting it down to a need for es­capism: “Peo­ple want some­thing braver that ex­presses their in­di­vid­u­al­ity and per­son­al­ity, rather than some­thing safe.” pal­ette is “com­fort­ing and easy to use”. She adds: “These colours are al­most like neu­trals, and you can use lots of them to­gether.” With just a dose of grey, other colours in­clud­ing sage green, sand, pink and lilac can all be used at once.

Judy Smith, a colour con­sul­tant at Crown Paints, says that “grey isn’t go­ing any­where” as it is sim­ply too con­tem­po­rary and us­able. “One way to

Wal­lis king-size bed, £1,899, and El­gin arm­chair, £899, in iced mint vel­vet, both from Heal’s

Pal­maria wall­pa­per, £65 per roll, Os­borne & Lit­tle, left; Sto­pla clock, £12, Ikea, above

Mon­soon Home £22, (mon­soon. co.uk)

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