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As we en­ter the last cou­ple of months of 2018, it’s in­trigu­ing to con­sider how UK res­i­dents have cho­sen to dec­o­rate their home in­te­ri­ors in the past year. It’s also ex­cit­ing to look for­ward to the in­te­rior trends of 2019; where we can be­gin anew and ex­plore new ways to rein­vent our homes.

It’s for this rea­son prop­erty spe­cial­ists, Sell­house­fast.uk have ex­plored the in­te­rior trends across the UK (in 2017), in ad­di­tion to dis­cov­er­ing what in­te­rior trends have been most pop­u­lar in 2018, and what we can swap them for in 2019.

To achieve this, Sell House Fast an­a­lysed a re­port by Homew­ings ti­tled: The Homew­ings In­te­ri­ors Trend Re­port 2018. The re­port re­viewed over 13,000 style quiz sur­veys across the UK. In­ter­est­ingly, Sell­house­fast.uk dis­cov­ered there are def­i­nite, re­gional de­sign pref­er­ences.

Scot­tish res­i­dents pre­ferred Nordic Cosi­ness; em­brac­ing the con­cept of ‘hygge’, pas­tel tones and clean lines. Whereas Eclec­tic Cre­ativ­ity was a theme favoured by res­i­dents in the South East. Think bright colours and vin­tage trea­sures.

In Wales, it’s a strong 70’s theme, full of dark woods and vi­brant pat­terns. The North of Eng­land placed glam­our over com­fort, with sleek leathers and chrome ac­cents; in stark con­trast to the sim­plic­ity of the Mid­lands. For res­i­dents in the mid­dle of Eng­land, a tra­di­tional take on Scandi was a per­sonal favourite; min­i­mal­ism and muted hues is key.

Sim­i­lar in­te­rior trends can be mapped in the South West and East An­glia. While Modern Tra­di­tion suits res­i­dents in the South West; the ul­ti­mate bal­ance be­tween style and com­fort, East Anglian res­i­dents take it one step fur­ther with Coun­try Chic; a shabby-yet-stylish look, en­hanced with del­i­cate colour schemes.

Sell­House­Fast se­lected five of the big­gest trends* in 2018 and sourced al­ter­na­tives to swap them for in 2019.


With cop­per fad­ing fast in 2017, brass be­came the metal fin­ish to ex­per­i­ment with in 2018. In 2019, swap it for: All things in­dus­trial will be a big trend in 2019. Tough yet prac­ti­cal, con­crete is a great ad­di­tion to the home, es­pe­cially in the bath­room. If you’re wor­ried it will look too util­i­tar­ian, don’t for­get it can be pol­ished down for a sleek, smooth fin­ish.


Lus­cious vel­vet has been seen ev­ery­where in 2018, most no­tably in so­fas and soft fur­nish­ings. In 2019, swap it for:

Passe­menterie is the art of mak­ing elab­o­rate trim­mings or edges; think fring­ing and tas­sels. Sump­tu­ously retro, this trend will be seen in vi­brant colour com­bi­na­tions and un­usual shapes. It’s the per­fect way to ac­ces­sorise a plain back­ground and adds a fab­u­lous, flirty feel and tex­ture too.


Bold and non-con­form­ist, tones of terracotta and rust fea­tured in many homes this year. In 2019, swap it for:

2019 will call for a far more el­e­gant palette of warm, au­tum­nal shades that will melt into the New Year. Ut­terly warm­ing shades of clas­sic cash­mere, sand and oat­meal are the per­fect place to start.


Glam­orous, 70s-style dark stain wood was a prom­i­nent theme in fur­ni­ture through­out 2018. In 2019, swap it for: Ir­re­vo­ca­bly English, Crit­tall lends it­self to 2019’s in­dus­trial trend and em­anates an edgy and ver­sa­tile feel. It’s about ur­ban dwellings that are multi-pur­pose; metal fram­ing can ef­fort­lessly trans­form a space and let in light. The trend will be seen ev­ery­where from doors, to room di­viders and shower screens!


With its many colour com­bi­na­tions, al­ter­na­tive floor­ing made an im­pact in 2018. In 2019, swap it for: In 2019, in­te­ri­ors will dive into the ocean (thank Sir David At­ten­bor­ough for this trend!) Curved, scal­loped fur­ni­ture will be a big trend in liv­ing spaces and bed­rooms. While mer­maid and fish scale tiles will breathe life into ev­ery bath­room or kitchen sur­face.

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