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A Key Interior Design Trend for 2018

A Key Interior Design Trend for 2018

Last year we were all very heavily influenced by the sophisticated grey tones of Scandi & Nordic trends as minimal living went viral through peoples’ homes. As the dazzling lights of Christmas died down and the miserable skies of January imposed on our homes, our wonderful greyish toned rooms are left helpless, flat & deflated. That’s why I wanted to make you aware of a key interior design trend for 2018 that is hitting our homes and complimenting all the all hard work that we did in 2017.


A Key Interior Design for 2018

Introducing the colour yellow to your homes, I am going to talk about some key fabric designers that have some very tasteful & gentle yellows in the collections and how to incorporate it with your Nordic / Scandinavian feeling rooms, without hitting the bank balance, but staying on-trend with interior fashion.

Providing the modern day neutral yellow,  Ashley Wilde has an alluring collection of cushions that will offer that subtle colour that will illuminate any room, without costing you a fortune.

A key interior design trend for 2018

© Ashley Wilde


Designer fabrics brand Prestigious Textiles has engulfed yellow tones & nature as posted in their latest Prestigious Textiles blog in December, this brings some fun and interest, especially the hedgehog print. As I always state, this doesn’t have to be in the home, you can pull this into a restaurant, public house, hotel, B&B. It adds more appeal and if you are using the fabrics for cushions it can change an entire look without you having to a lot of money.

Prestigious Textiles fabrics

© Prestigious Textiles



Another idea is to simply add one piece of yellow furniture or an item to a room which has no colour. This chair is currently £351 in the sale. It’s called the Betty Armchair and it’s made with Canary Cotton Matt Velvet fabric. A similar chair was used in our customer’s bedroom below. betty armchair in Canry Cotton Matt Velvet



Our customer wanted a modern, industrial bedroom and it has come alive with these yellow & grey blinds & curtains for bi fold doors. The interior design of this bedroom in Woking, Surrey is bold and brave, what a statement it makes!

The coordinating chair is from and using their yellow velvet fabric we made the blinds on the inside of the recess in the bedroom and on the outside of the recess in the dressing room.  The large grey velvet curtains over the bifold doors out onto the balcony add to the industrial look. The made to measure wave header curtains are on a channel rod system for a modern, sleek look.

The yellow lampshade is hand painted by a top designer. This bedroom really has got the wow factor!

Yellow & grey modern bedroom

© Andrew Boschier Photography



Another idea to add colour to a room can be as simple as a yellow throw in a grey toned bedroom, all of these ideas help pop out the colour in the room and add some interest.

grey and yellow bedroom interior design 2018


If you need any advice on how to consolidate the colour yellow into house, flat or establishment then please feel free to contact Sophie Sews.

If you enjoyed this blog on “A key interior design trend for 2018” then look out for my next blog which will help you to put mood boards together, when creating ideas for a room change.


Love Sophie x

My Top 5 Interior Design Trends for 2017

My Top 5 Interior Design Trends for 2017

I’m excited for the year ahead and have been reading lots about the upcoming interior design trends for 2017 and wanted to tell you about my favourites! So read on to find out what will be in fashion this year in the world of interiors with my top 5.


Interior Design Trends for 2017

© Amara


Interior Design Trends for 2017

We all need inspiration when it comes to interior design. For me it comes from everywhere, nature, designer materials, fashion trends and of course the seasons.


1. Tropical Prints

Botanical and tropical prints were popular last Spring and they are going to continue to be popular well into 2017.

Interior design trends often get their inspiration from the fashion runways and in 2016 Marc Jacobs, Prada, and Emanuel Ungaro all played with tropical prints. These prints will mostly be seen on wallpapers and fabrics used for curtains, blinds and cushions. I certainly look forward to working with tropical and botanical prints!

I love this lined Roman blind we created with Sanderson fabric.

2. Green

The 2017 Pantone Colour of the Year is ‘Greenery’ and its a lovely bright and cheery shade of green.


© Pantone



© Pantone


Other shades of green will be on-trend this year too, you can use a shade of green on all wall or as a cushion or a rug. Adding this year’s ‘in’ colour as an accessory will mean you can easily change it later on when you want to update to the next on-trend colour.


3. Natural Materials

2017 is set to be dominated by different textures and materials such as marble, wood, cork, clay and other natural materials. Faux materials will be just as acceptable as the real deal this year so you don’t need to break the bank with real marble.

There are many benefits to faux materials, for example engineered quartz and withstand heat and foods that are high in acid, better than real marble.

faux marble 2017

© Elle Decor


Young Huh, named one of Vogue’s five young interior designers on the rise in 2015, predicts that marble and also brass will be huge in 2017. “We’re going to see this trend in both kitchens and baths,” Huh predicts. “It’s that combination of something very natural and clean, like white marble, and something industrial, hard, and a little bit glamorous with the brass.”

So also look out for metals to still be everywhere this year. As well as brass we will be sure to see copper and gold.


4. Velvet & Comforting Fabrics

Velvet looks set to be huge in 2017 with it being incorporated into all manners of interior fabrics, such as sofas, cushions and even curtains. It’s part of the bigger trend in interiors for comfort from the world and the Danish concept of ‘Hygge’.

Due to this concept that’s burst into our consciousness, soft and cosy fabrics from 2016 will continue into 2017. So snuggle up to your faux furs and enjoy your time relaxing at home.


interior design trends for 2017

© Elle Decor


Interior Design Trends for 2017

© Amara


5. Greys & Blues

Dulux’s ‘colour of the year palette’ for 2017 is made up of greys and blues. Their colour of the year is called ‘Denim Drift’. Here’s what Dulux said about their colour of the year and their colour of the year palette, “a beautiful, timeless and versatile grey-blue that takes on a different characteristic depending on how it’s used, perfectly capturing the mood of the moment and embodying our lives for 2017. The accompanying palette of tonal blue shades creates a truly accessible range that can be easily translated into architecture and interior decorating.”


© Dulux



Denim Drift © Dulux


Dulux also, like others, predict greens and tropical prints will be big this year.


The interior design trends for 2017 will certainly make this a fun year with lots of fun, cosy and colourful fabrics to work with to make my clients homes beautiful and relaxing places to live. I want to take this opportunity to wish all my readers a wonderful 2017!


Sophie x

Interior Design Trends Spring 2016

Interior Design Trends Spring 2016

We are currently still in Winter but I’ve already seen some beautiful signs of Spring emerging. I was driving along this week and saw the first wild flowers coming into bloom I’ve seen this year – crocuses.

This got me thinking about how exciting Spring is in the home. A time of Spring cleaning – renewal, freshness, light and airy. Therefore Spring is the perfect time to refresh or completely renewal your interior design. Spring is the time for letting go of the old and bringing in the new.


Interior Design Trends Spring 2016

We all need inspiration when it comes to interior design. For me it comes from everywhere, nature, designer materials, fashion trends and of course the seasons.

1. Botanical Prints


© Etsy

Henry Holland, the British fashion designer will be launching a collaboration with Habitat later this year. Henry explains what he predicts for this Spring.

“Botanicals will continue to be a strong seasonal look but translated into psychedelic colours and clashing palettes for statement effect in place of a more natural, organic vibe…jungle trend for spring with animal prints and exotic palms alongside retro rattans and natural bamboos which will be taking centre stage as materials.” Daily Mail ‘The Biggest Interior Trends 2016.

2. Vibrant Colours

The ‘Pantone Spring 2016 Color Report’ is out and the colours are vibrant compared to Spring 2015.

pantone spring 2016 colour report


3. Pink & ‘Cherished Gold’

Shades of pink teamed with gold is going to be big in the design world this Spring. Dulux’s predicted colour of 2016 is ‘Cherished Gold’. Rebecca Williamson, Senior Colour Design & Content Manager at Dulux, comments:

“Gold and tones of gold are being used everywhere in the design world. It is a recurring colour and material at design fairs and in graphic design as well as in architecture, fashion, beauty and interior decorating. For 2016 Cherished Gold is a beautiful next step, a natural evolution and transition from Copper Blush, last years’ Colour of the Year. As metallics continue to add that feel good factor into our homes, this earthy gold inspired hue will offer that little touch of glamour in an authentic and personal way.


cherished gold

© Dulux


We also see shades of soft pink contrasting with gold on Etsy’s blog Interior Trend Report for Spring/Summer 2016. They asked Pip McCormac, Lifestyle Director of Red Magazine, to break down the BIG home decor trends for spring/summer 2016.


© Etsy


For more interior design inspiration for Spring 2016 have a look at the Sophie Sews Pinterest Board “Spring 2016”.

Top Interior Design Trends This Autumn


This month as we are well into Autumn, although it doesn’t feel like it sometimes with the mild weather, I wanted to talk about the top interior design trends this Autumn. All the varied colours of the leaves at the moment are a great inspiration as well as new fabrics from designers.

I’ve created a board on my Sophie Sews Pinterest account called Autumn 2015: Interior Inspiration where I have gathered lots of beautiful trends to inspire you to make your home the home of your dreams this Autumn.


Top Interior Design Trends This Autumn


1. Shades of Grey

autumn interior design inspiration

© Digs Digs


Autumn interior design inspiration doesn’t have to be just be rich Autumn leaves colours, I’ve also pinned some lovely neutral and pastels looks too, which are very calming and relaxing. For the Autumn it’s all about creating a cozy nest where you can snuggle up as the nights get colder and darker.

This can be achieved through soft, fury throws and soft lighting such as candles and small table lights. I love these romantic, cozy looks which I have pinned from the Digs Digs website and the Villa Paprika website. The silver accessories give the room and touch of luxury and glamour.


2. Cosy Knits

Top Interior Design Trends This Autumn

© Villa Paprika


Cosy knits don’t just have to be worn as jumpers, cosy knits are working their way into soft, comfy cushion cases too. Whether in shade of grey as in the look above or in rich warm hues like in the look below, cosy knits are great way of introducing different textures into your soft furnishings. I see a cosy knit cushion and I instantly think of the cooler months wearing lovely warm knitted jumpers.


3. Warm Rich Hues

warm rich hues

© Pinterest


When Autumn comes I love seeing the return of warm, rich hues that feel luxurious and perfect for the season. Notice the return of the cosy knit cushion but in a warmer, richer colour. I love the layered fabrics on the curtains.

Tartan is always a favourite of many at this time of year, its been given a modern twist in Amethyst and pink tones. You could achieve many looks in this room by keeping the walls and flooring neutral and just changing the soft furnishings and accessories.


Come over to Pinterest and have a look at the other Top Interior Design Trends This Autumn I have pinned to get your creative juices flowing to make your house more cozy and inviting this Autumn.


Love Sophie x