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The biggest home trends of 2018 so far

From tropical wallpapers to concrete floors, here is what has dominated interior design over the last few months

Believe it or not, we’re already five months into 2018. Not only does this mean that summer is fast approaching (giving us all the urge to change up our interior design) but it also means enough time has passed to show us what trends have taken centre stage since the end of 2017.

With over 14 billion home ideas, Pinterest is the biggest resource for exploring, tracking down and pinpointing the latest and greatest décor trends. And now that the site has released its 2018 Home Report, we can see what home décor enthusiasts have been gushing over so far this year. Let’s take a look.

Fierce floors

While 2017 saw the rise of neutral & natural rug options, like soothing seagrass, 2018 has seen bolder rug choices soar in popularity. According to Pinterest’s Home Report, saves for the term “statement rug” have risen by 236%. This is because the draw of a statement rug is hard to resist, providing an easy way to completely transform a room with colour and pattern. Rug layering is also growing in popularity, giving you the best of both worlds if you can’t choose between bold and beachy, so try layering a statement rug over a woven or seagrass one.

Swedish simplicity

The Danish art of hygge was a significant interior trend last year, but so far 2018 has seen it step back in favour of lagom — a Swedish term that roughly translates to “everything in moderation”. According to Pinterest, saves for the term are up a whopping 905% since the start of 2018, showing a growing number of people moving back towards minimalist style after the trend took a step back in 2017.


In the home, lagom often equates to quality over quantity. Opting for fewer, higher quality items of sustainable furniture allows you to take a ‘less is more’ approach to décor. That way, the items you do include will really stand out.


Totally tropical

We can all relate to the draw of a tropical island paradise, so it’s perhaps not surprising to see a huge surge in popularity for tropical print wallpaper so far this year. From flamingo motifs to leafy palm themes, Pinterest saves for “tropical wallpaper” are up 46% since the start of the year, bringing some much needed fun and flair into our homes.

Confident colour

While neutral and pastel tones never go out of fashion, it seems that people are getting bolder with their colour choices in 2018. Bringing in bright pops of colour is a great way to breathe new life into a room, and this is a view that’s clearly shared by Pinterest users. In fact, standout colours have seen a big boost in popularity in recent months, such as red (up 217%) and dark blue (up 139%). Try adding a splash of colour into your home with a feature wall or — for a less permanent method — a few new soft furnishings.

Cool concrete

Turning our attention downwards again, another rising floor trend is the return of concrete. For a long time, concrete was written off as a flooring option reserved for warehouses and outdoor spaces, but 2018 Pinterest users show that things have changed.

Leaving your concrete floors untouched will bring an attractive industrial vibe to your home, but you can also polish or stain your concrete to create a look that’s all your own. On a practical level, concrete is also durable and low maintenance.

Whatever your style, a stunning property from Homes by Esh provides the perfect blank canvas for your dream home. Contact our team today using our Live Chat service and discover more about our developments across the North East and Cumbria.


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