2018 colour trends

A guide to the colours homeowners will be coveting in 2018 – with advice and imagery from www.iwantwallpaper.co.ukApollo Blinds and Style Studio.

Our leading interiors experts have predicted four distinct themes to colour in 2018: Intense/Synthetic Colours, Warm Neutrals, Dark & Decadent and Serene Shades.

TREND #1. Intense/Synthetic Colours
(including Pantone’s Ultra Violet, Magenta, Electric Blue and Tech Tangerine and Futuristic Colour Combos)
With comment from Lorna McAleer, interiors expert at Style Studio.

Ultra Violet

“Pantone’s electrifying colour of the year sent shockwaves through a nation acclimatised to neutral and natural colour codes. It signifies a seismic movement in the way we decorate our homes; grounded tones will still be in demand in 2018 but artificial shades that embrace technology are set to lead the way to a brighter future!”

Vertical blinds (prices start from £81) and roller blinds (prices start from £75) in Polaris Violet fabric by Style Studio.  Visit www.stylestudio.co.uk for more information on stockists and to order up to five free samples.

Left to right: Star Studded Stag Wall Art, £71.99 from www.iwantwallpaper.co.uk Times 3D effect paper £14.99 per roll, Arthouse Glitterati Wallpaper – £17.99 per roll. AS Creation Glitter Fern Wallpaper – £11.99 per roll – all from www.iwantwallpaper.co.uk

Lorna said:

“The colour experts at Pantone maintain that “another standout trend will include a movement to intense colours rather than pastels”.  And there are a myriad of tech-aligned colour choices if Pantone’s bluish-purple leaves you cold – try one of these sparky shades to liven up homes in 2018.”


Think Barbie pink as fake as they make!

YOLO Fuschia roller blind fabric (prices start at £78), Palette Fuschia Bedroom Vertical blinds (prices start at £84), Blush Venetian blinds (prices start at £81) all from www.stylestudio.co.uk

Electric Blue 

Energise drab interiors with a shocking blue that’s perfect for livewires!”

Sketch Ocean roller blind (prices start at £78), Oxford Blue Venetian blind (prices start at £81), cushions (prices start at £18), Ribbons blue pleated blind (prices start at £89)

Tech Tangerine

“Plug into the latest orange updates – but there’s nothing natural about these vivid hues.”

 Palette Mandarin Vertical blind (prices start at £84), Tangerine Venetian Blind (prices start at £81)

Futuristic Colour Combos

“Alternatively combine intense colours for a futuristic feel.”

Azzura Burnt Orange Roller Blind Fabric (From £78), Echo Mauve Roman Blinds (From £183) And Sonic Blackcurrant Curtains (From £256) By Style Studio.

Image captions: Muriva painted brick wallpaper – £11.99 per roll,   Rasch Rainbow zip stripe wallpaper from £15.75, Arthouse Sparkle Stripe wallpaper – £13.99 per roll – all from www.iwantwallpaper.co.uk

TREND #2. Warm Neutrals
(Including Heart Wood, Metallic Neutrals and Chocolate/Caramel/Coffee Tones)

 With comment from Mike Stephen, Design Director at Apollo Blinds

“Things are warming up for 2018 with cool, grey-based neutrals making way for warm and metallic neutral shades; introduce rich tones of caramel, tan, tobacco, mocha and burgundy for a look that’s homely, welcoming and really easy to live with.”

Heart Wood 

“This light, versatile shade can be considered as the new neutral for 2018, as it’s so easy to find colours to match with its dusky undertones.  It’s a colour that’s certainly causing a stir amongst our customers.”


Roller blinds (priced from 78) in Heart Wood shades from Apollo Blinds, Zena Damask wallpaper priced from £11. 99 per roll from www.iwantwallpaper.co.uk

Metallic Neutrals

Mike said:

“Neutral doesn’t have to mean dull – in fact neutrals will be all aglow in 2018. And Pantone’s colour experts even suggest that metallics have become the new neutral for homes.”

“Rose gold, copper, brass and gold have the warming undertones needed to achieve an on-trend look in homes this year.”

Glamour Laurent Blanc roller blinds by Apollo Blinds priced from £75.  Image caption: Arthouse Ardita Bronze Wallpaper – £15.99 per roll and Arthouse Fontana Wallpaper – £22.99 per roll.


 Having fallen out of favour in recent years, tempting chocolate, caramel and mocha tones are back in abundance for 2018.”

Roller blinds priced from £75, Venetian blinds priced from, Rustic shutters priced from £342pm², Twilight blinds priced from £130.

TREND #3. Dark and Decadent (Black and Charcoal Grey)

With comment from Alex Whitecroft, Head of Design at www.iwantwallpaper.co.uk

“Those who favour the dark side may have spent 2017 luxuriating in the opulence of midnight blue and amethyst, but black is back!

 “A statement colour for 2018, black is a rich and versatile shade with lots of subtle variations.  Some may be fearful of this shadowy shade but there are lots of advantages to using black in the home – it has a real cocooning effect and it’s nigh on impossible to clash with!

“Metallic highlights (especially gold) shine brightest against a black backdrop; alternatively, blonde wood or a pop of intense turquoise will provide the contrast needed to lift a black scheme.

If black feels a step too far, then charcoal grey is a great alternative.”

Holden Epping Forest (12.99 per roll), Holden Shimmering Geo Stripe Wallpaper (£11.99 per roll), Bluff Embossed Brick Wallpaper (£16.99 per roll).

TREND #4. Serene Shades
(including mint & sage green, lavender and rose pink)

With comment from Alex Whitecroft, Head of Design at www.iwantwallpaper.co.uk

“Wellness in interiors is a key theme for 2018.  We’ll look to shades that promote calmness and wellbeing as a way of creating relaxing/rejuvenating spaces.  This look is all about colour fluidity – rose pink, sage, mint green and lavender flow together in balance and harmony. It’s a great look for spring so why not incorporate some florals or add a touch of decadence with velvety pastels.”

Arthouse Fern Floral wallpaper – £13.99 per roll, Muriva Karina Floral Wallpaper – £11.99 per roll, Arthouse velvet crush wallpaper – £18.99 per roll.