Colour Trends

Eight Colour Trends for 2018

Colour trends are our absolute favourite! Colours set the tone and mood for the whole year. They set the scene for the furniture we design and all the décor we invest in. So what will 2018 bring? It will mainly bring fringes and tassles, iridescent accents and a return to the 80s with intense colours.

Firstly it will bring some serious brightness! We are turning away from soft pastels – lets face it, we’ve had enough of them – and we’re heading towards the intense bright lights!

Leatrice Eiseman, the executive Director at the Pantone Colour Institute said: “Intense colors seem to be a natural application of our intense lifestyles and thought processes these days.” Well, we wholeheartedley agree – the intensity of the bright colours (think powerful pink and minion yellow) seem to be the perfect reflection of our busy demanding lives.

Eiseman, speaking at the International Homes and Housewares show earlier this year, also had some good news for those of us who love sparkles, predicting a continued obsession with iridescence as “the human eye can absolutely not avoid” anything pearlized, translucent or shiny.

At the Housewares show Pantone revealed the eight colour palettes for homes and interiors that we can look forward to next year.

Colour trends



This palette is symbolic of health full of vegetable-inspired colours: think celery green, eggshell blue and berry purple.


This is the bright intense palette – that will make you stop and smile, something whimsical to brighten the days. The Minion Yellow, the bright Lime Popsicle or the Blue Skydiver. This is a palette to have fun with!

3- Discretion

This palette could be seen as the complete opposite of the Playful one – it’s subtle and refined and just a bit nostalgic, but it’s certainly beautiful. Colours that Grandma would love like Hawthorne Rose, Elderberry and Burnished Lilac.

4- TECH-nique

We’re back into the bright lights, a palette inspired by our techno-obsessed world. An explosion of colour – hot pink, purple, turquoise – balanced beautifully by Brilliant White and Frosted Almond. Eisemann describes them as “hues that shine from within”. Very ethereal.

5- Far-Fetched

Think of our earth and all the different cultures that are mixed up in it. This a palette that goes back to the basics with Cornsilk Yellow, Iced Coffee and Ruby Wine (sounds delicious!)


This palette is very eye-catching – Eisemann says “you can’t take your eyes off it”. It’s made up of complementary blue and orange. Warm and cool sitting happily together and showing each other off.


Metallics are making way for the New Metallics, in other words the Neutrals. This soft palette is not devoid of drama though as it contains strong accents of Holly Berry Red and Yellow Sulphur which certainly spices things up a bit! This a palette that reflects the continuing popularity of intricate designs.


This palette is a real mix of colours: orange Emberglow, Molten Lava, Bossa Nova, balanced very well with black and gold, which pulls all the colours together. Eisemann says the palette conveys “a certain strength, power, depth and sophistication”.

This might be 2018’s colour palette for your home décor but in the end you should use the colours that make you feel good – which might of course be different for each room in the house. You don’t have to be a dedicated follower of fashion – our advice is to go with your gut and create a space that is truly yours.