The top 5 interior design trends for winter 2018

The change of season is the perfect opportunity to indulge in some of the most recent interior design trends. Luckily, interior designers from online interior design service Milray Park have rounded up their top tips for us so we know how to bring them home this winter!

1.Rich moody hues

"After years of monochrome, pastels and white-on-white minimalist homes, rich moody hues are making a comeback into kitchens, lounge rooms and bathrooms," says Liz Hayward, Milray Park Interior Designer.

"For years now we have seen white teamed with pastels in scandi-inspired homes, and as pretty as this combination is, colour is taking a definite turn and we can't get enough. This palette is all about creating warmth through rich colour schemes, just in time for the cooler days and nights ahead."

"Emerald greens, deep navy and bold burgundy will all take centre stage. Dark moody walls and lush shades of velvet will be the new way forward in winter trends."

"Emerald greens, deep navy and bold burgundy will all take centre stage. Dark moody walls and lush shades of velvet will be the new way forward in winter trends."

"Whilst the use of bold colours in interiors was once reserved for accents in decor pieces, more and more clients are now embracing it. Think deep navy walls in a study or beautiful emerald velvet sofas in a formal lounge room."

"The use of rich and moody tones works beautifully with the metallics trend which doesn't seem to be going away any time soon."

"So to start warming up your home this winter, grab some velvet scatter cushions in your favourite deep hues, a thick pile floor rug and turn down the lights."

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By Milray Park Online Interior Designer Liz Hayward

"Whilst the use of bold colours in interiors was once reserved for accents in decor pieces, more and more clients are now embracing it. Think deep navy walls in a study or beautiful emerald velvet sofas in a formal lounge room."

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By Milray Park Online Interior Designer Liz Hayward

2. Natural forms and materials

"This winter and beyond will be increasingly about looking towards nature for inspiration as well as embracing natural forms and textures," continues Liz.

"We have been moving towards this for a while now with the increasing popularity of natural fibres, such as linen."

"For a fair few seasons now, hard finishes like concrete flooring and marble table-tops have been the go-to in interiors. However we are starting to see more use of unrefined timbers, celebrating its unprocessed imperfections – yes, knots and all."

"Occasional tables in organic shapes paired with natural rattan lighting will allow you to bring a bit of the outdoors in and with the winter sun shining through it will create the perfect haven on a chilly day."

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By Milray Park Online Interior Designer Liz Hayward

3. Colourful kitchens

"Kitchens for so long have just been Fifty Shades of White," says Liz Hayward. "Until now that is; now it’s time to welcome the colourful kitchen into our homes. To clarify, I am not referring to the bright oranges and greens of the 70s, but kitchens in charcoals, french navy or even black."

"Coloured cabinetry is a refreshing and welcoming change to the years we've had of white. By adding this extra layer of interest in the kitchen, the hub of any home, the space suddenly becomes a more inviting and warm place."

"If you want to dip your toe into colour, you could add a pop to an island bench, or play it safe by opting for colour on the base cabinetry only. If you’re feeling bold, you may embrace colour in cabinetry, on benchtops and on splashbacks. The options are endless."

"The warmth and character that a colourful kitchen brings makes it the perfect setting for cooking up those big pasta dishes and having the whole family around for a bottle of red on winter’s night."                                                                                                     

"As they say, 'Winter is Coming' so paint your room in that deep hue you have always admired, treat yourself to those velvet scatter cushions and think about revamping the kitchen."

Bring in a touch of tribal with rugs, cushions and bedspreads that are thick, loosely woven, woolley and tufted, using blacks, whites and natural creams.

4. Tribal accessories

"Another big trend for homewares this winter is tribal accessories," according to Milray Park Interior Designer Grace Brooks.

"This is a great way to add warmth and texture to your home and add interest in your styling."

"Bring in a touch of tribal with rugs, cushions and bedspreads that are thick, loosely woven, woolley and tufted, using blacks, whites and natural creams."

"Finally, tribal art made using rope, woven yarns, pearl, shell and bone is a great way to add interest and a great conversation starter to have in your living room."

5. Wabi-Sabi

"Ever heard of the Japanese design aesthetic of Wabi-Sabi? It's all about embracing the beauty of 'imperfection'. It will be a huge interior trend this winter," continues Grace.

"If you're picturing earthy, rough and once-broken, now-mended ceramics, hand carved wooden utensils, cushions and throws made from linens and natural organic cottons, you've got it right."

"Add these elements to your home to relax in a homely and perfectly-imperfect space."

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By Milray Park Online Interior Designer Grace Brooks

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