We called it at the beginning of the year in our summer 2017 trend predictions, and thanks to the Mexicana trend being so hot right now, the cactus is still the print to be seen at home. We're embracing the cactus big time – although not quite literally because they are prickly little characters!
Despite several fruity contenders for this year's trend title, namely the pineapple and watermelon, this desert native is still our favourite. Not only are real life cacti filling our homes, the cactus print is gracing everything from quirky vases and illustrated textiles to incredibly realistic looking faux plants.
Love a quirky trend? You'll whaley like this new trend set to decorate our homes
A totally new direction for the queen of fabulous felt creations, Jan Constantine, and may we say it's the right direction indeed for this summer. Hot on the heels of the Mexicana trend this new Fiesta collection has all the right ingredients the create a colourful home with a spicy vibe.
In addition to the cactus line up featured on the cushion there are emotive phrases and iconic Mexican themed motifs on decorative wall art and soft furnishings. The new black background is the perfect backdrop to bring the vibrant designs to life – a pop of bright carnival colour is spot on for instantly adding happy summer vibes to your home.
Fear not, it's only a prickly print, there's nothing uncomfortable about this super soft cotton bedding set. The touch of kitsch is perfect for this fun-loving trend and would be particularly great for a teenager's bedroom. The cute cactus illustrations sit on a crisp white backdrop to give this bedding set a really fresh feel.
Ben di Lisi has gone to town with cacti for his high-summer range for Debenhams. The use of cactus prints in the kitchen is a clever one – there's something soothing and calming about plant motifs. They evoke a sense of wellness and a feeling of being at at home with nature.
The kitchen is a great room to introduce real life cacti to, as it's often the room that leads us to the outside world.
If you're using real life cacti and succulents to fully embrace the trend then you'll need some gorgeous pots to display them in. The trend for hanging plants is going from strength to strength thanks to the resurgence of macramé in recent years.
These chic metallic pots from West Elm take it up a level, they feel a bit more statement and sophisticated. We love the idea of hanging these beside a window to make that connection with the outdoors, bringing it into the home in a highly decorative way.
Inspired? Check out these Stunning succulent and cactus displays.
Be the coolest kid (or grown up) around the table with this oh-so-sweet lunch box. Aside from the snazzy exterior it's a brilliantly clever design, with a handy cutlery compartment hidden in the top and two stacking compartments held securely in place with an elasticated strap. Stylish and practical, what more could you ask for from an everyday accessory?
What will be the next trend in town? We've heard that llamas are coming... watch this space!
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Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.
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