Even if you are not a fan of the word trend, there's no escaping it. Everything we buy for our homes, from anywhere, has been influence by a wider design trend.
Made.com has revealed the best-selling products from 2018, highlighting the top trends that have shaped design throughout the year. The in-house design team have also shared their predictions for the year ahead – giving us a sneak peek of what's going to be big in 2019!
The design trends we loved in 2018
This was the fabric of choice for everything from sofas to curtains. Having taken the world of fashion by storm in 2017 it was only a matter of time before this became BIG for interiors. We can confirm this luxurious fabric is not going anywhere any time soon – long may it reign on upholstery me say!
The Scott 3 Seater Sofa in Grass by Made.com was a bestselling sofa every month in 2018. It’s the namesake of popular design blog, ‘Girl With A Green Sofa’.
The new Julius collection of velvet accessories launched straight onto the best-selling list. The blush pink curtains and cushions proved the easiest way to introduce the velvet trend into our homes.
Copper what? Rose gold who? This year brass was crowned the design-lovers favourite, knocking all other metallic finishes off the top spot. The Alana collection in brushed brass was firmly in the top selling designs throughout furniture and accessories categories throughout the year.
'We are just starting to see metallic finishes move on from copper and brass,' adds Ruth Wassermann, Design Director at Made.com. 'In 2019, you can expect a lot of darker grey nickel finishes and stainless steel in cooler tones.'
With the return of the industrial look for 2018 our homes were no longer awash with pale, Nordic woods. Hallway furniture choices in particular were dominated by Industrial style, as demonstrated by the Layne Hall Stand (above).
'We're focusing on Industrial in a big way for 2019' says Ruth Wassermann, Design Director at Made.com. 'We’ll be adding colour to the Industrial look for high summer, by referencing global inspirations from Mexico.' You heard it here first, it's set to be big for next year too.
Once seen as a stark brutalist interior choice, concrete was embraced by all decors in 2018. Originally the material choice for outdoors only, Made.com brought concrete indoors with the help of great design pieces. The Boone Dining Table was in the top three selling products for the kitchen for more than three-quarters of the year.
The wood of the year award goes to Walnut! Furniture was sleek and effortlessly cool in this darker, rich wood finish. For home office furniture in particular, Made.com fans favoured a more traditional look, choosing the Darcey and Paco desks in walnut.
The Darcey desk, designed by Steuart Padwick, blends sturdy dark wood with dainty lines.
How many did of these key design trends for you have in your home?
Get the Ideal Home Newsletter
Sign up to our newsletter for style and decor inspiration, house makeovers, project advice and more.
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.
Growing tomatoes in grow bags is easy, so long as you follow our expert guide
Short on soil space? It's time to start growing tomatoes in grow bags...
By Kayleigh Dray
How to grow begonias from tubers – the perfect shade-loving flower for colour all summer long
Begonias are the perfect addition to any garden
By Kayleigh Dray
Are slab kitchens still on trend? Give an ultra-modern design a refresh with these 5 stylish tricks
Simple doesn't have to mean boring - these style tips will bring a pared-back kitchen scheme to life
By Alisha Solanki