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Interior Design Trends 2018: Floral tiled feature walls to cement flooring

Here’s a look at this year’s hottest interior design trends, as observed by the Porcel-Thin team at the Ideal Home Show and industry expert reports. Whether in the form of warm neutrals, wood-effect flooring, artsy feature walls, cement accents or metallic highlights – porcelain tiles are big news for 2018!

Porcel-Thin book matched white marble effect porcelain floor tiles

While attending the Ideal Home Show (IHS) at Christmas last November, where we spotted a number of wonderful seasonal trends, we identified a number of stand-out styles among the interior design industry exhibitors. After reading some insightful articles – one by the editor of Houzz, our favourite interior design hub – we thought it was only fair that we shared what’s needed to achieve this year’s fabulous urban-luxe meets vintage cool look.

Luscious latte tints

Bedroom design featuring on trend latte tones and natural materials

We were thrilled to see warm neutrals and textures weaved throughout the inviting displays at the IHS. Though many industry experts believe grey will be less of a base colour for this year’s most modish interiors, they agree it will still blend beautifully with the new addition of creams and browns. Houzz editor Mitchell Parker flagged up the ongoing popularity of earthy shades in this home décor trends article. This coffee palette will not only be seen among wall and floor coverings but will be popular for soft furnishings in real and faux leathers and suedes.  

Colour-popping kitchens

Bright red kitchen with contrasting wood effect doors

This does not mean that it’s all about the neutrals, there were plenty of stunning jewel-toned velvets and burnished metals used to highlight the styled rooms at the IHS. Likewise, Houzz backed colourful kitchens with contrasting warm wood tone floor tiles as a huge hit. Picture a ruby red kitchen combined with elegant Pattaya wood grain porcelain tiles. How about a pure white kitchen with lime green feature cupboards and our wood effect antibacterial tiled flooring for an ultra-fresh start to 2018?

Stand-out feature walls

Feature bathroom wall created with Porcel-Thin engraved leaf pattern large porcelain tiles

Alongside jolly kitchens, big florals for wall coverings were pegged as another knockout. This means our naturalistic Shallow Carving collection – featuring gorgeous porcelain tiles with a beautiful birch forest or dainty dandelions – are bang on-trend. What’s more, 3D wall design predicted as a 2018 design craze by Lushome, is a fantastic nod towards our 3D Shadow Onyx Tiles, which offer walls and floors with maximum depth and digitally printed detail.

Keep calm and concrete

Large modern kitchen with decorative concrete effect porcelain floor tiles by Porcel-Thin

Though we’ve been singing the praises of concrete’s contemporary prowess since the launch of our Cemento structured concrete look tiles in 2016, we know this is a solid (sorry) flooring trend for 2018.  Oozing industrial chic and just as popular for furniture – such as statement tables like this beauty created by Oxfordshire based Woodstock (pictured) – as it is for wall and floor finishes, cement is sure to become a mainstay for any interior design project fit to keep up with the Joneses.

Glean the gleam

This luxury bathroom features burnished metal effect thin porcelain tiles from Porcel-Thin

For those, like Lushome, who prefer a little more razzle-dazzle, you’ll love the “sparkling details” and “majestic copper and bronze” that our Province Metallic Tile Collection and Lisbon Metallic Tile Collection bring to the party. This year, cool contemporary urban chic flooring, fixtures and fittings should be boldly contrasted with pieces of a vintage vibe to accomplish “the 2018 look”. 

Looking for more tile and interior design ideas? Then we would like to invite you to visit our large tile showroom in London.



Katy Lassetter

12th January 2018

2018 Interior Design Trends