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14 May 2018

Top Self-Build Trends for 2018

A New Year often goes hand in hand with keen aspirations to do a little lifestyle revamp, new gym, new job or maybe a whole new living environment. With 2017 now a distant memory, Hanse Haus’ Head of UK Sales, Oliver Grimshaw has pulled together the hottest interior design trends that could help provide some new year inspiration.

Creative Spaces

Creative hobby spaces have become increasingly popular in numerous Hanse Haus builds in the run up to 2018. Instead of using an outdoor garden shed for small projects and general tinkering, creative spaces are now coming inside and are often in a prime and serene spot within the house, for example in an elevated position with an inspiring view to aid creativity.

Crafts are generally becoming more popular - note the BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee and Pottery Throwdown. People of all ages are designing and creating fantastic pieces in the comfort of their own home. Designated places to do so are becoming an indulgent addition to a floorplan.

Woven Textures

In keeping with the theme of creativity, interesting textures are definitely something to watch for. Fabrics with a ‘handmade’ artisanal feel, can be both fresh and vibrant in the summer months as well as snug and cosy in the winter. Woven textures, such as jute, are therefore all part of a new movement for multifunctional and adaptable rooms which work well all year round.

Authenticity is also something we’re aspiring towards. We’re slowly moving away from Hygge to meet the Scandi style, which combines contemporary and traditional mid-century fabrics and furniture. Layer up your textures and mix and match your styles.

You can have fun with woven fabrics even throwing yourself into some hand dying to make something truly individual. (They look great on herringbone parquet too...)

Herringbone Parquet

You probably never thought you’d see this coming, but herringbone parquet flooring is definitely making a comeback and becoming a very popular choice in architecture and interior design.

Standard floorboards are these days a little too standard. Instead, the unique blend of mid-century grand ballroom with today’s trend of 1970’s geometric design is seeing an exciting resurrection from avid interior designers. Their distinctive format, when used in the right way, can make smaller rooms feel more spacious and impactful.

As well as being fashionable, it has a practical purpose too - it doesn’t warp. So it not only looks great, but is a clever solution to a common problem.

Richer Tones

Goodbye clinical white kitchens, hello rich and sultry tones.

DIY interior designers are growing in confidence. With the vast array of magazines and television programs now on hand, we’re now seeing bolder colours, textures and furniture. Richer tones are seen to be more atmospheric, so rich jewel tones, moody dark navys and sophisticated charcoal greys are touted as popular choices for 2018. Match them with velvet or metallics and you’ll be meeting 2018 very much on trend.

A new phase of experimentation is certainly upon us. Perhaps the avocado toilet set will start making a come-back?

Cosmic Colours

Pantone recently revealed ‘Ultra Violet’ as their colour of 2018, representing the growing community of cosmic, creative minds and people’s need to be experimental. Our homes are often physical representations of our personalities, so amidst these times of creative thinking, show off your growing powers of originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking!      0800 3029220

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