Spring brings with it one of the highlights in the home and interiors calendar; the Ideal Home Show at Olympia London. The two week event held between the 17th March and 2nd April highlights the latest themes and designers that will be shaping the look of homes across Britain.
This year Oak Furniture Land has been behind the scenes to bring you the stand out trends you need to know about. As one of the sponsors for the show’s long running “room set” series, we’ve taken a look at the inspiration and finished rooms created by stylist Kate McPhee, and Good Homes Magazine Style Editor, Jess Taverner.
Kate designed six rooms around the home and put her own spin on 2018’s biggest trends.
1. Dual purpose living spaces
This living room does just that, with a cosy sofa and statement orange arm chair for cuddles with the family and a separate workspace towards the back of the room (Oak floatingldesk from Urban Size) where mum or dad can work on side projects, craft, or complete the never ending family admin.
2. Luxe glamour dining
This luxe glamour dining room brings the “experience of a 5* restaurant into your own home” according to Karen Walker, the Editor at Good Homes magazine. The elegant colour scheme is coordinated perfectly with gorgeous marble flooring from Walls and Floors, low-hanging lighting, and a stunning glass top dining table, giving an art deco twist to the room.
3. Black, matte kitchens
For those daring enough to try it, the black kitchen trend adds a modern feel to the home. Pairing dark, matt kitchen cabinets with copper or mixed metallic accessories offers so much more atmosphere than a traditional white space.
Copper features are set to continue as a trend this year and can be incorporated by simply adding a few key pieces, like this copper wall clock or through storage and utensils. It really helps balance out the darker surroundings in this kitchen.
4. The botanical bedroom
We all need a calm space to help unwind at the end of the day and drift off into a peaceful sleep, which is what makes the botanical trend perfect for bedroom interiors. By combining mint greens, textured fabrics and an array of house plants, the stylist Kate has created a sanctuary for good sleep.
Not only do plants look great in the home but they help build a healthier space too, through their air purifying qualities. The ivy plant is perfect for draping across headboards or four posters to create a focal point to the room. This room also cleverly mixes real and faux florals for easy-to-maintain style!
5. Bathroom relaxation
The large feature bathtub by Apollo, with its iron finish, double ends, and middle taps, made sure that this bathroom is centred around relaxation. The carefully designed space allows for luxurious bathing on a high street budget, proving that great style can come with a reasonable price tag.
The muted colour scheme adds to the spacious, calming feel of the room, whilst the plum Jasmine footstool enhances it, bringing warmth.
6. The “tech playground”
One of the most exciting rooms featured at the show this year was the “tech playground”, an area for the family to have fun and be entertained. The room décor reflects this with bright colours, bold flooring by Karndean DesignFlooring, and a quirky sofa.
Technology however is definitely the focal point in this room with the Sony ultra-short throw projector allowing for a home cinema and enough space for kids to enjoy their Virtual Reality headsets.