When our invitation to the press breakfast of the Ideal Home Show dropped through the door on a gloomy March morning, it was hard to imagine the bright and summery schemes that would await us at #IdealSpring – but it’s safe to say they were just the antidote to the frosty forecast that we needed.
Going behind the schemes of the exclusive Good Homes magazines roomsets, we spent time trend-spotting the latest looks set to take over the world of interior design this year, as well as attending some of the guest speaker slots at the mini arena to swat up on our DIY and home renovation know how.
Among the hundreds of exhibitors and stylish stands at the Ideal Home Show, we were able to ‘home’ in on a few flourishing trends that truly seemed to dominate across the board – so here’s our pick of the bunch:
From the beautifully blush display by Furnish Your Home UK to the dusky and delectable dining room set from Good Homes Magazine, it seems the popularity of pink isn’t set to peter out anytime soon. Used by both brands alongside opulent metallic finishes on accessories like vintage side tables and pendant lights, there are lots of stunning ways that pink is set to make an impact.
Making wardrobes wonderful
Pacing the faux-grass floors of London’s Olympia takes it out of you, so it was a re-leaf to take a pit stop and hear about some fresh spring/summer trends up and coming in the world of paint from Farrow & Ball’s International Colour Consultant, Joa Studholme. Presenting in the mini arena of the Ideal Home Show, Joa revealed a great top tip for making sure your interiors make you smile everyday – including wallpapering or painting the inside of a wardrobe. Working with client Heritage bathrooms, we’ve got to know some stunning wallpaper brands in our time, including Designer’s Guild, Ellie Cashman and Nina Campbell, so we think this whacky take on wardrobes could actually look super stylish when done right.
Colour is key
Hardly ground-breaking for Spring/Summer style, but brighter colours were definitely out in abundance at #IdealSpring, just not necessarily on the products you might think. Yes, cushions, flowers and rugs all remain bright, but we were more drawn to the ‘white goods’ that were anything but. Smeg’s stand was a real crowd pleaser at the event, attracting the masses with its quirky and fashion-forward take on electricals. From mint green toasters to pastel pink food processors and high gloss orange hoods, Smeg really knows how to up the style stakes with a splash of summer colour.
So those are the top three trends from the Ideal Home Show 2018 that have put a spring in our step this season. For more sneak peeks at what the spottydog pack gets up to when we’re let off the lead at events this year, you can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.