“Old Fashioned” Decor – 2018 Interior Trends Checklist

Happy New Year to you all and I hope 2018 brings you lots of happiness, inspiration and joy.


This year, interior trends are going to be moody, warm, inviting, cozy and no white walls will dictate. The Hygge trend is over and there are new trends sweeping our homes.


Not only are non-white walls having a moment but velvet furniture, indoor plants, chandeliers, antique furniture, among others.



Antique and old, rustic and retro is back and architects and designers are embracing the styles of yesteryear.


We are now nearing completion of our very own drawing room / cocktail bar inspired living room. It has been an exciting project filling a room with antique style and experimenting with 2017 / 2018 interior design trends.


Below are some of our modern, chic and relatively easy ways to incorporate vintage classics into your own decor.




Velvet is not ready to slow down any time soon and is appearing in various interior design statements such as luxurious wall coverings, sofas, cushions and other decorative accessories.


There are an increasing number of people who are choosing it as an upholstery option. The 1920s style is influencing living spaces and giving traditional furnishings a colourful new spin.


While dark green, deep sapphire and powder pink sofas are a favourite on Pinterest right now, if you don’t have the budget to invest or reupholster the whole sofa, why not create the look by adding brightly coloured cushions or a single armchair to create a luxurious feel.




Light up your living room with chandeliers. They give a room a retro feel and add bold details with lots of personality.




The brass trend is ever growing and can be seen in many interiors – furniture such as tables and bars, accessories such as lights, picture frames and mirrors which look beautiful over a fireplace, leaning on a shelf or hanging over the bathroom sink.


For an easy fix, find some brass ornaments or fire place accessories – they can add an antique and vintage touch to any room.




Create contrast with ceiling cornices

Ornate cornices, loved by Victorians and still relevant today. Make it stand out by painting it a bold colour – celebrating and modernising an original feature.



Use bold colour

Today’s moody dark hues work brilliantly with Victorian features. Dark navy textured wallpaper alongside an ornate fireplace looks striking – the wood and velvet materials add depth and texture.




Indoor Plants

2017/2018 is filled with green plants – the more the better. Not only do they bring the outdoors in and add a splash of colour, they can fill boring corners and hide wifi routers and ugly outlets.




Antique Furniture

Opposites attract – mixing old furniture with new can make a truly unique space.


An antique writers desk, if you find the right one, are beautiful with ornate details and leather tops and can really add to the ‘old fashioned’ drawing room theme and very practical for a home office. Finding old frames and prints can also be an effective way to add a historical focal point in a room.



I hope this inspires you and allows more unique spaces to be created.


If you would like any advice or help to create your space of 2018, please get in touch!


PaQ Design 🙂