12 Fabric and Wallpaper Trends For 2018

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PHOTOS Micky Hoyle, Courtesy of Lauren Shantall (Pty) Ltd WORDS Tracy Greenwood and Amelia Brown


Twelve fabric and wallpaper houses share their insights on trends and covetable designs, as spotted at 100% Design South Africa.

Andrea Brand Designs

The trends: “Nature is brought into interiors via leafy greens, not only in actual leaf motifs but also in the rich green colour spectrum used in other designs. The warmer colours are coming in through warm pinks and peaches, and soft coral mixed with sienna tones.”

What I want in my home: “A ceramic piece by Andile Dyalvane. I love Margrethe Odgaard’s rug designs – she combines craftsmanship and quality with everyday functionality. And anything from MUUTO New Nordic – the combination of form and colour in their designs is a pleasure to the eye.” – Andrea Brand, Owner

T&Co Fabrics

The trends: “Oversized flowers, abstract black and white and oversized patterns.”

What I want in my home: “It would have to be the new locally designed and printed Botany and Mother-in-Law’s Tongues fabric designs from Mitchell & Santos; our new black-and-white Play on Shadows fabric collection, locally designed by Colette Angelucci and printed locally; and our local designs transferred to wallpaper.” – Tanya Sturgeon and her daughter Chloe, Owners

Home Fabrics

The trends: “We will see a lot of warm colours and natural stone combined with suede upholstery, and ’70s curved furniture, wicker, cordless lamps and black kitchens.”

What I want in my home: “The Designers Guild Eberson Platinum rug in tones of platinum and grey; Zimmer + Rohde scatters in Spice from the Talents collection with its shimmering Lurex threads; and Oculaire wallpaper from Arte, which is made out of sisal with cut-out elements that are inlaid by hand and glued to form a trompel’oeil effect.” – Marc Shotland, Sales and Marketing Director

The Silk & Cotton Co

The trends: “I think the most important trend for summer 2018 is an explosion of colour, and strong, oversized prints in bold colours. Warmer caramels, mochas and sand colours will start coming through in neutral colour schemes, and there will be lots of texture and surface detail on fabrics and wallpapers.”

What I want in my home: “I am in love with Abigail Borg’s wallpaper designs – I’m about to order some for my new house. I also love the fabulous colourful Trend velvets by Fabricut.” – Sally Ives, Owner

Dreamweaver Studios

The trends: “The use of saturated colour in interiors is an important trend. After so many seasons of neutrals and greys, it is exciting to see strong colour being used not only as accents but also now in feature walls and rugs.”

What I want in my home: “I can’t get enough of the Eijffinger Masterpiece collection, which honours flowers and art in its wonderful interpretation of the Dutch Masters paintings. I have always loved working and living with colour. The new Missoni Wallcoverings collection, which we have just launched, has great colour combinations.” – Haidee Kramer, Owner

Robin Sprong Wallpaper

The trends: “Aqua and shades of green and blue are going to be quite popular this summer. Wallpapers that are slightly textured and fish scale-like will be a must.”

What I want in my home: “Gorgeous fish scale tiles! I also want the tropical floral design by Room 13 that I have added to our selection. One can never go wrong with a tropical wallpaper when trying to create the ultimate summer feel within any space.” – Robin Sprong, Owner

Chapman Collection

The trends: “The return of wallpaper is one of the most important trends for summer 2018. Designers are bringing their ideas to walls. Size can be enlarged, the ’70s are back and exciting new designs are happening.”

What I want in my home: “For my studio, I’d like Bauhaus wallpaper. With its play on iconic chairs from the mid-century, it is well suited to offices, hotels and homes. I want an ottoman in Mechanical Horse fabric in White & Black from the Canine & Equine range. And from the Alphabet range I’d love to incorporate a wallpaper – the letter CC – in my guest loo.” – Sally Chapman, Owner

Carole Nevin Designs

The trends: “The impact of rampant consumerism on our planet is creating a new trend where people are seeking to buy product with soul, so everything that is artisanal and has a story is going to be even more sought-after. The colour green will continue to weave its way into our hearts, fashion and home as we yearn for a planet that is greener and healthier.”

What I want in my home: “I look to Africa for inspiration and I love using tribal patterns in my home.” – Carole Nevin, Owner

Lula Fabrics

The trends: “Trends on my radar include cerused wood finishes in shades of charcoal, natural grey and dark grey; real and faux leather hides; and marble, used both on surfaces and as a pattern in wallpapers and textiles. We can also look forward to seeing more jewel tones in wallpapers and fabrics. And velvet is very much the fabric of the season.”

What I want in my home: “I really want to use some of my new designs at home: Bukhara as curtaining; Sticks for upholstering a sofa; and a Timur in Summer chair.” – Melissa Kerkhoff , Creative Director

Halogen International

The trends: “Modern classics, be it in furniture, fabric or wallpaper, are in the limelight. Rich materials like velvet in beautiful modern colouring and gold and brass tones are trending. There is a strong emphasis on the splendour of interiors; people come home after a busy day and want to relax and feel comforted in a luxurious environment.”

What I want in my home: “I’d love a collection of Les Indiennes bed linen, table linen and scatter cushions, pictured above. The extensive collection of designs are all block-printed by hand in a tiny village in southern India. No two are the same.” – Gail Butler, Managing Director

Warwick Fabrics

The trends: “Following on from the current trend of mixing brighter colours with a base of greys, we will see a return to softer colour combinations and a more neutral palette.”

What I want in my home: “I am addicted to the super-soft feel of our Plush Velvet. This has been in our range for a few years, but we’ve just increased the colour line. My dream home wouldn’t be complete without fabrics from our glamorous T2 collection, which features unusual textures, sheers and metallic velvets. I also adore our range of outdoor fabrics in bright blue, cool grey and sunny yellow.” – Steve Downend, Fabric Designer

Fabcote Wallcoverings

The trends: “Black and white is really hot this season.”

What I want in my home: “I love everything by US wallcovering specialist Phillip Jeffries. This season, I am mad about the unique patterning and textures in the Alhambra collection; the Peña Palace collection, which takes its cue from the intricate tile work in Portugal’s most famous castle; and the Walls of Fez collection, which is reminiscent of ancient city walls with peeling paint.” – Oliver Back, Owner