Michael Sinclair, design director of Catering Design Group, offers his insight into the trends we need to watch as we head full throttle into the rest of the year.
The feel of an interior is just as important as the visuals – indeed materials can enhance the look of a dining space and emphasise an operator’s brand values:
- 2018 is shaping up to be the year of the natural mix. Key trends are bringing out combinations of marble, metal, concrete and wood – retaining that link to nature and simplicity. We’ll also see some operators adopting a touch of luxury with a return to glamorous gold against black, with hints of burnished metals and brass, considered to be one of the most sophisticated and organic colours of the metallic palette.
- The prevailing trends in floor coverings will be distinctly organic, reflecting food preferences for many consumers. As a result, Cork is seeing something of a resurgence, as an alternative to marble. The versatile and hard-wearing terrazzo is also making headways across the industry. Concrete is also making a comeback, while reliable vinyl is regaining popularity, as manufacturers create more modern designs, including eye-catching herringbone and chevron.
- Walls won’t be paling into insignificance either and will be used to showcase decorations, messaging and signage – all critical to an operator’s brand personality.
- The previously widely adopted upholstered look will be giving way to exposed structures and cleaner coatings, with some detailed geometric, vintage or random pattern styles. Wood still holds its own but again, the large plank coverings are falling out of favour as smaller wood tiles move in to create more intricate configurations.
- Easily applied and easily changed, paint will be used to add the luxe-factor through rich jewel tones, deep greens and ruby reds. We’ll see elements of leafy green being used to create a sense of calm, whilst being complemented by the natural materials and fabrics making such an impression on the sector at the moment.
- Fabrics are also getting in on the clean-space vibe. Blue has been a key colour for some time and, used in rich, plush textiles, is proving a worthy luxury partner to sleek woods and warm metals. Raw and organic linens will be another material we’ll be seeing more of in 2018.