Inspired Living – February 2018

01 February 2018

Ellen Søhoel (formerly Bishop), managing partner of XBD Collective, says, “It is all about the celebration of life: chic, sophisticated and sensual, with romantic twists and a renewed focus on interior classics. The colour palette is built on an earthly base, using dark tones and flamboyant ‘child-like’ hues, inspired by fairytales and sci-fi fantasy.” Ultra Violet, the Pantone Colour of the Year, epitomises the upbeat mood of 2018. “It’s a colour that communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking. “My tip would be to utilise these colours as accents, to stay current and not get tired easily. Go with a somewhat neutral main base in natural colours, mixing whites, beiges, nudes and greys. I am a big believer in creating excitement by layering textures instead. Purple looks amazing with a combination of white and greys, defined by black chrome details. I truly believe that this combination yields a rich, sophisticated look, whilst keeping the design direction 2 contemporary and modern.”

Already popular on Instagram–the hard, mixed stone look will be translated in unexpected ways. Expect to see unconventional materials, such as concrete, take over everything from flooring to countertops. “Material trends vary from room to room. Marble kitchens were a big trend in 2017, and will stay. We will also see more oak used in kitchens, combined with petrol green, charcoal or sage,” Ellen predicts. “Bathrooms will feature various combinations of natural materials maintaining an organic look, as well as artificial woods and stones. In other spaces, the big and fluffy look that invites to comfort and leisure, reigns.” As a professional interior designer, Ellen says her clients are much more inspired to use a greater variety of materials. “To re-think technology and aesthetics and to give ‘a new life’ to time-proven designs reflects the material trends of 2018, and is also a focus in my own designs. “You will also still see smooth velvets, bronze and copper metal (perhaps more brushed), refined concrete finishes, and more wall paints appearing in thousands of different textures (lately often replacing wallpapers).”