Utopia    Guest Blog 14 Feb 2018

DIY SOS’ Julia Kendall talks us through her favourite kitchen and bathroom trends for 2018

We’ve spoken to Designer, DIY SOS star and the interior design spokesperson for the National Homebuilding & Renovating Show, Julia Kendall, to discuss her top kitchen and bathroom trends for 2018. Here’s what she had to say…


“With life increasingly fast-paced, creating a spa-like retreat in the bathroom is high on the wish-list for many. Pinterest has reported a 269 per cent increase in ‘spa bathroom’ searches in the past 12 months alone. To create a restful and recharging environment, plan a large bath for leisurely soaks and always try for comfort before purchase. A neutral scheme with natural materials, such as marble or textural slate are a key theme for 2018. Ensure adequate storage to ensure a restful, uncluttered environment and upgrade the lighting to a dimmable circuit. Integral speakers in the bathroom will contribute to the bating experience.”


“Many self-builders have included a secondary ‘practical’ kitchen in recent years and this trend is likely to spiral further. Separating the real functional area from the show/theatre kitchen proves to be useful, as the homeowner can leave the dirty dishes, trash and everything else that comes with preparing a meal in the secondary kitchen while enjoying a hassle-free social experience with friends in the main area, where cooking skills can shine.”

“For 2018 materials and textures are key, with combinations of gloss cabinetry and natural timber, matt door finishes and terrazzo tiling or two colours of cabinetry to add interest to a functional space. After many years of neutral kitchens, Forest Green, Peacock Blue and this year’s Pantone colour of the year, Ultra Violet, will be showing up in design-led kitchens.”

Julia also suggests that, above everything, an interior should have soul, balance and feel comfortable to live in, tailored to each person’s liking. More important than following fashion is to decorate your own home with pieces and materials that make you feel good.

Photo by: Nicholas Dawkes Photography

To hear more from Julia, visit the National Homebuilding & Renovating Show, 22nd – 25th March, at the NEC Birmingham.

National Homebuilding & Renovating Show /national.homebuildingshow.co.uk