Gary Vale, managing director of Eden Furniture, comments on the latest trends in hospitality furniture for 2018.

Hospitality furniture trends for 2018 are likely to see an evolution, rather than a revolution, of the themes that have been popular in recent years. These changes will help these themes gain more mainstream popularity, rather than to be seen exclusively as the trend-setting, cutting-edge of design.

We’ll see ‘shabby chic’ and industrial styles remaining popular, but with subtle changes to enhance the look of natural materials. Rustic textures will still feature, with sawn or sandblasted finishes on wood helping to bring out the beauty of the grain within the timber. Natural wood like this will be popular for tabletops and benches; for an industrial-style look, these can still be contrasted against scaffolding legs.

Neutral colours are growing in popularity at the moment, helping furniture coordinate with other elements in the overall interior design. Greys in particular are great; washed, greyed or weathered timber adds a neutral tone to any scheme. Pasadena pine, for example, features a particular striking grain pattern when washed and greyed, creating stunning table tops for a modern, natural look.

A popular option is to specify furniture that is part painted and part natural wood finish. Painted pastel tones and wood colours work really well, emphasising the natural colours and textures within the wood itself.

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