2017 was the year of bright colours. The year kicked off with Pantone's colour of the year, Greenery, and the myriad vibrant palettes associated with it.

This year though, experts are predicting a more muted palette will be taking the design world by storm.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves... first things first, let's talk about Pantone's colour of the year for 2018: Ultra Violet.

To the untrained eye, that might look like Cadbury's purple, but Ultra Violet, also known as 18-3838 TCX, is much more than that, according to Pantone:

"Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own."

Ultra-vibrant ultra violet

Perhaps a nod to the late, great Prince, perhaps an attempt to inject some vibrant optimism into the world, the colour is surely going to be influential on the design industry throughout the year.

Early trend predictions seem to be steering down a less flamboyant path though, with this vibrant purple placed among a much more muted palette. 

Another option for those not brave enough for a chocolate box interior is the pared back shade of lilac currently seeing a surge in popularity.

Sage green, mustard yellow and dusky pink were popular choices, too, for designers at interior design shows the world over.

The key theme could be described as 70s meets art deco, with lush velvets, opulent colours and gold accents.

Rusty reds & sage greens feature heavily this year.

This versatile palette lends itself nicely to a number of different trends, from earthy and natural, to swanky and luxurious.

Earthy and industrial meets deep burgundy

Sage green works in both earthy and extravagant themes

In the world of flooring, Herringbone has dominated 2018 trend predictions, so much so that rug companies have even created innovative rugs with herringbone effect.

Herringbone rugs and flooring will be all the rage

Here's just a few more of the trends predicted this year...

Bold animal prints and bright gold accents are timeless yet daring and are still going strong in 2018. 

House plants are, of course, ever popular. This year it's all about the pretty, patterned green leaves.

Terrazzo floors, walls, tiles... terrazzo replaces concrete at the top of the list of cool, easy coverings. 

Millennial pink, that pastel shade you've been seeing everywhere for the past couple of years, is being replaced by a more muted tone of dusty peach.

Of course, trends come and go, and with interior design it is usually important to pick and choose the trends you or your client love enough to keep for a few years. There will always be some quirks and oddities in the design world, though, so have fun with these 2018 trends!