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Interior Design Trends for 2018

We spoke with Gary Westwood from award-winning Interior Designers, Coleshill Interiors, about the huge trends he expects to see through 2018.

Gary said:

This year’s trends are daring, exciting and amazing. Expect to see luxuriously strong Jewel tones as featured in the collections of Osborne and Little and World-renowned Fashion, Furniture and Interior Designer, Mathew Williamson.

This plate wallpaper from Osborne and Little is a prime example of unusual decorative wallpapers, giving the illusion of an antique plate collection suspended in time.

With dark walls, these amazing fabrics give a warm opulent feel to any room. The Jane Churchill collection combines sumptuous sheers mixed with embroidered and deeply rich textured velvets.

But what if you’re not quite ready to dive in at the deep end of 2018’s jewel tones?

Gary added:

Fashion trends for the more faint-hearted are soft blues and greys. These are featured heavily on Osborne and Little’s leaf design wallpaper with soft marble effect, Mathew Williamson sheer fabrics, reminiscent of a Monet painting with water lilies and the grey textured walls of Jane Churchill paired with the textured chenille material of the sofas.

Grey is still very strong through 2018, but try it with a pop of colour on cushions and accessories to bring in a welcome change.

All featured designs are available from award-winning Interior Designers, Coleshill Interiors. Get in touch via or call on 01675 467 416.

Stamp Duty Changes in Autumn Budget 2017

Stamp duty has now been abolished for most first time buyers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

A permanent change to the initial stamp duty threshold for first-time buyers means that anyone buying their first home won't be liable for stamp duty if the purchase price is below £300,000.

Further relief is available for purchases up to £500,000 to help first time buyers in more expensive locations such as London.


Impact of the changes

The Government predict that the stamp duty changes will help up to 95% of first-time buyers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and up to 80% in London.

The new relief has been introduced with immediate effect and applies to anyone purchasing their first home from November 22nd, 2017.


How does it work?

First-time buyers will need to declare that they have never owned a property either in the UK or abroad. A special first-time buyer code will need to be submitted with the stamp duty return once a home is purchased.

Full Stamp Duty relief is available up to £300,000, with reduced liability up to £500,000. Any purchases above £500,000 will attract the normal stamp duty rates on the whole purchase price.


Joint Purchasers

If a property is being purchased by more than one individual then all parties will need to be first time buyers to qualify for the relief.


Wales and Scotland

Stamp duty relief is not currently available in Scotland as taxation levels are set by the Scottish Government.

In Wales stamp duty relief will be available until April 2018. After this time stamp duty levels will be determined by the Welsh Government when a new Land Transaction Tax will replace the existing stamp duty system.