5 trends from Maison & Objet 2018

The beginning of the year is a natural time to think about making changes. It’s a time for fresh thinking and new approaches, not just for ourselves but also for the spaces in which we live and how we live in them. So it’s unsurprising that some of the world’s biggest interior design fairs happen around this time, setting the trends for the twelve months ahead and taking advantage of our yearning to try something different. One the biggest is Maison et Objet, a mammoth trade show in Paris that showcases the latest interiors trends. I like to think of it as Disneyland for the interior design obsessed.

Having trawled the many halls of design exhibitors, here are some of the key themes from this year’s event and ideas for how you can recreate them in your own home.


Choose black and white and you’ll always be right! Something that many of the stands at the show also seemed to believe. A design classic that is constantly being reinvented and always in fashion, monochrome offers a simple palette and an excellent interior canvas that you can spruce up a pop of colour or metallic highlight, if you should so wish. It’s also easy to work into your space, particularly through accessories. Try the Black Glass Table Lamp with its brushed brass base, glossy black glass body and crisp white shade.

Green Velvet

The velvet trend has been going strong for quite some time now, as has our love of darker, moodier interiors. While the past few years have been all about midnight blue and navy, it seems that dark greens are now taking over. Rich shades of forests greens and emeralds were the dominant upholstery colour choice for many sofas and accent chairs on display. For something similar, the grass velvet tones of the Frame Accent Chair has got you covered.

Tropical luxe

Last year was all about greenery and every second home accessory seemed to be in the shape of a cactus. Our jungle fever has still not abated and tropical, rainforest prints were still sprouting up across the show. It seems everything from wallpapers to fabrics are telling us that we need to go on an exotic holiday, at least that’s the message I take. This luscious Wild Flora cushion particularly speaks to me. I think I’ll have to pay a visit to Trailfinders now.

Drinks Cabinets

Forget your trolleys and bar carts, we’ve moved on to bigger and better things. We’re now after standalone drinks cabinets. To be honest, most of the cabinets on display could be used for a variety of purposes, maybe even towels and sheets if you were mad, but our ever-strengthening love for everything Gatsbyesque means that they are the perfect place to display your barware and serve your champagne coupes. The Ashton High Sideboard made from acacia wood and a dark finish and herringbone front is the perfect excuse for a party!

Ethnic Design

Finally, people seem to be looking to bring some warmth to their cool, crisp Scandi interiors. Now we’re adding layers of woods, patterns and planting, so much so that it’s all looking a bit boho. A perfect blend of two distinct styles, it’s a partnership that works well together and can be easily achieved in your own home. Start with the Karina Mirror and introduce some ethnic Moroccan-style designs in warm metal tones.



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