Maison&Objet 2018: Our Creative Director Reveals the 2018 Design Trends

Maison&Objet 2018 Paris


Regarded as one of the three most important interior design shows in Europe, Maison&Objet is an international authority for home décor, interior design, architecture, lifestyle culture and trends – a must-attend event held biannually in Paris.

Visited recently by our Creative Director, Stacey Sibley reports that Maison&Objet 2018 has once again set the interior design community alight with intrigue and avant-garde inspiration, hosting a huge, spectacular show of innovation and talent all in one place.

Stacey shares with us the top 2018 design trends and what influences will set the tone for the year.

1. Vivid Monochrome

“There was a definite, strong trend of monochrome at Maison&Objet this year, especially matte black furniture.” Stacey, Creative Director, Alexander James Interiors

Bold and sophisticated, the monochrome interior design styling is extremely chic and striking. The shadowy palette of black, white and grey packs a punch of serious style when accented with warm tones such as aged brass, gold and raw timber.

The dull textured finish of matte black has been a huge beauty trend for some time and now takes to the stage in the interior design space, offering that sophisticated, moody and seductive vibe to our homes.

Maison&Objet 2018 Matte Black Interiors
Maison&Objet 2018 Monochrome
Maison&Objet 2018 Monochrome Design

2. Luscious, Life-Affirming Green

“After last year’s Pantone colour of the year – Greenery – green is everywhere! In textiles, wallcoverings, upholstery lighting and accessories.” Stacey, Creative Director, Alexander James Interiors

Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2016 Greenery is refreshing and revitalising, said to be a life-affirming shade, symbolic of new beginnings. Indicative of the lushness of our great outdoors and flourishing foliage, it is no wonder that this fresh, zesty yellow-green colour is still blooming in the latest interior design trends!

Greenery continues to invigorate through verdant green feature walls, uplifting soft furnishings, and accessories radiating vitality. And the good news is that Greenery is a wonderfully versatile ‘trans-seasonal’ shade, lending itself to a spectrum colour combinations, including neutrals, brights, deeper shades, pastels and metallics!

Maison&Objet 2018 Greenery

3. Eye-Catching Leaf and Plant Patterns

“Following on from the green colour trend, plants and leaf patterns are still huge, and wallpapers and textiles with bold leaf patterns still popular.” Stacey, Creative Director, Alexander James Interiors

Botanical-inspired room schemes continue to trend into 2018, with a rich range of leafy profile patterns making a dazzling, green statement in wallpapers and fabrics.

The designs are intricate and elegant, featuring abundant leaf bundles, fronds and ferns, and floral foliage shapes in a fresh palette inspired by Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2017, Greenery.

Maison&Objet 2018 Botanical Patterns

4. Orange, Coral and African Tribal Influences

“Blush pink has been taken over by orange, and coral and accessories are having a African tribal influence with wicker/cane being used on indoor furniture.” Stacey, Creative Director, Alexander James Interiors

Maison&Objet 2018 showcased exuberant oranges and shell-like coral in accessories and art, offering the perfect way to powerfully accent and add a summery feel to any design. Although orange hasn’t traditionally been a popular colour of choice in the interior design world, it works superbly well if you need to break up a repetitive scheme and effortlessly exudes retro-chic flair.

Maison&Objet 2018 Corals

The new tribal vibe is also trending in 2018, bringing the heartbeat of Africa into our interiors. Traditional African accessories and tribal motifs showcase beautiful indigenous patterns and textiles, offering intricate and unique interior decor.

Maison&Objet 2018 Tribal Influences

Wicker and cane will also be seen indoors this year, the natural handmade feel adding an organic element to the design.

Maison&Objet 2018 Wicker

5. Beetles and Bugs

“2018 is the year of the beetle! Yes seriously, forget pineapples and llamas and get used to seeing these little creepy crawlies on home accessories, textiles and art.” Stacey, Creative Director, Alexander James Interiors

Insect-inspired designs made a big appearance in Maison&Objet 2018, again welcoming the beauty of nature into our interiors. Expect to see exquisitely detailed beetle and bug designs featured on wallpapers, fabrics and artworks.

Maison&Objet 2018 Bug Interiors

6. The Wonderful World Of Animals

“Animals are a big influence too in not only wallpaper and textile prints but also in furniture with monkey ceiling lights, a donkey desk, cuddly toy armchairs and ostrich floor lamps all featuring at Maison&Objet 2018.” Stacey, Creative Director, Alexander James Interiors

Flamboyant and characterful, animal-style furniture pieces are dramatic talking points this year, offering designers an opportunity to be truly distinctive with their schemes. The safari trend continues into animal-inspired wallpaper and textile prints, from zebra and tiger stripes to monkey patterns.

Maison&Objet 2018 Animal Furniture
Maison&Objet 2018 Animal Inspired Interiors

If we can assist you with introducing the Maison&Objet 2018 trends into your home, please feel free to get in touch.