Attending trade shows for the interior design industry is one of my fave things to do – I go to discover new exciting suppliers, see what my current suppliers have that’s new and to get a feel for where long term design trends are heading. It can be really inspiring and drives me to push myself (and at times my clients!) for even better outcomes for their homes!
Some of the trends I felt were pretty strong across the board were:
- Pastels – blush and soft blues were very popular. You see them in wall colour, soft furnishings, and other decorative pieces
- black is still strong. Sometimes it’s popped against these soft pastels in the form of fine lined side table or lamps, and they provide a lovely contrast
- gold, copper, brass – strong strong strong! Shapes are paired back but these precious metals featured A LOT! Gold spots on cushions, copper decorative pieces and metallic bases on lamps were most common
- Deeper hues – I found heaps of colour on colour, and when I say that, I mean for example, dark green walls with wall decor in the same colour. It provided a deep yet tranquil effect, adding a pseudo texture to otherwise plain walls. It looked understated and elegant
- earthy, naturals – I noticed a lot of jutes with leather whether it was in a sofa (which was a particularly beautiful execution of this idea), rugs, light shades or cushions. An appreciation for a more earthy palette and make up was a strong element at these trade shows
- Tailored AND nomad looks were strong! That look of chic elegance where everything is considered AND understated was right up there with the nomad finds, such as Moroccan rugs and shaggy mongolian sheep skins.
These trade shows really had something for everyone! WHile I wouldn’t say there were masses of new ideas or suppliers, the offering was strong and diversified and really had some interesting items on offer!
Can’t now wait for MELBOURNE in July!