Trade Show Report 2017 featuring upcoming trends and colour schemes for interiors

MD Meanderings

On the weekend I attended the Iconic Trade Fair that was in Sydney, this trade show has a huge amount of Australia’s best suppliers that stock furniture, furnishings and decorator items for the home.

Today I thought I would reflect on what trends I noticed coming through as I scoured the stands and walked the many aisles of the Trade Fair.  This trade fair isn’t open to the general public so I thought you may appreciate a little sneak peek too.

  1.  Greenery is in full swing.  The Pantone Colour of the year is making it’s way down through homewares from art, textiles, plants (obviously), and even furniture.

    The Pantone Colour of the year Greenery featuring in the upholstery of this stylish designer chair.

2.  Drinks carts, in metallics like gold or silver with glass shelves are really trending at the moment, be sure to style yours beautifully with everything you need from crystal decanters for your liquors, your favourite glassware to enjoy your drinks though to stirring sticks so that your cart is well equipped to handle any cocktail your guest throws your way.

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3.  Navy is the new black. Dark inky navy’s that bring with them a striking yet mysteriously elegant feel to a space.  Navy can be dressed up or down, try it and see how well this colour can work in your interior too.


Navy upholstery works beautifully against the gold elements of this little vignette in the corner of this suppliers stand.

4.  Artison over d.i.y.  A well-designed piece by a highly skilled craftsman in porcelain, glass blowing, sculptural wood are more highly sort after, our tastes are maturing.  I saw a lot of stands featuring original pieces by highly skilled artisans and it was good to see.  It’s always worth investing in these pieces, but choose items you really love as you will have them for many years to come.

5.  Texture.  Items are no longer just two dimensional, so many decorator pieces have even more texture now, I noticed this particularly in lighting, as well as scatter cushions where once cushions had a print on them, many are now embroidered with a pattern, or have a macrame weave finish to them, or metallic texture fabric like the one below.


Love the colour, texture and gorgeous long tassel on this stylish scatter cushion.

6.  Tree trunk top coffee tables.  I was looking for these for a client 2 years ago and they were nowhere to be seen, now they are everywhere!  However, not all of these coffee tables tick the box from a design perspective, you really want to ensure that the coffee table has been crafted with thought put in regarding the scale and proportion along with table size, height, shape and it’s leg material so that it is visually balanced and appealing, and will work in its final space.

7.  Casual rooms.  Gone are the days of formal spaces and The Iconic Trade Fair showed this well, a lot of the suppliers stands featured more casual wares like linen cushions, big slouchy comfy chairs and lounges, plants bringing the outside in, macrame wall hangings, wicker, light neutrals, light timbers all reflecting that casual lifestyle Australians love.

8.  Metallics are still trending.  The rose/copper tone metallics are still in (just), but brass/gold more so, bringing a sophistication to interior spaces.


Timber and brass a beautiful pairing for these trays.

9.  Art deco references.  Geometrics, luxe velour upholstered chairs, faux fur throws, gold finishes, bold dramatic design, herringbone print are all things I saw that I felt was inspired by the Art Deco era.  Soft mid toned pastels were also coming through as were jewelled colours.


When I attend trade fairs it’s with the goal of searching out decorator items, scatter cushions, lamps, rugs and any other items for upcoming client jobs. I really take the time to assess the quality, make, colour palette, size, proportion of each piece I plan on ordering so as to ensure that the end result is exactly as my client desires. I’m also on the look out for new suppliers that are unique and carry a boutique interiors range so that original pieces feature in my clients homes too.

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