Is Black the New Grey? Trends for 2018 from Maison & Objet

Is Black the New Grey? Trends for 2018 from Maison & Objet | Maria Killam

It was an interesting first day at Maison & Objet. Everyone had different opinions about the trends because I think everyone looks for whatever interests them. For example, I’ll be at High Point market and someone will say “I saw RED everywhere” and I’ll think “Really? I didn’t see much red” but that’s because red is not my colour.

I think you’d have to read a few trend reports to get a real sense of what they are.

Here are the upcoming trends from my perspective.

Will I be right? Well I often am, so if you’re wondering who to follow to be in the know, you can happily follow me ; )

So first things first, texture and metallics? I feel like that’s not news because we have talked about both for a while. But let’s just say they were definitely represented.

Also if High Point Market is showing 2017 trends this year, then Europe’s biggest show is definitely 2018 and beyond. A forecast of the future of living.

One day was enough for me. I power walked through as many booths as I could and took photos. After all, I needed my strength to attend the Paris Flea Markets on Saturday and Sunday.

So let’s get to my trends report shall we?

So the first newsflash is this: There was very little grey at Maison & Objet.

What? Can it be true? Could grey be going OUT? I already said it was going out when I wrote this post last year when I lost 150 Facebook fans all at once and was completely traumatized.

No one was ready to hear that grey was out, even though that’s not what I was actually saying. You’ll have to read it again to understand.

Well it looks like Black is the new Grey. Take a look:

Is Black the New Grey? Trends for 2018 from Maison & Objet | Maria Killam

Look at these amazing stone bookends (above)! Now those are a serious accessory for a console table!

Is Black the New Grey? Trends for 2018 from Maison & Objet | Maria Killam

Black and white framed art was simply everywhere. As well as oversized coral.

Is Black the New Grey? Trends for 2018 from Maison & Objet | Maria Killam

Geometric stone table tops like these (above), also found on coffee tables.

Is Black the New Grey? Trends for 2018 from Maison & Objet | Maria Killam

Black and white penguins to go with the theme.

Is Black the New Grey? Trends for 2018 from Maison & Objet | Maria Killam

Another cube geometric pattern in fabric this time (above). After all, if this is a new trend pattern announced in 2016, it’ll still be here in 2018 by the time it hits mainstream.

Related post: 2016 Trend Watch 3D Cube Geometric Patterns for Tiles and More

Is Black the New Grey? Trends for 2018 from Maison & Objet | Maria Killam

This mauve pink shade was also big at this show. As well as black and white inlaid furniture.

Is Black the New Grey? Trends for 2018 from Maison & Objet | Maria Killam

Another black and white lacquered geometric cabinet. Notice the black lacquered mirrors above it.

It’s like the 80’s are back. Not only was forest green the big ‘trendy neutral’ back then but so was black. There is still black leather furniture around today from that era (much to my sisters chagrin) as well as black lacquered cabinetry.

But black is back in a big way and black is glam. So are the golds and jewel tones that I saw everywhere.

Black is powerful, striking and glamorous when it’s done right, but heavy and lifeless when it’s handled badly, so I would tread lightly embracing it as THE new neutral.

Is Black the New Grey? Trends for 2018 from Maison & Objet | Maria Killam

Here it is the mauve again combined with yellow beige which I don’t love but it doesn’t clash because there’s enough pink in this colour so that it reads like a colour not a neutral.

Another lacquered coffee table.

Is Black the New Grey? Trends for 2018 from Maison & Objet | Maria Killam

And here’s a tablescape to go with it.

Is Black the New Grey? Trends for 2018 from Maison & Objet | Maria Killam

Muted blue in a subtle herringbone pattern.

Is Black the New Grey? Trends for 2018 from Maison & Objet | Maria Killam

Blue and white is still going strong, here with a purple undertone.

Is Black the New Grey? Trends for 2018 from Maison & Objet | Maria Killam

Bar carts as end tables. I don’t think I’ve seen it done before and especially not as much as it was here.

Is Black the New Grey? Trends for 2018 from Maison & Objet | Maria Killam

Navy blue shown against a black wall.

Is Black the New Grey? Trends for 2018 from Maison & Objet | Maria Killam

This chandelier spanned the entire length of the dining table and look how low it is. . . it was probably installed this way for drama at the show but it was very cool anyway.

Is Black the New Grey? Trends for 2018 from Maison & Objet | Maria Killam

I was truly surprised to walk up to this booth and see mostly black wicker. It was warmed up by cognac-red leather wrapped furniture, also a big trend according to the rep.

Is Black the New Grey? Trends for 2018 from Maison & Objet | Maria Killam

What goes with that much black? Jewel tones. Reds, hot pinks, teals.

Is Black the New Grey? Trends for 2018 from Maison & Objet | Maria Killam

Peacock and bright golds.

Is Black the New Grey? Trends for 2018 from Maison & Objet | Maria Killam

A red sofa with floral patterned pillows with a black background.

Is Black the New Grey? Trends for 2018 from Maison & Objet | Maria Killam

Bright turquoise which is still. Going. Strong.

When I tried to find a playful orange fabric just last month for a roman shade there was very little orange in my fabrics but plenty of turquoise.

Is Black the New Grey? Trends for 2018 from Maison & Objet | Maria Killam

One of the first booths I saw at the show was by this artist Valerie Courtet whose animal sculptures are just happy!

Is Black the New Grey? Trends for 2018 from Maison & Objet | Maria Killam

Okay so here’s my take on this whole thing.

I occasionally get emails from readers asking “Maria what’s the next trendy neutral going to be” and up until this show, I’ve said “I don’t see it yet”.

I’m just reporting what I’m seeing, not making a prediction, but it does appear like there’s a lot of evidence here to suggest that it’s black.

When I was in Houston last Fall to lead of my workshops, Terreeia and I went to Nasa for a tour. There’s a newer control center now but we all filed into the old one for a presentation and all the upholstered flip down seats were orange. From the 60’s, because orange was a big colour on upholstery back then.

Then, of course, brown in the 70’s.

Then black, forest green and navy in the 80’s.

Then in the 90’s, grey was big along with a greyed sage green (lots of us had a greyed, sage green sofa).

And then in 2000 brown was back. That takes us until now with grey.

So when you think about it, there’s not that many colours that are considered ‘neutral’ and black has been in my last two trend reports in January, and at the top of my trend report in 2015.

Recently a reader emailed asking about Pantone’s new Fall colours, lots of the same colours represented in their collection as we’ve just reviewed.

After all, new colour trends are definitely chosen by the consumer and simply picked up by manufacturers.

Over to you my lovelies, what do you think? Does black resonate with you or do you see a different colour?

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  1. That does it. I saw a gorgeous wallpaper – rather floral black and white – and wanted it. Didn’t know quite what I’d do with it. Then Eureka! My small main-floor 2-piece bathroom that is currently painted “Hot Chocolate.” for drama. Painted it that colour so long ago, I can’t tell you. Needs an update. All fixtures are white in there. Would be fab. Gold mirror.
    Would never bring mauve into interior. Couldn’t live with the garish colours. I, too, think the whites and creams are beautiful and they give an atmosphere that makes me happy. And I love the black, in small doses. I’m going to paint an old pine washstand in black.