Looking ahead to 2018, there are several shifts in consumer mood that are driving trends in design for the home. One major influence in housewares trends, is a growing consumer desire to seek out newness and do things differently. This rebellious attitude is influencing a much bolder and futuristic aesthetic within the home, particularly for the Spring Summer season.
Rebellious Energy, as forecast in our Spring Summer 2018 housewares trend book, embraces an experimental approach to design. Inspired by a consumer appetite for unique experiences and exposure to a breadth of visual inspiration online, references across fashion, architecture and interiors merge.
A housewares trend of contrasts, Rebellious Attitude is all about breaking and making your own rules. Hard and soft, gritty and gentle sit alongside one another creating a deeply sensorial and textural experience. Tribal marks and brushstrokes are combined with angular, clean shapes. Industrial style materials are paired with soft quilted fabrics like misty cotton prints and stretch jersey to create a statement mismatch. Providing an exclusive preview into this trend, we explore some of the key design elements.
An intentionally low-key color palette of warm neutrals and aqua shades allows for plenty of interesting finishes, especially for the kitchen. Oily iridescent, glitter and mirrored surfaces contrast
dramatically with chalky ceramics. Combined with a base of industrial metal shades, flickers of silver inject drama into this commercial palette.
Iridescent and petrol effects are a key design feature for decorative accessories in glass and ceramics. Colors merge and flow together, changing with the light. As more consumers incorporate darker color schemes into the household, we see this trend emerging in the kitchen as a way to subtly add
Shape: Faceted Formations
Filtering through from print and pattern in housewares trends, appliances and accessories in the kitchen become more geometric in shape with angular, multi-faceted designs. Art-deco classics provide a sleek silhouette and influence new minimal shapes for kettles, teapots and hardware in the kitchen.
Silver looks clean and polished and offers dramatic contrast when paired with concrete, stone and luxury granites. High-shine silver finishes are also continued through onto ceramics and textiles. The inside of bowls adopt a luxury silver shine and kitchen textiles have a foiled finish, appearing almost as if they’ve been dipped in liquid silver.
Abstract Brush Strokes
Abstract mark making across decorative accessories is textured and hand-rendered. As more consumers seek to be unique, abstract prints where no two products are exactly the same add distinctiveness to commercial ranges.
Industrial Metal Frames
Metal frames are a key design feature in this trend and are left bare and uncovered. Black metals have a matt finish and are combined with black stained woods to create an industrial finish, as seen on The Uncino chair by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. As wooden finishes become more prevalent within appliance design, this combination of materials would work equally well for smaller kitchen items.
Rebellious Energy forms 1 of 4 trends published in the Trend Bible Spring Summer 2018 Home and Interiors trend book, available to buy from their online shop at www.trendbible.com/shop.
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Trend Bible will be presenting some of the key housewares trends for the home that retailers should be responding to for 2018 at the International Home + Housewares Show next March.