Interiors Trends 2018

The successful London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair is returning to London ExCeL 12 – 14 January and their expert speakers will highlight key interiors trends for this year.


“Eclecticism is the new minimalism – mixing and matching seemingly disparate pieces together to build a unique and individual look. Quirky is cool. 1970s Italian goblets on a sideboard from the 1790s? A collection of Victorian transfer-printed and guilt plates arranged asymmetrically on a stark chalk-white wall? Why not?” notes antiques expert Mark Hill.

Asian Antiques

Toma Clark Haines, CEO of The Antiques Diva & Co sees more and more Asian antiques taking places of prominence in people’s homes as the design world looks East for inspiration. She comments, “As interiors become more minimal, clean lined Asian antiques are a perfect way to add patina without creating visual cacophony. I’m seeing a rise in Art Deco furniture as well as empire style chests of drawers. People want the gravitas of antiques even in modern décor.”

Bold Colours & Paler Woods

Interior designer Clare Pascoe observes that: “In 2018 the trend for dark walls will continue, but the new ‘monochromatic scheme’ will exclude black and revolve around almost black blues and greens contrasted with crisp white or pastel walls to combine in a look that I refer to as “Scandi-noir”. Pink shades will remain on trend, but will shift towards tones of peach and apricot. Home-owners will turn their attention to less prevalent blonder woods such as ash and oak from prestigious Scandinavian designers such as Moller and Wegner. The lighter tones of these pieces juxtapose well with pastel colours and dark walls” continues Clare.


With shows such as Mad Men on-screen, mid-century furniture is basking in the limelight more than ever. Clare remarks that “If you bide your time in order to buy a genuine article, you not only protect the original design provenance, but your piece will make a genuine statement in a room,” as reproduction pieces are made.

Green Interiors

People are becoming more and more environmentally aware so antiques will rise in popularity due to buyers’ desire to be more sustainably responsible. Clare says: “People will be turned off buying products that date quickly or are not made to last. They will want to invest in timeless, classic brands that have a history and a long future.” Toma agrees: “As the green movement becomes de rigueur, repurposing and re-using remains en vogue. Antiques are green, and as millennials catch the wave of this realization.”

Skilled Craftsmanship

“There will be an increased awareness and appreciation of rarity and craftsmanship when it comes to jewellery.” says jewellery expert Joanna Hardy. “The jewellery houses or individual artisans will continue to remain in the spotlight in 2018 – for example, Castalani, Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Lalique, Fouquet, Fabergé – all these exceptional master craftsmen pay so much attention to detail.” Mark agrees: “There’s also a rise in interest in pieces that show the hand of the craftsman, from a richly coloured piece of treen, to a sparkling cut glass vase, or a wonderfully weathered piece of folk art.”

The London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair will be at ExCeL London 12th – 14th January.

Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia

Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia

The acclaimed Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia returns to London this October for its 27th year. Running from 31st October until 5th November, it is the flagship art and antiques event of the British winter season. 100 of the UK’s very best dealers will be offering an incredible array of over 30,000 one-off, diverse and truly original pieces – all within the iconic setting of London Olympia.

The fair is an inspiring destination for home owners and interior designers as well as seasoned collectors. It is particularly popular with those looking for unusual, not-on-the-high-street Christmas gifts. The six-day event is expected to attract over 20,000 shoppers from the UK and internationally, all looking to buy works priced from £100 to hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Ranging from signed jewellery, artwork, furniture, ceramics, glassware, clocks, fossils, textiles, mirrors, silver and sculpture – the Fair will host an amazing choice of pieces that is sure to inspire the experienced buyer or the first time follower.

Mary Claire Boyd, Fair Director says: “The Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia has become an important event for the winter arts season, attracting consumers and trade alike. The Fair also runs at the same time as Asian Art in London when major collectors descent on London. The diversity of pieces on sale from our dealers is extraordinary and ranges from diamonds to dining tables and from lanterns to Lalique.

“Interest in antique furniture appears to be increasing as interior fashion favours an eclectic mixture of old and new. These pieces provide long lasting durability and many years of pleasure to live with.”

It is the only fair in the UK to work in association with the top two trade associations, BADA (The British Antiques Dealers’ Association) and LAPADA (The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers). There is a very strict vetting process in place whereby everything is checked by independent experts to ensure that every piece for sale is genuine and correctly labelled.

There is a complimentary interiors and arts talks programme and highlight tours from an independent art advisor. Both are included within the ticket price

From 4pm until 9pm on Tuesday 31st October, there will be an exclusive Preview Event where visitors can have a first view of the incredible array of pieces on offer.

Ticket prices for Preview day are £30 while standard advance admission is £15* and £20 on the door.

The Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia will take place at the Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX.

Collecting Great Gatsby Style

Art Antiques London (13 – 19 June) 2013 celebrated the Jazz Age with an array of objects from the Roaring Twenties, and delighted collectors with the choice and quality of paintings dealers in Kensington Gardens this year.

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courtesy of Art & Antiques London