TrendsMarisa Docherty

Trend Report: Salone del Mobile

TrendsMarisa Docherty
Trend Report: Salone del Mobile

Be inspired by the hottest SS18 interior trends from Milan Design Week 2018…

Every April, interior creatives and aficionados unite in Milan to discover who and what is new for the interior design world in 2018. From buyers to architects, anyone who’s anyone will be caught marvelling in the emporium that is Salone Del Mobile 2018.

With a plethora of exhibitors, Milan Design Week is one of the most influential design expo’s in the world due to the broad range of products on display.

From exclusive, bespoke creations to awe-inspiring light displays, our Houseology buyers weaved their way through the busy design halls to bring you the latest interior trends for SS18. A wonderland of design, Salone Del Mobile 2018 showcased more new styles and brands than ever before, so we’ve rounded up a few of our favourites to bring you the best interior trends for SS18.


“One of the most popular materials this year is brass. Typically associated with a more industrial aesthetic, brass exudes much more luxury this season,” says Houseology buyer, Lauren Welsh. “The use of brass was particularly prominent across accessories and lighting, adding instant atmosphere to any space.”

Design tip: To truly encompass the Luxe brass trend, blend sumptuous velvets with rich jewel tones. Then, pair a refined side table in a brushed brass finish with a striking sculptural table lamp for optimum opulence.


Brass wasn’t the only luxurious material heavily featured across the exhibition, statement marble pieces were also prevalent in the Salone Del Mobile 2018 halls. From small side tables to decadent dining tables, the immaculate use of marble radiated across Milan’s Luxe collections, projected mainly in black and white for an indulgent monochrome style statement.

Get the look: Adding a marble coffee table or side table to your space will create instant elegance and revitalise a minimalist interior. When combined with a soft blush colour palette, marble can offer a serene, organic expression of style for your sophisticated design scheme.

Decorate statement marble table surfaces by curating your own edit of display accessories such as ceramic vases with bright seasonal blooms and metallic trinkets and vessels. Then, add an architectural edge to the look with a set of brass candlesticks to elevate the style of your marble table top.


The on-trend pastels of SS18 Urban schemes transitioned into many of Milan’s Luxe collections, offering an alternative to the richer classic palettes of previous Luxe looks. The use of blush pinks, soft sage and muted mints offered a refreshing contrast to the metallic finishes and structured veneers associated with Luxe interior styling.

Our buyers reported that the SS19 Warm Earth trend is also very much here to stay, inspiring a host of influential Luxe stands. Rooted in nature, the colour palette at Salone Del Mobile 2018 also gave us deep, rich, earth tones. Like a dusty desert dream, this colour palette travelled through multiple collections, with light tan leathers, soft terracotta’s and deep rust textures taking the style spotlight.

A Houseology design team favourite, these summer twilight hues were an inspiring change from the more painterly SS18 colourways.

“The warmth of this palette can be paired with lush burgundy and peachy pink accents to create a space that has a retro vibe, whilst still maintaining a sense of luxury and indulgence. Gold accessories are also key to infuse some glamour into your Luxe scheme.” Houseology Buyer, Lauren.


Salone Del Mobile 2018 may have been offering an abundance of Luxe, but functionality was certainly not forgotten. Less is more when it comes to SS18 storage solutions and saving some space, so regardless if you live in a modest studio apartment or an open plan townhouse, this season it’s time to make the most of your space. Informed by the unified shapes of Bauhaus furniture archetypes, designs are more streamlined and refined, including designer dining tables with either sled bases or hairpin legs and deceivingly spacious table tops.

Design tip: Get creative with bookcases and storage cabinets by using them as an area partition or even a decorative foliage stand. Then, make living areas mores flexible with lightweight tray coffee tables and nesting side tables which are easy to relocate for stylish entertaining at cocktail hour and cleverly compact enough to stow away between uses, saving valuable floor space.


A new trend for SS18 is the concept of ‘Outside In’ consisting of indoor and outdoor furniture designs that can seamlessly transition from outdoors to in, and vice versa. There’s no reason your interior favourites should need to stay indoors and so the SS18 Outside In Trend is all about expressing and extending your personal interior style outdoors.

Cane and rattan furniture proved to be very popular, often amalgamating both materials together to achieve a hybrid textile and durable design. The SS18 Outside In Trend was executed extremely well by Belgian furniture maker, Manutti and many of the outdoor furniture collections showcased oversized garden sofa arrangements and relaxing modular sun loungers for ultimate fun in the sun!


Italian brands Pacini E Cappellini and Tonon showcased an eclectic mix of AW18 creations as Kartell to offer a new interior trend of vintage rarities, reworking their iconic Italian furniture designs with new printed patterns straight from the catwalk.

Houseology’s bestselling outdoor furniture brand Ethimo also previewed the luxurious large lounge seating of their new ‘Grand Life’ collection by French designer Christophe Pillet & Italian designer – coming soon to Houseology – in an open air 19th century courtyard where the sky was the ceiling and nature was the walls.

The Houseology buyers also caught up with British designer Lee Broom who eclipsed all others with his mesmerising ‘Observatory’ exhibition of new stellar-inspired lighting designs in Milan’s Brera District which will be released in the coming months at Houseology.

By Marisa Docherty