London Design Week is always a highlight of the design calendar for our team – and this season’s event, which Sarah recently attended, was brimming with inspirational ideas for the year ahead.

Here, we share some of the exciting trends in finishes that we’ll be looking out for in 2018, along with some Nielsen House products to help you get the look in your own home.

1. Metallics and Polished Plaster

Metallics continue their march onto the interiors scene. Polished plaster finished with powders in bronze, rose gold, steel and brass particularly caught Sarah’s eye, as featured by Topcret in their innovative Microcemento range of coverings for walls, floors and other surfaces. Decorative, with a light-reflective sheen, we love these coatings for the edge they bring to a scheme. The overall look is both dramatic and sophisticated.

But, if you’re not looking for a major overhaul right now, you can still channel the metallic aesthetic by introducing just one or two key pieces to your home. Check out our stunning bronze and satin brass cylinder pendant drops by CTO Lighting. Or take a look at our Qlocktwo clocks, which cleverly show the time in words and are available in a variety of colours, including a range of metallic finishes.


2. Concrete and Marble

Also featuring strongly for next year is a new take on concrete and marble combinations. Once used chiefly for industrial applications, concrete has become a must-have amongst interior designers but now, mixed with marble,  the end result is both beautiful and durable, adding an incredible aesthetic to a private house scheme.  As sealed finishes for walls and floors, these are perfect for creating a modern look in wet areas, or even swimming pools and changing areas. Topcret have once again comes up trumps and have launched a fantastic concrete polished plaster. Concrete LCDA have developed an eye-catching range of light-weight concrete panels textured to our taste – and there are stunning translucent walls available from MCM London.


3. Polished/brushed Metals & Stone

Away from the hard finishes, and onto smaller decorative pieces, mix up polished and brushed metals with concrete and stone and you’ve immediately raised the barre on room dressing.  Bold and sculptural, this combination works well in lamp bases, table bases and home décor objects.


For stone finishes, take look at our Nielsen House lighting and accessories.

As designers, these innovative new products open up a host of brilliant creative opportunities for our project work and we really can’t wait to see them in situ.