I recently took a stroll around the Surface Design Show 2017 at the Business Design Centre in London! We regularly pay visits to design events and home shows, to help bring you all the latest trends! Here’s what I spotted…


geometric pattern


The year of marble!

The material that stood out an absolute mile at Surface Design Show 2017 was marble. The natural trend has been around for a while now – with the idea of ‘bringing the outdoors in’ allowing home owners to creating soothing sanctuaries in their interior spaces. But 2017 is definitely the year of marble! It’s hypnotic patterned veining is just perfect for injecting character into a wall or floor area.


black marble tiles


Blue-veined marble is a rising trend, I’ve noticed! It makes for an interesting twist from traditional black and white marble, and injects some colour into a bathroom, kitchen or living area!


blue veined marble


The hexagon is still a prominent shape when it comes to interior styling – so it makes sense that there would be marble and marble effect hexagonal tiles on offer! These ones include another stand-out trend – sparkling glitter grout!


marble hexagon tiles


Marilyn Monroe was still stealing the show. I spotted this awesome marble effigy!


marble marilyn monroe


This patterned flooring is made from natural marble, and it looks fantastic! Perfect for creating a statement floor.


marble patterned floor


There was even wallpaper that paid homage to marble, using the traditional 'marbling effect' where black and white inks / paints are partly blended, and are then printed.


marbling wallpaper


Patterns at Surface Design Show 2017

Surfacing in 2016, geometric designs continue to be a key design trend in 2017. At the Surface Design Show 2017, I spotted several geometric and 'optical' patterns!


optical pattern


This floor tile really catches the eye! It would make for a fab statement floor or feature wall, and would certainly grab the attention of your guests as they step into the room.


geometric pattern


This colourful assortment of shapes slots together perfectly to create a room-stealing geometric display!


pattern tiles


Textured to the touch

As I walked around Surface Design Show 2017, I spotted a lot of textured surfaces! 'Textured' has become the surface finish of choice in recent years; with plain, smooth surfaces often giving way to undulating, riven, and gruff surfaces.


concrete textured undulating surface


Concrete really came into fruition as an exposed wall/floor option when the industrial trend became popular. Above is a gorgeous concrete wall panel I spotted with a weaving, undulating design! Full of personality.


artwork pin panels textured


These pin art panels really caught my eye! They're alive with texture, and are perfect for livening up a wall space.


blue textured surface


I loved this partition wall, with its bumpy, liquid-like, semi-transparent design. It's like staring through ocean spray! And, again, it's ideal for injecting some colour into a room.


green textured wall panels


Talking of injecting colour into an interior space, these green undulating panels are also full of texture and character! They look like ripples in a green pool, and make for a great alternative to a flat, smooth wall area.


Rustic / aged / reclaimed surfaces

Another theme I spotted was the presence of surfaces with an aged, rustic or reclaimed look! This is a trend that has exploded lately, and it was prominent at Surface Design Show 2017! Introducing aged surfaces into a room will make it look way older, and way more interesting.


reclaimed wood split face tiles


These stunning wooden split face tiles immediately caught the attention of anybody passing by! They're made from reclaimed painted wood, so they have an aged, characterful appearance. For something similar, take a look at Reclaimed Wooden Split Face Tiles.


surface design show 2017


This artwork has an oxidized metallic look, which gives it personality and texture!

There you have it - the trends I spotted at Surface Design Show 2017! Click the link below for my write-up on bathroom trends for 2017!





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