Design Works International Design Expert Nancy Fire Back from Europe With Emerging Trends for 2018

Industry: Design Agency

Artisan Aesthetic, Elevated Use of Millennial Pinks, Bold Black and White Patterns, and Colorful Azulejos Tiles to Define Design

New York, NY (PRUnderground) October 12th, 2017

Nancy Fire, lifestyle design trend spotter, Design Director for HGTV HOME, and founder and creative director of Design Works International, has returned from her pre-autumn tour of Europe with a list of trends that will emerge in the U.S. by spring of 2018.  With stops in Paris, Madrid and Lisbon, Fire was on the lookout for the colors, patterns and textiles that are currently shaping design aesthetic and home interiors in Europe. The trends she identifies during these discovery trips are considered a bellwether for what’s going to be hot and influential in the world of design. And topping the list is what she is calling “Artisan Aesthetic.”

“The patterns, colors and texture were breathtaking,” reports Nancy Fire, whose Design Works International studio specializes in original textile design, trend development, color, and consulting services. “It was an extremely inspirational trip that was defined by artisanal influence.”

In Paris, Fire discovered that millennial pink has captured the heart of the city. In both fashion and home-décor, Parisians have elevated the color scheme and applied it in a number of new and creative ways. Another striking trend in the City of Lights was the bold use of black and white patterns in everything from dress fabrics to earthenware.

By contrast, in Lisbon, she found the colorful, polished-stone, azulejos tiles, dominating both the city’s interiors and exteriors with their colorful reflection of Lisbon’s rich history and culture. The ceramic tiles are best known for their intricate geometric patterns and can be found adorning the walls of homes, churches, public buildings and train stations.

“Inspiration could be found everywhere I turned,” Fire reports. “Europe is always a hotbed for creative and colorful design and this trip was no different; it never fails to inspire.”

To learn more about Nancy Fire’s discoveries visit her Color, Chaos and Creativity blog at:

And for additional inspiration, be sure to visit her Design Works International blog at:


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