The Incarnation of Earth’s Elements Photo Courtesy: Flower Trends Forecast, A Publication of International Floral Distributors, Inc. (IFD)The second big color and design trend theme you’ll see this year is called “The Incarnation of Earth’s Elements.” This is the second in a four-part series.

With the Incarnation of Earth’s Elements, we see how the fundamental elements found in nature, such as minerals, fire, water, and wood are incorporated into our lifestyles. Today, many of us take time to invest in ourselves in living healthier. We may eat healthier and exercise more. One may also explore outdoor activities such as hiking and bike riding which provide a balance and an escape from our hectic daily work routines. It’s all about healing our spirits.

We have seen for several years now nature becoming a strong trend incorporated into our home and work places. The addition of natural products helps us keep in touch with nature rooting and connecting us with our environment. Interior plants such as orchids, callas and easy-care succulents will continue to see a rise in popularity. We also see in interior design elements from nature being mixed — metals with interesting grainy woods such as zebra or burl to marbles and stone with wood.

Colors explode with fiery reds, watery blues, vibrant grass greens that are occasionally soothed by the addition of some more neutral gray, chocolate and champagne gold. 

The Incarnation of Earth’s Elements Photo Courtesy: Flower Trends Forecast, A Publication of International Floral Distributors, Inc. (IFD)The Incarnation of Earth’s Elements is not the rustic look and feel of a couple years ago; rather, it is a far more modern, creative look utilizing natural elements which are both functional and statement pieces of art. Consider a feature such as a water fountain in a floral design or in interior decor. Enjoy the soft, lilting and relaxing sounds of cascading water.

We’re also seeing floral arrangements trend toward “landscape design” whereby flowers and foliage are somewhat grouped together as seen in nature but with a modern twist. Landscape design can showcase an eclectic mix of flowers and foliage such as brain celosia, red ginger, cymbidium orchids, interesting pods, and grasses work perfectly in this design style. Hand-blown glass vases, brushed or burnished metal rectangular containers and beautifully crafted wooden bowls make ideal containers in landscape design.

The Incarnation of Earth’s Elements reminds us that nature has and will continue to play an important role in our lifestyles.

This is the second in a three-part series on top floral trends for 2018.

Read the first in the series, “Flower Trend 2018: Magnificent Mediterranean.”