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Centerpiece trends for 2018

We take our role as suppliers to the world’s best designers seriously, so we scour the fashion, interior design and events worlds for hints about what the new year’s hottest looks will be. Although it’s early, trends are already emerging, and we’re eager to pass them on to you. Here is what we anticipate will be hot in centerpiece design in 2018:


2017’s Pantone Color of the Year was “greenery.” Eucalyptus and magnolia leaves emerged as the most popular of the greens, and they were used as the main focus, instead of just as accents, in centerpieces and bouquets. In 2018, the love affair with greenery will continue and grow.

Photo credit Alexis June Weddings

Black accents are the new, well, black

Darker, moodier color palettes will rise in popularity over pale, perky blush hues. We already witnessed an increase in the use of merlot and Bordeaux, but this year will bring black to personal events, especially weddings. We’re excited to see this take the form of dark taper candles, accented with white, to create visual interest.

Photo credit  Stephanie Yonce Photography


Millennials continue to drive the special events market as the dominant consumer demographic. This generation prefers simple décor and an emphasis on creating experiences for their guests. As a result, we’ll note a high demand for simple design that doesn’t sacrifice style. A collection of bud vases, for example, clustered with pretty votive candles, still offers some visual drama without being overly fussy.

Photo credit Mackensey Alexander Photography

Geometric shapes

Bold, assertive design will continue to be popular in 2018. One look that started to emerge in 2017 and that will take over this year is the use of glass terrariums, large and small, as décor, and scattered metal shapes between votive candle holders.

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Masculine & feminine

Mixing traditionally feminine touches like soft, flowing fabric, delicate china and crystal, and elegant calligraphy with more masculine elements such as wood and leather accents offers a kind of yin-yang approach to design that is very contemporary and totally on-trend.

Photo credit Laura Catherine Organic Photographers

Many of 2018’s centerpiece trends seem to be extensions and evolutions of colors, patterns and textures that started to become popular in 2017. It will be fun to watch these themes emerge and mature and to look for surprises the industry’s top creative minds will add to the mix. Get ready for another fascinating journey and the beautiful centerpieces that will take their places in design history.

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Audrey Isaac

Audrey Isaac is the spokesperson of 100 Candles, a wholesale market for candles and lights. Since 2002, thousands of wedding and event professionals have entrusted 100 Candles with their wholesale candle accounts. For more information, please visit