We take a look at some of the trends likely to be popular for handmade products in 2018.

Wabi-Sabi

Wabi-sabi is a japanese design aesthetic that essentially celebrates the art of imperfection. Any object that embodies this will be popular in 2018: think handmade rustic ceramics, organic materials, and textured fabrics.

Ceramic Black Bowl by 1220CeramicsStudio on Etsy

Ceramic Black Bowl by 1220CeramicsStudio on Etsy

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Antique Hemp Linen on Etsy

Mid Century Modern

The industrial chic look is being slowly replaced with a mid century modern mindset - throwbacks to 1930 - 1950 styling now abound: this means minimal embellishments, geometric, nordic sensibilities and natural shapes are in demand.

An example of Mid Century design on Etsy

Storage buffet in Danish Retro wood on Etsy

Ultra Violet

Pantone’s 2018 Color of Year is "Ultra Violet", a rich bright purple.
Ultra violet 2018 Pantone color wall clock

Ultra violet 2018 Pantone color wall clock on Etsy

This is a color that is described by Pantone as "originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future."

To work within this trend, think futurism, mystic and supernatural, dusk sky, counter-culture, cosmic and galactic themes.

Copper

Copper is having a huge bump in popularity and seems on its way to replace the "rose gold" trend.

Copper terrarium

Copper Geometric Terrarium by Waen on Etsy

Jewelry and homewares made of copper is an obvious focus here, however you can try to incorporate this metal as trim and small decorative flashes in other products to try to capitalise on this trend.

Tip: If any of your products contain copper, ensure that this is reflected in your listing titles and keywords.

Tropical Vibes

This is another strong trend from 2017 that is likely to continue into 2018. Think tropical sunsets color palettes and exotic flowers and leaves.

Banana Leaf Print by Cincuentas on Etsy

Banana Leaf Print by Cincuentas on Etsy

Asymetrical Earrings

This trend involves wearing earrings that are significantly and obviously different: either different shapes, colours with same design or dramatic size differences.

Tip: Try experimenting with some of your existing range by deliberately selling asymetical sets or alternatively selling in sets of 2 in different styles and adjusting your photography to suggest this as a possible look.

Mismatch Earrings by WROXdesign on Etsy

Mismatch Earrings by WROXdesign on Etsy

Jewelery layering

For necklaces and bracelets, this is the art of mixing bold statement pieces with fine and delicate ones. Aim for a range of different styles in different weights to encourage layering.

Tip: Refresh your photographs to include at least one showing how your pieces could be worn together to achieve this look.

Delicate Layered Necklaces by Ziime on Etsy

Delicate Layered Necklaces by Ziime on Etsy

Boho

To almost total contrast to the Wabi Sabi and mid century looks above, the bohemian look is also big. Think crushed velvet, tassels, ruffles, macrame, quartz crystals and dream catchers to nail this trend.

Macrame wall hanging by WallKnot on Etsy

Macrame wall hanging by WallKnot on Etsy