An interior design expert has discussed how a recent industry show was notable for the variety of materials that were used together.

Kelly Hoppen, writing a column for, explained that much of the work at last month's Maison & Objet in Paris involved interesting mixtures of materials and textures. Cork, marble and brass were among the more unusual options to feature, while deep textures add richness to designs.

She noted that a Middle Eastern feel was popular at the show, as were retro-inspired pieces of furniture. Homeowners who want to combine these two trends could opt for mosaic lamps for interior lighting.

"There is a baroque minimalism about it all, a significant trend we will see this year. To me, it means a modern interior with baroque style features such as oversized murals and raw textures. Lighting, a crucial element in any design, will also play an important part in this trend and this will be very sharp," remarked Ms Hoppen.

Among the other trends noted at the Paris event by were the use of pastel interior schemes and the prevalence of animal shapes, such as butterflies, dogs and even ostriches.

In terms of pastel colours, the news provider suggested the most commonly used shade was a pale yellow, which was generally paired with grey.