A whole host of trends for 2013 were unveiled at the French Maison & Objet show, reports independent.co.uk. The biggest and first design trade show of the year revealed colours, patterns and styles that are set to be popular this year.

Eco-design is proving to be a hugely popular trend for the year as designs embracing recycled materials appeared on a variety of stands. Handmade lamps aren't being made from the usual materials as designers experimented with different fabrics.

Expert craftsmanship was another trend that is growing in popularity, according to businessmiror.com. Handmade linens and pottery were made to look luxurious or rustic, the focus being on the workmanship, rather than the design itself.

Pastel colours also made an appearance, both in individual accessories and as a general theme for interior design. Having pastel-coloured walls or accentuating a brightly-coloured room with pastel lighting creations were just two looks being showcased at the trade show. Yellow was a commonly-used colour, mixed with grey, while the pastel shades were the choice for everything from cups to candleholders.

Food was another inspiration behind some of the designs with the French macaroon proving a popular muse. The desert formed the basis of being remodelled into stools and even photo clippers.