The interior trends you’ll be loving in 2017
Just splurged on some marble and copper homewares? You may want to stop reading.
While it seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the new year, trend forecasters and designers are already thinking well into 2017 ¬– and there’s a big shake up of interior trends predicted.
“In Australia, our prolific use of technology and social media consumption has shortened the gap in our adaptation of global trends, meaning we are seeing international styles hitting our stores a lot quicker than in previous years,” says the team at homewares business Nathan + Jac.
If you’re renovating or building a new home, look out for the following trends to include, and those to avoid, for 2017.
Warm materials such as terracotta tiles will replace currently popular cool and white tones.
“Unlike in the 80s, they aren’t used as border tiles. Instead they will have a natural matte finish and be used as feature walls in bathrooms or for cladding fireplaces,” says Lauren Macer of Sisalla Interior Design.
“I think that by avoiding terracotta tiles that are too rustic and keeping with a matte finish, this trend could add character and warmth to interiors again.”
Faux brick panels are also being considered by majority of homeowners because these panels are not only cost effective but they give an exact look like real bricks.
You heard it here first – cork is making a comeback.
Not only is cork a stylish material idea that adds warmth and texture to spaces, it’s also ideal for absorbing noise in our increasingly large, open plan homes.
“It’s used in coffee table bases in combination with stone tops, and as solid cork stool or side table,” Macer says.
“I predict cork could be used to clad entire walls in the home office and used to pin notes to.”
3. Dark green
Dark shades of green will become the new must-have dark interior colour as we say goodbye to navy and midnight blues.
“Dark green as a paint colour for rooms such as a bedroom creates a wintery Scandi backdrop for tan leathers, reindeer furs, brass lamps and natural linen,” Macer says.
“Used in a feature armchair or cushions and decor items as an accent, it adds depth and can bring in the colours from the outdoors.”
4. Upholstered bedheads
Beds will change dramatically in 2017, with upholstered bed heads set to replace the timber bed frames currently dominating the market.
“They’ve been a staple in luxury hotel bedrooms and celebrity homes for a while, but now we’re all falling head over heels for the bedhead trend,” says Emma Blomfield, stylist at online homewares retailer TheHome.com.au.
“Whether you opt for the classic model in neutral colour with buttons, or a plush one in velvet, a bedhead is an easy way to update and add instant glamour to a bedroom.”
Homes with nooks and places to retrieve will become more popular as humans react to our increasingly technological lives.
“With an ever-increasing amount of time spent in front of a computer or smartphone screen during the day…there will be a greater desire to create spaces in our lives devoid of digital distraction,” says the team at Nathan + Jac.
“This may not mean listing the 65 inch flat screen on Gumtree, but we will seek to create havens of calm and tranquility, whether it’s a bedroom or a nook we can escape to, even if it is to lazily scroll our Instagram feeds in peace.”
6. Jewel tones
While pastel shades of pink and blue are currently having their day in the sun, they will soon be overtaken by jewel tones inspired by metals, space, stars, clouds and the cosmos.