This year’s home décor trends call for lush colours, plush textures, and modernistic takes on traditional designs. Utility meets sustainability, as the outdoors come into the house with a practical purpose of creating urban retreats. Also think cork walls, plenty of plant life, organic jute textures, and muted-colour palettes of greens, greys, and warm beige undertones. A play of rich caramels and terracotta reds for private spaces, interspersed with luxe velvet, are just some ways of making day-to-day life more luxurious. This is the pick-me-up that your home has been looking for in 2017!
1. Turn up the heat
In 2017, we are headed towards the colours of the spice market in rich tones of terracotta, golden yellow, bronze, and even crimson red. Key colours for 2017 include soothing spice shades such as muted saffron, natural pigments like ochre and desert-toned neutrals that are calming and meditative.
Grey will continue to be popular, but this time it would be warmer. We will see different tones of grey, acting as a backdrop to bolder hues, since it complements a full spectrum of shades, from bold red to mellow ivory. Specifically, Shadow and Taupe - both of which are neutral tones are on-trend to add understated warmth to a room.
2. Mediterranean vibes
Terracotta Tiles. Not those awful slabs of glazed tiles from the 1980s, instead 2017 will see sublime unglazed, natural terracotta tiles in contemporary shapes. They will have a natural matte finish and will be used as feature walls in bathrooms or for cladding fireplaces.
Opt for laying terracotta tiles in your open spaces like balconies and terraces instead of timber decking, or use terracotta planter pots to stay on-trend.
3. Mix and match marble
If terracotta tiles are simply not for you, then opt for marble in shades of white and light grey for counter-tops, flooring, table-tops and home accessories, such as serving platters and vases.
Marble will also take a darker turn away from the white and light grey veining to more charcoal tones.
While weathered and distressed effects that have been in favour will continue to trend, designers are beginning to explore ways in which rawness can be amalgamated with sleek precision to form pleasing unions. The combination of industrial marble with glamourous brass will continue to dominate in 2017 – think marble-top accent tables in brass finish.
Equal parts luxe and glam, marble tables are here to stay. Invest in a large statement piece, or layer and nest like these beautiful coffee tables.
This marble effect wall-paper is also very on-trend at the moment.
4. Cork and raw textures
Yes, you heard it right. Cork is making a comeback.
Love for natural materials continues, with cork being resurrected from the 1970s and making its way back into the limelight. 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.
Use it as a coffee-table base in combination with a stone or marble top, or as a solid cork stool or side table.
Texture is really important this year. Weaving texture into an interior to make it more inviting would be on the rise. We will see more and more texture in every form, from brushed brass tables to light fixtures to fabrics and wallpapers. A quick way to get with it - drape a nubby wool throw over a leather chair or mix fabrics used for decorative pillows.
5. Green with envy
Connection to the natural world will continue to trend. While we can expect the popularity of indoor plants to grow, it doesn’t have to be quite so literal. An abundance of lush foliage prints with untamed, entangled layouts will run wild in 2017, and an array of botanical greens will form the basis of several key styles.
Recently, Pantone released its 2017 colour of the year, Greenery. Greenery is bright, lush and perfect for homeowners who want to bring the outdoors indoors.
From olive, apple, lime green to emerald, it’s all on-trend and the hue works throughout the home – whether it’s as a wall colour or a room-filling rug.
It’s no secret that interior design takes cues from the runways, and this year, we’ve seen the likes of Marc Jacobs, Prada, and Emanuel Ungaro experiment with all things tropical. The print will continue to appear in wallpaper and designer fabrics.
The perfect way to pull off this trend is to apply it to your furniture. Have your sofa reupholstered in a dark green velvet or paint your sideboard or coffee table in a rich green. Team rich, dark greens with jewel tones. Keep the background of your interior neutral with off whites or light greys for balance.
If you’re not too keen on the idea of using green in large doses, add really fun emerald glasses to your regular white plates and suddenly you’ve got that up-to-the minute look. Or throw pillows boasting the trendy foliage patterns, on a plain sofa and see it come alive.
Terrariums – big and small – are also taking center-stage. With so many styles and variations to choose from, you can hang them, place them, paint them, and fill them to be in step with this year’s hottest green trend.
6. Jewel in the crown
With neutral tones taking stage in 2017, it’s important to add pops of colour to keep your space from looking dull. Designers and homeowners alike are favouring saturated jewel tones (such as emerald green and sapphire blue) in artwork, furniture and other home accessories, for an eye-catching effect.
As green hues and environmental sustainability make their way into decor trends, it only makes sense to add jewel tones to the inspired-by-nature theme. Think emerald greens, sapphire blues and amethyst purples tied together to delight all of your earthly senses.
Add bohemian jewel-toned cushions to a soft pastel or warm beige sofa for stunning effect.
7. Velvet aboveground
2017 is all about velvet, and velvet on velvet. Think of a blush pink sofa with raspberry velvet cushion. Velvet is casual or formal, always elegant, cozy in winter and cool in summer. Like fine wine, it gets better as it ages!
You know those jewel tones we mentioned being on the rise? Well, they just so happen to look awesome in velvet. Add colour and texture to a space with a velvet statement piece in jewel-toned finish. Think jewel velvet sofas in opulent tones of emerald green, ruby red and dark midnight blue. Designers are adding the lush fabric on sofas, throw pillows and even curtains for a sultry look. Decadent glamour never looked so good.
8. Rugs are the new art
Forget fancy artwork, statement rugs will make the same impact for half the effort. Rugs used in place of art are set to be a big trend this year. And the great news is, they come in a wide variety of textures, styles and sizes, so you can be as adventurous as you like with your design choices. Instead of being the forgotten afterthought, the rug will finally take centre-stage in the home.
What’s even bigger is the layered rug trend – double the rug, double the cozy! Layering rugs, whether on carpet or hardwood floors, is a smart and simple way to give room texture and take on another trend – pattern-mixing! The trick is in picking patterns that are complimentary but still different enough. The result can yield a bohemian-luxe look, or a cozy rustic or vintage vibe, all depending on how you arrange them.
This style is so unique, that if you want to patent a look that’s just you, this is what you should be doing in 2017!
9. Mixed metal madness
Another big trend is mixed metals – still mostly brass and gold, but with polished nickel and silver making a comeback.
Matchy-matchy looks are still a no-no, but don’t be afraid to mix golds with silvers, warm metals with cool ones, and throw in a few neutral metals like iron and oil-rubbed bronze. Or pair the tinge of blue/green on burnt copper, beaten metals and true patina. Just make sure to have one primary metal in a room and use other metals to balance the act.
This trend will dominate a lot of accessories in 2017. If you want to stay ahead of the curve, try using it on kitchen cabinets or splashbacks. But remember, metals are accent pieces, so a little goes a long way.
10. Modern geometric designs
Your goal should always be to create a home that feels curated, and an easy way to accomplish this is through pattern. Inventive and eclectic geometrics and patterns from across the world, with a modern twist will be on-trend this year. Think simple lines, geometric designs, and triangles.
Style tip is to look for large, outlined geo patterns in cushions, rugs, curtains, and bedding to complement a neutral theme.
These trends aren’t meant to be rules for you to follow, and more often than not, it is better to have your unique style than to keep up with the latest fads. But looking at upcoming trends and learning from what others are doing to make their living spaces look beautiful can sometimes inspire us, and definitely gives us just the push needed to tear our houses apart and start styling all over again, which is just so much fun!
Feeling inspired to incorporate some of these trends into your home? Check out our 2017 On-Trend Must Have Collection here.
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