THERE'S CHANGE IN THE AIR FOR THE NEW YEAR - 2017'S TRENDS ARE SUGGESTING A BRAVE NEW WORLD OF INTERIORS, FULL OF ZEST AND ZEAL.
THE STYLE: SCANDI - WITH A TWIST
The trend for clean, pared back living continues to grow but we Brits are adding our own ingredients in to the mix. I'm starting to see a lot of room schemes that use Scandi-style as a base with other elements thrown in, for example in this image below other cultural influences have been introduced in the form of wooden accessories and a patterned rug. Black and white anchors the theme but doesn't dominate.
Another way to give your Nordic theme a lift is to bring in small amounts of colour but keep it in context - no brights! Think pine forest green and berry shades, as shown in this image:
THE MATERIALS: RATTAN & BAMBOO
There's a discernible 70s vibe creeping in to 2017's interiors. Whilst velvet has been seeing somewhat of a renaissance in soft furnishings, other bohemian favourites like rattan and bamboo are coming to the fore as a popular choice for inside as well as out. The iconic Peacock chair is widely available in a plethora of designs, like the one below left, from Rockett St George
Bamboo, a long time favourite for bathroom accessories, is now making its way in to other areas of the home in the form of furniture and lighting. Habitat has a great selection of both, as shown below
THE COLOURS: SUNSET AND...TERRACOTTA
Green is the most obvious colour trend for 2017 and I've written about it a fair bit recently so I'm going to leave it out of this round-up.
We're seeing 2016's colours of the year, Serenity and Rose Quartz, really come in to their own right now. Along with peach tones and inky blues they're making a lovely palette which I think is best described as 'sunset'.
You can pick and mix your preferred hues: use all together or choose just one or two, they all work equally well with each other.
I like the mixture of pinks in the image below. Add a splash of navy blue and some gold, rather than copper, accessories and you're on to a winner!
I'm also going out on a bit of limb and predicting a comeback for the colour of the 1990s, terracotta. I noticed it popping up quite a bit as a background colour in a few of the SS17 press shows and it works very well as a foil for the bright cobalt blue accessories that are hot right now.
THE MOTIF: CACTI
Forget the pineapple, 2017 is going to be the year of the cactus. This prickly pattern is popping up on everything from cushions to carafes, coasters to coat stands. Personally, it's not for me but it's a fun way to add some greenery in to your home if houseplants aren't your thing.
If you've got pockets as big as the desert sky and a sense of humour to match, how about the 1972 Drocco Mello coat stand, reimagined by fashion designer Paul Smith. Yours for approximately £4600...
For those of us with more modest budgets, check out the high street or go online for a variety of accessories with a cactoid edge.
2017's interiors trends are encouraging us to be fearless in creating our sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. This year is about celebrating being individual - and anything goes!