MY TOP TRENDS FOR 2017

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

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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!

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

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. 

Image: Habitat

Image: Habitat

 

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...

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

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.

Gold Cacti Carafe, £12.50 - Oliver Bonas

Gold Cacti Carafe, £12.50 - Oliver Bonas

Cactus vases, from £15.95 - Graham & Green

Cactus vases, from £15.95 - Graham & Green

Native Cactus print cushion by Nomadic Being, £30 - Notonthehighstreet

Native Cactus print cushion by Nomadic Being, £30 - Notonthehighstreet

Gold Cactus print, £5.49 - Desenio

Gold Cactus print, £5.49 - Desenio

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! 

CROWN PAINTS S/S17 COLOUR LAUNCH

NEXT SEASON IS SET TO BE A CELEBRATION OF COLOUR, LIFE AND HAPPINESS

WITH A TREND TO SUIT EVERY PERSONALITY

For the last year or so the Colour Experts at Crown Paints have been busily beavering away to determine the biggest trends for the forthcoming season and last week saw the result of all their hard work with the launch of their Colour Influences for Spring/Summer 2017.  

They are separated in to three categories: 'Free Spirit', 'Stillness' and 'Fusion'.  Let's go through them one by one, starting with Free Spirit. 

This is a playful and energetic palette which sits somewhere between kitsch and cool. Individuality is to be celebrated and the colours - deep corals, bubblegum pinks and uplifting turquoise - are perfect for offsetting quirky accessories.  Think gold pineapples, flamingoes, beach balls and cocktails with little umbrellas.  As Neville Knott, Colour Consultant Ireland explains:

"[Free Spirit is] a non-conforming, fun trend evoking an atmosphere of faded '80s Miami glam,"

Where's Don Johnson when you need him?

Courtesy of Crown Paints

Courtesy of Crown Paints

Courtesy of Crown Paints

Courtesy of Crown Paints

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In direct contrast to Free Spirit there is Stillness, a palette of sophisticated serenity. It has been precisely curated to invoke feelings of wellbeing and mindfulness as Kathryn Lloyd, Crown Colour Specialist, explains:

"An influence designed to anchor us in the present moment, Stillness is intended to induce a relaxed mood."

Inspired by ethereal landscapes this palette works well with nature - bring greenery inside, use pared back, simple furniture and style with rustic accessories.

Courtesy of Crown Paints

Courtesy of Crown Paints

Courtesy of Crown Paints

Courtesy of Crown Paints

 

 

Fusion is bold Bohemianism at its very best.  A riot of colour, this scheme is not for the faint-hearted but one you can really have some fun with.  Crown Colour Consultant Judy Smith says, 

"The inspiration for Fusion comes from marrying traditional ethnic design with bold colour, multi-layering for a contemporary look."

Walls are saturated in the rich vibrant hues reminiscent of India at Holi - strong teal, zesty chartreuse and hot pink are a winning combination for creating an exotic vibe.  I love it!

Courtesy of Crown Paints

Courtesy of Crown Paints

Courtesy of Crown Paints

Courtesy of Crown Paints

So there we have it.  I'm looking forward to Spring already and I'll definitely be finding something to paint with Fuschia Fizz! 

Which is your favourite?

Kx