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TRENDS FOR 2017

By Belinda Wilson

BRIGHT GREEN

This is the cheery shade of green you'll see in home decor, fashion and commercial design in 2017. Named the 2017 Pantone Colour of the year "Greenery" is meant to represent refreshment and revitalization.

However you could always go with something a little more conservative like a emerald or a dark green sofa if the bright green is rather too scary. Or inject some green sparingly with the odd accessory or plant

PAINT SPLATTER IS AN UNEXPECTED WAY TO INCORPORATE PATTERN INTO YOUR HOME DECOR

Think Jackson Pollock the next time you’re picking out glassware or get one huge vase or coffee table centre piece to bring this trend home.

BUTTERFLY MOTIFS

Christian Lacroix’s has brought Butterflies to the fore front or interior design fashion with his Butterfly Parade Wallpaper. Expect to see this motif repeated in soft furnishings and accessories everywhere

MIXED PATTERNS

Also from the world of Fashion – mixed patterns are a very important trend for 2017. Use this idea to mix and match cushions, throws and bed linen.


COLOUR WISE

So as well as the ubiquitous green if you want to be right on trend for 2017 then the colourists tell us

Lee Eiseman unveiled palettes for 2017 from Pantone View Home + Interiors saying:.

We are all familiar with consumers’ constant desire to see something new, yet they still want, in many cases, to have somewhat of a familiar comfort level, We have to assess our customers’ aspirations by using credible forecasts as a guide to invigorated color design palettes that will inform and encourage new color directions.”

Well the afore mentioned bright green may take a little while for us to become accustomed to and if you are worried about over usage in a colour so vivid then use it as an accent colour with cushions, blinds, even bathroom mats – Ikea have made some deep pile grass like ones that will make you feel like your stepping onto centre court Wimbledon after every shower!

Otherwise as Eiseman says you will still find many paint and interior design companies giving their customers want they want in terms of “familiar comfort level” and therefore grey will still continues to be a fresh neutral plus there is a return to creams and caramels for those wanting something warmer.

MIXING OLD AND NEW

Designers are no longer interested in designing an entire space in one strict time period preferring to create a look that mixes elements from the past and future, such as modern furniture mixed with a few antique pieces

 

WARM METALS

As far as metals are concerned brushed steel has had its day  and shiny warm metals like bronze and gold are resurging has an important way to lend elegance to bathroom furnishing and cabinet handles and pulls.

MARBLE/ CERUSED WOOD

Marble is becoming a huge trend not just in bathrooms but also used in the kitchen for surfaces on top of work units. Another strong look for 2017 is the Scandinavvian trend where cupboards and tables use Cerused wood – this being a technique that brings out the unique grain of the wood.

JUNGLELOW

After the austerity of industrial chic the new word is jungle low coined by L.A.-based designer Justina Blakeney on her fun loving blog a combination of jungle and bungalow it is a trend to bring the Outside/In. See rainforest prints as wall hangings and curtains and large fronded ferns in whimsical wallpapers bursting with big cats crocodiles and monkeys in African colours. Teamed with rattan furniture and basket weave.

GEOMETRICS

Or for those who prefer their patterns more serious and less playroom Geometrics will be a huge trend with pattern clash, bright geometrics in sharp black outlines.