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Interior Design Trends for 2017- Part 1

With 2017 now fully underway, we are starting to see more trends appear and those trends that were forecast for the year are starting to crop up in the design world. So, I thought I would take this opportunity to share with you all what’s hot right now and how to make your interiors on-trend for this year.

Plush Textiles

Velvet has been a trend emerging for the past few years and has spread to everything, from fashion to interior design. But, we are now seeing more natural/organic fabrics such as linen being introduced and ethereal fabrics being used for bedding or drapes. These fabrics are also being folded, pleated, gathered and manipulated in different ways to introduce added texture to upholstered furniture, soft furnishings and textile pieces.

Brass is the New Copper

Copper was a big hit last year, unavoidable wherever you looked it seemed. No more is the high shine, pink tinted metal. Instead, now, brass is making an appearance and what a welcome reception it has received. Whether or not it is because we are all fed up of seeing copper EVERYTHING, I don’t know. But I’m certainly pleased about the change. Swap out your copper accessories with brass or gold ones and why not even go bigger than that and include a larger piece. Brass showers or exposed pipes are a great way to incorporate this into a space. Team this with tapestry tilling (also very on-trend this year) for the perfect shower space.

Upholstered Headboards

Upholstered headboards are also becoming more popular this year. If you want to add a little bit of drama and an added ‘wow’ factor to your bedrooms, this is the way to go. From big to small and from square to spectacular, there is something for everyone with this new trend. Some are very high and others are extremely wide. But, whichever style you may opt for these headboards are sure to add texture, colour and charm to your space.

Barely There

This trend is definitely one of my favourites and a very clever one also. By choosing furniture pieces which are either clear acrylic or completely mirrored, you can create the illusion of more space. Transparent acrylic furniture and accessories can appear to be almost invisible and this allows you to take a piece which may be too bulky or unpleasing to the eye and swap it with something that is barely there. On the other hand, mirrored furniture will reflect the space around it (just as a normal mirror would) and this makes the room look larger and again the piece almost disappears into its surroundings.

Art Deco Makes a Comeback

Now for probably my favourite of them all. Art Deco is such a classic and recognised trend worldwide that the thought of putting a modern twist on it and injecting it into our homes really gets me excited. Expect loads of and lots of bling! Look out for bold geometric wall coverings and tiles (also big trends for this year) and amazing statement lighting. A brilliant way to try out this look is with small upholstered furniture. Try a velvet chair or ottoman in a blush pink or mint green to add in a small glimpse of Art Deco style in your interiors. Team these elements with gold/mirrored furniture and you’re onto an Art Deco winner!

Go Bold or Go Home

Now, this trend certainly won’t be for everyone. But, if you like to be adventurous or you’re feeling brave then this is a great trend to try out. Statement walls have definitely been an in and out trend for the past few years, but now they are back with a vengeance and bolder than ever. Think neon colours, geometrics, tropical prints and botanicals. Splash these across your walls and team them with simple, wooden furniture and you can achieve this look brilliantly. And if you don’t feel like going so big and bold, try wall hangings or art work to achieve this style without changing the whole look of your interior.

Jewel Tones

More colour inspiration for this year. We all know that Greenery was the colour of the year from Pantone and has been a massive hit so far. But, there are also lots of jewel toned colours appearing and looking to be popular for this year. From vibrant greens and teals to purples and ruby reds, there is certainly a beautiful array of colours to choose from. Combine these into upholstered furnishings or soft furnishings and accessories to explore this trend. Or even take it a step further and try a dark, moody colour on your walls and combine with others of this year’s trends to create the ultimate look for 2017!

I hope this blog has given you some inspiration for your interiors this year and has inspired you to incorporate these trends into your homes. Part 2 will be coming soon also so watch out for that one.

Until next time!

4 Ways To Style – Pantone’s Greenery

I have always been a lover of bright colours, but when Pantone’s new Colour of the Year ‘Greenery’ was released I was definitely sceptical. Although it’s a beautiful natural green shade, how could this be translated into an interior? The first thought that flashed into my mind was an image of green walls, green carpets, green everything. But after the colour hit the internet and everyone started talking about it, I saw how some people were using Greenery in interiors (among other things) and it started to grow on me.

I was quick to assume that the colour would be plastered everywhere across the following year but instead it is being used in very subtle and clever ways. So if you weren’t a fan of Greenery before, you will be soon.

We always want our front doors to be beautiful to give our homes a great first impression and I think using Greenery to decorate a front door is a great way to incorporate the colour into our homes. Not only this but it is beautifully harmonious with the natural surroundings, especially in the spring and summer months.

As greenery is such a natural colour it works great in areas that have lots of natural light flooding in. Try adding in green furniture such as dining chairs or side tables and team them with smaller accessories in the same colour such as vases or candle holders to tie the whole look together.

If you don’t feel like splashing out on a full set of green dining chairs, then soft furnishings are a great way to inject the colour into your home. A green rug on a hardwood floor or throw pillows on sofas and beds are simple ways to add in some colour, especially if you change your mind a lot!

If you still don’t think Greenery is for you why not try the simplest way to try out the colour- actual greenery! Potted plants and fresh flowers are great additions to any space, whether its keeping fresh green herbs in the kitchen or a tiny green cactus on your desk, it’s a great way to brighten up and bring life to any space.

I know for sure I’ll be trying Greenery out at home and I think you should too!

Until next time.