5 Interior Design Trends for 2017

Hi, so it is that time of year when we start thinking of spring and feel like a freshen up at home. With that in mind I would like to share some inspiration and a few interior design trend predictions I have seen for 2017…..

 1. Pantone Colour of the year – Greenery

GREENERY  Pantone colour of the year 2017
Image: elledecor

Not surprising since this green represents refreshment and revitalisation – a nod to recent world political and social events? This also represents nature and the growing feeling that we live in a finite world and need to step up and protect the environment. 

Green has a calming effect and can create a relaxing and positive feeling.

Introducing this colour into your home is very easy you could start just by adding plants….

image: pinterest

Plants can also be a health benefit see my blog House Plants to improve your health

add a few cushions or throws…

Image: pinterest

invest slightly more and reupholster some vintage chairs for a modern country look …..

image: pinterest

repaint a door ……

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or a vintage chic floor….

Image: lascositasdebeacheau.blogspot.com

Which ever way you do it,  adding this fresh colour will lift your spirits and bring spring into your home.

2. Butterflies

These represent optimism and are a happy motif – think social butterfly, no longer designated to children`s bedrooms.

Adding a fun wallpaper……..

Image: Christian Lacroix

or some accessories….

Butterfly container by polspotten.nl
Butterfly Blur Cushion
Image: timerousbeasties.com

Fabric for furniture and blinds, also available as a wallpaper….

Chair covered in Butterfly Fabric from timerousbeasties.com

3. Grey Floors

This trend has been around for a little while it has unexpectedly exploded on pinterest who report pins are recently up by 20%. Grey is the new neutral.

Image: elledecor

Scandinavian inspired interiors are calm and easy to live with ………

Image: firedearth.com

Most wood companies offer an array of greys……

Woods are treated and washed to achieve the tone required Image: pinterest

Or you can easily paint existing floorboards….

Paint original pine boards with a chalk based emulsion and finish with a white hard wax. Image: Design Sponge

there are some very convincing alternatives to wood….. I think marazzi do it very well.

Grey wood look porcelain tiles Image: marazzi.com
Grey tumbled limestone tiles available soon from Jacober Interiors

4.  Textures

There is a large macrotrend towards comfort, we are looking for a place to rest from the chaos and 2-dimensional information constantly coming towards us.  Layering creates a feeling of softness and keeps the room interesting, and large surfaces can be softened and given depth using textural elements or images.

Velvet, cottons and wools

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pom poms….

Image: nordichouse.co.uk

Faux fur….. cushions, throws or a bean bag? We have one of these at home and our cat Amber loves it too.

Image: cox&cox

To create interesting, textured wall treatments you can use…

hand made tiles…..

Selene from Johnsons Tiles

Faux marble wall paper….

Marble look wall mural from muralswallpaper.com

or a textured woven wallpaper ….

Image: wallpaper-uk.com

The key with textured walls is not to overdo it, and add lighting to show the definition.

5. Artisan

The movement away from a mass produced look.  Where we start to be aware of protecting age old practices and appreciate the work and back story behind each piece.

The London Artisan and The Bristol Artisan showcase local talented makers and designers, hold talks and champion the cause.

The Whale Trinket Bowl by Rose Nisbet from The London Artisan
Airmail Swallows lampshade by Mountain & Molehill from The Bristol Artisan

I recently wrote about Lyngard,  a wonderful company in England who are keeping age-old pottery techniques alive and producing some amazing lighting. Click here to read

I hope you have been inspired and found a few new ideas to try.

Thanks for reading, Amanda x