TOP TRENDS TO DE­FINE 2017

You can get ahead of the curve and em­brace th­ese de­sign trends now, writes Chelsea Clark

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Just picked up a shiny cop­per pen­dant to go over the kitchen is­land? You might want to stop read­ing now. It seems the me­tal of the mo­ment may well have had its day with trend ex­perts pre­dict­ing a move to more sub­tle sheens such as bronze and brass in 2017.

Next year looks to be the time our in­te­ri­ors get more in touch with what’s be­yond our four walls with most ma­jor trends ref­er­enc­ing the great out­doors in some way.

From shades of green to earthy tex­tures such as ter­ra­cotta and a nod to tribal de­sign, in­te­ri­ors are get­ting back to na­ture in 2017.

But be­fore you max out the credit card em­brac­ing ev­ery trend on our list, stylist Jess Bellef says you should first re­flect on which ones best suit your life­style and home.

“While it is fun to play with trends in your home, the space you live in should also re­flect your life and unique ex­pe­ri­ences,” the head of styling at on­line re­tailer Tem­ple & Web­ster says.

“Find­ing a bal­ance of on-trend pieces eces with the sen­ti­men­tal keep­sakes and travel me­men­tos is key to avoid­ing look­ing like a trend tragic.

“Re­spond­ing to the bones and the age of your home is also a must.”

In her own 1970s beach house, for ex­am­ple, Jess says styling it with sleek, min­i­mal de­signs would be in­con­gru­ous with the mood of the house and it would feel forced.

“The aim is for it to all look ef­fort­less, just like that fash­ion­ista snapped on the street at fash­ion week,” Jess says.

If you’re look­ing for in­spi­ra­tion, she says so­cial me­dia is a great way to see what might be just around the cor­ner.

“Fol­low­ing your favourite brands, de­sign­ers, blogs and mag­a­zines on In­sta­gram and Pin­ter­est is a great way to keep up with what’s hap­pen­ing in real time,” she says.

“Those who work in the in­te­ri­ors in­dus­try recog­nise the power of th­ese apps and use them to doc­u­ment all that they see and love, as well as us­ing the plat­forms for re­search and sourc­ing. It’s a dy­namic, shar­ing com­mu­nity and it’s where the trends are be­ing picked up and per­pet­u­ated.”

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