TOP TRENDS TO DEFINE 2017
You can get ahead of the curve and embrace these design trends now, writes Chelsea Clark
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.”