In­te­rior trends 2017 – green­ery, dens, wine stores and op­u­lence

What will the best dressed homes be wear­ing this year? Sharon Dale re­ports on a year that looks set to be dom­i­nated by shades of green.

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WHEN PANTONE de­clared that Green­ery would be their muchan­tic­i­pated Colour of the Year 2017, there was a mixed re­ac­tion.

The Edi­tor-in-chief of in­te­ri­ors style bible Elle Dec­o­ra­tion mag­a­zine, Michelle Ogun­de­hin, im­me­di­ately tweeted that she was “So not feel­ing it” fol­lowed by the hash­tag “ker­mit­green”. Some agreed while oth­ers em­braced the vivid hue.

Whether it be­comes pop­u­lar re­mains to be seen but what is cer­tain is that shades of green, from rich emer­ald to sludgy olive, will dom­i­nate this year.

Much of the ap­peal lies in their close ties with na­ture, which is a theme that is gain­ing strength.

Mod­ern life is speed­ing up, tech­nol­ogy is tak­ing over and there are un­cer­tain eco­nomic times on the hori­zon, which means many of us long for an es­cape to the coun­try. Any­thing rem­i­nis­cent of fresh air, sum­mer days and long walks away from it all is wel­come.

It’s the rea­son why flo­ral de­signs will re­main fash­ion­able and the big­ger and bolder the bet­ter. Among the most beau­ti­ful flower-filled fab­rics and pa­pers are those from De­sign­ers Guild’s new Ma­jolica col­lec­tion.

House­plants and fresh flow­ers too are pre­dicted to flour­ish. Faux flora has now be­come main­stream and there are some great bud­get buys, in­clud­ing vases of ar­ti­fi­cial flow­ers from Sains­bury’s from about £5.

Real house­plants are harder to main­tain but well worth the ef­fort. They bring many health ben­e­fits, in­clud­ing re­mov­ing harm­ful VOCs and car­bon diox­ide and re­duc­ing stress. For in­spi­ra­tion read Igor Josi­fovic and Ju­dith de Graaff ’s book Ur­ban Jun­gle: Liv­ing and Styling with Plants, pub­lished by Cal­wey. The book show­cases five plant­filled homes owned by in­te­rior de­sign­ers and blog­gers. There are tips on ev­ery­thing from the best plants for bathrooms and how to make a ter­rar­ium to group­ing plants and car­ing for them.

The last big house­plant craze was in the 1970s, a decade that con­tin­ues to im­pact on de­sign.

The in­ter­est in retro and vin­tage home­ware will con­tinue this year fu­elled by nos­tal­gia and a quest for in­di­vid­u­al­ity.

The an­tiques mar­ket also looks set to thrive as buy­ers re­alise that spend­ing a lit­tle more on some­thing ex­tra spe­cial and col­lectable can be a great in­vest­ment. An­tiques doyenne Ju­dith Millers says that brown fur­ni­ture is mak­ing a come­back, which also means that there’s no need to up­cy­cle it with lash­ings of paint.

Mid-cen­tury style will be pushed to the fore thanks to

ON TREND: the cen­te­nary of the birth of Lu­ci­enne Day. In cel­e­bra­tion of the life and work of one of most in­flu­en­tial de­sign­ers of the post-war gen­er­a­tion, the Robin and Lu­ci­enne Day Foun­da­tion is or­gan­is­ing a na­tion­wide pro­gramme of ex­hi­bi­tions, events, awards and col­lab­o­ra­tions to run through­out 2017. For de­tails visit www.robi­nand lu­ci­enne­day­foun­da­tion.org

Op­u­lence: Our love af­fair with vel­vet will con­tinue. So­fas, throws, cur­tains and cush­ions in vel­vets and velours will add glam­our along with gold, which is the most fash­ion­able metal­lic. Emma Brind­ley, group in­te­rior de­signer for Redrow Homes, says: “We’ve moved away from the softer, more muted tones to a ra­di­ant, stronger gold that brings rich­ness to the home.” The Lux­u­ri­ous look works won­der­fully in bed­rooms. Jonathan War­ren, di­rec­tor of York­shire-based Time4Sleep, says: “We are ex­pect­ing to see a big shift to­wards up­hol­stered beds. Deep but­toned head­boards in sump­tu­ous fab­rics will be pop­u­lar this year.”

Bath­room Liv­ing: a com­bi­na­tion of bath­room and liv­ing space that of­fers a lux­u­ri­ous es­cape. Hugo Oliver’s in­te­rior de­signer, Nancy Straughan, says: “The bath­room liv­ing look can eas­ily be achieved by in­cor­po­rat­ing pieces of fur­ni­ture, such as a chaise longue or cush­ioned chair.” Chan­de­liers, drapes and sinks in­cor­po­rated into vin­tage cab­i­nets and draw­ers com­plete the scene.

Global: Ac­ces­sories such as cush­ions, wall hang­ings, pic­tures and cu­rios that sug­gest you are well trav­elled abound this year. My favourite so far is the Llama cush­ion, £45, by John Lewis, though we have to wait un­til

April be­fore it hits the shelves.

Zig zags: Chevron is the new stripe, ac­cord­ing to Kevin Royal, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor at ScS. “We are see­ing it in both so­fas and floor­ing. Cus­tomers are more likely to opt for the zig-zag pat­tern over straight lines.” He adds that he is see­ing a huge shift to­wards fab­ric so­fas and away from leather.

Dark un­der­foot: Darker shades of wood floor­ing, in­clud­ing par­quets, are steal­ing a march on pale Scandi-style boards. Ter­ra­cotta tiles will also en­joy a re­nais­sance.

Wine rooms and pave­ment glass and brick walls: Qual­i­tas, which works on some of the top re­fur­bish­ment and build projects in Lon­don, says that wine rooms are fast be­com­ing a must in the most fash­ion­able homes. For those short of space and funds, a wine fridge is an al­ter­na­tive that is gain­ing ground.

FASH­ION FO­CUS: Up­hol­stered beds, £699 from time4sleep.co.uk. This llama cush­ion, £45, is avail­able from John Lewis from April. Bold flo­rals are set to cheer us in 2017. This wallpaper is in De­sign­ers Guild’s spring col­lec­tion.

Valspar’s Green­ery paint in­spired by Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2017; gold con­sole ta­ble is £599 from Marks and Spencer; bath­room liv­ing is a key trend. Sinks by Hugo Oliver.

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