A Sneak Peek at 2017's Hottest Interior Trends
Friday, December 02, 2016 • 6 comments
Interior design in the US has borrowed heavily from other cultures during the past few decades, as has design on the continents of both Europe and Asia. In fact, interior décor in many places now reflects a mix of both contemporary and global influences. In many ways, this is a good thing, as some traditional, homegrown US, Asian and European trends have also caught on in other parts of the world.
Color Conscious Style
The Pantone color of the year in 2015 was Marsala, named for a deep plum red wine produced in the area around the Sicilian city of the same name. In 2016, the company nominated a blend of two colors in baby blue and pink shades – Serenity and Rose Quartz, respectively. In 2013, emerald was the Pantone color of the year, and although some décor experts have suggested that dark green – including variations, such as Greenery or Kale – will be the new replacement for midnight blues and navy, stark alternatives such as orange, yellow and sand could still come to the fore.
Many design professionals are also looking towards 2017 and admitting the possibility that while shades of green may win through, pastels, such as Primrose Yellow and Pale Dogwood, as well as more earthy shades, such as Hazelnut, still seem to be in the public eye.
Undoubtedly, however, it’s likely that every characteristic of interior design will be affected by the result of Pantone’s 2017 color of the year. This includes, but is not limited to, outdoor and indoor furniture, flooring, accessories, textiles and decorative schemes.
It may well be that 2017 will become the year of malleable surfaces, such as wicker and clay, instead of colder, harder and more solid surfaces, such as marble. The advent of mixed metals heralds a new lease of life for brass, gold, polished nickel and silver. Black steel may also make an impressive comeback next year.
Terracotta may be a part of the new range of decorating materials for 2017; however, this is most likely to be reflected in elegant fireplace cladding and innovative interior feature walls. The trend is towards homes that are more open plan, with feature walls that can be a useful way to break up those larger open spaces and that have the capacity to absorb some sound.
Cork is another material that is definitely being resurrected and can be found underneath stone tops on coffee tables, in order to absorb impact and sound. It can also be found on stools and side tables. In terms of the increased number of people who are engaged in home working, more home office spaces are being created and cork-clad walls are becoming increasingly popular, providing notice boards for family as well as work projects.
Switching Ideas Around
Some type of swap is going on between textiles and timber in preparation for 2017. For instance, wooden bed frames are being switched for bed heads that are upholstered in plush fabrics, while dust-gathering drapes are being replaced by plainer, functional and much more stylish shutters. The atmosphere in a bedroom should be calming and maybe a little glamorous – adding extra fabric accessories can help to achieve this. The functional areas in a home, however, are increasingly being stripped back to make the most of the clean lines of door and window openings.
Structuring The Green Environment
In 2017, it may be that the olive tree will dominate in terms of greenery in the domestic household. It’s a hard one to call, as statement indoor plants change with the seasons. Some experts predict that the best plants that are known for their ability to improve air quality may very well come into their own. This is particularly the case as more people are becoming increasingly conscious of environmental issues. Among the plants that can improve air quality are the Chinese evergreen, which produces red berries as well as beautiful blooms, the brilliant Gerbera daisy, and Aloe Vera, a succulent. As all of these plants are known to cleanse the air of many toxins and air pollutants, they are also creating a cleaner, germ-free home atmosphere.
Taking care of the environment has become of enormous concern to the UK population as a whole, and during 2016 and looking toward 2017, the fact is that climate change pressures have helped design professionals to respond to the challenges they face. As a final note, when checking out the latest trends, always look out for information about whether the preferred materials are from sustainable sources.