Design Trends for 2017
As much as some people try to resist change, design trends keep moving forward as fashions, living styles and housing changes with the times. Classics never go out style, some trends seem to be around for a millisecond before being confined to the bin never to be seen again.
With our lives becoming more and more influenced and controlled by digital technology and the shiny pixel driven world they create, 2017 might be the year when we will see a decline of the presence of omnipotent technology in our homes. Natural materials will be more important than ever as we spend most of our lives staring at white screens and the need to reconnect with nature and the outdoors becomes more sort after and needed in our daily lives.
Indoor plants will continue to make it back into many urban and country homes as a result of the need to reconnect with nature. Succulents, cacti, terrariums and the ever present large leafed pot plants will be the go-to for everyone from the young and hip to the mature and well healed.
Further on this theme, the love affair with indoor outdoor living and billfold doors shows no signs of slowing down as we look for ways to bring the outside in and use what little time we have at home to fully connect with fresh air and sunlight. If you haven’t yet jumped on the bandwagon but are looking for ways to open up your home, take a look at Brio’s range of top notch bifold doors and sliding door hardware to suit all interior styles and tastes.
Materials wise, 2017 should likely see the decline of harsh, austere finishes with a move towards more earthy and real materials like recycled timber and natural stone. As far as metallics go, super shiny bling is definitely out and the more subtle metals like burnished brass or satin finished copper the go-to options.
Colour wise, out with boring safe neutral colours and white on white walls and in with dark rich tones paired with pastels and interesting textures. Though white on white looks great in photoshoots, most people find living is much nicer when more contrast and texture abound.
Oh yes and the large framed inspirational quote and over sized clock is most definitely gone, along with flamingos, pineapples and “themed” rooms.