2016 is quickly coming to an end. This means a new year of interior design inspiration is almost upon us. We decided to gather 19 interior design experts from around the world and ask: What will be the top three luxury interior design trends in 2017? The insights we received are fantastic. We have listed them all below.
There is more and more of a move towards natural materials and deeper richer shades. The colour of the year is a going to be a lush forest green which you will see on walls and on velvet upholstered furniture. Team that with pure minerals like marbles, onyx, sparkling granites and slates used on floors and surfaces. To finish off the look, accessories are going to be bespoke and unique treasures found in the far flung corners of the world like hand-carved masks, woven fabrics and beaten metals.
Having attended the inaugural Luxury Made show last month, these are the top three trends I picked up.
Products that tell stories: Buyers are becoming more demanding and eclectic. Handcrafted pieces, whether furniture or decorative items no longer just serve a purpose in the whole scheme, they also need to tell a story, from the inspiration behind the finished products to how the materials were sourced.
The surprise factor in storage: A number of handmade storage furniture now come with secret compartments as a 'standard'. A great way to keep valuables out of sight. We've seen this with upcoming brands Tree Couture and Thomas Whittingham.
Lastly, African inspiration! Watch out for Cole & Son's collaboration with African based Halsted Designs; the new wallpaper collection is out in January and will include Hermes-like motifs of animals in the savannah with orange taking centre stage in their colour ways. In the UK, textile designers like Emma J Shipley and Eva Sonaike already work this trend like no other!
1) Succulents have been huge (and sometimes teeny tiny) in luxury homes in 2016, but 2017 will be the year of the air plant. The aesthetic benefit of these soil-free organisms is that they can be placed in whichever fabulous new pot takes your fancy, without the hassle of re-potting.
2) Neon is going to go next-level in 2017, with new technologies (such as those employed by new-kid-on-the-block neon brand Bag&Bones) making the signs cheaper and easier to install. Look out for bespoke artworks, phrases and a menagerie of lit-from-within mammals in the UK’s coolest homes.
3) Rose-tinted hues were big news this year (and not just because The Pink House launched in February…), and the move away from the gender divide of blue for boys and pink for girls is set to continue. Real men will have pink houses (even Prince Harry’s been at it with Farrow & Ball), as the formerly sugar-sweet shade takes on an edgier vibe (see New York’s hottest new restaurant, the all-pink Pietro Nolita, and its slogan #pinkasfuck).
*colour on the walls - I don't think white walls ever really “go out of style” but I do see more and more people choosing distinct colours for a room. I love this comeback, it's a great way to make a statement out of any room!
*earthy tones - For the first time in a long time, we're embracing earthy tones like terracota and plum. I love them combined with blush tones, gold and black for the ultimate sophisticated vibe.
*special marbles/onyx - Lighter marble, especially Carrara, has been reigning for the past years but now it's time for alternative natural stones: darker marble, travertine and Onyx for example.
In 2017 we will continue to seek serenity and balance from our homes to offset the overwhelming digital lives we all can't afford to survive without. One of the top trends will be the use of raw and rustic materials and textures to bring nature in, cork being one of them and we will see it in many creative ways from covering walls to decor accessories.
Blush pink will continue strong with peach and coral tones gaining strength. Think pretty pastels, which can be combined with light or deep shades. For deep lux interiors, try pairing them with indigo blue or emerald green. For a serene look, use neutral grey or white.
Finally, brass and gold will continue strong and this time won't be sharing the spotlight with other metallics, taking centre stage in what looks like it'll be a very exciting year in interiors!
2017 will see a revival in bold statement light fixtures, moving towards new age art deco/ mid-century modern inspired geometric, atomic and sunburst chandeliers and sconces.
Opulent use of organic materials like natural wood, stone, leather layered with floaty, feminine silks, plush velvets, faux fur, organic linens with metallic gold decorative accents to create visual eye candy and also tactile pleasure.
Art inspired wallpaper will also gain momentum in 2017. Watercolours, paintings and murals reproduced as wallpaper to create bold and vibrant features which will no doubt create the perfect balance between old world sophistication and young design.
I'm going to make a prediction that we'll probably see a lot more eco friendly interior products on the market in 2017 because that seems to be the direction everything is going. Whether it be the rise in upcycled second hand furniture or products created from innovative recycled materials, the world has got to do more to address issues to help the environment!
- Going back to a more personalized, individual, warm and ‘worn’ interior, using deeper and warmer colors together with rich and soft materials as wools, velvets and silks.
- The interior will be filled with personal treasures combined with unique handmade items and objects from all over the world (from Scottish tweeds to African woven baskets), no need to be perfect.
- Focus on craftsmanship will continue and continues to define luxury
The top three trends in 2017 will be strong dark colours – a continuation of what is happening now in the world of interiors. Colour is back in fashion, particularly warm dark hues and this will continue into 2017. Add to this luxurious fabric – velvet and textured velvet will also be very in fashion next year. Finally, I think the current trend for botanical prints will evolve to include more of nature; animals, flora and fauna – think wacky wallpaper with bold jungle prints and similar!
In 2017, I think there’ll be a trend to move into designing your home in upbeat colours as I think people are becoming more colour conscious and increasingly aware of how this can affect the mood of the house.
I also think there will be a pressing drive from consumers for sustainable, eco-friendly interiors.
Also, I feel there will be a heightened drive for supporting smaller independent designers as encouragingly, everyone is looking for the bespoke story behind the product.
Just invested in that copper lamp? You may not want to read this! This may please some people and not others, as social media and information-overload via the internet speeds up ever-changing fashion and trends faster than ever before. It seems that by the time you've decided to commit to 'that living room wall colour' or 'that lamp' it's old news. Perhaps by predicting the 2017 trends early enough, we can make good investments now. Saying that, I will also stress that whilst it's fun and inspiring to think about what's happening next; for those of you who love your homes the way they are, or are still convinced by what is apparently yesterday's wall colour, I say, 'if you love it, then that's all that matters'.
Right, now you can read on...
NATURAL WOOD - the Scandi style will continue to be popular in light-filled clear spaces. The earthy tones of natural wood look stunning on those well-designed statement pieces of furniture. Other natural textures also likely to make an appearance in some form are fur, wool, paper, hides and cork (think of having an entire wall in your office as a cork board rather than 1970s cork tiles!
TERRACOTTA - not so much the heavy rustic type, but a more modern matte-finish terracotta tile could any be popular as a feature wall, fireplace or flooring to add some earthy warmth to a crisp modern room.
DARK GREEN - bit of a curve-ball this one. With the popularity of navy and dark blue, dark green will see a resurgence as an alternative. Think a wintery Nordic backdrop in a crisp, modern room achieved a dark green velvet sofa, dark green walls, or perhaps simply the use of green pot-plants. Alternatively, and for the older character room, see the 'future past' collection by Dulux of moody period colours, and Incyra Blue from Farrow & Ball which is a stunning dark 'green-blue'.
Whilst we're on the subject of colours, some hues making a comeback next year will be grey (yes, still! But better mixed with some of the following...) beige, off-white, yellow, walnut, light pink and brown.
COPPER - yup, copper is beautiful, but with cheap imitations flooding the market, it seems that copper isn't so cool any more. Black steel and burnt metals will be the next thing... Goodbye copper lamps!
METRO TILES - they're everywhere now - bars, restaurants, Homebase showrooms. They have therefore become the standard instead of the alternative.
NAVY BLUE - due to over-saturation, I'm going to be terribly controversial here and say that Navy will in 2017 have had its day (yes, sorry Dulux, I disagree that 'Denim Drift' will be 2017s colour)!
First thing is the more I think of it, the more I feel that luxury will involve what I see as a cultural capital and artistic interest. There will be less focus on luxury as something which demands financial capital. Everybody can bring luxury into their life if they go treasure hunting and following their heart.
In that context I get to number two which I think will be that this much feigned “personal style” will fade a little. We have seen too much so called personal the last years, because I don´t believe those who claim their personal style when I have already seen all the same in several other blogs or pictures. So be bold and do your thing!
Last but not least I have to talk colour. Don’t need to be very smart to say that it will be even more dark hues, but I think (and hope) it won’t limit to just one wall or one room. There will be more of “all the way” with ceilings, walls and floors in the same dark hue (and you won’t regret). I think white will be the least luxury colour of them all.
1. BRITISH BESPOKE: Where once there was just Terence Conran creating beautiful individual pieces of British made furniture, there is now a sizeable community of top British luxury furniture makers who are reinventing traditional furniture designs using the best possible natural materials. These antiques of the future will create a very considered and luxurious design statement in the home. Look out for Pinch, Sebastian Cox, Tom Raffield and artists under The New Craftsmen umbrella.
2. DRINKS TROLLEYS: This is a lifestyle direction from the U.S. which is becoming central when designing the interior of a living or dining room. No longer are drinks bottles relegated to the back of a kitchen cupboard in the UK but are now being made the glamorous centrepiece of interior design. Look out for bespoke drinks cabinets by designers such as Russell Pinch and smart high street versions from both John Lewis and Anthropologie. Upmarket drinks trolleys and butlers trays are all being used to celebrate and perhaps even to show off that you are partial to a bit of a party!
3. 70s STYLE: Fashion drove this trend this Spring Summer 2016, but as with all interiors trends, they last longer than fashion. SS17 will see much more influence from the 70s both in luxury design and on the high street. Floral patterns some such as Sanderson's Morris (with reinvented colourways) collection of fabrics and wallpapers and Liberty ditsy prints will pervade. Yellow and Orange accents, velvet lampshades such as those made by Porta Romana (there are going to be so many delicious velvet platform sandals too!). Textured wallpapers in dark greys/browns/ochres will feature strongly. Lampshades and lampbases, will take on the much larger dimensions of the 70s (India Jane's coloured Altea lampbases for example).
I’ve seen a growing appreciation of beautifully handcrafted pieces - pieces that are made to last, where you have a sense of the maker and the work that has gone into something, and this is true of everyday objects like ceramics and textiles. It’s less of a trend than an appreciation of craftsmanship and the value of handmade pieces, and this is something that’s just going to grow and grow.
I’ve also noticed more and more large scale murals being used on feature walls. I love seeing a pared-back interior combined with a really painterly mural. I think this will develop as more people consider murals where they might previously have chosen wallpaper - where walls really become artworks.
Metallic finishes have been strong for seasons now, and I think we’ll continue to see brass and copper finishes used to create a very elegant aesthetic, particularly when combined with jewel-toned colour palettes, but I’m also excited to see more pieces in marble. There’s some beautiful marble lighting around and I think we’ll be seeing more of this material used in a very contemporary and minimal way.
1. Jewel Tones – In particular emerald green and ruby red. Both of these colours work perfectly with navy blue and nothing says luxury like navy. Emerald and ruby in velvet make for perfect cushions, particularly 60 x 60cm as a statement on a sofa or chair. Walls painted in these luxe colours instantly transform a room taking it to the next level of sophistication. Wallpaper in jewel tones will add an overall feel of sheer opulence to any room, but I love to see this mainly in a bedroom & dining room.
2. Retreat Rooms – A room specifically for meditation, reading or a place you can go to completely unwind. These rooms will be an added luxury when you come home from a hard day’s work and don’t want the constant chatter from the television. They don’t need to be a particularly large room but they do need to be purpose specific. These rooms should be decorated in tranquil colours either light or dark, depending on the room's purpose and definitely not a room to dry the washing in!
3. Custom Upholstery – With so much of our lives being disposable nowadays, it’s a luxury to be able to revamp a family heirloom or an older piece of furniture that you’ve acquired. Custom detailed upholstery won’t date and adds a much welcomed design detail to any room. A bedhead, ottoman or dining chair with button detailing always adds to a room's luxury look & feel. I don’t think a bedroom is dressed without a bedhead as it helps to balance out the vast expanse of the bed.
2017 will see continued popularity of individual hand made items. People are starting to appreciate skill, craft and quality within a design. Buyers want to know where it has come from, how it has been made and the story behind the item, something that will only increase in demand.
We have seen the rise of prints and patterns this year, people are starting to experiment with layering and are not afraid to express themselves at home. I think we will see much more detail as we move into the new year, more complex patterns and much more layering. After quite a colourful season, muted tones appear to be returning, softening bold prints.
As we slowly move away from the Scandinavian style, influences from Moroccan and Indian cultures can be seen creeping in. Wherever the 2017 trends go, we know that it is going to be an exciting year for design.
2016 was the year of the subway tile, copper everything, grey paint and geometric patterns, and whilst some of those trends will drift into 2017, we’re seeing textured materials and colours set to rival what we’ve been most commonly seen in the interiors world this year. Here are a few key trends to look out for in the coming year.
Marble Marquetry - This technique involves taking the thinnest layers of marble and stone (similar to timber veneers) and inlaying them to create detailed patterns. It works nicely with Scandinavian decor or for adding a retro touch to a space.
Ceramics - People are becoming more particular about their dinnerware and tablescapes, so opting for more luxurious crockery to serve upon. We’ll see ceramics take center stage in 2017, with beautiful matt finished textures and earthy tones.
Dark green - Dark green will push aside Inky blues and deep greys and act as a rich backdrop to brass features, tan leathers and warm textures.
With London Design week now over and the excitement of it all having now calmed down, it’s time to reflect on a few of the likely up and coming interior design trends of 2017.
Dark Green is already on the up and I think will continue to rise in 2017 along with other rich jewel tones. These colours are bold statements creating cosy environments and a fresh alternative to the white on white we’ve been living through the past few years.
Handmade Textiles are definitely on the up, people are really appreciating the Artisans work with the variations that naturally occur over machine made fabrics. Look out for beautiful textiles from GB as well fabrics from S. America, India and Africa becoming dominant in the market.
Burnished Metals - I’m afraid to say that Copper is on its way out. Look out instead for black steel and antiqued brass.