We’re a quarter of the way through 2017; time is just getting faster and faster. With such a rapid progression in time, fashion and trends tend to get faster too. It’s hard to keep up with the latest trends, and even if you’re not a trend “follower”, it’s always nice to know what’s hot and what’s not. Out with the rose gold, in with the greige (that’s grey and beige). You don’t have to re-design your home every time you hear about a new trend, but if you’re officially *over* the pastel and gold trend, you can thank your lucky stars. Here are a few tips and tricks to achieving the latest interior trends, without looking like you’re a trend victim.
Get Your Green On
One of the biggest names in design and trends, Pantone, came out with the Colour of the Year, which is Greenery. A luscious, zesty colour, this shade of green is going to be flooding the catwalk and furniture stores, so keep your eye out. If your home doesn’t exactly match the aesthetic that Pantone is offering, you can incorporate the shade into your home by introducing plants. Pot plants are a great way to breathe life into your home and be on trend all at once. You could even take it to the next level and just keep your backyard looking extra green and luscious. A major advantage of having Greenery as the colour of the year is that you can keep the trend going throughout your home and garden without even trying! Keeping a green garden is not only a great way to keep the trendiest colour present in your home, but it’s also a fantastic way to provide fresh air and a clean ecosystem into your home. If your place is too small for large amounts of plant life, or you don’t have any greenery near you, you can invest in some potted plants or artificial grass. They’re the low-maintenance way to keep the freshness in your home, and it won’t break the bank!
Say goodbye to soft and floaty colours, they’re so 2016. For 2017, prepare to be surrounded with rich burgundies and plums, emerald greens and navy blues. These colours can be easily interpreted via cushions, throws and rugs, so you don’t have to redesign your whole home to be on trend. Bold and brave, these colours are an exciting turn from the pastels we encountered in 2016. Prepare to see rich blues, greens and purples engulf your eyeballs this year. To create this trend at home, you can place a statement chair or pouf in your living room, chuck a couple of jewel-toned cushions on your couch or even just switch up your crockery for some jewel toned plated & bowels. The possibilities are honestly endless.
Last year was the year of metal and marble. Brassy colours combined with soft marble was all the rage, however, in 2017, softer textures are taking over. Interior designer, Crystal Amesbury, believes that taking trends as a suggestion rather than biblical is the key to design, “The best way to apply a trend to your personal space is to treat it as a suggestion and not as a hard and fast rule, this way you get to breathe new life into your interior without being contrived.” she says. As far as trends go, Crystal knows what will be big this year, and that’s natural finishes, “Furniture and decor will see a focus on natural materials reinvigorated via new applications as seen in the rising popularity of rattan, hessian, veneer, and jute as decorative elements on joinery paired with elegant interpretations of tertiary colours”. You can get inspiration from Crystal by following her Instagram.
Butterflies are arguably the most beautiful creepy crawly on this planet, so why not have thousands of them in your home? Butterflies are easy to incorporate into your decor, whether you place a taxidermied butterfly in jars or frames, or you use a butterfly wallpaper, just like Christian Lacroix does. Although this trend is not for everyone, get ready to see butterflies everywhere. In order to achieve this look at home, you can honestly start anywhere. Butterflies aren’t just for kids anymore, so you can start subtly (or not-so-subtly) adding butterflies to your home; lamps, wall decor, art and taxidermy are some of the basic and temporary ways to transform your home into a conservatory. If you’re really into butterflies, however, you can go one step further and collect butterfly furniture and rugs. This trend is a beautiful one, so keep your eyes peeled for Monarchs and Jezebels!
As we head further into 2017, we will see a lot less smooth finishes. Melissa Louis from Imperio Design believes that layering texture upon texture will be the biggest thing for interior design, “I believe 2017 will follow more dark, bold, and emotive colours. Such colours will be represented by an array of textures, layered upon textures. Carrara Marble will slowly dissolve and be replaced with faux finishes, accent colours will be more so metallic finishes and again various textures. Overall, 2017 will be the year of new textures, layering and bold statement colours that we have never seen before.” She says. You can find more of Melissa’s fantastic tips on Imperio Design’s Facebook.
Interior design has such amazing trends to follow, and no matter what aesthetic you’re into, there will always be something perfect to suit you. It’s easy to get sidetracked with the latest trends, but it’s easy to subtly add the latest trends into your home without falling into the trap of looking like a trend “follower”.