6 top interior trends for this year
We all need some sunshine in our lives right now and where better to start than with a revamp of your home interior? My house is cluttered with catastrophic impulse buys so for gawd’s sake don’t listen to me! Mind you, Sandra, owner of Sandra Jane at Home Interiors knows her Bergere from her Philippe Starck – she used to run the treasure trove of interior finds on King Street, Cambridge. Needing more space she moved to Harston – where she has a stunning show house which draws in customers from all over the county. Here are her big design trend tips for 2017.
- Colour and shade
When Pantone launched its colour of the year as ‘greenery’ they set the scene of spring with this zesty lemony shade. It’s not everyone’s bag but green is a versatile shade that lends itself to being paired with neutrals, brights, deeper shades, pastels and metallics. If the idea of the Amazon in your sitting room is bringing on a panic attack – breathe deeply into a paper bag, and channel the colour with a simple glass vase, some leafy prints or an oversized succulent.
Pastels are still here
Don’t worry your gorgeously earthy, make-up colours (apparently referred to as pastels this year) are not out of season so no need to start making a dash for the paint brush. They’ll be a shade darker – sand ochre, cinnamon, olive green, and powder pink are all names in the frame and are an easy way to add subtle colour to a minimalist Scandi-inspired look.
- Fabric and pattern
It’s so touchy feely this year – think plush velvets, raw linens, ethereal sheers and vintage kilims on the floor and walls (Perch & Parrow has lots, starting at £685).
Velvet is back
They’re bigging up velvet this season in both rich jewel colours as well as pastels and don’t they look fab against an on-trend dark wall. It’s both casual and formal and for those with young sticky fingers – don’t fret as these days the fabrics have been developed to wear well too – like me, it matures with age! If you’re up for some fun there are some great patterned velvets – Andrew Martin’s geometric print with a nod towards South American influences might be worth a look. It doesn’t stop at the furniture either – thick velvety carpets are what we should be spilling our wine over this year too.
Linen makes its return
If you’re constantly in search of calm in your life then the earthy sheer linens and cotton mixes work well in contemporary and minimalist interiors. On a practical note they allow light through whilst reducing the glare and providing privacy. If you’re someone that needs pitch black for your beauty sleep, roller blinds can be discreetly positioned behind a hidden pelmet.
Two brands worth checking out are Romo’s Damaris collection and I’m particularly in love with the dip-dyed effect of Casamance’s Breva – it looks fab hanging as a curtain.
Into the jungle
Jungle and inspired animal prints are set to replace tropical flamingos and the worn out pineapples. The key is to go BOLD – but if you’re nervous about going all out big guns pick a smaller item: a footstool, headboard or a small chair and give that the wow factor. If trends pass, or in time you decide to change your colour scheme, you won’t be found sobbing into your green tea (*boom boom*).
- It’s all about the material
Plants are going to be the must have this season – dress a corner with an oversized if your room can take it. It’s all au’ natural with a continued nod towards texture – buzzwords are seagrass, wood, ratten, cork and bamboo. Earthy metals such as brass and gold will be replacing copper and exposed brickwork and marble will still be hanging around. On the kitchen front 2017 is set to bring dark matte cabinet colours into trend – everything from deep navy and olive greens to black charcoal, and they go beautifully with brass.
In the immediate future technology will become increasing embedded into furniture – think speakers built into upholstery, bedside tables that will recharge your phone and you’ll probably be able to flush the loo from the front seat of your car! Last year technology played a big part in the way we lived with lighting systems like Philips Hue connecting us in new ways. 2017 will see a huge increase in wireless charging pads, apps that monitor temperatures in the home and kitchen appliances that you can control from your smartphone as the technology all becomes more affordable – grrrrr, I can’t even work the telly remote let alone this new stuff they’re suggesting.
- Room Design
If you can’t make up your mind what your particular style is, then this year’s more multifarious approach might suit. Interiors are favouring an organically grown over time feel mixing older furniture and accessories with newly acquired and statement pieces – think Downton Abbey meets Edina Monsoon.
- Return of the dining room
The dining room is back! Relax – we’re not talking incredibly formal, but defined rustic and casual living spaces are returning to modern homes, usurping the open plan look. Miss-matched rooms are key this season so pair a traditional dining table with some eclectic chairs – stick a print on the wall – job done!
So there you have it – some sort of theme to 2017: warm shades, rich colours, texture and opulent materials. If you’re feeling in need of some help or want to get touchy with some wallpapers or fabrics – pop in and see Sandra. I love nothing better than to have a nose at peoples interiors so if you’ve already taken the jump to the jungle side or are sinking into some plush velvet why not send me a pic on Instagram?
Sandra Jane at Home Interiors, The Old Coach House, 56 High Street, Harston, Cambridgeshire, CB22 7PZ, www.sjah.co.uk