If you’re renovating or building, look out for the following trends for 2017.
Warm materials such as terracotta tiles will replace currently popular cool and white tones.
“Unlike in the 80s, they aren’t used as border tiles. Instead they will have a natural matte finish and be used as feature walls in bathrooms or for cladding fireplaces,” says Lauren Macer of Sisalla Interior Design.
Not only is cork a stylish material idea that adds warmth and texture to spaces, it’s also ideal for absorbing noise in our increasingly large homes.
“It could be used to clad entire walls in the home office and used to pin notes to,” Macer says.
Beds will change dramatically in 2017, with upholstered bed heads set to replace the timber bed frames currently dominating the market.
“Whether you opt for the classic model in neutral color with buttons, or a plush one in velvet, a bedhead is an easy way to update and add instant glamour to a bedroom.”
Homes with nooks and places to relax will become more popular as humans react to our increasingly technological lives.
“With an ever-increasing amount of time spent in front of a computer or smartphone screen during the day…there will be a greater desire to create spaces in our lives devoid of digital distraction,” says the team at Nathan + Jac.
Pastel shades of pink and blue will soon be overtaken by jewel tones inspired by metals, space, stars, clouds and the cosmos.
“Metallics, metals, raw-cut quartz, Lucite and opal will add a dash of sparkle and interest,” says the Nathan + Jac team.
“The oversaturation of cheap and shiny imitation copper just ends up looking like you’ve tried too hard, and by doing so, you’ve already missed the boat.”
Our experts almost unanimously agree that copper and rose gold are out. In its place, a more industrial aesthetic is anticipated.
OPEN PLAN LIVING
Defined living spaces are returning to modern homes as consumers seek more private home layouts.
“As people have now lived with the open plan living areas incorporating kitchen, living, dining and even study areas, they have found problems with acoustics and cooking smells through the space,” Macer says.