Photo: Graham & Green
What’s in store in the world of interiors this year? From colour-clashing prints to vintage lighting, here are the upcoming trends that will help you add a hot-off-the-press twist to your home.
1. Artisan Ceramics
Hand thrown ceramics are ideal for channelling that one-of-a-kind vibe set to characterise 2017. Texture is all-important, evident in the array of beautifully imperfect tableware on offer, from the organic shapes of Astier de Villatte’s (www.astierdevillatte.com) glazed terracotta plates, cups and bowls, to the pleasingly tactile range of ceramics from reclaimed tile specialist Bert & May (bertandmay.com). Look out too for the newly launched collection of colourful porcelain bowls at Summerill & Bishop (www.summerillandbishop.com).
2. Good Wood
Photo: Future and Found
Rustic looks prevail this year, albeit with a fresh twist. Handmade wooden pieces, from coppiced tables to oak benches, remain modern classics, but try introducing wood in novel ways too. “Simple materials and muted colours found in nature will always remain strong within interior design,” says Andrea Bates of Future & Found (www.futureandfound.com). “Plywood is currently trending. It has the benefit of being stronger, better at holding screws and more pleasing to look at in its raw state. Birch is a high-quality ply and has a lovely, light colour making it one of my favourites.”
3. Global Fusion
Photo: Stark Carpet
This year, it’s all about big, bold pattern inspired by the ethnic prints of India, Africa and the East, creating a glorious hybrid best described as ‘global fusion’. Think confident colour clashes, from impactful Ikat lampshades in primary colours to geometric, patch and over-dyed rugs such as those produced by Stark (www.starkcarpet.com).
4. Go Green
Vivid and forest greens are headlining this year as the paint finish of choice, cemented by Greenery, Pantone’s zesty yellow-green colour of 2017, said to evoke a sense of much-needed new beginnings. Pair it with darker greens, fresh yellows and whites for a contemporary nature-inspired scheme.
Silk and linen wallpapers remain a timeless way to add classic appeal to an interior, but texture is making a comeback by way of generously upholstered furniture too. In bedrooms, the wooden sleigh bed trend of recent years is being replaced by upholstered headboards. “There’s definitely a shift towards beds with detailing,” says And So To Bed’s (www.andsotobed.co.uk) Lucy Helmore. “Oversized, deep buttoned velvet options are a popular choice right now. Metal-framed bedsteads in brushed brass or nickel are also headlining.”
6. Vintage & Handmade Lighting
Fluid, organic shapes in luxe but elemental materials like copper and burnished brass are all the rage. So too is reclaimed and retro-style lighting. “Colour blocking in bright primary shades and glossy finishes with a nod to the 1980s is enjoying a moment too,” says Pooky’s (www.pooky.com) Sophie Amini. “Painted metals are another popular trend.” Unusual textures are also at the forefront, from Vita Copenhagen’s (www.vitacopenhagen.com) smart and ergonomic silicone pendants, which can even be popped in the dishwasher, to the striking marble-effect paper lampshades by Graham & Green (www.grahamandgreen.co.uk).
Article written by Emma J Page