As much as you hate to admit this, there are only a couple of weeks left of 2016. Every year when December meets its end, professionals from the fashion and interior design world start talking about their expectations and predictions for the upcoming year. So even before the clock hits midnight at the end of December, we already know what to wear and how to dress up our homes.
This year, the interior designers were more creative than ever, and we’ll see many innovative and surprising interior trends. So, if you still haven’t started remodeling your home yet and want to be ahead of your time, here are some phenomenal trends forecasted for 2017.
Warm materials, such as terracotta tiles, will replace currently popular cool and white ones. Unlike in the eighties, they aren’t used as border tiles. Instead, they’ll have a natural matte finish and be used as feature walls in bathrooms or for cladding fireplaces. Avoid terracotta tiles that are too rustic and keep with a matte finish. This trend could add character and warmth to interiors again.
The cork comeback
Remember this year when chalkboard walls were all the rage? Well, next year it’s all about walls covered with cork. It might sound a bit silly at first, but when you think about it, cork is perfect for accent walls where you can pin photos and artwork directly to the wall. It’s also perfect for home offices for pinning notes and papers. Not only that, but this organic-looking material will be used in coffee table bases in combination with stone tops. You’ll also see a lot of solid cork side tables and stools as well.
The modern vintage
The popularity of vintage interior design is everything but a surprise. Still, there are some novelties to this trend. The blast from the past will mostly come from the fifties and sixties. You’ll be seeing a lot of historic furniture pieces produced in modern terms. Modern technologies made it easier to design the beautiful and popular curves typical for furniture from those decades. Mass produced and affordable prices are expected as a consequence. Even bedding sets are making a vintage comeback. You can get them in any bedding shop or if you know where to buy duvet covers online, check out for the vintage ones.
Another thing the time-traveling machine will bring into 2017 is the old-fashioned lighting solutions. From the 1930-inspired brass lamps to Victorian-era chandeliers, everything will be designed to fit into a modern living space. Even some of the older light bulbs will have their comeback, only in a more energy-efficient version. The nostalgic light bulb can be a decorative element on its own, but when combined with glass retro pendant lights it can really make a statement, especially above the kitchen island.
With so many young people moving from one place to another and renting apartments that are usually very small, there’s a huge demand for functional and stylish furniture pieces. In the following year, we’ll finally see those demands. Modular furniture will offer far more than convenience and high-functionality. It’ll encourage playfulness and creativity in assembling and arranging. Pieces like metal frames that can be assembled into a home office or entryway storage will work. Also sofas that can be disassembled and assembled into more sitting areas and sleep beds will surely make living in a tiny home more bearable.
Dark shades of green will become the new must-have dark interior colour as we say goodbye to navy and midnight blues. Dark green as a paint colour for a room such as a bedroom creates a wintery backdrop for tan leathers, reindeer furs, brass lamps and natural linen. Used in a feature armchair or cushions and decor items as an accent, it adds depth and can bring in the colours from the outdoors.
Beds will change dramatically in 2017, with upholstered bedheads set to replace the timber bed frames currently dominating the market. They’ve been a staple in luxury hotel bedrooms and celebrity homes for a while, but now everyone is falling head over heels for the bedhead trend. Whether you opt for the classic model in a neutral colour with buttons, or a plush one in velvet, a bedhead is an easy way to update and add instant glamour to a bedroom.
With an ever-increasing amount of time spent in front of a computer or smartphone screen during the day, there’ll be a greater desire to create spaces in our lives devoid of digital distraction. This may not mean listing the 65-inch flat screen on Gumtree. But we’ll seek to create havens of calm and tranquility. Whether it’s a bedroom or a nook we can escape to, even if it’s to lazily scroll our Instagram feeds in peace.