With the new year approaching and the rise of new and unique trends throughout 2016, we were keen to speak with a range of different experts and gain their perspectives regarding what we should expect from the interior design world in the coming 2017.
We spoke with our favourite interior bloggers, designers and those who work in sister industries to try and voice as many different opinions as possible, including those from our previous lighting roundup, new faces to Industville and some designers who we've spoke to one-on-one as part off our interior design interviews series.
Simply choose a desired expert below to read their opinions on the future of interior design...
Jenny founded KLC in the early 1980s to meet the need she perceived for practical and technically based courses on interior design, which she had sought to help develop her own career and build on her early experience of interior, fashion and textile design.
"There is something immensely satisfying about the idea of including more individually crafted furniture, accessories and details in interiors and creating things to last. With the concept of bespoke firmly established, customising standard designs or designing one off pieces to a client’s brief is resulting in unique pieces that can be handed on from generation to generation.
This of course fits nicely with the drive for sustainability while helping to ensure that specialist skills do not die out. High on my wish list are some of the exquisitely embroidered and embellished upholstered items that have been featured in design shows recently."
Victoria is an interiors writer, editor and stylist with a passion for craft and DIY, vintage finds and country living.
"The trend I'm looking forward to seeing in 2017 is houseplants. Last year saw a big rise in popularity of the humble houseplant and it's a trend that I hope is here to stay. Not only do they look beautiful but they can also improve the quality of the air in your home, increase your happiness levels and help to bring you back in touch with the great outdoors.
I love trailing plants and scented indoor bulbs, but air plants or succulents are a good option for those that don;' have a good track record of keeping plants alive!"
David & Mark are an award-winning London based duo blogging about interior, trends, design & industry news.
"Two trends which we think we'll see more of in 2017 is cork and terrazzo. Both starting to make an introduction, cork will be a wonderful organic feeling alternative to marble and terrazzo a more natural feel to bolder, geometric prints which have been popular lately."
"1. Watercolours - I recently spent a month in the US and noticed SO many things from hand cream tubes to book covers to teatowels in beautifully painted watercolour patterns. I love the undone, messy look of the watercolours, the colours all blending together and forming a romantic and feminine look. Keep an eye out for these making their way onto bed linen and scatter cushions too.
2. Crystals - have a magical impact on your home, scatter them all over your home from the bathroom sink to your bedside, they look great grouped together too.
3. Personalisation - The monogramming trend is at an all time high and I don't see it going anywhere for 2017. Think monogrammed pillow cases through to monogrammed leather trays for your coffee table. Put your name on everything!"
Gail Green is a New York based designer specialising in interiors, architecture, decorating and eDesign.
"1: Use of more accent colours in the home. While neutrals will continue to be the mainstay for backgrounds, they will be recessed by the potency of strong, pure accent colours on walls and decorative accessories. By employing a st bolder use of colour, especially on destination walls, a space will appear more cohesive.
2. Use of ornamentation / decoration to the ceiling. Often termed the lost 6th plane, the ceiling will gain in popularity as a place in which to make interesting architectural and design statements. For instance, plaster or wood mouldings, coffered ceilings, and paint are some of the applications homeowners will be now applying to the ceiling in order to create more holistic environments.
3. Use of metal in non-traditional ways. Meshed metal will be more commonly used in as drapery fabric, furniture finishes, wall separations, and a myriad of other usual and unique applications.
4. Use of professionals to assist in the design and decoration of the home. Knowing that mistakes can be very costly, homeowners will now move away from the DIY movement which instilled a sense of false confidence to those designing their homes to those who are trained in understanding the principles of design: Order, balance, and harmony will be the by-words for creating well-thought out rooms."
Iván is the principal designer and founder of Meade Design Group and is well-respected for his interior, graphic and industrial designs.
"I believe 2017 will be a more individualist year in décor, rather than everybody following a specific design movement. I can see the introduction of brass to the masses. Designers have been using this metal for a couple of years now, but these warm shades will start showing up everywhere.
This metal in shades of champagne or textural brush are taking the industry by storm, and it is OK to mix it with chrome or cold metals as we’re in a transitional period between these two metals. You will definitely see more brass in bathroom fixtures, hardware and of course furniture in 2017.
Also the furniture shapes are changing for more rounded and softer edges. Interesting forms like curve sofas or edgier shapes could add a new element of surprise to any room. A mix of marbles and brass will be almost mandatory in each room. Now for colour schemes, soft pastels, vibrant reds, coral reds, black and white, ochre, and navy blues all seem to be a strong trend for 2017.
All these colours mixed with brass. Materials to suggest the passing of time (Nouvelle Patina), translucent materials like glass, resins or plastics, soft textures to the touch, and rough textures to eye will be another mandatory move in 2017 for people. I predict more of a visual and tactile experience than before."
"Metallics are still huge news - particularly gold. We’ve moved away from the softer, more muted tones to a radiant, stronger gold that brings richness to the home.
Blue is still a key colour and looks set to remain so for some time. We’re seeing more intense, moody tones come to the forefront and lots of overlaying to create atmosphere. The key tone for 2017 is Denim Drift – a timeless, calming blue grey.
Grey is still very popular and can be paired with blues or blacks to bring a strong, industrial character or pastels for a more subtle feel.
In terms of accessories, don’t be afraid to combine a number of textures too. On trend texture combinations include glass and metallic vases, candlesticks that blend wood with a painted finish and chopping boards crafted from weathered wood and marble."
Katharine is an award-winning designer specialising in luxury interior design, architectural design, property development and bespoke furniture design.
• "In terms of colour palettes, moving into next year, I predict that blush and gold tone palettes will grow in popularity. Also, a recurring trend from 2016 will be jewel tones - I am using a lot of Emerald green in current schemes.
• In terms of materials, mixed metals, such as bronze and gold, will continue to be popular, but I foresee a fresher palate with more of a focus on polished nickel and silver/industrial finishes .
• For fabrics, I predict that we’ll see lots of highly textural fabrics with contemporary woven metallic threads in the weave. Fabrics like these create a timeless and chic look in any room .
• For finishes, texture will also be key with embossed surface finishes and the use of three dimensional textural finishes.
• Lastly, I think that the trend of using art-inspired wallpapers, such as those by Philip Jeffries, will continue to be an imaginative and decorative way to fill large expanses of plain wall."
Suzanne Lasky is a highly-experienced interior designer and owner of S Interior Design.
"Simple lines with organic design elements found in textures and visuals that remind one of nature continue to be in demand. Examples include upholstered goods with frames composed of natural toned and textured woods, bamboo or rattan woven materials. Live edge tables and re-purposed materials such as barn wood used for a wall treatment remain popular. Wall covering is being used to create focal points in rooms.
The grey tones aren’t gone, but we are seeing a bit of warming in the colour tone – think taupe/grey, or greys tempered with a bit of brown tonality.
Mixed metal finishes are going to be popular with more emphasis on the gold/bronze/brass tones and less on the brushed silvers."
Sara is one half of Thompson Clarke, based in Belfast, offering stylish, practical and timeless interior design.
"COLOUR: Key colours this autumn include navy, white and grey - think fresh and moody. Cinnamon is also still very ‘in', as are faded pinks and burgundy: from salmon coloured walls to floral velvet upholstery in deep chocolate burgundy. Brighter colours are being seen in small bursts, on lighting flexes or small accessories like chairs or cushions. Big floral blooms are also key this season, so think about incorporating florals through wallpaper, fabrics, or even fresh floral displays dotted about the house.
TEXTURE – The new collection of 'Designers Guild’ fabrics and wallpapers (available through Thompson Clarke) are a real trend this autumn. Our favourite new range is called 'Jardin des Plantes' which is a breathtaking collection of soft vintage linens in a bold scale incorporating stunning bright colours. Against a soft, off-white background, the fabrics are filled with hot pink, greens and blues, set amongst grey and sea greens; we can’t get enough of them and don’t expect them to date quickly. We also expect to see lots of damask patterns that look like velvet on walls in deep, jewel-like colours.
MIRROR - Having visited trade shows in Paris earlier this month, we’ve noticed a real surge in marble and metallic. Think of furniture with bold marble tops, or gold and brass tables. It’s all about the finishes and creating as much texture from the metalwork as possible. There are also new mirror effect wallpapers being launched from the likes of Cole & Son (also available in our studio).
CERAMICS – Whether brightly colored, misshapen or perfectly round, pottery has been given a modern makeover by the latest generation of creative ceramicists who are passionate about their individual form of artistry. We have fallen for the functional and sculptural ceramics created by a local designer – Rebecca Killen. By combining traditional making and decorating processes with digital ceramic transfers, she has created a beautiful range of contemporary ceramics that are enriched with social and historical references."
Margaret is the marketing manager for VitrA UK, with over 25 years experience.
"We expect the trend for spa like bathrooms to continue as a key interior trend for 2017, with products such as freestanding baths and luxury designer products answering this demand. This provides beautiful luxury in the bathroom and contributes to a harmonious living space.
Another area which is set to develop as we move into 2017 is technology in the bathroom, with the shower toilet leading the way. Hugely beneficial, these new technologies are bringing a heightened level of hygiene in the bathroom with advances like; rimless design and no touch opening. Technological advances are not just limited to toilets, a lot of our new furniture is incorporating lighting. This new feature is enhancing the luxury appeal of bathroom furniture, adding another layer of functionality and making everyday tasks that little bit easier.
Lastly, colours and mixed materials are now making a statement in the bathroom too. We have seen, over the past few years colour being incorporated across the home, especially the kitchen. This trend has now transitioned into the bathroom seeing a splash of colour or different finish be able to personalise a space.
It’s these finishing touches that will create a beautiful and luxurious bathroom for the whole family to enjoy, rather than just being a functional space it can be a place of solace and relaxation."
Rebecca is the interior style adviser at Furniture Choice handling all aspects of marketing and social media.
“In 2017, global influences will be key to home interior trends, and various elements are definitely going to start emerging in time for the spring/summer season. By taking inspiration from around the world and bringing it into UK homes, we are able to use striking colours and accessories that have been evident in communities around the globe for centuries.
One specific element of the global theme we see making an impact in 2017 is tribal, particularly with a certain amount of South American stimulus. This trend will spark the use of natural grained woods such as sheesham, and other types of Indian rosewood. Rich, varied warm tones of oranges and reds teamed with rustic, hand crafted designs can make any item of furniture a real talking point.
Deep rosewoods combined with leather seating and tribal accessories will really bring the global theme to life. This trend works well in most rooms of the house, but is specifically fitting in a family room or living space.”
Linda is an award-winning interior designer based in Massachusetts and has a passion for creating beautiful, personalised spaces.
1) "More colour in interiors. Gray's are still popular, but I think people are getting weary of everything looking washed out and are longing for more saturation in their colours. Or, maybe that’s just me!
2) Gold tones will continue to be popular in the form of brass hardware, fixtures and furniture and is bringing in a more upscale, formal look into interiors.
3) Statement lighting!"
Sarah is the director and principal designer at Whitehouse Interiors.
"Interior trends 2017 – Stone! Of all varieties, I think 2016 has seen a return to the use of natural product but where the industrial vibe is still strong but not always palatable in some environments I think a way of creating a harder image but still being liveable is by using more stone.
Whether that’s using it as a veneer for walls, stone floors that join the indoors and the outdoors, or stone baths and showers every area has a possibility for use of different tones and textures. Even the recreating of stone surfaces with textured plasters creates a great feature at a relatively low cost for the finished result.
I think this trend will continue to rise in 2017 and grow in favour as more and more varieties become available to the market."
Ramona is the co-founder of G&G Interior Design boasting over 20 years of industry experience.
"I expect to see interiors move to warm woods and coloured tones in a drastic uprising against the white and grey colours that have been dominating the market. People want a look of warmth and colour around them and they just struggle with the cold aesthetic that has been dominating the market lately. Most of my customers just don't have the style of house to pull off that "modern look" so I am seeing them want to add colon and texture in paint, fabrics and other materials like wall coverings and draperies.
And, although they appreciate the look, white kitchens just don't work for most families with small children who cook several meals a day. I think wood cabinets will slowly make a comeback just out of functionality and versatility for the homeowner. Lastly, I am seeing an interesting movement toward an updated mid-century modern look. Again, the warm woods and soft materials in cosy rich jewel tones are starting to come into play. "
Kelly is a versatile interior designer, trainer, speaker and graduate from the KLC School of Design.
"For 2017 we will continue to see a trend towards brighter, bolder colours. We can expect to see fabrics in bright clashing colours, with inspiration taken from the tropics.
There will be a revival of rattan furniture, large palms, and a trend towards a more relaxed/informal interior space. With a continued trend towards up cycling, the best way to create this look is to search through second hand and vintage stores to find pre-loved items to adorn your home."
Taibah handles all aspects of marketing and social media at BedMonkey, a company who truly appreciate the importance of a good nights sleep.
"The bed is the main visual focus in any bedroom, so it’s worth choosing the right bedding to make your room look and feel as cosy and plush as possible. Invest in a feather duvet and layer with pillows, cushions and a throw to create the ultimate on-trend stylish bedroom retreat.
Combine different kinds of luxurious materials and textures in your bedding, rugs and accessories too, for instance try layering textured linens with silk throws, knitted blankets and velvet cushions. It's also important to get the lighting right to create a cosy atmosphere, use different lightbulbs so that you have a choice of brighter light during the day and softer at night when you want to relax!"
Christina is an experienced interior designer known for her use of sumptuous colours, unique furnishings and wonderful accessories.
"Trends in interior design now follow trends in fashion, which means there really aren’t trends. There are revivals, classics, and a twist on what came before. People are doing whatever they love.
Personally, in my design projects I am using more Sheers at windows, even living rooms. Down come the lined silks with embellishments and up go sheers, striped sheers tone on tone, horizontal stripes, a new fav. Unlined, Butterly pleated heading and hung on rings. Hand sewed the best.
Velvet, a classic, but using again and again. Pale blush velvet sofas or jewel tones, get better with age. Painted floors, especially in country houses, look even better with wear.
Jewel tones, I'm now doing a charming Dining Room in shiny charcoal. It gleams at night - green and blue gemstone colours are also great.
Chintz, some of us have never left chintz, maybe just used less of it. But I see it coming back and not in just abstract ways and/or digitally produced patterns, but the true blowsy cabbage rose ones of yore. Oversized pillows on the sofa, or that special chair. A whole sofa? Why not?"
Igor is an award-winning interior design blogger covering all things design, home decor, travels and plants.
"I think we will see more tactile solutions and ideas in interior design in 2017. In times of digitalization and sleek touchscreens we feel like we are losing our sense for tactile surfaces. This will be reflected in interior design with a focus on new, organic shapes and tactile surfaces that will make us rediscover our senses and feel cozy at home - in contrast to our fast-paced digital lifestyle."
Adrienne is a well established independent, London-based interior designer who has a keen eye for colour coordination and in-depth knowledge of style.
"I'm getting a feeling that blowsy floral fabrics, and I do mean chintz, are on the way back. Truthfully, I'm missing the freshness of floral in interiors -- I'm thinking of recovering my sofa and chairs in a lovely blue chintz inspired by the fabrics used in Yves Saint Laurent's Tangier house. If chintz is good enough for Saint Laurent, well, who am I to argue?
Wallpaper. Yes, it's been around on feature walls for awhile now. But I mean wallpaper everywhere! All the walls. Possibly even the ceiling. And speaking of floral....
Table lamps with pretty shades (in coloured card/silk or pleated fabrics). Aren't we all tired of those airport strips of recessed spots that are impossible to change when they burn out?
Here's a bonus trend -- dark green. Especially velvet.
Harriet is a multi-disciplinary architectural interior designer and a full member of the British Institute of Interior Design.
"Generosity of Spirit; this could be in the form of offices designed for humans as opposed to the current robot feel of spaces. An environment that is sensitive to our need for interaction, comfort, light & playfulness, will produce happier more productive people.
Economics; hopefully people will make do and mend more. I encourage lateral thought insterad of just big bucks when decorating. The divide between the rich & poor, the have and have nots feels increasingly ugly, with multiple examples of big budgets spent on interiors that look like trash.
Inginuity; no one can afford much space any more, so we'll need to be clever as designers at finding solutions to storage, working from home, re-adjusting our thinking as to what's necessary and what's not in producing balanced, joyful, kind communities."
Jordan and Russell are an established interior design duo who offer simplicity, elegance, functionality and their signature use of colour.
3. Curiosity....and us of course!"
Letty handles all press and PR for Jane Churchill Interior and has written for the likes of Country Life, The Resident, House & Garden and Sheerluxe.
"1. Fabric Wallpaper
2. Eco Houses
3. Apps (as in the iPhone kind!)"
Beata is a talented designer heavily influenced by Scandinavian designs and is also a member of the British Institute of Interior Design.
"I think people will value a more natural look which is truer to human nature. Minimalism can look impressive but it’s not how people actually live their lives. It shouldn't be obvious you've hired an interior designer.
In a world of mass production true luxury is to have something you can’t buy walking down the high street. The best thing is if it’s made especially for you.
Like with other areas of consumerism people will be more aware of how and where something was made. This will become more important than the price."
Philippa Devas, is an experienced interior designer whose distinctive style blends both traditional and modern elements. She is also a member of the BIID.
"We have seen an increase in clients wanting to incorporate antique pieces, particularly into interiors that are otherwise very contemporary in style. There are aesthetic reasons for this as well as a desire to have timeless pieces that can be passed on.
Another trend we have noticed is the emergence of eco-friendly and sustainable materials being used within the high-end market. More and more homeowners want the look and feel of luxury but with an environmental consideration. The most common approach is to use recycled and reclaimed materials for tiling, flooring and decking.
I think simplicity is key in design; it is important that rooms are not over-designed or over decorated in terms of pattern and colour. When choosing specific pieces of furniture, fabrics, patterns and colour - my motto is always keep it simple. "
Juliette established her own interior design business in 1988 and has since received international recognition for her work.
"1.) User-friendly technology which enables clients to manage their lives more efficiently.
2.) Creating homes where clients can retreat after busy, hectic days.
3.) Using environmentally-friendly products such as recycled glass for outdoor rugs and kitchen worktops."
Caroline is a well-established interior designer with over 30 years of industry experience, her style best described as eclectic and versatile.
"1.) The continued revolution of LED lighting and improvement on their colour rendering.
2.) Continued improvement on non-oil based paint for the environment, without compromising the durability - water based egg shell being pretty unpractical at the moment...
3.) Improvement on reliability of ground floor source heating."
Emily is a stylist, author and T.V. host with a strong commitment to vintage inspired approachable home style for every single person.
"I've been really excited about some of the new colour trends that we are seeing. Fashion has dictated design for quite some time and the 90's have been very big in fashion over the last couple of years (cough cough - Dr. Martens, socks with your Birkenstocks), so it has been very fun to see some of my favourite 90's colours reinterpreted in new ways in 2016. I am just waiting for the perfect clients to let me use those Muted Greens, Rosy Reds, Dusty Blues, and Beige's in their home - and yes I did say beige. It's coming back people and with full beige-y vengeance.
Also the re-emergence (or at least my new -found love) of traditional lines that are more modern than they used to be, but more rounded shaped, carved detailing and a call back to classic furniture. But I just bought an English Tudor so that might just be me."
Alina is a popular, award-winning blogger who shares everything interiors, DIY, fashion and lifestyle.
"1.Tactile textures. If you’re a big fan of knitwear, embroidery and faux fur then you’ll love this trend in 2017. Feel free to add textured furnishings, hangings and crafts to your favourite nook or corner and show off your crochet or knitting skills.
2.Artistic walls. Be it wallpaper or a wall art gallery, a statement wall that’s full or artistic flare will gain you interior design brownie points.
3. Vintage made modern. They say that tastes go round in circles, similarly to fashion, and although that’s true I think there will be interpretations of the vintage inspired furniture and interior décor that we love most. Who doesn’t like a clever twist on the traditional?"