I’ve been scouring the magazines and the social media of my favourite designers to see what is trending for this year. There are always publications before the end of the previous year with the predictions, however, I chose to wait to give you my favourite 5 design trends for the upcoming year. Check them out now.
For many years, the trend in Interior Design was White and Bright. But I can tell you the future is not looking this way! For quite some time, I have been seeing the transition away from white and light neutrals to rich, single palettes, and also mixing colours. I’m craving jewel toned sofas and navy and black walls. It is adding so much depth to homes and I’m loving it. Especially in the kitchen! Hello all shades of blues! Muted greens and warmer greys are also sticking around, replacing start white and cool grey cabinets.
While doing a bathroom for one of my clients, I was spending a lot of time looking at lighting – and the trend is definitely GO BIG OR GO HOME. And there are many styles of large lighting to fit any home’s style. Round, square, rectangular – bulky or delicate, there are so many options. You are even seeing large fixtures showing up in bathrooms over bathtubs. Smaller, thin pendants are more common now as bathroom vanity (side) lighting – rather than on the kitchen island. Those are now being replaced by larger pendants that really draw attention to this area of gathering.
Going Gaga for Green
The fiddle leaf fig trend was huge in 2016 – and it makes sense – they grow vertically (easier to place) and they bring a great amount of green to a space. I went into a huge house plant kick last year, which saw me go from 0 to 50 …well not really, but I now have 7 houseplant and some succulents. My fiddle leaf fig is still my favourite for the reasons I mentioned above. I also love my Monsterra and my Strelitzia, however, they have grown so big I have no where to place them now. Houseplants will remain in 2017 and its so great because these accents help add so much life to a space. You just have to find the right one. Don’t be afraid – I killed almost everything before last year. If you just keep a watering container in an easy to reach spot, its easy to water your plants frequently enough to keep them alive. Talk to people at your local greenhouse to help you find the right plant for your home – there are literally thousands to choose from. My pick for the upcoming year – which I’m already seeing pop up – the Rubber Tree.
Perhaps you have noticed a trend in cement tiles, mini hexagon mosaic flooring, and simple patterns – what do they all have in common? Their geometric designs! So while the cement tile phase may die out, geometrics are here to stay for a while and can do wonders for a space.
Unexpected Wood Accents
Live Edge mixed with stone, warm tones with metal, and mixed in with white – natural wood as an accent is huge right now. And this is great news for anyone who hasn’t painted the wood in their homes yet. There was a big trend towards chalk painting – which works well for a more rustic look, however, natural wood is looking great in industrial, transitional and even modern spaces. I foresee a lot more butcher block counter tops (as accents, now the whole kitchen) and natural, varnished varieties dominating 2017.
Of course there are so many other great things going on in interior design right now. My absolute favourite thing about design is to see the trends come and go and try to figure out what will be next – or maybe even start the next trend!
For now though, I hope you agree with the 5 trends listed above and can find ways to work them into your home or upcoming projects. I know that’s what I will be doing!
Any trends you think I have missed? Or disagree with any of the above? Leave a comment below 🙂