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Interior Colour Trends for 2017

2016 was without question the year of the Scandinavian-inspired interior. One look at any number of 2017 trend prediction articles (which all begin with some mention of Scandinavia) shows the strength and popularity of last year's nordic trend.

We fully expect the trend to continue well into 2017 combined with additional elements of complementary styles. Some of our Instagram favourites have already started to experiment with ‘tribal’ themed items, creating a ‘modern natural’ aesthetic.

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If there was one criticism (or misconception) of the 2016 ‘Scandi takeover’ it was the seemingly dominant use of white – particularly when used for wall paint. As the trend is adopted by the wider public we’ll see the introduction of darker colours, creating a beautiful backdrop for the natural materials associated with Scandinavia.

Dark Green

Back in December Pantone announced that the ‘Colour of the Year’ for 2017 would be “Greenery” but we’re predicting that a darker shade of green will be the go-to for interior lovers this year.

Forest green and similar dark hues make the perfect wall colour for bedrooms to accompany leathers, furs, ceramics and brassy tones – all of which we’ll be seeing a lot of this year. They also sit perfectly with mid century modern pieces such as the Eames Hang It All pictured below.

When it comes to upholstery it’s hard to persuade us to move away from trusty grey but moving into Spring / Summer a green sofa or armchair will add depth to a bright room. The Hackney sofa by Sebastian Wrong for Hay seen below fits the bill for us.

Hazelnut Brown

Whilst pale woods and tan leathers surged in popularity last year, we see the rich walnuts, smoky oaks and chocolatey leathers making their way back into the headlines in 2017. The UK has experienced “arctic blasts” and “wintery storms” in recent weeks so these warming tones should be a welcome addition to the home.

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Try combining shades of grey and black with your darker woods for a striking contrast that provides warmth to your space. Add a splash of green with some indoor plants to complete the look. Personally, we’re loving the indoor Olive Tree for 2017.


A few weeks back we brought you a piece on decorating with Denim Drift. Dark green may be cited as the colour to take over from midnight blue but there is a whole range of blue hues that are poised to make waves in 2017. Find out how to decorate with blue here.

Chinese Red

Muted tones aren’t for everyone. If you want to add some vibrancy to your home or interior space, why not experiment with a bright accent colour. We love the Chinese Red that Elle Decoration UK have selected as their “top accent colour” for 2017. Head over to Pinterest for a little red inspiration.

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We’ve long since known that there are links between the fashion and interiors. Tropical prints have been popping up on the catwalk year and we see this trend filtering into the world of home decor. While technically not a colour, we’ve included tropical prints because we see them as a great way to accessorise this Spring / Summer – think scatter cushions!

Set against a tropical rainforest set, the Balmain SS17 show may be a glimpse of what's to follow.


Thankfully, Pink has shed its ‘Barbie Girl’ image and become an acceptable colour for grown ups to embrace. 2017 will be a great year in interior design for lovers of deep fuchsia, dusty pink and delicate rose hues. Utility favourite Normann Copenhagen have fully embraced pink so why don’t you? Maybe leave the bright pink velvet carpet to them though!


What colours will you be using in your home this year? We'd love to hear via Facebook or Twitter

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