As January comes to a close, we’re starting to get a clearer picture of what 2017 has in store for the world of home styling and interiors. We’ve already covered the colours that will be making waves this year. Now, our attention turns to the materials you’ll not be able to ignore during 2017.
The introduction of warmer hues extends from the colours we’ll be using to the materials that make up our homes. From luxe metals to natural materials such as wood and porcelain, 2017 is set to be much warmer inside than it is outside (at least here in the UK).
History tends to repeat itself – the same is true with trends. Replaced by copper and chrome in recent years, brass is seeing a revival of late. Emitting a timeless sense of refinement, this metal alloy is more lustrous than chrome while being less ‘showy’ than gold.
Brands such as Gubi, Menu and Flos have been championing this luxe material and the availability of product is ever expanding. Whether you’re looking for a centrepiece or for some metallic accents, Brass is your go-to for 2017.
Top tip: Try to avoid overkill. Consider a brass accent with darker colours such as black for a striking contrast.
Find more tips on how to Decorate with Brass here.
Okay, okay so we know marble has been trending for quite some time. However, like the Scandinavian trend we mentioned here, it will continue to be popular throughout 2017. We expect to see a shift towards darker marbles later in the year (think the green seen on the Wrong London Marble Pendant Light) but the beginning of 2017 will be very much about arabescato and similar marbles.
Part of the appeal with marble is that it lends itself so well to a multitude of uses. If you’re a mid-century modern enthusiast wanting to add an Eero Saarinen Tulip Table to your living area then the arabescato marble is a great option. Similarly, if you’re homeware or lifestyle blogger on the hunt for the perfect photograph backdrop, there a few better options than a white marble.
Top tip : Combine the natural and clean elements of marble with something a little more industrial and hard such as brass.
High street fashion retailers have started to embrace velvet. The rich, plush textile started making it’s way onto clothes rails during AW16 and as award winning interiors journalist Kate Watson-Smyth says, “where they lead, our walls and furniture follow”.
Combined with 2017’s dark green colour trend and/or paired with woods or warm metals, velvet can be used to create a sophisticated and luxurious ambience that can be either bold or understated. Casual or formal, it’s always elegant.
Top tip : A velvet upholstered armchair or sofa in on-trend green is a great statement piece. Cosy in the winter and cool in the summer – velvet is here to stay.
WARM & NATURAL
When it comes to wall coverings, floors and home accessories, this year is all about natural warmth. Here is a snapshot of our favourite upcoming trends for 2017.
Opting for terracotta tiles and pots that are a little more matt and a little less rustic will help add character and some much needed warmth to our interiors.
Top tip: For those of us who love the dusty hues of this natural material but aren’t ready to ditch the clean lines of steel, brands such as Muuto are creating wonderful home accessories in terracotta (the colour). We especially love these Muuto Folded Shelves.
We absolutely adore this cork wall. One of New Year’s resolutions is to be more organised. I imagine this would help.
Top tip: Our recent trip to Top Drawer London has shown us that cork is making its way into both gifting and home accessories so expect to see vases and tableware using a combination of cork and ceramics.
Back at Maison et Objet SS16 Hay announced the arrival of their Hay Terrazo Table which we just love. Since then we’ve seen terrazzo appearing more regularly. It may be one to watch out for. Check out these samples we found on Instagram earlier this week.