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The Utility Look Book : 8 Interior Trend Predictions for 2017

They say change is the only constant and that couldn't be more true when it comes to interior design. Last year we saw minimalism take centre stage but this year it looks like there's a bolder future ahead. Following on from our 2017 colour trend & material trend report, here are 8 interior looks we expect to dominate the design scene in 2017.

The Futuristic Home

From Mid-Century Modern to Renaissance-style furniture, many home decor trends are inspired by the past.  However it's the designers going back to the future for their inspiration who are spear-heading the latest design movement: The Futuristic Home.

As seen in architectural projects from Craft London's Roof Top Bar to the Infinity Tower in Dubai, the 1950s vision of futuristic decor is finally being revised for modern-day living. The look heavily relies on architecture: fluid lines, asymmetric angles, rounded walls and rounded doorways should be considered before construction, but if your home is already built in conventional shapes then futuristic decor will have the same effect. Colour wise, think cosmos-inspired tones such as purple shades, jewel tones and silver/metallic finishes.

Top tip:  Look out for designs with a functionality and appearance that blend fantasy and reality. Anything that looks like it belongs in a sci-fi / futuristic film is perfect for creating that Space-Age Look in your home.


Escapism's been marked as a design trend to watch this year and it's not hard to understand why. In an era of technological domination, people are seeking havens in the home where they can retreat from the digital world and all its distractions.

Designers are focusing on spaces where TVs, smartphones, computers and iPads can't get in. Instead the focus is on calm, quiet and comfortable corners, be it a reading corner, a small nook in the home or a tech free zone in your bedroom or living room.

Top Tip: Channel escapism by draping your home in tactile textiles such as sheepskin, velvet, woollen rugs, deep sofas, oversized chairs and a plethora of cushions and throws.

Cosmopolitan Calm

By the end of 2016 Hyyge pretty much dominated the interior design scene. Although it was seen as an autumn/winter design solution its cosy-living principles look set to stay. In the midst of political uncertainty, city dwellers are seeking to create calm, cosy spaces in their urban homes using the same design rules as Hygge (e.g scented candles & textiles) but with a few spring-updates.

The look, coined by the team at Elle Decor as "Cosmopolitan Calm", combines pale wood, concrete finishes, and blush pink colours to create an oasis of peace amidst Urban chaos. Muted colours, pastel colours, large windows and soft, diffused lighting are also essential qualities of the calm, cosmopolitan home.

Top Tip: Blush pink made its way into the limelight when Rose Quartz & Serenity Blue were announced as Pantone's Colour of the Year for 2016. Combine with soft grey to create the ultimate calming colour palette.

Bohemian Decor

If you prefer to go bold with your interior style then we've got great news: Bohemian decor is going to be huge this year. For textiles, we'll see a greater influence from North Africa, India, Mexico and South America in terms of traditional patterns and designs, so don't be afraid to mix and match styles if you're a fan of eclectic, eccentric home decor. As blogger Swoonworthy advises, the idea behind boho is to create a global, well travelled look in your home - one that evokes memories of journeys past whilst giving a glimpse of the history behind the hands that made the works.

This little dude fell down a flight of stairs and is on the mend now... ❤

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To instil this in your home, try oversized plants, woven fabrics, imperfect patterns and vintage / flea market furniture. Comfort is key. Oversized chairs, sofas and an abundance of rugs are great for creating boho-vibes in your space.

Top Tip: Brown and green hues are great starting point for a Bohemian colour palette but don't be afraid to colour clash and break conventional design rules. Bohemian decor ultimately boils down to exotic, free-spirited design!

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With the rise in popularity of indoor plants last year, one of the big trends for 2017 is botanical home decor. Not dissimilar from Bohemian Decor, Botanical Living is all about aquatic, forest and coastal colours as well as an abundance of indoor plants.

According to lifestyle & interiors blogger Lnd Diaries, plants, herbs, animals and lakes inspire the theme. Printed cushions, chairs, wall art or wall paper are a great way to introduce botanical design into your home.

Top Tip: Botanical Decor is a great way to experiment with Pantone's Colour of the Year for 2017,  Greenery.

Farmhouse Style Living

One of the top 100 search terms on Pinterest last year, Farmhouse Style Living will continue to dominate home decor trends this year.  We've already discussed how dark, rich smoky woods have over taken pale, blonde woods in popularity, and this move towards using dark, hazelnut colour palettes in the home is part and parcel of another trend toward rustic, country-style living.

To create a country-chic look in your home, use wooden furniture and rustic finishes in abundance. Other qualities of a farmhouse style home are open plan spaces, cosy quarters, neutral colours, wicker furniture and vintage antiques.

Top Tip: If your home's pretty modern then achieving this look might require a few changes! Here blogger Little Vintage Nest shares her tips on how to easily transition to Farmhouse Style Living.

Raw Beauty

If edgy is more your style then raw beauty might be the 2017 trend for you. This combines raw materials with refined shapes and cool colours to create a look that is ultra modern and industrial yet luxe and glamorous at the same time.

Raw materials have been trending for some time now and ones to look out for galvanised steel, iron elements, exposed brick work, concrete surfaces and metallic accents such as brass and copper. These offer lots of versatility in terms of how minimal or edgy you want the space to look. Opt for rusty matt finishes if you want it on the more industrial side of raw beauty, and polished, shiny finishes if you want it on the luxe side of the spectrum.

Top Tip: A palette of inky, denim blues makes a chic complement to material such as concrete and steel, whilst metallic accents and textiles add warmth and interest to an otherwise monochromatic scheme.

New Modern

2017 has already witnessed a great deal of change - not just in the political landscape but in the design landscape too! For years the crispy clean white walls of Scandinavian homes have dominated interior design magazines but this year a different movement is on the rise - one that is warm, rich and really wonderful!

'New Modern' is of one the biggest trends that Editor-in-Chief of Elle Decor Michelle Ogundehin thinks we should look out for this year and we couldn't agree more. To get the look, think jewel tones, lustrous stones, warm colours, soft textures, clashing patterns and an abundance of metallics.  It's really about a joyful celebration of the home - a moment to be bold and brave in a time of such otherwise uncertainty.

Top Tip: Bright Bazaar is a great go-to blog for colour inspiration and colour decor tips.

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Time for More? 2017 Colour Trend Predictions | 2017 Material Trend Predictions | How to Decorate with Brass | The Hazelnut Colour Palette 

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