Having operated my Interior Design company one-off interiors for over fifteen years you would expect me to find it simple to identify seasonal colour and interior trends, Not so!
Certainly the Pantone Colour of the Year 2017 Greenery 15-0343 is a clear winner this Spring. This fresh green works equally well in traditional or modern interior schemes, giving a sense of space and light. Whether teamed safely with creams, deeper greens or blues or more daringly with wonderful pinks such as Pantone 17-2034 TCX, Pink Yarrow, the effect is simply stunning.
In general, green is on trend, ranging from limes to emeralds with dark green replacing navy and midnight blues. Also on trend are tropical prints in both wallpapers and fabrics. This can be a strong look so I would advise trying a couple of new cushions on your sofas to see how it works for you before indulging in a new feature wall. Traditional African and Asian geometric prints, refashioned for the 21st century, are also expected.
Lighting as always needs to make a statement. Large table lamps, spectacular floor lamps and unusual light fittings above a dining table will all add interest to your home.
Copper is OUT – Bronze is IN. Available in lighting and accessories, the look is warm and inviting. There are however conflicting opinions on marble and on “subway” or “metro” tiles. For many experts they are OUT – others advise that both will continue to be popular.
Timber bed frames are set to be replaced by divan beds with upholstered headboards. Whether neutral with buttons or in plush colourful velvet, the headboard makes a definite bedroom statement.
What is not in dispute is the growth of “Smart Home” technology. Easy to incorporate during a new build or major renovation project, this technology is developing very quickly. “Smart Home” kitchen appliances are on the market, charging points are being incorporated into furniture and control of your home from your mobile is a huge growth area.
Are we finally seeing a movement away from open-plan living? For the last three years I have supported Grand Designs Live at the NEC by volunteering on “Ask the Expert” in the Grand Build Hall. Almost every visitor has brought plans for an extension to their kitchen to create a huge open-plan family living, eating and kitchen area with large glass doors overlooking their gardens.
Advantages in this layout including the ability to feel part of the household whilst preparing food and the ability to keep an eye on children whilst cooking. Disadvantages of open-plan arrangements can include high noise levels, cooking odours and difficulty in creating a warm snug environment, especially in winter months.
A compromise of retaining a smaller “snug” or lounge area whilst still using a large family area can work well. Incorporating window treatments for the large glass areas will make large spaces cosier.
The overall trend? Bring the outside in with shades of green, keeping warmth in your home with cosy spaces, luxurious fabrics and rich accessories and lighting.
Wishing you a wonderful Spring 2017!