I was lucky enough to attend the Décor and Design Show in Melbourne recently, where some of the country’s best furniture and homewares wholesalers show off their new collections. Suffice to say it’s a treat for interior design lovers! It’s also a chance for interior designers and retailers to see what looks are coming in for the next year, with design trends forecast for 2017.
2016 has seen a continuance of the Scandinavian interiors trend, with pastel pinks, blues and blonde woods very strong. Marble and metallics have also been everywhere, with copper and rose gold pared with marble a huge look. However, when Kmart are producing this look in all their homewares collections you know it has officially hit saturation point and it’s time for a new look to come in!
A look I’ve seen come in in the last year and one that’s definitely here to stay is the natural and textured look, with is very big for 2017. Victoria Redshaw from trend forecasters Scarlet Opus, who spoke at Décor and Design, predicts the colour tones for 2017 will follow along the natural theme, with ‘Soothing spice shades such as muted saffron, ochre and desert tones’ being strong. Redshaw also predicts that blonde wood and Cararra marble will be replaced by darker woods and metallics, such as silver and onyx and darker marbles and granites. Interestingly, there is an emphasis of escaping our technology filled world and going back to a more simple time, with plywood and cork being used in furniture and homewares. Accessories like hand knitted woollen throw rugs in chunky knits, natural jute rugs and woven baskets are also going to be everywhere.
There is also a strong African trend, with tribal patterns used on textiles and gorgeous black and white photos of African women and children (which you would’ve seen used on The Block and in magazines recently). Timber floors go beautifully with this trend, with the Plantino Engineered Oak range from Choices Flooring being a great choice. Our exclusive Eternity Park Road carpet range also has great colour choices for both the natural and African trends.
The natural trend has also been extended to botanical themes, with foliage and fauna used in prints and textiles, as well as succulent plants in styling. It also seems the Hamptons look is not going anywhere, particularly in Australia where it has been so embraced. This look really suits our relaxed coastal lifestyle so I think it will continue to be seen a lot, whether it stays in trend or not! The Habitat Collection carpet in Buttery is perfect for the Hamptons look.
While you may not think you need to be on the cutting edge of design trends you will find they filter through from the high end stores, all the way down to the mass produced Kmart homewares you can buy for $5, so once a trend is set there is no escaping it! However most of us don’t go out and refurnish our homes every time a trend is set, so it’s all about incorporating new looks into your home in a small way, whether it’s a new cushion or artwork or the linen on your bed.
Certainly the theme of natural colours and textures is a great one to get behind and Choices Flooring have incorporated this theme with their Serenity Collection, which combines the latest technology and colour trends. From sustainable fibres to the softest, most durable and easy to clean carpet, the Serenity Collection has a carpet to suit every family budget and style. They even have a range made from up to 100% recycled premium PET, which is great for the environment. The colours in this carpet range are also within the natural colour palette that are both on trend right now and classic, so they won’t date as the trends change.
So get behind this look now and you can say you were in the know, before it hits the stores!