What will the latest interior trends bring to our homes in 2017? Get the scoop on stylish renovation choices and design directions from our experts and how to afford them.
A new kind of neutral
Neutral palettes for our homes are certainly nothing new. Just look at the “grey is the new black” trend we’ve seen in 2016. According to Esther Davidson of Shine and Style Interiors some lighter, neutral greys will stay, but we’ll say goodbye charcoal, hello black in the new year. “It’s a soft, liquorice tone,” says Esther. “And we’ll see it alongside plenty of white, creating a monochromatic look that’s a strong but neutral backdrop for the latest decorating styles.”
Global Nomad or Glamour?
With the black/white combo making a comeback you might expect to see minimal and modern styling too. But neither of the trends forecast for 2017 could be described as minimal. “Global nomad and glamour are the new directions in colours and materials,” says Esther. “For global nomad, it’s a meeting of tribal and traveler. Lots of leather, feathers, baskets, worn timbers, found objects, earthy colours and textures, all in that soft monochromatic setting. Industrial elements such as concrete and metal are part of the global nomad toolkit, offering a contemporary, urban contrast to the more rustic features.”
The 2017 glamour look is quite a different take on the stark and glossy glamour styling of years gone by. “Modern glamour still means velvet and gold, but everything is softer, with a vintage charm,” says Esther. “You’ll get the look right with foiled metal finishes, mustard gold, olive green and navy. A chesterfield couch is the perfect example of the furniture you’re looking for. It’s where the refinement of a gentleman’s club meets the colours, soft textures and lighting you’d find in grandma’s house.”
Following either of these styling cues can be easy on your pocket. Op shops and vintage stores are great places to discover objects and inspiration. And with the eclectic nature of the global nomad look, you might already have homewares, artwork and soft furnishings to throw together with new, favourite finds.
James Fraser of MORA Architects agrees neutral is still the natural choice for our homes, in more ways than one. “There’s a play between natural materials such as concrete, timber, plywood and clean, crisp white surfaces which reflect natural light to show these materials to their best advantage,” says James. “This neutral setting is the perfect way to display well selected furniture and fittings.”
With the rise of social media and the sharing economy, we’re opening up our homes to the rest of the world in a whole new way. “I believe our private space has become more public as we share images through Instagram and Facebook,” says James. “And we’re using Airbnb to actually share our home with others and spend time in someone else’s amazing space. But far from creating anxiety to keep up, I think it makes our spaces more personal, and a better representation of who we want to be.”
You can bear this in mind when it comes to jumping on the global nomad bandwagon. “It’s a design style for telling your story and following interests – particularly your curiosity about other lifestyles and cultures,” says Esther. “And with our ability to view and adapt design ideas from all over the world, global nomad is a trend that can be very personal, yet recognisable.”
The one sure thing
What’s the one thing our design gurus recommend for your reno in 2017? For James, it’s outdoor bathing, but not in a spa or pool. “There are plenty of people who can’t have a pool but could throw an old tub in the backyard to cool off in summer or have a hot winter bath under a night sky in their garden. It’s the ideal feature for those moments when you need to slow down and take time to engage with nature.” And for Esther? “You can’t go past concrete. It’s so often overlooked as a texture in it’s own right. And if you’re not laying a slab or don’t want the bother of maintaining a concrete bench top, there are so many ways to bring it into your home, from planters to light fittings and more.”
If you’re looking for extra budget to make your renovation plans affordable, speak to an Aussie broker about refinancing to put your design dreams within reach.
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