When it comes to buying things for your home, whether it’s a new sofa, rug or something smaller like an ornament to place on the mantel. It can sometimes feel like a bit of gamble — “Will this still look good in a couple of years time?” is the question that beleaguers us whenever we are considering a large purchase. After all, no one wants to seem like an interior fashion victim, rather we want our homes to reflect the personalities and the personal styles of our households.
So just what can you do? Well, we’ve compiled a few trends of 2017 which we think are going to age exceptionally well, to help you along if you’re considering buying a few items for your home.
The word artisan has become much lauded in recent years used to describe some items which by any definition are not. The true meaning of an artisan product is something handmade from high-quality materials by an expert. So, not a machine-manufactured supermarket loaf of bread stuck in a paper bag with a ‘artisan’ sticker holding it together then…
Artisan decor items maybe a little more expensive than items you’d likely find flat-packed in a Scandinavian superstore. But they’ll be a talking piece, a one of a kind non-generic work of art that you’re certain to treasure for many years.
Jungle and geometric prints
As just about every design blog in the world pointed out, the concept of ‘bringing the outside in’ was huge last year, and we are likely to see influence from that for a long time. While slightly subtler floral patterns were popular last year, designers are becoming braver and harking back to the ‘70s and ‘80s with striking jungle print textiles.
Geometric patterns have also come along, with designers taking particular influence from ancient, African, South American and Asian cultures.
Marble and bronze
When Donald Trump was constructing his eponymous skyscraper he began by demolishing the limestone Bonwit Teller building, which featured two glorious Art Deco friezes that the Metropolitan Museum of Art asked to be preserved and donated to them for future generations to enjoy. Trump found out that removing the statues would delay construction by two weeks, so instead destroyed them with the building.
Perhaps in response to the new President’s attitude towards art interior designers are celebrating the Art Deco movement by throwing small homages to it into rooms, especially by including furniture and ornaments constructed from a mixture of marble and bronze. This mixture is a timeless classic of interior design that will always look glamorous so feel free to add some to your home safe in the knowledge it will still look good in years to come.
The rise of textured materials has grown continually year on year recently and shows no signs of stopping, meaning it’s a good time to buy some items with tactile charms. Think brushed metals, fluffy cushions and embroidered items.
Green, grey and cobalt
Pantone listed ‘Greenery’ as their colour of the year so expect to see green everywhere for a good while. It’s an earthy natural colour which will stand the test of time, just remember some experts suggest that green works well in all rooms apart from the dining room as they state it can psychologically put us off our food.
Grey was massive last year and it continues to be so this year, it’s a muted neutral colour meaning that it’s never overbearing, looking chic and modern everywhere. Just try to avoid going OTT with a bleak battleship grey, there’s a wide range of shades to go for.
Cobalt is a bright, yet deep and mysterious, shade of blue that many bloggers are beginning to see a return of. The colour works brilliantly for accent items particularly small ornaments you can place about the house.