What will the most fashionable homes be sporting this year?

Interiors journalist Sharon Dale takes a look at the 2017 trends.

Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2017 is Greenery. When it was announced, #Kermitgreen started trending on Twitter. As you can see, it is bright and certainly not a hue I could live with. However, it does herald a new passion for shades of green, including everything from rich jewel colours to earthy olives and soft pistachios. Much of the appeal comes from the obvious connection with nature and our inner desire to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life.


Green for go: Greenery is the Pantone Colour of the Year 2017. It’s best used sparingly or on a single key piece of furniture like this Wallis sofa from Heal’s, www.heals.com
 
Flowers: 
Floral designs are perennially popular although fashionistas certainly shunned them in the mid-1990s when minimalism dominated and Ikea launched a “Chuck out the chintz” campaign. Now the trendometer has swung towards maximalism, as it often does in uncertain economic times. With it comes an abundance of flowers and they are bigger and bolder than ever. For inspiring collections of floral wallpaper, check out wallpaperdirect.com. For fabrics check out the exquisite Designers Guild www.designersguild.com and Sanderson www.sanderson-uk.com


Floral: Marianna by Designers Guild, £59 per roll from www.wallpaperdirect.com
 
Plants: 
Houseplants have been on the trend radar for a few years now but they are now becoming mainstream and that’s good news for our environment. They emit oxygen and soak up carbon dioxide and harmful VOCs at a time when health experts are warning about the toxicity of our homes.

Keeping them alive can be a major issue for those of us who know next to nothing about horticulture. Advice is on hand on the Royal Horticultural Society website www.rhs.org.uk or stick to the virtually indestructible spider plant. Pop it in a well-lit spot and water it once a week. If you really can’t face the maintenance, then fake it.

There are some fabulous faux plants and flowers around. The best budget buys I have found are from Sainsbury’s, which has a selection of artificial flowers in vases and succulents in little pots from £5.


Plants: Fake succulent in pot, £5, from Sainsbury’s
 
Velvet Revolution:  
Velvet remains a key trend, especially in upholstery. A velvet-covered sofa or chair is a big investment but the look is unlikely to date. If you can’t afford this then cover existing seating with velvet or velour throws and cushions. Check out Rigby and Mac’s cushions. If you want to continue the look in the bedroom, then invest in a staple gun and reupholster your headboard in velvet fabric – even the least proficient DIY’er should be able to manage this. I speak from experience.


 Velvet revolution: velvet print cushions, £19.95, from www.rigbyandmac.com

Retro: 
Interest in retro-style homeware will remain high. Original pieces are commanding increasingly high prices but they are well worth investing in, especially if they are by the quality makers such as G-Plan, Ercol, Stag and Hille. Find them in specialist stores at the fabulous Alfies Antiques Market in London and on eBay.

You can also buy some of the classic mid-century designs new. Both Ercol and G-Plan have revived items from their back catalogue and designed new retro-inspired furniture. Top of my wish-list is this new Bowie Accent chair, £850, from G-Plan. https://www.gplanedit.co.uk/sofas/bowie/


Retro-style Bowie Accent chair, £850, www.gplanedit.co.uk
 
Golden Year: 
Copper has been usurped by gold as the most favoured metallic. You’ll see lots more gilded furniture and accessories this year. Among my favourite new items is this Anya candle holder, £25, from Marks & Spencer, which would look resplendent on a dining table, console table or window sill.

 
Gold: Anya candle holder, £25, from Marks and Spencer
 
Traveller: 
Global influences that suggest you are well travelled will be popular, so globes and cushions featuring exotic wildlife abound. The most stylish interpretation, I think, are the oriental porcelain basins from The London Basin Company.



Traveller: Elephant cushion £19.50 from Marks & Spencer.

 
Traveller: This oriental Clarabelle porcelain basin is £700 from The London Basin Company.  www.londonbasincompany.com
 
 Big bathrooms: 
This trend also fulfils our need for escape. Think country house style bathrooms with claw-foot baths, chaise longues, sofas, rugs, curtains, wallpaper and paintings. The emphasis is on softening the utilitarian look.
 

Publish date: 02/02/2017