I don’t want to worry you, but copper is o-v-e-r. As are – look away now – subway tiles. I know: is nothing sacred? However, there are some very promising looking decor trends emerging for this year.
Greenery is the colour of 2017, according to Pantone (I have such a festive season hangover, I wrote panettone at first. We had the best one we’ve ever tasted this year. Honestly, it was epic.). How very apt for January: vital, fresh, vibrant, redolent of new beginnings.
Alex has – as you will know if you follow us on Instagram – already invested in the trend. She bought the Tivoli sofa in Emerald from Swoon Editions and very gorgeous it looks, too. An accent chair (you know how I love one of those) would be terrific in an otherwise neutral room – try this Eames chair or this garden chair would work a treat inside as well, and this velvet chair from Made is a beauty.
If you’re more a ‘dip your toe in and see’ type, then how about some glassware? Or throwing a cushion on your bed or sofa – I love this one which is an Etsy bargain – and it takes the greenery thought literally – or this pine green cushion is simplicity itself (and I love the luxe velvet feel).
Or you could just start with a house plant?
Chair, £50, House by John Lewis; Glassware, from £1.99, Zara Home; Jacquard cushion cover, £7.pp, H&M
This isn’t any old bedhead. No indeed. What you need to think here is hotel style bedhead. (If you’re now looking askance at your wooden bedhead, then join the club – as I also glance at the metro tiles in both my bathrooms.) Like this one at the v fabulous Ham Yard Hotel, for instance. The word here is glamour.
This tall grey headboard is chic itself. If you’re in the market for a new bed, try this one. The Headboard Workshop will make headboards to your specification – I fancy this with some contrasting piping, thank you very much.
Pattern Clash and Tropical Prints
See also: maximalism. More is more. This was a big trend on the catwalk for 2016 – and decor trends are hot on fashion’s heels. So clash away, my friends. Throw in different textures for good value. Don’t be shy. Think how joyful the results could be. It also leads nicely to another of this year’s trends – tropical prints. I highly recommend clashing them all…
Jangala velvet cushion, £29, Made; Throw pillow, £17, Society6; Jungle wallpaper, £82 per roll, Cole & Son
Terracotta, ceramics, raw wood – there’s a move away from the polished, slick feel which has dominated interiors in recent times. (Yes, I know I’ve just said pile it on, more is more etc etc. Decor trends (heck, any trends) are nothing if not contradictory.) Oh, and bronze is the new copper, just FYI.
We’ll be heralding the artisanal this year – look for raw, slightly unfinished, natural finishes (the oxymoron is deliberate). Group together a collection a vases, pile up some cups in an artful manner, prop a wooden stool against the wall with a wool or sheepskin throw. Nothing too contrived, please, this is all about natural, pared-back simplicity.
Bowls, £24.99 each, Kabinshop via Etsy; Ceiling light, £291.20 Pols Potten at Amara; Earthernwear mug, £5,99, Zara Home
Main images: See of Atlas, Apartment Therapy; Design Sponge, Norm – via Pinterest