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Consultancy predicts top 10 interior design trends

Published: 30 January 2017 - 07:37

Alexander James Interior Design has used its 20 years of experience to compile a list of the top 10 interior design trends for 2017.

Stacey Sibley, creative director of Alexander James Interior Design, commented: "While the world at large seems to be heading down a curiously unnatural path in 2017 - in terms of its politics, at least - the emphasis within people's homes will be on an intensely natural environment.

“Textures and tones will reflect the beauty of nature, with a few modern touches thrown in for emphasis.”

The consultancy’s comments on the 10 interior design trends for 2017 are:

1. Natural textures in home accessories

Natural textures will come back with a vengeance in 2017 - think matte glazed dinnerware, wooden serving platters and beautiful earthenware bowls.

2. Rough, natural woods

Woods will be big business this year. From floorboards to tables to shutters, forget highly polished gloss - a natural finish is the only way to go.

3. Ceramic table lights

A big trend for 2017 will be ceramic table lights. Again inspired by nature, these will feature delicate tones and patterning, with greys, light browns and pinks blending into the other natural materials.

4. Bold trimmings

When it comes to soft furnishings, bold trimmings will both complement and contrast the natural feel of the home over the coming year.

5. Hand-painted style wallpapers

Again with the focus on creating a harmonious natural environment, hand-painted (and hand-painted style) wallpapers will allow the inspiration of nature to flow through the home. These will be paired perfectly with...

6. Pastel tones

From paints to fabrics, pastel tones are essential for on trend interiors in 2017. Yellow will also make a comeback, again in a muted, pastel tone (think evening sunlight on a windswept beach, rather than anything too bright).

7. Textured glass

When it comes to lighting, textured glass is unquestionably the way to go. A rough, natural finish created through texture, while retaining the beauty of glass, will further contribute to the natural vibe that will be so evident next year.

8. Patterned rugs

Rugs will be one way to make a statement in 2017. Patterns that pick up on the pastel tones and natural hues of other objects, while also standing out as a centrepiece, are the way forward.

9. Sculptural chairs

In 2017 we will see chairs imitating art, blending style and comfort in order to stand out as design pieces in their own right.

10. Graphic-inspired art

Graphic-inspired art will provide a contemporary take on nature over the year ahead. Natural items like pebbles and blades of grass will be given a new lease of life through the playful interaction of graphics and textures.

The Alexander James Group of Companies provides interior and architectural design services to property developers, private clients and hotel groups around the world.

Alexander James Interior Design has been featured by many publications including ‘25 Beautiful Homes’, ‘Your Home’, ‘Showhome’, ‘Showhouse’, ‘The Mail on Sunday’ and ‘The Sunday Times’, plus TV programmes ‘From House to Home’, ‘Property Ladder’ and ‘Location, Location, Location’.

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