The Top Design Trends to Look out for in the New Year

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If you like to stay ahead of the curve in terms of fashions, then you can’t really go wrong with knowing the hottest up and coming trends for home design, especially if you’re looking all the way forward to 2017.

If that sounds like a good thing for you to know, then you are most definitely in luck. We have communicated with the best of the best and feel we are in the perfect position to tell you all you need to know about 2017’s big hitters.

Let’s go take a look!

Earthy Pastels and Terracotta

If you’re looking for the latest and greatest in colour schemes, this is it: earthy pastel colours. Think organic and think springtime, like lavender and its ilk. You want to be looking out for muted colours, colours with a more feminine weight to them, colours that are above all clean.

Pair these with some nice terracotta shades, an earthy partner if there ever was one. It seems like the days of endless white and magnolia walls may be finally coming to an end, with lovely and warm terracotta looking to step up.

Not that you need to go all out just yet, though – even a simple throw would do the trick!

Mixing up the Metals

Now, brass and gold aren’t going anywhere, so there’s no need to panic just yet. In fact, brass and gold are just as strong and popular as ever – you don’t have to tear everything down, not for 2017 at least – but they are being joined by some more metals to really liven up the party.

Polished nickels and silvers are making a comeback in a big way, especially when used to accent a room or even a particularly rich piece of furniture. Unusually, there is a new finish arriving on the scene: white plaster. Plaster itself isn’t that durable, so expect to see a lot of resin finishes that are made to look like white plaster. It adds a nice organic touch to the metals.

Proof Those Fabrics

These days, it seems as though designers are finally cottoning on to the fact that furniture is actually made to be used. So for this reason, you should expect to be able to find all sorts of fantastic, designer label furniture in 2017, with the difference being that it will be made using stain resistant fabrics. Clearly, this is big news for anyone who wants their home to look the very best while still heading up a household of potentially mucky pups.

That’s right – you can actually have the best of both worlds! Seriously, even Jean-Louis Deniot are producing a velvet sofa that uses a polyester blend. You’d never be able to tell the difference, except for the fact that you won’t experience that annoying “crush” that velvet sometimes gets. Ladies and gentlemen, your prayers have been answered.

New Design Trends Coming to a Home Near You!

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If you are even the slightest bit like us, then you know that it is almost impossible to keep up with the latest trends in the home design sector. But it is so tempting to try and make sure your home is up to date with all the new happenings and styles!

A good home is always evolving, just like the modern trends. If you want to keep up with the changes and ensure your home style is at the top of its game, simply read the rest of this article. We’ll cover all of the different trends you’re likely to see increase in popularity over the next twelve months.

Bringing the Outdoors Indoors

These days, the line between what is classed as an “outdoor” fabric and what is regarded as an “indoor” one is becoming increasingly blurred. Many people are beginning to bring those outdoor fabrics into the home, and you will only see this trend getting more and more popular over the coming months.

Outdoor fabrics are particularly durable, which makes them the ideal choice for any rooms that have higher than average human traffic, such as the living room and the dining room.

Deepening the Drawers

Believe it or not, but it no longer has to be a choice between fashion and function in the kitchen – function is being regarded as being very much in fashion right now!

One way in which this is particularly obvious is when it comes to the kitchen drawers. If you are considering doing up your kitchen, let us give you some pointers: get rid of those bottom cabinets. Instead, install something much more user-friendly – deep kitchen drawers. Use inserts and dividers to help organise your bits and bobs, and even look into corner drawers: they’re incredibly versatile!

The Unusual Suspects

Once all of your usual appliances – your ovens, your fridges, your microwaves – are in place, it is time to start thinking a little bit outside the box. Appliances that fill a particular niche are all the rage at the minute, and they can add a little bit of luxury to your life.

The more unusual, the better. Well, so long as you’ll use it, that is! Steam ovens are particularly nice, as they cook things more thoroughly than a microwave, yet keep all the nutrients locked in. Or how about a warming drawer? These will keep your dishes warm while you finish off. Or even a kimchi fridge? Yes, that’s a real thing!

Multi-purpose Kitchen Islands

Usually, an island in the kitchen does just the one thing: provide you with a little extra space for storage and room for food prep. But if you really want your island to stand out, it’s time to put it to use in more ways than one.

We are thinking the following: breakfast bars, prep sinks, an eye-catching centrepiece, or some more of those deep drawers that we love. And that’s just a small selection of the versatility!

DIY Tips: 5 Must Know Home Decor Tips

It can be tricky when decorating your home, especially if you’ve got to do the whole house from top to bottom. Follow these top 5 must know home decor tips to learn exactly what you need to do – and what you should stay away from – when decorating your home. In part one of our mini-series, we talk about keeping away from cliches, mixing and matching styles and keeping small spaces warm and cosy. Take a look at this link for decorating supplies to help you on your way.

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Don’t be explicit – be implicit

Being too OTT with your style will just embarrass you in years to come. If you live near the seaside, for example, it can be tempting to go all out with conch shells, ropes and plenty of sea blue. Although that decor might suit the location of your home, it’s far too cliched to ever really be considered stylish. Instead, be implicit. Give a nod to the ocean with sandy-coloured carpets. Use pieces of washed up wood to make accessories or hammer together to create one-off pieces of furniture. Choose bright, light hues as they’ll reflect the light, bringing the brightness of the seaside indoors, for a timeless look that won’t make you feel queasy in five years’ time.

Mix and match

Don’t be afraid to mix and match styles and time periods. An antique footstool can work beautifully with a minimalist coffee table and more often than not, these humble materials – an old bit of wood or a piece of antiqued leather will work brilliantly well with contemporary materials like stainless steel or a sleek expanse of glass. Source items from charity shops and antique fairs and try to see past how something currently looks – you can always paint it, stain it or repurpose it.

Hang artwork together

You don’t need to hang just one picture on a wall. Put them into a group. Generally, the rule is that design works best in threes, but this isn’t always the case. For example, four paintings hung together in a square can look super stylish. Collage style arrangements look lovely too. For a contemporary look, use the same frame for each painting and for a cool and quirky vintage look, use a number of frame styles – wood, matte black, steel, patterned, plain. Arrange them on the floor to find something you’re happy with before arranging on the wall.

Scrimp and save

Good design doesn’t necessarily equal lots of money. You can get good design by buying cheap – you just have to be savvy. In a kitchen, for example, keep the base units and drawers and just replace the door and drawer fronts. That way, you’ll be able to afford the smart gloss finish or 100% solid oak. Shop where you wouldn’t think to shop – supermarkets often sell excellent accessories and homeware for much less than you’d think.

Sorting out a small space

Often, the emphasis is on making a space feel bigger, but sometimes, you just gotta embrace what you’ve got. And that means unifying the space, rather than dividing it with colour and pattern. As an example, in a smaller bedroom, you could wrap the headboard in the same paper as you hang on the walls.

Source: House Beautiful