There are nine key trends that we feel are worthy of mention for Spring 2017 — three colours, three materials, and three moods — each with the potential to run for the long term, and all combining to create an overall picture of the current interiors mood for the first quarter of this year. Here’s the summary: the why, how and what!
1 Beautiful Brass Brass is really proving to be the long stayer of the metallics family. But the way in which it’s used is changing. While it’s still an absolutely glorious material to use for individual pots, lights and any other accessory, the new mode d’emploi is to position it to maximise its qualities of warmth. It is unique in being able to add a golden glow, think of it as a bolt of artificial sunshine in darker corners, or a lightening touch in unexpected places (see below, its genius use to line a wide doorway). Imagine it as a detail on everything from the trim on a kitchen cabinet, to a band of brass round a coaster or through a chopping board. You do it because it adds instant happiness to a space, not because its needed.
2 Modern Marble Marble has obviously been around since eternity, but many consider it rather out of their league for use in the home, perhaps regarding it still as the exclusive province of ancient Italian villas and expensive spas. But no more. Readily available with many a supplier able to cut from a selected slab, manufacture and install, suddenly the wealth of interiors opportunity is open to all. It also comes in the most extraordinary breadth of colours, and the majority of the stones possess a level of detail that verges on the poetic. And it’s 100% natural to boot. What’s not to love! Plus, we love the fact that marble is having a bit of a mainstream moment with large high street brands from Marks & Spencer to Sainsbury’s offering marvellous small pieces at very competitive prices.
3 Mixed Metallics ‘Mixed Metallics’ is the concluding materials trend, as it epitomises the joie de vivre that is at play in interiors for Spring 2017. The revelry in texture, the enthusiasm for some shimmer and shine and the willingness to mix it all together in a glorious soup of sophistication. Who says copper and gold don’t go? Not us. And throw some extra-added texture onto that extractor hood too while you’re at it.
See also Trends: Spring 2017 Colours and Trends: Spring 2017 Moods