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4 Design Trends Set to Take Off in 2017

The beginning of the new year is still a while away but when it comes to interior design, it doesn’t hurt to stay ahead of the curve.

These are the top four home design trends to look out for in 2017 as told by design trend forecaster Victoria Redshaw, founder of UK design blog Scarlet Opus.

Redshaw unveiled her trend predictions for interiors at the 2016 Décor + Design fair in Melbourne.

1. Desert Wanderer

“This trend has a minimalist ethos, with a meditative slow, calm element to it,” Redshaw explained to audiences of the Desert Wanderer trend.

“It represents a respite from our fast-paced lives.”

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The look blends a “hazy mirage of colours that merge together almost like a sandstorm” with materials that have a slouchy, informal aesthetic.

“Desert Wanderer promotes a controlled rusticity,” she says.

Colour palette:

– Muted spice tones: saffrons, cinnamons. – Mauve and indigo “to ground the palette”. – Metallic accents such as copper and silver.

“No one has said the word mauve since 1997 and now it’s back, enjoy that.”


– Raw, soft suedes and linens that have a dry, salt-washed fade. – Terracotta, stone-work pottery and natural stone surfaces.

“Carrara marble has reached saturation point – our big prediction for 2017 is the renaissance of onyx (stone).”


– Subtle ombres. – Moorish, Moroccan and Aztec patterns.

2. Organic Matter

This look encourages working with nature, but it goes way beyond having a green wall.

“When we talk about the idea of living in harmony with nature, it’s about us controlling and restricting nature to our will, but this is a trend that explores a total organic-ness that isn’t constricted or coaxed in any way,” says Redshaw.

“It is dependent on allowing nature to be a co-creator and co-designer,” she says. “To embrace very natural, unstructured processes.”

Colour palette:

– Urban concretes, combined with; – Crisp blues and greens.


– Compressed hay and stabilised grass fibres. – Overgrown qualities that affect the outline of shapes.


– Lots of overlapping of foliage prints. – Using semi-transparent materials to build transparent density.

“This unravelling and spilling out is something to look out for in 2017,” Redshaw says. “Look for designs that are finding their own direction and movement.”

3. Analogue Workshop

This trend is a direct response to the accelerating pace of modern life, Redhaw explains.

“We are on this connected track of being constantly updated. It can be overwhelming and it can make life and things feel very temporary.”

With this trend there will be no design for design’s sake, the focus is on form and function.

Redshaw predicts that we will see people yearn for things in life that are much more constant. The Analogue Workshop trend is about a digital detox – a step away from technology and the control it has over our lives.

This trend will find the beauty in everyday materials and thoughtfully-designed furniture. It has 1950s, mid-century and Brutalist influences.

“(People will want) to embrace things that are analogue and see the beauty in things that are very simple,” she says. “And also to value and accept earnt skills.”

“It can be as simple as a beautifully engineered handle on a door.”

With this trend there will be no design for design’s sake, the focus is on form and function.

Leather buckles, screws and rivets will all be made a design feature to be discovered. Furniture will focus on the end-user and how they live and interact with the product.

Colour palette:

– Granite grey, cookie brown. – Discordant accents such as acidic yellow and mint green. – Metallics such as brass and bronze.

“It’s a low-key palette that asks us very politely to reconsider the colours we’re familiar with.”


– Corks, plywoods. – Concrete.

“It’s very much about bringing together only two or three materials but it’s all about how you join them.”

4. Tribe

Women are getting more degrees than men and in many cultures becoming more politically represented, Redshaw says. This – believe it or not – is having an impact on the design world.

The Tribe trend is about moving away from the airbrushed perfection of home magazines and embracing a look that is stronger, bolder and less polite.

“Strong is the new pretty – that is really the whole attitude of the trend,” Redshaw says.

“We’ll see it in fashion but in interiors as well. It’s about experimentation, bold colours, folk crafts and modernising them and mixing them together.”

Colour palette:

– Graphic blacks, whites and greys with unapologetic pops of colour. – Energetic blues and “confident” greens. – Bright pink.

“We’re rebranding pink to be a powerful pink. It doesn’t have to be a ditzy colour.”


– Wool (Macrame). – Coloured glass.


– Animal print. – Geometric patterns.

“It’s about spontaneity in the home and having a globe-trotting spirit. There is an ethnic quality but it’s difficult to define what the exact ethnic influence is.”

Author: Alice Bradley


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