There’s just 10 more working days until I’m on my Christmas break from work and I am COUNTING. DOWN. THE. SECONDS.
As well as the usual festivities of the year, eating, drinking and seeing the people that mean the most to us, I also have a To Do list the length of my arm as I plan to get stuck into some of the boring life admin jobs that need doing.
Having an extended period of time off of work (if you’re one of the lucky ones who doesn’t have to go in between Christmas and New Year) means the festive holidays are a popular time for giving your house a revamp, especially when the decorations come down and you see your walls bare for the first time in weeks!
If you’re thinking of jazzing up your home and giving it a new look for the New Year, I’ve put together some of the trends that interiors experts are predicting for 2017:
I’ve got to admit, this is definitely on my list of Must Haves for my home of the future. There’s just something about an island in kitchen that makes the interiors lover in me swoon at first sight. However, the word on the street is that islands are on their way out and are going to be a big no-no going forward. Luckily I won’t be able to afford a house of my own for a very long time, so they might have come back around and be in fashion again by the time I have my own bricks and mortar.
Another item I’m a big fan of – the metro tile. Something that used to be common place on the American subways, they’ve now found their ways into restaurants and bars, and even into our homes where they make a pretty swish little addition to kitchens and bathrooms. With a bit of a retro feel to them, they’re perfect for this modern era where we like to blend ultra modern with a bit of old world charm, plus their clean lines make them perfect for providing an interesting yet not overwhelming backdrop to a room.
If these tiles aren’t for you though, never fear, exposed wood and brickwork are still tipped to be big in 2017.
Open Plan Living
Having grown up in an open-plan house and living in one now, I have to admit, this is one I’m not convinced on, no matter how many experts tell me it’s the “in thing”. Whilst open plan living creates a large and airy space – ideal when you have 2 cats and a dog like us and need some room – it does have it’s downsides. For example, if you take a call while your other half is watching TV, you have to potter upstairs to take it for fear of interrupting their viewing, and those times that you don’t do the washing up immediately after finishing dinner? Well those plates are going to sit on the kitchen work surface and JUDGE YOU while you sit on the sofa in full view of them. It gives me the twitches just thinking about it.
Of course, if you are living in an open plan property, there are ways to break up the space without having to do hefty building works. Splash out on a tall book case to act as a room divider, or, if you’re looking for something a little more permanent, you could put in some bi-fold doors (like these from Vufold) so you can open up the space as and when you want to. Best of both worlds!
Copper and Rose Gold
I’m a blogger. Therefore I love anything rose gold and in the past 6-months I’ve fallen in love with copper too. Our bedroom is browns, creams and dark wood, with a copper accent running throughout. I’ll be doing a separate post on my new found love for copper as I want to show you some of the accessories we’ve bought (including a beaut tealight holder from Trouva). A fair few months ago I said to Ben that I thought copper was going to be big business as I saw a few bits trickling into the shops, and I couldn’t be happier to have been proved right because now I can buy all the copper pieces I want and couldn’t find before!
If copper isn’t for you, 2017 is set to be a good year for metals all around, and black painted metal is tipped to be big news. Paired with soft shades of neon or rich jewel colours, and you’ve got yourself a classy, colour-popping scheme.
(In other news Denim has been selected as Dulux’s colour of the year for 2017 – I wouldn’t have guessed that in a million years!)
I told you all about my amazing copper (told ya!) print from Dorkface a little while ago, but quote prints are billed to continue their popularity next year. That said, it is predicted that geometric prints are going to be taking over the reign next year, as are mandala prints. I reckon, if you are a little bit arty, you could definitely make some of your own geometric or mandala pieces to adorn your walls!
We only have the stairs and landing left to decorate in our house, which is probably a good thing, as with all these exciting new interiors trends coming in I think I’d struggle to pick a theme for our rooms!
I can’t wait to see what other exciting things come to the homes and interiors world in the next 12-months… in fact, I think I might have to subscribe to Ideal Homes Magazine again…
Will you be using the Christmas holidays to get stuck into some home updates or would you prefer to roll up your sleeves and thrust your hands into a family size tub of chocolates instead?
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