Design Trends 2017

With the spring season getting into its stride, in our house we think it’s time to start thinking about the kinds of looks we want around the home through the rest of the year. It’s pretty clear by now that 2017 is going to be an iconic year in terms of design, with a number of fresh looks making their way into our collective design lexicon, as well as a number of tired old trends shuffling off to never be seen again. With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of 3 key trends which will be big in 2017, as well as 2 which should be left behind this year.

What’s ‘In’ for 2017?

Mixed Pattern Textiles

In the fall collections at New York fashion week, one of the stand out trends was mixed patterns on the textiles used on the clothing included in the catwalk shows, and in the following months, that aesthetic has crept its way into interior design too.
From patchwork statement pieces to more freeform patterns, there’s no need to worry about mismatching this season.

Muted Colours

There’s plenty of design blogs and magazines which are keen to tell you that this year’s big colour is bright green, and while I’m sure that’s going to work out great in some rooms, it’s a tricky one to make work in the majority of spaces.
Instead, I’m getting on board with the muted colour trend, where whites, pale greys, blush pink, camel, and beiges are at the forefront of the palette.


For the last couple of years, we’ve seen bronze featuring more heavily in things like lamps and light fitting, and while it often looks best near a light source, 2017 will see the metal reaching out into more corners of design, and being applied to more elements of rooms.

For instance, decorative bowls, surfaces and trimming are all likely to feature bronze more heavily, and will all benefit from the warming colour and soft reflection it offers.

What’s ‘Out’ for 2017?

Single Era Antiques

It’s long been perceived correct that if you’re going to do antiques, you need to keep the continuity of design in check by featuring only pieces from the same era within any given rooom. The idea was that designs which aren’t contemporaneous are more likely to be jarring when juxtaposed in the same space.

However, eclecticism is in, and the old hard and fast rules about what you can team together have definitely been loosened; so long as the lines and colours of different pieces work together, there’s no reason why you can shop across the eras.


Look, before you get all up in arms and tell me I’m being unfaithful to my own DIY core, I’m not saying that you can’t do anything yourself round the house, simply that the classic DIY look – made popular by Pinterest and Etsy – is out in terms of furniture, and artisanal is in. Rustic, unique and upcycled is still the look, but now you’re expected to be guided by a more professional hand.