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Sunday 24 March 2019
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What to expect in 2017

1 2 3 4   Some of us enjoy keeping an eye on what is trending while others prefer to stay clear and do their own thing. Whichever way you prefer, hopefully this article will highlight which new trends to expect and which from the last couple of months will start to disappear gradually. And let me tell you, some of it was a shock to me and others a very welcome indeed.
 
Let start with what is on its way in, and for some let rather say back in….
Just as a lot of us (I did for instance) got rid of all the darker pieces of furniture, they will start making a comeback.
 
Terracotta pots, tiles and décor items are expected to make its reappearance. For me this is quite a shock! I thought its days were counted…. Contrary to the 80s over use of terracotta, the focus will be on a natural matte finish and limiting tiles to feature walls in bathrooms or for cladding fireplaces, says an expert.
Cork is also making a comeback. Cork is not only stylish; it is a green product and can add warmth and texture to any surfaces. I am going to clad a whole wall in my office with cork tiles and use it as a big pin board. Just have to start looking for a local supplier. In terms of furniture, predictions are that cork will predominately be used for coffee table bases, as solid cork stool or side table and will be combined with other elements such as stone tops.
 
Living in Africa, woven baskets is part of our unique style, but internationally this will become a popular and trendy décor piece for any home during 2017. So watch the décor shops for this, I for one will get a few as soon as possible.
 
Beds will change dramatically during the next few months, with upholstered headboards expected to replace the wood bed frames that are currently in fashion.
 
Untitled-2 6 5During 2016 we saw tropical prints emerge everywhere and this is expected to continue to appear in wallpaper and designer fabrics. Plants are going to be the must-have decoration for your house over the next year. And as we have major water restrictions (probably for the next couple of years) with little or nothing left of our gardens, indoor plants will be great way to liven up our homes and can easily be kept alive with a bucket of recycled water from your shower once a week.
 
On the way out…. Copper was huge during 2016, but will start to disappear during 2017. Marble and brass will continue to be in fashion. Look forward to seeing more raw, earthy textures like wood, clay and wicker. Blues, especially navy and midnight blue will over time make way for rich dark greens. And lets face it, what works better with dark wood and terracotta than greens and greenery. Other colours that will dominate will be whites, beiges, pale grays, camel, and blush pink.
 
I am very glad to report that after years of being very popular, it is predicted that we will move away from quote artworks. Quirky lighting will however be in high fashion.
 
We spend an ever-increasing amount of time in front of a computer or smartphone screen during the day. As a result the desire to a create space in our home with no digital disturbance will become popular. This does not necessarily mean selling the flat screen, but rather the creation of a calm and relaxing corner where we can escape to, if only for the purpose of lazily scrolling through Facebook or reading a book. Relaxed furniture and materials will therefore also be next on the list to complete this nook. From deep sofas or arm chairs with linen slip covers, to large day beds complimented with chunky knit wool rugs and floor cushions. Velvet and geometric shapes made its appearance in 2016 and will be sticking around. Lots of textures are a must.
 
But always remember, trends are short-lived most of the time and should not be taken too seriously. Individuality on the other hand is a real trend. Therefore rather only make those trends that are appropriate and appealing to you your own and interpret it in a way that is unique to your.



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