Revealed: The Key Home Design
Trends To Look Out For In 2017

Now that 2017 is well and truly upon us, you may be thinking about ways in which you can update your home design. With every new year comes the burning desire to revamp each area of your life and, honestly, there is no better place to start than your home.

Charlotte Grainger
February 25, 2017


Since you likely spend most of your free time in your abode, you need to ensure that it’s a place of which you truly can be proud.

Still, if you’re not sure what the latest trends of the year are, knowing where to begin can be tricky. Thankfully, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got you covered.

Here are some of the most current home decor tips that you really need to know. Before you even consider an overhaul of your interior decor, you have to read this!


‘Greenery’ coloured interiors

There’s only one colour that’s going to be on everybody’s walls this year; ‘greenery’. The tone was actually named the Pantone Colour of the Year 2017, and for good reason.

This is such a versatile colour since it can work in almost any room or, indeed, space within your home. If you’re hoping to freshen things up just a tad, splashing a little of this colour into your home is certainly the way to go.

So, what is it that’s so very special about this particular tone? Well, Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, puts it best.

“We love that feeling of newness, of realigning yourself and revitalising yourself. A really important aspect is that the color has vibrancy and a little bit of brightness,” she recently told Elle Decor.

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It’s definitely true that the themes of revitalisation, renewal, and rejuvenation are at the very heart of this colour. That’s what makes the tone so very special.

It can be used as much as a base tone as it can as a highlighter. It’s safe to say that one of the most useful home decor tips we can give you is to use the colour as you see fit.

There really are no rules with this tone. In recent times, we’ve seen it used as a full-wall colour, completing engrossing a room. In the same light, you may equally wish to use just a hint of the tone in an otherwise neutral and plain room.

So, what tones can you use should you opt for this colour? Well, blending different shades of green might sound a little elaborate, but it can really work.

When you look at some on trend home interior pictures, you will see that this mishmash of shades can at once look sophisticated and alluring.

It’s also worth noting that the colour can be figuratively ‘warmed up’ with the use of browns and oranges. When used in moderation, these contrasting colours can enhance the overall effect of the room.

Of course, it’s always well worth taking the time to create a colour palette board before decking on what works for your home.

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The final thing that you must keep in mind when using this colour tone is that it has close ties with nature.

Flora tends to work coherently with the ‘greenery’ colour, which means that indoor plants will always be a welcome addition. When it comes to choosing your house decoration items, it’s worth opting for pieces that align to this theme.

Last year, we saw that the use of interior plants was one of the biggest fads of the time, and it’s not going anywhere soon.

Be sure to opt for plants that are low-maintenance while still making a huge impact. For example, evergreen plants will always add a little pizazz to a room without needing too much attention.


Chic subway tiled walls

Subway (or ‘metro’) tiles are nothing particularly new. This is a trend that comes back around every few years and, frankly, we just can’t get enough of it.

In an instant, these tiles can make your home look urban and en vogue. When it comes to home decor tips, including these simple, yet effective little tiles should be at the top of your list.

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The most obvious place in which you may want to utilise these tiles is, of course, the bathroom.

Industrial chic has come to be one of the most popular styles in modern bathroom spaces. So, it stands to reason, that this style of wall adornment would work in these rooms.

Forget using them sparingly, though; you want to create an entire room space with these little beauties.

Tiling your bathroom walls (from the ceiling to the floors) completely in metro-style pieces will give the space a ‘wet room’ look. That means that the impact will be rather dramatic from the moment that people step foot inside the room.

Plus, if you’re lucky enough to have room height on your side, this has to be one of the most effective home decor tips. The tiling will draw the eye upwards giving the illusion of space.

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Second, only to the bathroom, the kitchen is yet another area where these tiles will work well.

You’ve likely seen this type of tiling in commercial units, from restaurants to cafes. Well, there’s no reason that you can’t add some of that hip style in your own home.

Be certain to use neutral colours, such as white or black, when it comes to your kitchen tiling. Anything else could easily run the risk of making the room look smaller than it is.

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Finally, if you simply don’t want this trend to take over an entire room, there is another way to go. Picking out a feature wall or just a mere alcove in these tiles can create a fabulously contemporary look.

When doing so, you have the scope to get a little more creative with your colours. Since the tiling will only cover a tiny area, you can afford to opt for a bold tone to ensure that it stands out.

It’s not just in the kitchen or bathroom that you may wish to explore this latest fad. Using bold subway tiles makes for one of the most intriguing interior design ideas for the living room space.

So long as you use them in moderation, this type of tiling can work wonders for your home.


Marble and brass interiors

Last year was all about the ‘copper and chrome’ motif. Sadly, those days are over and there’s a new interior design duo in town.

Say hello to brass and marble. One of the major home decor tips on every designer’s lips at the moment is that you ought to use these two materials in sync. It might sound a little lavish, but to be honest, that is completely the point of this fad.

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If you’re revamping an entire room, you can use this trend in the best possible way. Needless to say that it’s the kitchen that will benefit the most from this style, especially if you do plan on going all out with it.

Simply put, the easiest way to achieve this look is to install marble surfaces and use brass pieces as features within the room.

There is a whole range of house decoration items which you can get in brass. From lighting fixtures to faucets, you should take a look at the range before picking your pieces.

In the past, and certainly with accessories, light marble has been key. However, if you’re going to create a whole space using this look, you may wish to opt for a darker tone.

Don’t shy away from deep marble patterns; when contrasted with light walls, they can look modern and attractive.

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Moving on, there are some great interior design ideas for your living room that you can also apply to this look. Picking out some minor furnishings in these materials is an excellent way to stay on trend without making any dramatic changes.

Recently, there has been a whole host of designers including both marble and brass in their pieces. That means that there really is no end to the furniture of this style on the market.

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If you want to take things down a notch further still, here’s one of the easiest interior decor tips we can possibly give you. Why not make an ornamental display using both marble and brass?

Grabbing some small (and, yes, affordable!) house decoration items in these materials means that you can pay homage to the trend without it being too costly.


Heavy tribal patterns

From African-inspired prints to chic Australian patterns, there’s something ever-so-bohemian about bold designs.

Over the last couple of years, interior design has moved swiftly into the realm of eye-catching patterns and prints. If you’re ready to welcome this style into your home, there are a few home decor tips that you really do need to know.

You see, the key to creating a look that suits your particular space is choosing an array of patterns, rather than just one.

Many designers commit the cardinal sin of simply adhering to one style of print. This mistake creates many more problems than it solves since it locks you into a style that you then have to maintain.

For example, if you go with a sheer zebra print, you may fall into the trap of having to create a whole zebra theme. (Realistically, that’s just never going to work.)

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There are a few minor ways in which you can include this trend in your home. If you happen to have a relatively neutral living space, you might wish to jazz things up a little with some cushions.

Some of the biggest high street retailers have bold printed pillows and cases. That means that you should have absolutely zero problem finding some choice pieces that will suit your sense of style.

Again, don’t make the mistake of choosing pieces in the same pattern. You need room for experimentation, and that means mish-mashing prints from the start.

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Failing that, you may want to take things to the next level and invest in a statement piece of furniture. A modern interior design idea for your living room would be to choose a couple of stand-out pieces that really give the space some character.

When it comes to choosing statement pieces, the bolder you go, the better. The very last thing you want is for these items to merely blend into the background of your home. As a rule, when you’re shopping for house decoration items, you should have an idea of what you want in mind.

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If you’re feeling particularly daring, this last home decor tip is for you.

To create a wild, boho look, you could really benefit from clashing a range of bold, bright patterns. Don’t worry too much about the core ‘theme’ of the room as its style will appear organically.

Search stores for pieces that are unique and marvel-worthy, as they will be the ones that make up your home interior.

From embroidered pieces to screen-printed designs, there is a wealth of styles that you’re free to explore here. Remember, this trend is all about being expressive and adapting a range of pieces to suit your home.

Rather than worrying too much about whether certain prints ‘work’ with one another, it may be worth simply trying them together. As you can see in the above example, despite the fact that there is no coherent style, the complete look is flawless.


Bizarre, ‘quirky’ lighting fixtures

We’re sticking with the bold and daring theme for this next 2017 interior design trend. Despite the fact that lighting is one of the core elements of home decor, many people tend to overlook it.

Of course, it’s easy to opt for plain and simple lights than to choose pieces that adhere to the style of the room. Despite this niggling fact, choose a quirky statement fixture can afford you a massive pay-off.

When you choose to be a little original in your choices here, it really does show. These bizarre little house decoration items will be a statement unto themselves.

So, where should you begin? Well, let’s set some ground rules here. Quirky and novelty are not synonymous by any means. Getting a lamp shaped like a robot or a dinosaur will look tacky, not creative.

Before you choose your fixtures, take a look at some of the examples we just so happen to have picked out for you here.

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First, let’s take a quick look at the cluster light trend. We’ve seen this fad growing and growing in recent months, and it’s clear to see why.

The style takes a bunch of lamps and merges them together to give a complete unified look. You’ve likely seen this style used in home interior pictures recently, but how can you achieve it within your own abode?

The answer is simple. You don’t actually have to create this look from scratch. What you are seeing here is nothing short of an illusion.

This is not, in fact, a cluster of lamps, but one made to look like just that. What that means is that you can get a fixture that looks similar to the one here without having to put in the ground work. Genius.

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Butterfly and bird-centric pieces are certain to be high on your ‘must-buy’ list this year. Not only have we seen this style on the catwalk, but it is also rife in the world of interior design as well.

You will have likely noticed this fad popping up just about everywhere in recent months so how can you use it in your home?

If you’re hoping to aptly combine two trends in just one piece, take a look at this fixture. Installing a weird, yet wonderful lamp like this one is a great way to tip your hat to the modern-day trends. What’s more, the stripped-back base of the pieces still maintains that industrial chic vibe.

Take a look around and see what you can find. After all, this style is all about daring to be oh-so-different.

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Lastly, here’s a completely contemporary home decor tip. The lamp here is both futuristic and bizarre; making it the ideal piece for any modern home.

The angular shape of the fixture is awe-inspiring, which means that it’s certain to be a talking point in any home. When looking for fixtures for your home, you should consider what other house decoration items you have.

Picking pieces that work with one another is something of an art form. Remember, practice really does make perfect.

So, what do you think of our 2017 interior trend picks? Which will you be using in your own home? Don’t forget to leave us a comment! We always love hearing what our readers have to say!

Charlotte Grainger

Charlotte Grainger

Charlotte is a freelance writer living in Sheffield, UK. Her interests include gender issues, kittens and the Gilmore Girls. In her spare time, she also writes poetry and drinks copious amounts of red wine and coffee.