What's hot for 2017

I received an email from a very old friend Christine Kreplins who has been following my blog. She used to be a Mid North Coast resident but now lives in Kuala Lumpur and works with the design and building industry exporting what seems like a vast variety of building and decor items. She asked if I would give her the heads up about what's happening in design in Australia - so I thought I'd write a blog post about trends, 'what's hot' and a few 'what's not'....This post might help those of you who are making big decisions for new builds or those of you who are decorating. Always be aware of trend items in design as they can quickly date and dateability is a topic I am asked about regularly.

It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the new year, trend forecasters and designers are already thinking well into 2017 ­– and there’s a big shake up of interior trends predicted.

Designers keep their finger on the pulse of what's now and whats next - mostly trends are something to be avoided if you're in the design industry. Trend items will date so quickly.... you know the story, in one minute, out the next!

In Australia, our prolific use of technology and social media usage has shortened the gap in our adaptation of global trends. This means that we are seeing international styles hitting our stores a lot quicker than usual.

If you’re renovating or building a new home, look out for the following trends to include, and those to avoid, for 2017.

IN - Terracotta

Warm materials such as terracotta tiles have come back into favour and used in a modern context adds a great deal of character and warmth.

Unlike in the 80s, they aren’t used as border tiles. Instead they will have a natural matte finish and be used as feature walls in bathrooms or for cladding fireplaces and on floors or just in colour for decor items.

IN -Dark Green

Dark shades of green will become the new must-have dark interior colour as we say goodbye to navy and midnight blues.

Dark green in paint colour for bedrooms creates a wintery cocoon like backdrop for tan leathers, reindeer furs and natural linen,” Macer says.

Used in a feature armchair or cushions and decor items as an accent, it adds depth and can bring in the colours from the outdoors.

IN -Upholstered bed heads

Beds will change dramatically in 2017, with upholstered bed heads set to replace the timber bed frames currently dominating the market.