Interior Design Trends for 2017


Gone are the days where Australia and New Zealand were behind the times when it came to design. While certain seasonal trends still reach our shores a few months late for obvious reasons, for the most part, we're dancing in step with the rest of the world. “In Australia, our prolific use of technology and social media consumption has shortened the gap in our adaptation of global trends, meaning we are seeing international styles hitting our stores a lot quicker than in previous years,” says the team behind homewares business Nathan + Jac.

2016 was all about framing smaller spaces within larger living areas, with this 'space in space' philosophy allowing people the luxury of privacy through room dividers and simple facades. Parametric lighting solutions and dividing walls created a feeling of modularity and utility, especially in apartments and smaller open-plan living areas. This practical and beautiful idea of framing space is likely to evolve in 2017 as people demand more from less. However, while multi-functional wooden furniture and geometric lines will still be used to create divisions, "there will be less controlled layouts with a greater sense of freedom of expression" according to Victoria Redshaw of London-based trend forecasting company Scarlet Opus, 2016 was an interesting year in terms of colour, with rich pinks and bright colours fighting for attention against muted corals and soft greys. According to Victoria Redshaw, 2017 is likely to favour dark wood tones over blondes, dark marble over Carrara marble, and brass and bronze over copper. Patterns will become "less structured and more organic", with a slower pace counteracting "the digital and virtual dominance many people feel impacts their lives and offers a digital detox that is grounded, low-tech and focuses on finding beauty and satisfaction."

Some of these new organic trends have even been given names, including 'desert wanderer', 'organic matter', and 'analogue workshop'. 'Desert wanderer' plays raw tones off against clean tones, with a rough and earthy colour palette featuring soothing orange tones, muted saffron, and cinnamon. 'Organic matter' is an evolution of ideas from 2016, with the use of green shades, indoor plants, and visions of nature fighting back against technology in urban settings. 'Analogue workshop' offers another counterpoint to the digital age, with this trend enabling digital detox by embracing slow analogue technologies, old crafts, and imperfect forms.