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The Design Trend Forecast

Interior design, like any fashion, is regularly changing and evolving, and while investing in new decor may be more expensive than updating your wardrobe, fortunately, changes in design trends tend to be more subtle and gradual.

However, if this is your year of change – especially if you’ve just bought a new home or you’re thinking of redecorating – here are a few ideas to keep in mind.


According to InteriorDesign.net, shades inspired by nature and evoking wellbeing and serenity are the new hit hues: “Calming shades of green, purple, and taupe have topped almost every major paint brand’s colour forecast.”

This comes on the back of the announcement by Pantone of 2017’s ‘Colour of the Year’ (yes there is such a thing) – “Greenery” which is a subtle greeny-yellow and described by the colour giant as, “A refreshing and revitalizing shade … symbolic of new beginnings.” To see it for yourself, visit Pantone.com.

Homeowners however should also be mindful of the importance of longevity.

“A neutral palette is always a good starting point, as it is less likely to date. Choose a base colour and then work through its range of tones,” says Prahran-based interior designer Andrew Zunica of Zunica Design. “It’s then better to add items such as artworks and soft furnishings that reflect current trends, rather than make wholesale changes. These additions can easily be updated, but still make a bold statement.”

The earthy tones and dusky purples and greens would make up the colour choices for these accent pieces.


Natural materials such as stone, cork, simple metal and terracotta are set to continue their prominence, according to Homestolove.com.au – reflecting a preference towards a more environmentally harmonious way of life.

Andrew Zunica suggests layering textures to create more depth and interest in an interior space, rather than an overuse of colour. If you have a leather sofa, or one with a tightly woven fabric, contrast that smooth background with chunkier, open-weave soft furnishings, and metallic, felt or velvet textiles.

“Don’t be afraid to mix timbers either. Lighter woods and ebony go remarkably well together, as does oak and dark timber.”


Possibly the boldest prediction is Interiordesign.net’s focus on sculptured light. While certainly not everyone’s taste, installations that use modern lighting technology and evolving sculptural capabilities to illuminate a space can create a dramatic design contrast and sure-fire conversation-starter.


Ultimately, timeless design comes down to balance, and while period architecture doesn’t mean you’re restricted to country-house décor, successful décor decisions will be the ones that complement the general ambience of the home. Contrasting design elements can be very effective in both contemporary and classical settings.

“The key however is to not let trends dictate your space. Yes, be influenced by them, but take your design cues from the essential elements of your home - the architecture, the location, the natural light and of course your personality,” advises Zunica.

Image source: Felix Forest.