Space is the ultimate luxury
Down comes 2016’s cluttered wallpapers to be replaced by this seasons large expanses of clean painted walls. We’re expecting to see lots of whites and muted colours to make places feel larger and airier. Natural light from windows will be more sort-after to make the space feel fresher and therefore calmer. Blush pinks, greys and light blues will be perfect base colours for walls, particularly as they compliment the rising trend of house plants and natural materials.
It's all about the green
Voted Pantone’s colour of the year, green is likely 2017’s most noticeable impact in our home trends. Hues from lime green to emerald are expected to be peppered throughout homes as a shout-out to nature. House plants in particular are going to be the next big thing, signifying healthy living with a relaxed aura.
Our growing need to re-connect with nature means we expect to see a lot of wooden and marble surfaces around the home. These two will be increasingly popular due to the detailed contours that engage your eye and stand out from wall’s muted base colours.
The oversaturation of cheap rose gold and copper imitations in the 2016 market now implies that you’re perhaps trying too hard. This goes against any sense of luxury and effortless living designers are striving to achieve, so rose gold is out. Still needing the industrial edge to counterbalance natures influence in the home, we expect brass to supersede copper or perhaps be added as a mixed tone to dial down the rose gold.
Cork is in (yes, really)
Not only does cork have a contoured and natural aesthetic, it also has its practicalities. Having a whole wall of cork can be a bold design statement whilst its noise absorption qualities minimalise the various sounds that come with open-plan living. This, alongside the ability to easily pin items to its surface makes for a personalized and calming feature to your home.
Quality over quantity
People are displaying a more conscientious approach to consumerism, preferring more quality products that benefit the home. Necessary features of the home such as work surfaces, lights, sofas etc. are therefore more artisan, specifically chosen to work with one another. Having minimalist rooms filled with functional statement pieces are a great way of expressing yourself whilst having a calm uncluttered environment.
More textures please
As flat screen technology surrounds our modern lifestyles, 2017 will start to reflect peoples need to really experience their home. Weaving luxurious textures together such as thick fur, velvet, leather and soft satin blankets will indulge the senses, giving you both comfort and keeping on trend with your style.
The way in which a wall is prepared and paint applied can be just as important in achieving a smooth, desirable finish as the type of paint and choice of colour itself. To ensure that an attractive, appealing paint finish is successfully achieved follow these simple hints and tips.
For a solid, flat and elegant finish that is easy to touch up when required, matte paint is ideal for creating a gentle, soothing finish. It helps to conceal flaws too, making it a good choice for older walls with "character".
Has slightly more lustre than a matte finish, low-sheen rather than shiny. This attractive finish resists stains better than matte paint, and is easier to maintain
Creates an attractive and highly durable high sheen finish, an ideal choice if you want to make a room look bigger. While it is the easiest to clean (just wipe with a damp cloth) Silk paint’s light reflecting properties do make it more difficult to touch up because any difference in sheen will be apparent. It will make imperfections in your walls more noticeable, so it is worth investing a bit of extra time on surface preparation to make your walls as smooth as possible.
Even our gloss paint is zero-VOC! An easy-to-apply, non-drip antibacterial gloss paint that provides a hardwearing, wipe-clean finish for interior and exterior wood and metal. (Please note, the gloss does not share the formaldehyde-absorbing properties of the emulsion paint, but there's still no safer gloss paint on the market!)