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The interior trends you’ll be loving in 2017

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Amelia Barnes :
Just splurged on some marble and copper homewares? You may want to stop reading. While 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.
If you’re renovating or building a new home, look out for the following trends to include, and those to avoid, for 2017.
WHAT’S IN
1. Terracotta
Warm materials such as terracotta tiles will replace currently popular cool and white tones. “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,” says Lauren Macer of Sisalla Interior Design.  
2. Cork
Not only is cork a stylish material idea that adds warmth and texture to spaces, it's also ideal for absorbing noise in our increasingly large, open plan homes. “It’s used in coffee table bases in combination with stone tops, and as solid cork stool or side table,” Macer says. “I predict cork could be used to clad entire walls in the home office and used to pin notes to.”
3. 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 as a paint colour for rooms such as a bedroom creates a wintery Scandi backdrop for tan leathers, reindeer furs, brass lamps 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.”
4. Upholstered bedheads
Beds will change dramatically in 2017, with upholstered bed heads set to replace the timber bed frames currently dominating the market. ‘They’ve been a staple in luxury hotel bedrooms and celebrity homes for a while, but now we’re all falling head over heels for the bedhead trend,” says Emma Blomfield, stylist at online homewares retailer TheHome.com.au.
 “Whether you opt for the classic model in neutral colour with buttons, or a plush one in velvet, a bedhead is an easy way to update and add instant glamour to a bedroom.”
5. Escapism
Homes with nooks and places to retrieve will become more popular as humans react to our increasingly technological lives. Relaxed furniture and materials will follow suit, from deep sofas with linen slip covers, to oversized love seats, day beds, Icelandic sheepskins, chunky knit wool rugs and floor cushions.
6. Jewel tones
While pastel shades of pink and blue are currently having their day in the sun, they will soon be overtaken by jewel tones inspired by metals, space, stars, clouds and the cosmos. “X-ray materials, transparent fabrics, floaty silks and sheers will create a lightness and soft romantic element to this trend, which embodies an optimism for where we have come from and where we are headed.”
WHAT’S OUT
1. Copper
Our experts almost unanimously agree that copper and rose gold will be out by 2017. “However, the oversaturation of cheap and shiny imitation copper just ends up looking like you’ve tried too hard, and by doing so, you’ve already missed the boat.” In its place, a more industrial aesthetic is anticipated.
2. Marble
With marble homewares all the rage in the mass-produced homewares market, we can soon expect a sharp decline in interest. “Marble has had a good run, but it’s time for a change,” Cocksey says. “Look forward to raw, earthy textures like timber, clay and wicker.”
3. Quote artworks
After years of popularity, consumers will predictably move away from quote artworks. “[They’re] so cliché,” says the Zwei interiors team. “We have all seen the ‘Keep calm and…’ posters and they have had their day,” Macer says.
4. Fiddle leaf figs
Once a feature of every magazine spread, the fiddle leaf fig will soon be substituted for a new statement indoor plant. Not only are consumers arguably tired of the fiddle leaf fig’s look (and increasingly frustrated by the high prices and wait periods) it’s also proven difficult to keep alive in southern Australian climates given it’s native to parts of western Africa. “The staple indoor plant needs to have an update. Move over fiddle leaf figs, the olive tree is coming,” Blomfield says.
5. Open plan living
Defined living spaces are returning to modern homes as consumers seek more private home layouts. “As people have now lived with the open plan living areas incorporating kitchen, living, dining and even study areas, they have found problems with acoustics and cooking smells through the space,” Macer says. “The living, kitchen and dining areas could be located around central courtyard, breaking up the large open space.”
6. Subway tiles
Modern bathrooms and kitchen commonly feature the humble subway tile due to the affordable price point and its versatile look. However, the proliferation of this look will see its popularity decline. “We have seen them at our local cafe and basically they're everywhere,” Macer says.

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