Home and Interiors Trends for 2017
By any measure 2016 was an eventful year and whilst these seismic events will no doubt shape many aspects of our lives in 2017, you may not have considered that they will also have an impact on our homes and interiors. In an article by Kevin Peachey for the BBC’s website, called ‘House Price Predictions for 2017’, there seems to be some consensus amongst housing experts that house price rises will slow down with a minority predicting a small fall. The Brexit vote is cited as one factor in this but another was the latest wave of changes to stamp duty which has seen increases across the board peaking at 15% for buy to let or second homes above £1.5m.
Ray Boulger, of John Charcol mortgage brokers, explained that it led to many at the expensive end of the market choosing to extend their homes rather than move. Some interiors experts believe that it will also have an impact on the way we decorate our properties with property owners more likely to reject the beige and neutral colours which are popular when people are selling their homes, and instead plump for bolder and brighter colours.
To an extent this prediction is endorsed by Pantone’s 2017 colour of the year which is called ‘Greenery’ and which they describe as, ‘Fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring…’. (‘Greenery’ images courtesy of Pantone.)
However, some interiors bloggers seem to be steering more towards the continued growth of the smoky greys, blues and greens – exemplified by Dulux’s Colour of 2017, ‘Denim Drift’.
(Denim Drift image courtesy of Dulux)
It’s these predictions that seem to chime well with the experience of our own designers who are meeting with Conquest customers all the time, discussing and sketching out design ideas for their homes.
‘Whilst I am seeing a move towards more use of colour, our clients tend towards seeking something of a classic and timeless look, for furniture that is made to last.’ said Shameen Jivraj, Conquest Designer. She goes on to say,
‘I’ve just finalised colours in a kitchen for a stunning penthouse apartment overlooking the Thames in Central London and their colour choices are right on trend with blue-green-grey cabinets in Farrow and Ball’s Oval Blue room (No 85) and Light Blue (No 22) which will sit with a Light Oak and Jet Black worktop.’
Home technology developments will continue to make an impact in 2017 and our designers expect that the trend for incorporating larger, cinematic televisions – 55” and 65” into bespoke furniture is set to continue, with the spaghetti of cabling being cleverly concealed.
The other significant driver for change in the home in 2017 will be technology and in particular smart home technology. Global tech blogging site ‘Techpinions’ notes that much of the early discussion around smart home technologies focussed on stand alone products. However, the growth in these devices and the bewildering array of technical standards, platforms and connectivity requirements has only led to a rise in issues of compatibility and frustration for users. They predict the growth in new ‘converged’ versions of these products that will combine functionality – perhaps best exemplified currently by Amazon’s Echo or Alexa device.
(Amazon Echo/Alexa image courtesy of Amazon)
It is in fact three devices in one – a voice controlled wi fi and blue tooth speaker; a smart voice assistant called Alexa – capable of answering questions ranging from the weather to train times and finally it’s a smart home controller that can turn devices on and off. Amazon have very cleverly enabled other technology companies to connect to this platform via it’s ‘Smart Home Skill API’ which which could see it turning it into the de facto gateway for smart home technology.
2017 promises to be an exciting year for our homes.