Powdery pink, terracotta, sand, cinnamon, and rust are earth colours that are becoming increasingly popular. They are warming, calming and very versatile. Introduce them into a muted colour scheme in a minimalist, Scandinavian-inspired interior spaces.
The second trend is confident jewel tones like vibrant greens, dusky blues and plum. These colours add a mixture of romance and bohemian feel to any space and work well with the pastels that were big in 2016. Influencing this rich moody trend is Benjamin Moore’s colour of the year Shadow. These tones can be used in commercial and residential interiors but most popular in the hospitality and food and beverage projects.
In supporting the well-being movement, people are leading towards fun fresh atmospheres. Interiors clad in white with inflections of colour and lighter wood lends to a laid-back California Baha vibe. This popular trend is moving away from the rustic furnishings and heavy finishes we’ve seen for years.
We all know that BC has been in love with grey but this year it’s moving away from the cold shades of concrete to a warmer tone. The new popular neutral is now “Greige” (yes grey and beige or some would call it taupe), especially in residential interiors. Rooms from top to bottom with wood flooring, tiles, furnishings, paint……a Greige affair!
This year will continue to display raw unprocessed materials, up-cycled resources and artisan goods. Cement, wood and exposed brick are more commonly used as main interior features and growing in popularity are cork, plaster and clay. These natural textures are counterbalanced by the smooth luster of metal and marble. 2016 was dominated by copper but this year brass and gold will triumph bringing back the retro bling. Eclectic combinations dominate commercial interiors but more and more designers are integrating this approach into residential spaces as well.
Fabric and Pattern
In fall of 2016 the fashion world brought velvet back from the 90’s and is now inundating the interior design industry in 2017. It’s showing up mostly in residential seating, cushions, curtains, or wallpaper in a variety of different colours. This lush fabric matches perfectly with the other trending raw materials, burnished metals and large-scaled greenery.
The subway pattern is slowly fazing out but geometric shapes are still going strong. Minimalist structures and furniture are complemented by these random arrangements and conduct vintage colours and feel. These patterns can be displayed with tile, wallpaper, paint etc. and add the right amount of interest and complexity to any space.
Pantone’s colour of the year coincides with our yearning to reconnect with the outdoors and studies prove that our health benefits from exposure to mother nature. Expect to see a diversity of green through paint, living plants and botanic wallpapers.
Consumers are pressing for sustainability and Eco-friendly interiors. A more conscientious approach and quality solutions are encouraged and celebrated. Blending organic design with natural materials creates modern, original and personal spaces. This brings a profound drive for supporting smaller independent designers with a bespoke story behind each of their products.
LED (light-emitting diode)
By most municipalities, LED lighting is now required when designing a space. It is energy-efficient, has a long-life span and easily adaptable to any environment. The technology allows lighting designers to create minimal pieces that require less space and produce less heat. The LED lamps vary in colour rendering making them suitable for almost any commercial interior or residential application. Definitive lighting placement can give an architectural space a new identity or energize interior environments without impending sight lines.