A Return to Elegance


Giles Kime makes a bold prediction as he perceives a new wind blowing through the World of Interiors. It’s easy (and tempting) to dismiss trend predictions, but you only need to look at Country Life to see that interior design is a restless business. The dramatic changes that took place in the early 20th century demonstrated a profession with creative ADHD, as prevailing styles swung from Arts-and-Crafts to Art Deco to an extraordinary Rococo revival in the space of two decades. I’ve never seen anything intrinsically wrong with the idea of interior design being trend-driven. The only danger is when they lack substance  or when they’re taken to fashion victim extremes.

Here are some design predictions for 2017, the first of which is the return of elegant upholstery. Although an L-shaped sofa might be the ideal place for a Saturday-night , they miss the point that  well-designed sofas are intended to enhance an interior, rather than simply provide a quasi-bed. Sofas aren’t just for vegetating on — for an insight into the infinite possibilities of upholstery, look no further than a Conversation Piece sofa, Secondly, an idea which is more nebulous but potentially even more exciting: the return to a more considered approach to design. This is a move on from the unhinged eclecticism that resulted in people being encouraged to ‘mix it up’ and accept that ‘there are no rules’, precipitating some disturbing juxtapositions of pretty much every style under the sun—a bit of Miami here, a bit of Scandinavian there and a light dusting of Vintage. Designers such as Rose Uniacke and Ben Pentreath are the masters of the more disciplined approach. The third source of interest is the return of the four-walled room (as opposed to the open-plan space ).
Interior Design Trends You Should Stay Away From in 2017

Interior designers have spoken to Architectural Digest, and they each selected a trend that they definitely do not want to see this year. So, if you want to know which interior design trends you should avoid in 2017, now is the time to keep up.


Interior designer Sasha Bikoff says that “leather couches, apart from English-style Chesterfield’s, have got to go in 2017. Comfort and design can go hand in hand, and leather couches can sometimes be tacky and are easily stained. Not to mention, they are uncomfortable in warm summer months. I would love to see more people taking a chance on sofas and couches with bright colours or printed fabrics.”


Tiffany Fong, creative director of Capsule believes “we’ve seen wooden, mid-century legs on everything from sofas to dining tables for years now, and I am looking forward to seeing more unexpected silhouettes incorporated into homes.”



Designer Shelley Johnstone says she’s “over spaces being too minimal and cold. I love the layers of fabrics, velvets and wools, grasscloth and rattan creating texture and depth, and lacquered ceilings and the attention to detail. I want to see more rooms that are interestingly layered and comfortable without becoming fussy.”


CEO of Rapt Studio, David Galullo hopes “that the trend to replicate mid-century-modern spaces inch by inch in 2017 fades away”. The designer believes that you should “build a room around what you love from every year and a variety of styles. Life is too short and space too valuable to freeze it all in time.”


Designer Glenn Pushelberg stated that “we would be happy not to see any more white, loftlike, art gallery–inspired, over styled interiors. What we do want to see is moodier, more artistic expressions and richness in colours and materials.”


Interior designer Anne Hepfer “would love to see Ombré be replaced with beautiful printed fabrics and watercolour paintings, like those from Ferrick Mason.


Famous interior designer Jonathan Adler says that what he doesn’t want to see in 2017 is “people not making an effort. Moderation: It ain’t a trend, but it is a blight!”


Designer Wesley Moon stated that the one trend she wants gone is related to “that cheap-looking bright gold metal that is on every piece of new furniture. Old brass is great on antiques, but the trend of having a bright, shiny (yet somehow also matte) version of it on every new piece of furniture (often paired with lacquer, sometimes chevron patterns) is wearing very thin.


Loren Kreiss, owner of Kreiss believes “the industry has been over-saturated with the greyed-out look. I would love to see the grey colours that have dominated wood finishes and fabrics move toward warmer and whiter in 2017. Customers are requesting more and more white, ivory, and ‘white white.’ These kinds of off-white finishes feel very current.”


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