With the amount of time we spend in front of a computer or smartphone screen during the day ever increasing, and awareness of the necessary benefits of work-life balance growing, our desire to create spaces in our lives devoid of digital / technological distraction will become greater.
This means wanting to create havens of calm and tranquillity in our homes – a desire that is expected to be reflected in home interior design trends for 2017.
It is not difficult to have a pocket of space in your home to retreat to, whether it is a bedroom or a little nook to escape to and lazily scroll your Instagram feeds in peace. You don’t necessarily have to set aside a physical space; just make your chosen spot comfortable with relaxed furniture and materials – from deep sofas with linen slip covers, to oversized love seats, day beds, Icelandic sheepskins, chunky rugs and floor cushions.
As part of this trend towards escapism, many home owners are becoming more embracing of sustainable practices and pieces as their way of reconnecting with Nature and the peace and quiet it represents. Materials that have greater longevity, and age more gracefully, are quickly becoming a more regular fixture in the 21st-century home. For example, more natural and textured fabrics and materials, such as crepe, cotton, linen and leather, are expected to be more prevalent.
As a result, faux will be fashionable in 2017 – and we’re not just talking faux fur rugs. Home owners and designers are turning to faux materials for a budget-friendly and sometimes more reliable alternative to authentic materials. Faux wood ceiling beans, for example, can’t rot or bow like real wood, while engineered quarts can withstand heat and acidic food better than Carrara marble. Other home design trends we are already seeing include vinyl flooring and laminate flooring that very closely imitates natural materials such as wood and stone.
Defined plan living
While open plan living areas incorporating kitchen, living, dining and even study areas have been rather popular for the past few years, they do come with their own problems, including issues with acoustics and cooking smells through the space.
More importantly, the openness has also meant that spaces are extremely exposed, and can leave people feeling vulnerable and not restful. As people seek more private home layouts, defined living spaces are set to return.