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A Return to Balance

A Return to Balance

It’s no surprise you’re reading this design feature on your phone, tablet or laptop, as it’s the way we now live. Surrounded by the sleek lines of technology, we seem to have the world at our fingertips, but we can’t actually touch it.

Interior trends for 2017 are in absolute response to being increasingly removed from our natural environments — from looking at our phone with our morning coffee to office days staring into screens.

What’s more, trends in home interiors have been a mirror to our daily lives in recent years, with a continual rise of stark spaces and sleek finishes.

The good news is, colour forecasters, interior designers and bloggers alike suggest that the pendulum may have swung too far, as this year, it’s all about a return to balance.

Tactility and warmth lead the way, with reminders that we are all connected through globally-inspired hues: Home decorating is no longer a task for a purely aesthetic outcome; it’s also an emotive way to personalise our space. And it’s possible to do this in inexpensive ways.

Design trends for 2017 are a perfect match, with imperfection as one of the year’s key themes, so if you’re on a budget and think the dreamy discourse of stylists is beyond you, think again! With these ideas, you’ll be right on trend.

 Going back to nature

Photo credit: Dulux. Photographer: Lisa Cohen. Stylists: Bree Leech & Heather Nette King.

It all begins with colour themes.

So often at the genesis of any decorating idea, colour offers the most profound and inexpensive ways to generate a whole new lease on life to any living space.

Andrea Lucena-Orr, Trend Forecaster and Colour & Communications Manager for the Dulux Group, speaks of ways to use their four key palettes for 2017 as a way to rediscover the restorative nature of colour in your home.

“The Sentience colour palette is Dulux’s remedy for our senses,” says Lucena-Orr, “with flesh tones and vegetable hues to sooth and relax.”

Sentience is a neutral colour construct, autumnal, warm and tactile, which is ideal if you’re looking to refresh your home in inexpensive ways.

“If you’re decorating on a budget, look for Vintage Beige, Beige Mystery and Parchment Paper within the Sentience palette to create block colour,” she says.

“If you want to explore bolder hues, order some sample pots and test in the master bedroom, away from the main living areas. Start by painting behind the bed to create an accent wall.” – Andrea Lucea-Orr, Dulux

For living spaces, pops of colour can be incorporated in inexpensive ways — paramount to the Sentience trend is to bring the outdoors in.

“Growing plants from seed to table within your living spaces adds a restorative feel and a return to the environment.”

Interior designer Leroy Belle agrees, seeing us going back to classic.

“Natural is big and has been big for a long time, but has been consumed by sleek for too long. We’re now going back to nature. We’re grabbing it,” he says.

“For over 10 years, we’ve been doing America 1950s/60s furniture with spaceship legs and it has been done to death.”

For a colour palette, Belle believes in neutrals to create a foundation where you can then make signature elements — including inexpensive ones — shine.

“Always stick with neutrals,” he says. “Use pops of colour with the likes of cushions, not on big ticket items. Paint is cheap so stick with neutrals and change things like cushions seasonally.”

For texture, Belle looks to textiles, raw silks and the mixture of slubby and sheer linens, with more of an Arabic/Asian influence.

He also looks to the outdoors for influencing interiors in an inexpensive way, by opening your home to your surroundings: “Take and use your surroundings, he says. “So many homes here have massive sliding windows or bi-folds.

“Influence interiors with what you look out onto. “Whatever you’ve got outside, bring it in.”

Textured throws, cushions, clay pots, ceramic pots and urns are also a part of the return to natural, to move away from smooth, cold surfaces and fill our spaces with raw texture that invites tactility.

So if you’re decorating on a budget, it’s well worth considering that the perfection of imperfection is right on trend, which lends well to weekends perusing vintage shops, markets and garage sales to discover absolute gems for your home.

Adding layers of texture with floor rugs and throws on sofas and chairs, as well as the bedroom, are other ways to make your home look luxe on a budget, with stores like K Mart and Target giving boutique homeware stores a real run for their money.

Jo Walker, design junkie from ‘Desire to Inspire’ also looks to imperfections in 2017, saying that the move away from slick and shiny to more rustic and tactile is a welcome signature for 2017.  Shiny copper and brass are out; tarnished is in.

Kylie Brady, interior designer at ‘DIY Decorator’ says that while “we will continue to see home decor in metallics,” there is a move towards more natural hues such as “rose gold and copper”.

Relaxed and earthy tones

Photo Credit: Dulux. Photographer: Lisa Cohen. Stylists: Bree Leech & Heather Nette King.

Shades of biscuit whet the appetite with this colour palette, with the opportunity to add deeper shades that are based in the colour concept of diversity — with colour trends sourced from around the world.

The Entwine colour palette lends to an overall relaxed and earthy tone for 2017, with Andrea Lucena-Orr speaking of it being well suited to heritage homes.

“Entwine as a colour palette is so well suited to vintage styled homes,” she says: “It’s fresh and can refresh, retaining a relaxed feel and sense of warmth.”

The base colours — ‘Buttercookie’ as one of the key foundation colours in the 2017 palette — set the tone and the scene for the whole house, with warm reddish shades available to add a luscious effect — and all on a budget.
Interior designer Leroy Belle speaks of looking to nature and in particular animals for inspiration in this year’s colour schemes, to present your home interior as the best mirror to who you are and how you want to live; after all, your home is your personal palette.

“Although coastal style decorating never really goes out of style, I think in 2017 we will see a trend towards a more tropical island-life style … this will work beautifully with Pantone’s colour of the year for 2017, ‘Greenery’. – Kylie Brady, ‘DIY Decorator’

Blogger Kristine Frankline from ‘The Painted Hive’ also looks to earthy hues in the year ahead, suggesting “a dramatic shift away from the blonde timbers and pastel shades of Scandi style to the moody timbers and earthy hues of the late Retro period.”

“Natural tribal accents, rudimentary pottery and painted metals” feature as Frankline’s interior design predictions for 2017, as do indoor plants and bold primitive patterns, while Yvette Wilson from ‘The Stylist Splash’ says that “lovely textures as well as terracotta pots” will add layers to a raw interior aesthetic.

Colour remains the best transformational tool if you’re on a budget.

The anti-colour palette

Photo credit: Dulux. Photographer: Lisa Cohen. Stylists: Bree Leech & Heather Nette King.

That said! Industrial and luxurious elements collide in this almost monochromatic colour trend — which sounds almost contradictory; however, it’s another one of 2017’s biggest trends.

The restfulness of calm blues and the serenity of greys take us away from the hustle outside our front door, with metallic accents, shine and inky blues adding depth and atmosphere, as well as accentuating architectural details.

“Never be super trendy, be timeless” – Leroy Belle, Interior Designer

Unlike the computer screens in our lives that are sleek, smooth and unsympathetic, the Construct palette focuses on — and indeed celebrates — raw textures and adds concrete-swirling effects to many of its paints, allowing texture to come to life on walls and ceilings.

Linen in the bedroom, Bauhouse patterns in cushions and throws, and block colour back drops in window dressings maintain the luxe look.

As Jo Walker from ‘Desire to Inspire’ says, it’s trad with a twist: “Think old style traditional hyped up with a killer modern chandelier, a classic couch in a way out colour or a prim and proper room with a loud brash modern art work,” she says.

And if you’re feeling slightly more dramatic…

Photo Credit: Dulux. Photographer: Lisa Cohen. Stylists: Bree Leech & Heather Nette King.

Another response to what became a blur of stark white and grey interiors is a dramatic shift toward bold graphic schemes in peach, melon, yellow, teal and blue.  These saturated colours in the Dulux Chroma theme replace a lack of visual stimulation in recent colour trends with a palette set to make a thoroughly modern, yet familiar, statement.

When on a budget, Andrea Lucena-Orr suggests contrasting the Chroma themes muted-off palette of softer, greyed-off shades for the overall canvas, with bold, saturated hues to accentuate shapes and forms within your home.

“Everybody has an opinion. He or she is not going to do it like you. Go your own way.” – Leroy Belle, Interior Designer, on taking your own design path

Examples of ways you can bring a strong graphic theme into your home are by painting geometric forms such as your kitchen cupboards in saturated hues such as Red Capital and Baby Melon; adding blocks of strong colour around your bathroom vanity, and turning your otherwise unassuming wardrobe door into bold geometric statement.

An important starting point with such a bold construct is contrast— and the use of simple black lines are a great and inexpensive way to create a statement, not only in paint details but also in the furniture’s detail: Fine black edges or detail to arms and legs of furniture all lend to the geometric theme.

 Yvette Wilson from ‘The Stylist Splash’ also sees “lots of dark green and jewel tones” in the year ahead, as well as “dark timbers and rich colours,” saying the key element she would integrate into her styling would be “a luxurious upholstery bed head with a gorgeous jewel tone hue.”

Jo Walker from ‘Desire to Inspire’ suggests that trends in dark colours for rooms will continue.“Black and dark blue will remain popular but look out for dark green and rich chocolate brown walls,” she says.

And once you’ve updated your interior colour scheme, look to your current furniture, furnishings and accessories as taking on a new lease of life. Leroy Belle says, that “it’s amazing how different artwork can look on different coloured walls,” suggesting that you can successfully rework what you have in a way to keep you well within budget.

 Dulux: http://www.dulux.com.au/
Leroy Belle: http://www.leroybelledesign.com/
Desire to Inspire: https://au.pinterest.com/kimdti/
DIY Decorator: http://diy-decorator.com.au
The Painted Hive: https://au.pinterest.com/thepaintedhive/
The Stylist Splash: http://thestylistsplash.com.au/

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