In a fast-paced, electronic world trends from around the globe are reaching South Africa far quicker nowadays, even more so when it comes to décor and design.

According to Richard Smith, deputy manager of Pam Golding Properties’ Hyde Park office, in the world of décor and design, change can be both invigorating and refreshing often adding to the aesthetics and therefore the overall presentation and value of a home.

“Décor changes however do not always have to come at a prohibitively high price,” he assures. “Some small changes and the addition of one or two beautiful objects can breathe new life into any home. Fortunately, the modern world has left the disposable interior culture of the past well behind and we are reaching a more tranquil era where pieces of substance are valued and treasured.”

“What this means to the modern consumer is that previous trends can be adapted, refreshed and renewed. This typically entails updating only one or two key items with contemporary materials and textures, and layering accessories and smaller furnishings around a few classic yet versatile pieces.”

Living in a digital age also means that there is an increasing yearning for introspection, serenity and private, tranquil spaces. Early indications are that next year we can expect an increasingly mindful approach to interiors. Enter organic, muted palettes tempered by natural textures including natural wood, stone, cane, rattan and hemp, all of which are becoming increasingly sought after, along with a stronger emphasis on a generous scattering of interior plants in attractive containers.

Early predictions indicate that natural and earthy tones will become the vogue while there is likely to be a greater move towards rough edges, natural finishes, and organic patterns as straight lines and geometric shapes are on their way out.

“This does not spell the end of colour,” says Smith, “Instead, the trend towards organic home environments leaves the door wide open to every and any shade of green. This is creating a sense of rejuvenation underpinned by a peaceful ambiance in stylish rooms around the globe. In fact, style gurus are asserting that the purpose of colour in the second half of this decade is to alleviate stress. This means that earthy tones and colours such as greens and subdued metallic hues will be well utilised in creating a sought after tranquil living environment.”

“While everyone appreciates elegance and beauty it is all important to remember that a home must at all times be easy to live in. This will be particularly prevalent in 2017 when homes will increasingly be adapted to bring the outdoors inside. Given its suitability to the South African climate, this is a concept that has long been advocated by some of South Africa’s most talented architects. Furthermore, research has shown that mixing indoor spaces with the outdoors is conducive to a sense of wellbeing,” notes Smith.

Practicality is becoming increasingly fashionable inside the home. For example, functional living spaces are designed to flow perfectly into everyday life and to compliment the lifestyle of the homeowner. In our fast-paced world, that means creating private nooks and crannies where one can escape from texts, emails, and the barrage of social media. This is where small stylish yet comfortable private spaces filled with soft down pillows come into play.

“In 2017, stylish interiors will be a little less obvious and quite a bit more whimsical. There will be a shift away from the expected, so the marble and copper objects that may seem so chic right now will become somewhat passé in 2017. They will be replaced by lighter accent pieces such as soft, airy silks, lustrous metals and stained glass to bring a special edge to a room,” adds Smith.

A few trends worth capitalising on

  • The message is clear – when it comes to décor, look to the outdoors for inspiration in 2017.
  • For a plush, glamorous look in the bedroom, be on the lookout for upholstered headboards, which are making a big comeback.
  • Keep furniture and materials relaxed and practical and remember it is all about deep sofas with linen slip covers, oversized love seats, day beds, sheepskins, woollen rugs and floor cushions.
  • Take a little inspiration from the past and do not skimp on back lighting solutions and lamps.
  • Be creative and think of traditional materials in entirely new and unexpected roles.
  • Escapism is high on the agenda. Homes with nooks and places to regain a sense of tranquillity, are becoming more popular as we react to our increasingly technological lives.
  • For a little bit of interest look to metallics, metals, raw-cut quartz, lucite and opal to add a dash of sparkle and interest to your interior.
  • For a touch of the whimsical, use transparent fabrics, floaty silks and sheer fabrics which will create lightness and soft, romantic elements to your décor.
  • The must-have dark interior colour is any shade of green. The darker the better.

Say goodbye to:

  • Artworks depicting quotes.
  • Glossy, perfect finishes.
  • Currently popular cool white tones.