At the start of each new year, we write out a list of changes we need to make and resolutions that we promise ourselves we’ll stick to. But let’s be honest, by now we’ve missed a couple of gym sessions, devoured numerous slices of cake, loaves of bread and all our favourite naughty treats, and shouted at our family members more times than we’re proud of…
Here at Design Store, we think the new year should be a chance to make improvements, not a punishment from last year’s indulgence. In fact, we encourage indulging your senses in beautiful objects and delightful treats. So, we’ve put together a list of five design resolutions that you can’t help but stick to.
We’re turning to nature for this year’s major design trend. Pantone Colour of the Year 2017 is greenery, representing revitalisation and refreshment – perfect for the beginning of a new year. Go on and turn your home into your own little oasis with fresh green walls and splashes of emerald, sea foam and even lime green for the brave.
Take this trend a step further and create your own indoor forest with lush plants throughout the home and bold tropical prints on every available surface. Scatter cushions, wallpaper, and gorgeous bedding can help you can hold onto that summer feeling all year ‘round.
If the thought of living in a suburban jungle leaves you a little green around the gills, then this next trend is the perfect antidote. Blush pinks and complimentary muted tones add a feminine touch to a sophisticated home.
A hint of blush on the walls or the softest pink accessories will make you feel as though you’re seeing the first light of sunrise while relaxing at home. Perfect for maintaining your new-found serenity during any stress-inducing situations.
Texture, Texture and more Texture
Look but don’t touch is out the window in 2017. Computers, phones and all the other cold, flat screens we spend our time staring at have our senses are screaming for some textural stimulation. Best of all, this is a trend that you can introduce through layering rather than starting from scratch.
Toss a wool blanket over the back of your couch, load up on cushions and pillows of various fabrics or cover the floor with a new rug that feels unique underfoot to re-engage with your surroundings.
Artisanal Accents over DIY
You’ll be relieved to hear that DIY is taking a back seat in 2017! Put down your glue gun, and log out of Pinterest for the moment – it’s time to hand over to the guys with the real skills. You heard right, the focus is on superior collectibles rather than the cheap and cheerful – something that Design Store is rather passionate about.
Enjoy the return of craftsmanship as works of art in beautiful ceramics, hand-crafted textiles and investment furniture that acts as a focal point in any space.
Put down the smelling salts! We’re not talking garish golds and nouveau riche, in-your-face furnishings a la Trump Towers, but rather little touches of copper, rose gold and burnished bronzes that ooze good taste. In fact, copper is going to trump all in 2017.
Think accents on furniture, light fittings and pots and trinkets dotted around the house. Lovers of all things Gatsby will be thrilled to hear that this look works particularly well with the cool glamour of Art Deco style.
Content: Robyn Sluis-Cremer