It’s fair to say Pinterest reigns king for most people when it comes to interior design inspiration. Even though I think you need to take these perfectly styled images with a pinch of salt (real life doesn’t always live up to Pinterest and it can be disappointing when a room doesn’t turn out the way you Pinned), it does offer a wealth of ideas and inspiration to incorporate into your own home.
Regular readers will know about my love affair with Parisian interiors. The high ceilings, the luxe finishes, the parquet flooring – I don’t think there’s anything I don’t like about this style of interior design. I’ve been considering a tonal chevron floor like the one above for some time now, after seeing how gorgeous it looks in blogger Kate La Vie’s Glaswegian flat – renting, however, halts that dream right where it started. You can replicate the feel of this Parisian room yourself with wooden floors like this great range of engineered wood floors, a Persian rug, a gold mid-century modern ceiling lamp and statement decorative items like vases and statue figurines. Keep wall colours subtle and swap any heavy soft furnishings for light, sheer textures to allow as much light to move around the room as possible.
Making a Display
A popular trend on Pinterest recently has been that of open shelving and showcasing trinkets, books, and decorative items. A simple shelving system like the one above can be turned into quite the focal point when styled like this. The key is to collect various pieces from in and around the home and really take your time to curate a styled area – see how books are laid both vertically and stood horizontally creates height and allows other items to be stacked on top. Add some plants and unique pieces you might have found on your travels and you’ll soon have a display worth Instagramming.
Taking over from the most famous and overused colour of this entire year – millennial pink – peach and corals offer an alternative for those still looking to use a warm, fresh tone throughout their homes. I’m a big fan of splashes of coral in my home, and I love how everything from the desk to the wall fabric here in the MissGuided offices creates such a statement. Although I’m not sure I could work with this in my actual home, I’d definitely use this tone in the bedroom with coral cushions against white crisp white bed linen, gold accessories, and white hydrangeas. Who’d have thought a 70’s peach interior could be so popular?
New York inspired industrial interiors have been in vogue for a while now, but this year has seen them take a much more luxe approach. Think rustic furniture mixed with rich textures such as velvet and sheepskin. Colour schemes remain monochrome but large pieces of abstract artwork add vibrancy and interest. And although this still remains a fairly masculine-inspired style of interior design – vintage-inspired brown leather sofas are perfect for this kind of scheme – and it can still have a feminine flair with the use of brass finishes, throws, and cushions.
One of the biggest trends of 2017 has to be the return to Californian boho. Wicker, rattan and untouched wood have all dominated furniture designs, and I’m not sure I know anyone who didn’t buy some form of cactus this year. A light, bright colour palette, usually incorporating blue and white is key to this look, as are the use of tassels, fringing, linen, and rope detailing.
Which is your favourite trend from this year so far?