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6 Popular 2017 Interior Design Trends that YOU need to know about

As the world gets more chaotic and technical, 2017 will see us hunt for something more real and natural as we reflect far more on what we consume and where our products are from. Take a look at these 2017 interior design trends for your new years inspiration:

2017 Interior Design Trend #1

2017 Interior Design Trend #1

#1 The New Nordic

Scandinavian style is here to stay, but 2016’s cutesy will be replaced by graphic contemporary in 2017.

Traditional whites or soft grey woods complimented with worn tan leather and natural wood will keep your décor on trend. For the brave among you – adding a dark wall will really set this look off!

Earthy shades are in fashion, bold yet understated, providing a sense of honesty to our homes – think sandy beige, rusty reds, oranges and deep green tones.


2017 Interior Design Trend #1

#2 Minimal Lines

Furniture that is slim, clean and has minimal lines will be a staple this year.

Think – sofas, chairs and side tables with light and slick skinny legs; then juxtapose with fabrics and materials of your choice (see #3).

#3 Vibrant Jewel Tones

Emerald, ruby and sapphire blend exquisitely with violet shades.

Choose plush pile fabrics such as velvet which is traditional yet surface detailed to compliment your minimal line furniture.


2017 Interior Design Trend #3

#4 Round Mirrors

It’s time to move away from square and rectangular mirrors – round or oval oversized mirrors are IN!
On the topic of mirrors… grouping a selection of mirrors together (as many as possible) makes rooms feel larger and adds an impressive feature.


2017 Interior Design Trend #4

#5 High Low Detailing

Match cabinet wood to a detail on the wall behind and paint them the same statement colour for a new look. Surfaces should be matte – gloss surfaces and woodwork are out this year (yes, even in the kitchen)!

#6 Rethink Bathrooms

Forget square and rectangular tiles this year and turn your attention to hexagonal tiles or metro tiles set in a herringbone design.

For fixtures and fittings, think beyond chrome taps – brass, copper and black give a unique new look.


Happy New Year from Concept Designs – we hope you enjoy your home in 2017!

Gillian x

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7 Reasons why you need an interior designer

1. Many people think that hiring an Interior Designer is only for those on superstar budgets.
In fact it is cost effective to use a Designer for most projects be it one room or a whole house. Don’t be shy , ask for a quote.

2. An Interior Designer does much more than plump up cushions and bring you fabric samples.
They should be able to work with you to create an overall vision of how you want your home to look down to every last surface, finish and door knob.

3. Do your research before agreeing to work with someone. Look at their website. Meet to discuss your project , you will be able to tell if you are both on the same wavelength.
This is not a business relationship, your home is personal space and needs to work for you.
Choose an Interior Designer that you not only get on with and respect, you must also be comfortable discussing the details of your everyday life.

4. A good interiors specialist can help you navigate through trends and looks creating the right one for you.
Dark wooden floors for example can look wonderful but need to be balanced with softer tones.
Acoustics must also be considered to avoid echos and distorting sound quality.

5. Choose a designer that can source all sorts of original items from the Uk and Europe.
They should be able to have access to materials and finishes that you would not normally have access to. Also advice on durability, safety and aesthetics should be available to you.

6. One of the biggest advantages of working with a professional is their ability to co ordinate tradespeople . They will know at which stage to bring in different trades to be cost and time effective.

7. Calling in help means that you can leave time consuming logistics to them.
From finding a place for everything to making sure large items fit through the front door and up the stairs!

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