As curtains fall on 2017, it is time to look back at the interior trends that the year. From geometric prints, to jewel tones to going artisanal, the year had so many trends that it inspiration was everywhere. Here are some trends that made waves this year.
The craftsmanship and materials with a high level of skill was seen to achieve details. When a piece of furniture is made with so much detail and precision, it instantly adds a distinct and personal touch to any space. “Artisanal crafts infuse the space with a beautiful sense of artistry. Such pieces become conversation starters as they have the power to attract the eye with their interesting design and trigger curiosity about their origins, nature and creative process about their story. Investment pieces that are well made and uniquely crafted became the highlight. Whether it is a chandelier or handcrafted door handles, they all make an impact in the overall scheme of things,” says Priyanka Mehra- Principal Architect, PS Design Mumbai.
All architectural designs and interior decorating ideas are based on simple geometry and recently, the geometric interiors trend is invading interior design and home décor. “Geometric shapes and forms, decoration patterns and prints are easy to incorporate and are considered as synonymous with modernism. Geometry helps create balance and harmony in rooms: using squares, circular, triangular, cubic and conical shaped art, artefacts, décor and decorative elements with colour blocking and zigzag patterns can create personalized and attractive interiors and give a unique sophisticated touch as well,” says Gita Ramanan Founder – Design Café & Architect & Interior Designer.
Going natural was in, whether it was using materials that are raw or using plants in indoor areas was popular. Using raw wood to make tables, wall cladding or even a bed back can add that element of nature. Stone basins and tables crafted out of a single block of stone were uses extensively. Tuhin Roy, Co-Founder, JUMPINGGOOSE® avers, “infusing natural elements into home décor brings freshness and adds beautiful hues of color around. Besides making things look insanely beautiful, there are plants that purify the air and heal us. Fused with interesting and unconventional pots, various kinds of indoor plants add distinct appeal to our spaces and have been explored in many innovative ways in home interiors.”
Home Gardening and Green Decor was definitely trending this year in interior decor. “Today’s smart gardener is extremely creative and knows how to utilize the limited apartment space. Hence the demand for Vertical Gardens, Terrariums and Succulents are pretty high. Apart from this, bright and bold color flowers and containers, climate-minded gardening, statement plants and a mix of hardy and low maintenance plants like hydrangeas and succulents are ruling the charts,” says Siddhant Bhalinge, Founder, Ugaoo.com. As the world became more environment conscious, people started thinking eco-friendly products for their homes and thus came into picture the shift in the home décor segment too. “Pantone was announced as the colour of the year. Green artificial plants, bamboo seats, indoor vines became popular. Recycled products became a rage. Natural stone products, bamboo lamps, earthy elements were seen all along the year,” says Priyank Varshney, Founder, Handikart.co.in.
This year saw a revival in metallic finishes with trendy metals like copper and brass becoming part of the mainstream, the brushed finish of different metals saw a lot of interest and expression in interior projects. Colours like emerald, deep turquoise, true pink, ruby red, citrine were all used on various surfaces and the new look was pure drama. “We saw it used in fabrics on furniture and counter tops for bars and coffee tables. Jewel colored glassware was used extensively as accessories. Such accessories instantly brighten up a space specially it is flooded with natural light. Metallic accents perfectly combine with these colors to create a luxe feel. A pair of bright chairs can add a lot of jazz is an otherwise dull living room,” says Mehra.
This is a seasonal trend and is very popular to add some tropical vitality to interiors in the summers. Tropical prints are colourful and vibrant, and the abundance of colour and bright, saturated hues makes the interior exuberant, fresh and alive. “The purpose of using such prints is to bring the outside indoors and feel closer to nature. The year saw tropical prints in upholstery, bed linens, curtains, wall designs,” adds Ramanan.
Wall art has always been a rage this year and found its true presence through various expressions in out interiors. It works as a big canvas that helps communicate our emotions and reflects our personality. “This year saw a mix match of patterns, colour and designs getting used. It’s also a great idea to fill up your bare walls with beautiful art and instantly adds an artistic touch to your décor. Be it monochromatic with colour pops, outline art with metallic treatments or pop art inspired wall art, 2017 saw it all and we reckon it’s here to stay,” says Roy.
Space Saving Furniture
Beautiful and space saving designs dominated furniture trends in 2017. Space shortages in metropolitan cities have triggered a tilt in favor of smart décor options. Furniture makers have utilized the opportunity well, delivering compact utility pieces with cutting edge designs. ”Adjustable tables and chairs, understair closet spaces, multifunctional centre tables, shelve spaces under tables and beds have been popular this year. Working adults in the age group of 25 to 35 are looking for space savers like never before, yet unwilling to compromise on aesthetics. Emphasis is on creating unique work and living spaces, with a distinct character. Indian designers are pushing boundaries to build an innovative repository,” says Dhruvin Patel, Director at HOF Furniture System.
Inspired by Japanese and Nordic trends, the idea here is to keep things minimalistic and simple. Less is more is the mantra and it’s about choosing the right things to get the look going. “What kept trending were monochromatic colour schemes with a hint of pastels and warm tonalities. Lighting plays an impactful role in a set up like this and textures add a lot of value to the look and feel,” says Roy. Suchit Beria-Principal Architect, Atman Architects agrees, “the word ‘minimalistic’ defines it all. The world famous architect, Mies Van Der Rohe once said, ‘Less is More’. And that is what we see in trend today. Modification of spaces and elements in design, to create a harmony in the past and the present creates a trend. This season, we have created designs with the modification of materials and the usage of bright colours with minimal design elements. People have become more concerned about their moods and want us to enhance their interiors with a play of colours and lights. Hence, this adds to our minimalistic character with lesser physical elements and yet a beautiful design.”
This story appeared in Deccan Herald’s Homes & Interiors dated 22nd Dec, 2017 here.