2017 design and decor trends

It doesn’t seem a year since we were ringing in 2016. Now here we are, nearing the end of another year, anticipating what will be the next big thing in 2017. We’ve been seeking out hints from our interior designer pals to bring you just a few of the trends that we will see in the shops in the coming year, and these are just a few of our favourites.

trends 2017 - denim driftDenim Drift –  Dulux announced Denim Drift as they’re must have colour for 2017. The blue-hue is a versatile grey/blue shade.  This calming shade will be sure to add ambience to any room in the home.  It also works rather nicely with our next favourite trend –  natural materials.

Greenery –  Yes nature is here to stay. With the Greenery Pantone’s colour of the year. Think zesty, vibrant and sprigs of new life.

Natural and raw materials –  from raffia to rattan and natural woods to cork –  we’re keeping the natural theme alive and well in 2017.  Think cork walls and hardwood floors.

Nooks and escapes – zoning is set to become the thing for 2017. Essentially this means little areas in the home that you’ve carved out for different activities, such as reading, relaxing etc.  Making a cosy space where you can unwind, away from it all.

So some of 2017’s design trends are focussed on making your home a natural, comfortable space. These are definitely trends that we think we can all embrace. But before we go crazy, it’s good to remember that our homes should be a reflection of ourselves and family. A place that works for us. So no matter what is cool this year, make sure it mirrors your own taste and styles.

Pantone colour of year 2017

In September Pantone issued colour predictions for Spring 2017 and tones from featured highly. This week it was announced that Greenery is 15-037-43 is the colour of the year for 2017.

If you have been waiting patiently to find out what colour to adopt in your home in 2017 –  this zesty, vibrant green is it!  In contrast to last year, the institute has returned to one colour rather than 2016’s two-tone Rose-Quartz pink and Serenity blue.

Evoking nature and  new beginnings, Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute said: “Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment. Satisfying our own growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalise, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”

Pantone colour of the year

Why a colour of the year?

The  Pantone colour institute advises the world of design on colour with a colour of the year since 1999. The colours are a ‘snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude’.

Previous colours of the year include:

  • Serenity 15-3919 and Rose Quartz 13-1520 (2016)Marsala 18-1438  (2015)Radiant Orchid 18-3224 (2014)

    Emerald 17-5641  (2013)

    Tangerine Tango 17-1463  (2012)

    Honeysuckle 18-2120 (2011)

    Turquoise 15-5519 (2010)

    Mimosa 14-0848 (2009)

    Blue Iris 18-3943  (2008)

    Chilli Pepper 19-1557  (2007)

  • Sand Dollar 13-1106  (2006)

A traditional Christmas 2016

Each year, forecasters predict design trends and colours for the year, including Christmas. Minimal, Scandi –  all both hot trends that we are seeing this year. And, way back in January this year Pantone selected two colours to represent 2016, Rose Quartz and Serenity. These are a beautiful soft pink and blue –  and agree that they are quite magical colours, but for us Christmas is all about being traditional.  So throw aside your twiggy tree and plain baubles and listen up.  Here’s our top tips for a truly traditional festive celebration of style!


We would say, go red, gold and green to keep it traditional.  If that’s a step too far for you, antique metallics and glass add a touch of elegance.



Keep it simple.  Brown paper is very affordable, but there’s no need to shy away from bold colours, use a combination of plain paper and pattern. Why not use string and old fashion cardboard luggage labels as gift cards. Keep costs down, but impact high!



Eucalyptus leaves add a wonderful aroma and are the perfect seasonal foliage to pop in a hand-made wreath, or use as decoration on your table centrepiece.

holly Christmas


Get out those fairy lights. Plain white lights give a nice wintery feel and banisters lend themselves nicely to being dressed.  If this is a little over the top, then stick with simple white lights on your tree.    Pillar candles and lanterns add warmth.  Cluster them on your mantlepiece or heath.

Christmas Christmas

And last but by no means least…

Pick your Christmas tree

We’re all for going for a real one.  But how to choose?  Make sure it fits the proportions of your room…  Ensure your tree of choice doesn’t have any brown needles.  Check to see how well it will hold its needles by gently tapping the stump onto the ground (maybe when on-one’s looking) and see how well it retains its needles! And if all that is too much for you.  There are some fabulous full-shaped fake trees out there to decorate to your taste.


More ideas can be seen on our Pinterest page

Walton-on-Thames kitchen and Brent home

We’ve been so busy focusing on work, that we haven’t shared some of latest projects. So here for you are some lovely pictures of contemporary decorating. One in Walton on Thames, a dramatic kitchen, while the other cosy home in Brent which included decorating to the hallway, kitchen lounge and bedroom.

Our projects:  Brent and Walton-on-Thames

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See more pictures on Houzz and Pinterest





New Malden – Extension project

This week, we finished a lovely extension project in New Malden.  The work includes decorating the hallway, kitchen, dining area and lounge.

Work to complete the extension for the customer is still underway, but you can find images on our Facebook page.  More to come soon, once the work is completely finished.

Find out what products we used on this extension:

– Farrow & Ball elephant’s breath #229 for the doors

– Kitchen, hallways and lounge ceilings were Dulux

– Walls, including dining area ceiling was Farrow & Ball skimming stone #241

–  Wallpaper is Scion Cedar 


Avoid making decorating mistakes

We’re all guilty of making mistakes, especially when it comes to decorating our homes. It’s so easy to do too, even professionals make mistakes (we can’t always be perfect).  But, the thing to be sure of is recognising it and putting it right. We could list hundreds of mistakes to avoid, but here is our top five.

Test paint colours

Always do some swatch testing and never buy your paint in isolation. Your paint is the biggest part of your room design. Pick out accent colours from your furniture and soft furnishings. Use a colour fan to help you find a coordinating colour to really bring out the best of what you’ve got.

Measure before buying

It doesn’t matter how much you covet a piece of furniture or how it will absolutely ‘go’ with your theme, never, ever buy without measuring.  Large items such as dinning tables and sofas often look much smaller in the grand showrooms of retail outlets! Equally a delicate cocktail chair could seem lost in a vast room.

Don’t forget the room’s purpose

Think function before anything else.  We all have an idea about how we want our rooms and homes to look, but in redecorating and designing they need to still fulfil their purpose. Lifestyle trends often dictate how the function of a home will change over time.  For example, the prevalence of homeworking and multi-generational living.

Don’t go overboard

This should be your mantra.  Yes to bold colour, but not everywhere.  Yes add interest and composition with accessories and art, but be mindful that it doesn’t turn to clutter. Yes to soft furnishings and statement pieces of furniture, but keep your room’s scale and proportion in  mind. Yes to a theme, but no to making it look like

Shop around

We all have a favourite shop for furniture and interiors, but look further afield to give your room or home a little more interest.  It’s very tempting to pick up a set of coordinated ready made furniture, but in shopping around you can add visual interest and character. And if you’re time poor, go to department stores or online outlets that stock numerous brands, this way you can stick with a style or theme without being matchy-matchy!

We’re always adding examples of contemporary decorating and design to our Houzz and Pinterest pages.  Be sure to check them out.

Contemporary Decorating

When thinking about contemporary decorating and styling, we often think of clean lines, open spaces and a natural colour palette. Fabrics and material are inspired by nature too. We often call this a minimalist approach. This is great for a magazine shoot, or a show-home, but contemporary minimalism can often feel stark, bare and unwelcoming.  And, let’s face it, there aren’t many of us who can live day-to-day like we’re in a show home!

Contemporary decorating and styling should make for a calming yet cosy retreat and here are a few tips on achieving that look:

  • -Make a statement with bold accessories and items of furniture
  • -Less is definitively more, think bold bare, structural and forget about excessive details
  • -Keep flooring simple, bare wood tile and simple vinyl, adding colour and texture with rugs.
  • -When considering your colour palette, think black, white and neutrals with accents of bold colour.
  • -Work with the lines of your space, take advantage of structural elements
  • -Use space to your advantage, empty spaces on walls or between pieces of furniture are as important as areas filled with objects.

We’ve worked on lots of contemporary homes, take a look at our projects on Houzz for more contemporary decorating ideas.

contemporary decorating

Contemporary styling and decorating


We love wallpaper

When it comes to updating your decor, wallpaper is definitely still a hot contender for 2016 going into 2017. It adds instant colour and packs a punch. It can provide subtlety or even high intensity and we’re here to tell you why you should use it and it goes way beyond what can be achieved with paint.

Why we love paper

  •  – It can last up to 15 years, making it pretty cost effective over its lifetime
  •  – If hung properly, by professional decorators, wallpaper can last up to three-times as long as paint
  •  – It’s an excellent cover-up, hiding imperfections and cutting down on re-plastering or skimming costs
  •  – There’s a huge variety of styles and finishes to suit your needs, from child friendly vinyl to textured, patterned and even scented varieties!

 Wallpaper trends

Hot trends at the moment include, metallic, marble, geometric and traditional/classic  styles –  often taken from historical archives.


Marble & Glitter Geometric Wall Mural available at www.muralswallpaper.com

Check out our Pinterest board for some top tips 

Spraying your furniture

When you think of painting and decorating, you often think of traditional methods; brush, roller etc. But did you know you can give furniture and kitchens a new lease of life just by spraying them?

Spray painting your furniture and kitchen cabinets is a great way to transform your home without the expense of a complete replacement.

Spraying furniture      Spraying furniture     Spraying furnitureSpray painting is becoming more and more popular and a finish that many manufacturers use on their premium ranges. There are different techniques for different surfaces. For example metal, wood and plastic all need to be treated differently and we can advise on the best possibly techniques, paints and finishes.

If you’re wondering if spraying can work for you, get in touch and we can advise you further.

Open plan living ideas

Open plan rooms are thoroughly modern and highly desirable. They provide light and space, and offer great opportunities for modern family living, but when it comes to decorating, or even furnishing one, you need to tackle it differently to the way you would approach an individual room.

Open plan livingFaced with a huge open expanse, home owners often feel daunted, so we hope that our brief guide will help you to get your open plan space to work for you and your family.

Making open plan areas work for you

– Duplicate colours as you move from one space to the next. This can be seen in our example as the warm wood floors and worktops are carried through into the dining furniture.

– Keep a natural flow throughout the space by painting all adjoining walls and any architectural details in the same colour.

– Separate living/dining and kitchen areas in a way that naturally breaks the space without disrupting the flow. Dropped ceilings, breakfast bars and islands, or even a painted wall.

– Define areas with furniture.  A well places sofa, or a bookcase to help one space flow into an other works well.

– Don’t clutter the space. You should be able to move and see freely in a well designed and decorated open plan space.

– Hang eye catching fittings and fixtures to differentiate areas. Choose items that mimic colours already used in the room

– Add focal points in each area

If you’re still struggling to get the picture, have a look at our Pinterest board for more ideas