With the world of interior design mirroring the fashion industry, it’s no surprise that new trends and influences from fashion capitals around the world filter through to our homes each season.
For 2017 we can expect to see an extension of existing trends with a softer, more feminine approach, according to British Ceramic Tile’s head of design, Claire O’Brien. “The feeling is for natural, homespun interiors that offer a sense of comfort,” explains Claire. “Gone are the harsh edges and stark contrasts, instead design trends are veering towards the more romantic and tactile.”
Modern neutrals such as greige and blush provide hushed, gentle base tones that marry effortlessly with the ever-familiar monotones, whilst bolder accents of blue and green add a much missed vibrancy. Metallics are aged and distressed, not brass, with flashes of burnished copper, rose gold and stainless steel evident in all design schemes from the kitchen through to living room. Texture is in abundance. Hessian, weaves and natural wood, all combine to deliver that comforting, harmonious feel.
“Homeowners are being encouraged to experiment and be brave, combining styles and looks to create something more personal and eclectic that reflects their individuality. It’s all about creating a home we can live in. One that’s comfortable, welcoming and delivers that feel good factor.”
Key colours are greige, blue, green, blush, rust and metallic. But next year is all about texture in interior design, and textures veer towards natural materials – warm, textural and full of natural charm, wood is a material that typifies the trend for tactile interiors. Dark shades of wood are popular for next year, but where wood is really holding its own is as a wall or floor covering. In tiles we’re seeing a movement towards smaller format wood-effect ceramic tiles and interesting herringbone patterns rather than classic, elongated planks.
The milky marble effect is a luxurious look that is here to stay particularly in the kitchen or bathroom. Offering a sense of opulence, the real material comes at a cost, which is why ceramic effect tiles are set to be the go-to choice next year, say BCT. Offering the same aesthetics as marble at a lower cost, ceramic tiles are durable and easy to maintain. The tiles can be used to transform even the smallest of bathrooms into stylish and sophisticated spaces. Look out for oily marbles featuring smoky, flowing veining within a monochromatic colour scheme, as well as statement coloured marbles with hints of blue and green.
Finally the trend for artisan, rustic interiors has filtered through to interiors with Terrazo-effect tiles returning for 2017. A sustainable, composite material of quartz, marble, glass and metal mixed with cement, Terrazo tiles are known for being incredibly hard-wearing and available in an unlimited colour palette. Often found on the floors of historic buildings throughout the world, Terrazo-effect ceramic tiles will be a trend to watch.
For further information on the latest trends and collections, visit www.britishceramictile.com