Home Decor Trends 2017

I’m a big believer in going with what you like and not necessarily following trends, but if you’re stuck in a rut, need some inspiration, or are simply wondering what might be popping up in the shops this year, then continue reading for the suggested big home decor trends for 2017.

Texture 

STOCKHOLM Sofa, Ikea

This has always been a great way to add interest and intrigue. Textured fabric sofas will be popular, meaning velour and velvets will continue to be on the rise. If you’re not into such heavy fabrics, pleats and folds can add texture to the most lightweight delicate fabrics, and still provide that sumptuous, albeit delicate feeling.

Terracotta and Unglazed Ceramics

Botella White Terracotta Vase, Maisons du Monde

Another thing I keep reading about and seeing is terracotta. Earthy, natural materials will be big this year, with terracotta, natural clays and raw white taking centre stage. No more glossy, glazed ceramics, it’s all about getting back to nature with these rustic items.

Artisan 

Olive Green Drizzle Flower Vase, CatMackGlass on Etsy

There’s a huge shift away from DIY items this year, and more focus on Artisan crafted pieces. Well designed, professionally made quality pieces are key, so perhaps splurge on one bigger, eye-catching piece per room and streamline the look elsewhere so all eyes are on your works of art. If you don’t have the cash to splash, then look in charity shops or eBay, for well made pieces that are a fraction of the cost of new items.

Tropical and Botanical Prints

SANTANA tropical print folding screen, Maisons du Monde

This was big in fashion last year, and will be even bigger still this year. No surprise then, that I’ve been featuring key prints on cushions, wallpaper and decorative items for the past six months then. Now in so many high street stores at such affordable prices, this is a trend everyone can get into.

Green 

Dulux Endurance in Kiwi Crush, B&Q

As I mentioned in Sunday’s post, Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2017 is Greenery, and this fresh, vibrant shade looks set to take off in home décor this year. Perfect for kitchens and bathrooms, where you can take a big hit of colour on the walls, or introduced more subtlely in living areas and bedrooms alongside those tropical elements, it’s a perfect shade for every room of the house. Let the outdoors in.

Blue 

Dream Big Collection, H&M

If green really isn’t your scene, thankfully blue is also big for 2017. With a move away from straight up Indigo inkiness, classic navy and vibrant cobalt are key this time around. Lucky for me, I picked cobalt as my main colour alongside all things white as a whole-house scheme, so it’s great to find out it’s on trend this year, as it should make buying key pieces even easier.

Headboards 

Laura Velvet Headboard, Wayfair

Statement headboards are back in too. Plush, quilted velvet styles (very reminiscent of the 90s for me) are back with a vengeance, and add to that sumptuousness we mentioned when talking about texture. This is something I’ve read about quite a lot looking into this year’s key trends, though I had to admit, not one I can envisage fitting into my own home at the moment.

Butterflies 

Graham & Brown Orange Butterflies Printed Wallpaper, House of Fraser

Something else I’ve seen mentioned more than once is butterflies. It’s certainly a print that’s easy to purchase on the highstreet. On cushions, wallpaper, artwork etc. there’s a huge array of butterfly themed products out there. Furthermore, the designs come in almost every colour combination, so whatever your current scheme, you can join in this trend without having to redecorate your whole home.

Hot or Not? Marble and Brass

Beleven August Coffee Table, Barker and Stonehouse

This is not clear cut. Some out there are still claiming marble and brass are still popular, and will continue to be this year, other’s are saying the over saturation and multitude of faux attempts mean it’s on it’s way out. Which for me means only one thing. Do you like it? If you do, fantastic, it’s still all over the high street and easy to purchase. If you love it, you won’t mind whether stylistically it has staying power or not. And if you’re not a fan? Then great, as mentioned in points one through to seven, there’s a whole host of other trends out there for you to try this year.

Ultimately you want to be happy in your home. So I will never advise anyone that they HAVE to have a certain thing or other. We’re all different, and we all like different things, so take your inspiration from what’s around you and create a home you’re proud of, that sometimes you like to show off, but most of all, that you love to be in.

For now, with love,
Ellen

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Top Picks under £10: January

13-jan_mood_boardI think the New Year is a fabulous time for freshening up your décor and streamlining your look. Autumn is so rich and abundant and the following festive season so vividly overindulgent, that by January, a clean slate is necessary.

The Pantone Colour of the Year for 2017 could not be more perfect for this time of year. I think it’s a shade that suits the first half of the year more, though depending on what you pair it with will determine how long it can last in your home and wardrobe.

Greenery. I even love the name. As a nature lover, I’m thrilled to see this vibrant, Spring shade as the Colour of the Year. Over a year ago, we picked ‘green’ as the colour for our wedding, although admittedly more in terms of actual live greenery than just the colour, but there’s something about the freshness and lushness and vitality of the colour that is simply perfect.

pantone-color-of-the-year-2017-color-palette-6For the cooler months of January through to March, I would pair this shade with crisp whites and soft blue and purple toned greys, and from Spring through to mid-Summer, I adore the colour combination Pantone has put together with ‘Fathomless’. I heart every single shade.

Furthermore, seeing as the botanical trend is here to stay another year, what better background than a pure, unadulterated green to set off those darker leaf shades and really make those tropical prints pop.

But back to January, and as a single, stand out month that screams ‘new start’ I’ve paired the greenery shade with cool turquoise and contrasting cobalt touches to say Winter is here, but Spring is on it’s way. It’s fresh, it’s vibrant, it’s seasonally apt, but it’s certainly not boring or monotone. Without further ado then, my Top Picks Under £10 are:

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1. Rundlig Serving Bowl – IKEA – £8.00 
This bamboo bowl from Ikea contrasts the natural bamboo inside and the vibrant green outside for a modern, stylish piece that could be used in multiple ways around the house. As a serving bowl, it’s ideal for that purpose, but also the perfect size for a fruit bowl, as a decorative item for any room, or catch-all bowl for the hallway or bedroom etc.

2. Rasch Palm Leaves Wallpaper – The Range – £8.99
It has palm leaves. It’s turquoise and green. It’s pretty much perfect as far as wallpaper goes. And you can also get the same design with added tropical birds and flowers too! Love!

3. Printed Cushion Cover – H&M – £8.99
Yes, yes and yes again. I love H&M for their cushion designs! So good.

4. Photo Frame – H&M – £6.99
While we’re there, here’s another great item from H&M. This pretty pop of turquoise would look amazing with a black and white image in. Photos aren’t just for Instagram, guys!

5. Snowdrops Canvas 48cm x 48cm – Wilko – £5.00
Could they have got this any more right for January? The colours are perfect, the image is perfect, and for the price point, the quality is decent.

6. Dovecote Medium Trinket Box – M&S – £9.50
Keep your dresser tidy with this perfect little trinket box. The colour and shape are simply lovely together.

7. Green Tea & Lime Large Hourglass Wax Melt – WoodWick – £4.49
This is fresh yet comforting all in one go. Ideal for that fresh and clean feeling, but still keeps you feeling cozy despite the weather. And it’s also the perfect shade of green to compliment the overall look we’re going for.

8. Pack of 3 Glass Bottles – Wilko – £8.00
I love blue glass, but the mix of colours here works so well together. Once again, well done Wilko!

9. Swirl Glass Bowl – Wilko – £5.00
Well, I really am crushing on Wilko this season! If you want to stick with an out and out Pantone Greenery theme, then try this decorative bowl, you can’t beat the price point.

So there you have my Top Picks, and an idea you can build on to explore 2017’s Pantone Colour of the Year. What do you think of Greenery? And what would you pair it with? Let me know in the comment section.

For now, with love,
Ellen

 

 

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COTM: November & Decemeber – DW Home Emerald Balsam

What a whirlind December 2016 was! We had a last minute (month long) dash to the finish line in order to get our living and dining room ready for a big family Christmas, and with my working hours also increased, it didn’t leave a single moment to catch up with you guys, and for that I’m so sorry. Lesson learned, in future I’ll be planning ahead for the blog as well as for Christmas itself.

I hope you all had a fantastic festive season however, and that your New Year has started in fine form. I love the New Year for the fresh start feeling, the post holidays clean up and all things new. And so I won’t post belated Christmas posts, except to keep up with my Candle of the Month post for November, and as it happened, December too. And that’s because this candle could easily take you into January and beyond.

I’m talking about DW Home’s Emerald Balsam. I purchased one of these from TK Maxx towards the end of October, and boy-o, does it smell like Christmas! It smells just like Christmas trees. It’s fresh and piney, but it’s rich and warm and simply wonderful. There are a couple of Christmas home scents out there I really like, and I don’t often stray too far away, but I purchased this particularly for that purpose. I wanted something Christmassy, but something that was different to what I usually go for.

Out of the three sizes, Medium Single Wick, Large Double Wick or Large Triple Wick, I opted for the triple wicked. You get less burn time for a candle the same size, but more oomph. As we were still mid-decorating and minus a floor in our living room, there wasn’t much relaxing time and I couldn’t have the candle in there with me whilst I was decorating. But when I did burn it, it was simply lovely, and I feel I got a little more than it’s suggested 26 hour burn time. With such little usage throughout November, it was more the latter half of December I used it, and enjoyed it so much so, I purchased another, which I will probably save for next Christmas.

DW Home describe the fragrance profile as “Fresh-cut balsam fir and Italian cypress enhanced with sage, and a touch wild thyme” and it really is a wonderfully green scent. It certainly enhanced the slight natural perfume of the Nordmann Fir we bought for the living room. With a back up all ready to go, I will certainly be burning this candle again.

January will see me get back on track with the blog, so please stay tuned for that. There’s still a lot to do in terms of redecorating and renovating, and we also have the fine details of the wedding to sort out, but there shouldn’t be any last minute rushes now and I can dedicate my time here accordingly.

Hope you’re all safe and well, and wishing you a great year ahead,

For now, with love,
Ellen

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