Interior Designers Share Their Design Predictions for 2017

Interior design trend predictions for 2017, featured on

Are you excited about 2017?

These last few days of the year are always exciting. We look back at the year it was, and plan ahead to make the new year shine brighter. At, we shared with you some amazing home designs, discussed decor trends and met some incredible artists and designers in 2016. So as we look forward to the new year, we asked some of our featured designers about their thoughts on design trends that will be popular in 2017, and how they will be incorporating these trends in their designs.

So will open plan living be just as popular in the future, or are we starting to see the decline? Will marble stay, or be replaced by something else? Here is what they had to say.


Maurizio Pellizzoni sharing his thoughts on design trends for 2017, featured on


Maurizio Pellizzoni

Maurizio Pellizzoni Ltd.




1. What trends do you think will be most popular in 2017?

For the upcoming year, I think we will move more and more in the direction of luxury finishes that incorporate the use of unique and different materials from past years. We will see a more sophisticated and elegant style brought into our interior schemes, whilst simultaneously injecting something more personal into the space. The shift towards luxury will move from what has been a generic use of high-end pieces to spaces that have a unique touch as a result of personalizing them.

In 2016, we have already seen the use of old metallic materials such as bronze and copper and we will see more of this throughout the year ahead, along with the use of unique marble stone materials. Organic, natural colors and patterns relating to nature will be prominent and as we move away from recent years reflecting austerity, this palette will work beautifully as we see a move towards combining earthy muted color schemes with jewel tones and luxury materials such as leather and bronze.

Relaxed bedroom, designed by Maurizio Pellizzoni, featured on

Escapism will be a popular theme as a remedy to our technologically domineering and digital lifestyles. Technology will develop into a calmer sense of living so that we don’t feel constantly connected to the digital sphere.

Patterns in 2017 naturally interlink with the color trend forecast. Natural patterns will dominate from earthy foliage, gentle contours in natural materials such as stone, to animal prints, as these patterns and textures descend from the catwalk into our homes.

Surrey hills country mansion redesigned by Maurizio Pellizzoni, featured on

The use of warm materials such as terracotta and burnished metals will become more prevalent. Metal finishing will be used in finer detail to create uniquely crafted pieces, particularly from artisans and new designers. Cork will also see its day in 2017 and can be used in many ways throughout interior schemes, complementing other key trends for the year. Bringing warmth into interior schemes using the trend for velvet will also continue to be an influence and ties in well with the demand for the style of new elegance.

2. How will you be including these design trends in your upcoming projects?

Clients are increasingly asking for something that’s tailor-made to their personality. A trend that will influence how we design their homes, which will see things like art commissions for the home that represent, for example, the family’s history.

Developing the artisan trend of 2016, this also mirrors a new approach to craftsmanship, naturally un-constraining boundaries set by particular interior styles. As clients are requesting a unique look for their homes and interiors, as a personal reflection of their lifestyle and an extension to their personalities; and also in the form of wellbeing as a place to escape to.

Kitchen in surrey hilles country mansion, featured on

3. Do you have any personal design goals for 2017?

We have some interesting new projects to reveal for 2017, my first ever USA family home that showcases a different style from anything that I have previously implemented. I will also be revealing some more exciting design collaborations. After 15 years in London, I am planning to move to a new apartment and most probably a new area in London. Like with all my clients, the design of my home interior will evolve from exploring trends and taking inspiration from the environment and experiences around me, from travel destinations and fashion, to cinema and art.


Designers from Egue Y Seta sharing their thoughts on design trends for 2017, featured on


Daniel Pérez and Felipe Araujo

Egue y Seta


1. What trends do you think will be most popular in 2017?

Trends are not universal, and not all of them are for everyone. Neither do they appear suddenly or brought upon us by surprise. This is to say that some of the trends we will be seeing succeed in 2017 are just the natural evolution of those we saw during 2016. For example, copper will be out but gold will take its place fuelled by the Great Gatsby, Roaring 20’s and the Neo Art Deco revival trend we have been immersed in for the past few months.

Color palettes will also not be totally subverted. It’s not like black was roaring in 2016 and next year will be totally replaced by white. It’s more like those tones and hues popular last year will still be popular next year but in their worn out version. For instance, those dark intense blues of 2016 will be less trendy in 2017 than slightly lighter and less saturated (worn out denim inspired) shades of it. The same will happen with greens and yellows. We will see their brightness and saturation toned down towards olive and paler versions of the same colors.

Bathroom with open views, featured on

Some of the most important editors and curators in the color industry have also appointed some earthy pinks and clay-terracotta-like reds as big color trends for the upcoming months. But who knows really? All this color forecast frenzy often sounds like whimsy to us. Why would anyone bother to pick one (or 5) color(s) of the year? Based on what? What were the other thousand not selected colors? And again why? Are they not available anymore? Can social psychology of color really change that fast? If it is true that palettes are precisely there for us to choose from a very vast variety, why should we have them narrowed down by anyone else other than the client? featured an Egue y Seta home tour in Eixample, a modern family apartment with color and character _ featured image

Let’s move to material finishes. According to most trend reports, we have come across so far, cork, timber and clay will be in, while the marble trend will slowly fade out only to be replaced with a less shiny stone. We will be finally saying goodbye to the subway tile! (Let’s toast to that!) And let’s hope patchwork mosaic tiles and quote based artwork goes away with it.

Greenery will still be “hot” but no so much on print. Regarding plants, we’ll be seeing less of them in number but increased in size (both of the plant itself and of the leaves) towards a ‘statement plant’ effect.

Ethnic patterns will continue to be used but geographical origin will shift. Persian and Navajo will give way to other less seen, maybe more primitive/naive patterns. Mirrors will again be shiny and smooth (the antique mirror effect fetish is wearing out) but glass will lose transparency and gain texture/color towards a smoked/stained glass effect. Statement lamps will not leave us, but instead of being traditional all shine and flamboyance, chandeliers or sputniks, they will be more like natural fibres (including knit/woven) matte versions of them. Wicker and rattan are now ‘the thing’, and will still be next year, we will just be seeing new, more refined versions of it, as industrial designers further explore all their material possibilities.

When it comes to interior architecture, details and accents are still on (there’s no going back to minimalism yet). So mouldings, baseboards, pelmets, wainscotings, busy lattice-like joinery, will continue to be in high demand, along with novelty. So it is fairly reasonable to expect them to change, varying in their shape, size, quantity, disposition, etc.

Family house Egue y Seta home tour on

Moving on to less decorative but more durable hardware side of the home making, we were surprised to read (our clients have not yet started to demand this) the “open plan” layout will slowly lose its appeal, to favour again more segregated/independent rooms, or a different way to integrate them. According to this, living rooms with open kitchens or those completely integrated with the living/dining room will no longer be so hot. It’s not likely the completely enclosed isolated kitchen will be back, but opening this important room of the house to an interior patio/garden, the pool deck, the back yard or simply the exterior, seems to be making more practical sense to clients and will start to be widely requested.

Kitchen design with connection to the outdoor garden, featured on

All in all, one should be aware, these are like any other forecasts. They are likely to happen but are never a sure thing. One should take them into consideration but never let them totally determine the overall look of one’s designs. Above all, designers should always try always to defy trends. It’s the only way of coming up with the next one!

Minimal bathroom design with cement walls, featured on

2. How will you be including these design trends in your upcoming projects?

As good as we can, or as much as clients allow us! But to be totally honest, we should say that following trends is not one of our biggest concerns. We rather focus on the client and their needs, lifestyle, preferences and choices. Their personality is really the only important trend book to us. One that, thank God, doesn’t change every year or every season.  Don’t get us wrong, no man is an island, and we are not so arrogant to believe that we are not subject to trends or that we can afford to ignore them altogether. We like to study them even if we end up not following a particular trend. We just think solely trend based design is not really design, but decor. Design needs to address many other (more practical and constant) sets of issues.

3. Do you have any personal design goals for 2017?

Yes! We are redoing bathrooms at home. But I’m afraid, they won’t be so trendy! As the saying goes, “the shoemaker’s son always goes barefoot”.


John Klopf of Klopf Architecture shares his thoughts on design trends for 2017, featured on

John Klopf

Klopf Architecture



1. What trends do you think will be most popular in 2017?

We anticipate the indoor/outdoor living trend will be even more popular in 2017 than it is today. More and more people are falling in love with the nature right outside their homes, and looking for ways to open up their living spaces both inside and also to the outdoors.

Eichler home renovation by Klopf architecture, featured on

We also anticipate that in California, with the stricter energy codes going into effect, very highly efficient homes will become the norm. Other parts of the US will probably follow along as well. More ecologically-sensitive design and construction leads to more comfortable homes with happier occupants.

2. How will you be including these design trends in your upcoming projects?

As always, we will push the indoor/outdoor and great room concepts in our designs. Incorporating these with the energy efficiency improvements will be a challenge. We’ll be training in Passive House construction and using solar panels to design more net-zero-energy homes in 2017 than ever before.

Glass wall house by Klopf architecture, featured on

3. Do you have any personal design goals for 2017?

We are looking for a language of architecture that combines modernist design, indoor/outdoor living, passive house design, simplicity, and natural-timeless materials. Our designs are moving in that direction and will continue to do so in 2017.


Designers at Turett Collaborative shre their thoughts on design trends for 2017, featured on


Wayne Turett & Team

Turett Collaborative


1. What trends do you think will be most popular in 2017?

I think that homeowners will be looking for less formal, more relaxed, warm contemporary design in their homes. Not cold, but modern that you can live in, with warm woods, beautiful paint finishes, and some unlikely finishes like woods and plaster in bathrooms and kitchens. Energy efficiency and home automation will continue to move forward with us but with less complicated and more reliable systems.

Relaxed and luxurious loft space, featured on

2. How will you be including these design trends in your upcoming projects?

Our projects on the boards and our new ones are moving in the direction mentioned above. We have one master bath that will have a wood floor and Venetian plaster walls, no tiles. Reclaimed wood floors are my preferred floor finish. We are using a voice command interface that controls music, lights and HVAC.

Laight street loft, featured on

3. Do you have any personal design goals for 2017?

Personally, I would like to make this world a quieter place. The level of noise in the city, roads and even restaurants has escalated to unhealthy levels. To combat this in the home, we are specifying triple glazed windows and are sealing up the building envelope. Both these are also beneficial for energy conservation. 


Designer Martin Raffone shares his thoughts on design trends for 2017, featured on


Martin Raffone

Martin Raffone LLC



1. What trends do you think will be most popular in 2017?

I see lots of metals in our design future. Already there are metallics popping up in fashion and so then follows home design. Matte silvers, bronze, and copper; acid etched brass and nickel. I think the reflections and warmth of metal is on trend right now.

Cozy interiors of loft space in New York, featured on

2. How will you be including these design trends in your upcoming projects?

I see metals being used more liberally (not just kitchen and bath fittings). I love the idea of matte finished metal panels in a hallway or living space accent wall. Used on furniture and even ceilings.

Mercer Street Martin Raffone, featured on

3. Do you have any personal design goals for 2017?

I do have plans to update my kitchen cabinets using unvarnished brass and have designed a new clothing wardrobe that will incorporate leather tile base and polished stainless steel on the top.

It would seem that the shift towards energy efficient homes will continue, and with it the embracing of plants and foliage whether that’s through statement pieces or indoor-outdoor living. What do you think about these predictions?

Are you planning to change things up at home in the coming year? Which of the new design trends would you like to introduce to your interior decor?