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Top Design Trends From London Design Week 2017 You Need to Know

Picture of Charlotte Luxford
Home & Design Editor
Updated: 2 April 2017
Interior designers flock to London’s Design Centre in Chelsea Harbour every year for London Design Week, to discover the latest soft furnishing collections. Without a doubt, nature has inspired the design world this spring/summer; with a focus on exotic narratives, oceanic hues, cosmic shapes and floral prints to name a few. Here’s a breakdown of the five key interior design trends for 2017.

CHEMISTRY

Science was the overarching theme for this year’s design week, so it’s no surprise that chemistry was an influence, from lights that look like molecular models, to the wider inspiration of the constellations. Porta Romana was one such company that pursued the celestial theme with its Cosmos range of lighting and accessories. The collection is split into three themes: ‘the moon’, consisting of cratered textures and ‘spacedusted ceramics’; ‘atmospheres’, which mimics the movement of molten rivers and strange swirling gasses, while ‘space punk’ features an industrial-style range of metallic objects.

HOW TO GET THE LOOK AT HOME:

Lighting is key to this trend, so be inspired by multi-arm pendant lights with a molecular structure, or celestial-looking lamps or ceramics.

Cosmos collection by Porta Romana
Cosmos collection by Porta Romana
Cosmos collection by Porta Romana
Cosmos collection by Porta Romana

BOTANY

The trend for bringing the outdoors in, continues – thanks to Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2017, Greenery, which seems to have pervaded many collections this year. Luscious greens, tropical plants and big, blousey florals are the order of the day in the form of large-scale botanical prints, digitally-printed floral designs. Companies including Zimmer + Rohde and the Black Edition at Romo, really embraced this look.

HOW TO GET THE LOOK AT HOME:

Mix and match varying styles of floral fabrics in terms of scale and style to create a relaxed look – just stick to one colour palette to bring it all together.

Zimmer + Rohde's Fiori wallcovering
Zimmer + Rohde’s Fiori fabric design
Herbaria fabric from Black Edition by Romo
Herbaria fabric from Black Edition by Romo

GEOLOGY

Mineral-rich hues, textural patterns and iridescent surfaces can be seen in many collections this year. Naturally derived materials such as granite, marble, agate and crystal – as well as their textures, patterns and colours – are playing a huge part in interior design in 2017. Harlequin’s new Anthology range, Definition, really explores this theme, where natural inspiration meets high-tech digital production. ‘Definition has been inspired by geology and crystals: more figurative and mystical than previous Anthology ranges, it adds an extra intensity of colour and design,’ explains designers Louise Draper and Linda Thacker. ‘The result is a breathtaking collection of wall coverings, multi-faceted, serene and powerfully effective.’

HOW TO GET THE LOOK AT HOME:

For a quick update, many designers are incorporating mineral-rich materials in accessories, so try using agate bookends or marble coasters for a touch of luxe. For a bolder look, try a geological-inspired wall mural as a dramatic backdrop to a room.

Anthology's Definition collection
Anthology’s Definition collection
Anthology's Definition collection of wallcoverings
Anthology’s Definition collection of wallcoverings

ZOOLOGY

There’s a strong safari theme this year, with exotic animal prints, jungle motifs and strong colours. Cole & Son’s beautiful Ardmore collection stood out from the crowd – the company has collaborated with South-African firm Ardmore Ceramics, drawing inspiration from its exuberant pottery to create vivid wallpaper designs that are rooted in African tradition and culture. It’s not just wild creatures that are inspiring this trend – the concept of global travel and exploration also has a place; think of vintage travel paraphernalia and entomological objects and motifs e.g. insect-inspired wallpapers or faux butterflies in bell jars.

HOW TO GET THE LOOK AT HOME:

Create a feature wall by framing a series of vintage, entomological prints of different species of bug or butterfly.

Cole & Son's Ardmore collection
Cole & Son’s Ardmore collection
Cole & Son's Singita design from the Ardmore collection
Cole & Son’s Singita design from the Ardmore collection
Arte's Wings wallcovering
Arte’s Wings wallcovering

OCEANOLOGY

Waves of teal and cerulean blues hit the show this year, with many brands backing the blue hues. While oceanic tones were on display, many brands also appeared to be inspired by marine life, including Harlequin’s Anthozoa collection. Louise Collis, the collection’s designer, explains: ‘I looked at land and sea, following an interior trend called “sea change” that focused on sea plants and corals, rocks and land formation by sea. I also kept a keen eye on fashion trends, in particular the use of sheer fabrics and soft serene colours.’

HOW TO GET THE LOOK AT HOME:

Channel this look by introducing watery, sheer fabrics for a more subtle look or choose cushions in oceanic hues for a pop of colour.

Harlequin's Anthozoa collection, illustrated by designer Louise
Harlequin’s Anthozoa collection, illustrated by designer Louise Collis
Harlequin's Anthozoa collection
Harlequin’s Anthozoa collection
Harlequin's Anthozoa collection
Harlequin’s Anthozoa collection