I have recently written an article for Cambridge Independent about what’s going to be trendy in 2017 and what’s not; but for those of you who missed the article and want a slightly expanded version, this post is for you…

Every single year, everyone’s waiting for this piece on next year trends, as it’s very exciting to see all the changes taking place. As a designer, I always emphasise that not all new trends must be followed religiously, and in the end everyone should chose something that appeals to them personally. Nevertheless, new trends can certainly be our inspiration for the new year’s renovations, revamps and new home designs!

  1. More ‘DIY, shabby chic’ style- Rustic base with hearty unvarnished hardwood floor, apothecary bottles, simple furniture made of recycled wood will still be quite trendy- so don’t get rid of an old table or turn that palette into a clever seating.

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Indsutrial Style Bedroom- Window niche ‘after’

Design: Katie Malik Interiors; Photo credit: Maciek Platek Food & Interior Photography

Shabby chic style has been certainly ‘on’ but next year seems to welcome even more of it since as a society we are becoming increasingly aware of the value of recycling and reusing ‘the old’.

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Shabby Chic Living Room

Design: Katie Malik Interiors ; Photo credit: Maciek Platek Food & Interior Photography

  1. More colours!- Who knows what’s the Pantome colour of 2017? Refreshing, extremely revitalizing ‘Greenery’, which is described to “evoke the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew! According to Pantome, among muted, earthy tones, we’ll see pops of primary colours like Lapis Blue and Primrose Yellow! We’ll also see new colours in quartz- and mixing more colours and textures together we’ll be particularly noticeable in new kitchen styles.

Open Living Room

Open Living Room

Design: Katie Malik Interiors Photo credit: Maciek Platek Food & Interior Photography

Some trends specialist even go further and say the trend for 2017 is plenty of green, which is very easy to replicate in almost any home. Not to mention, green has an immensely positive feedback on people’s wellbeing. Try to fit as many plants and flowers as possible, but still be careful not to turn your home into a botanical garden; if you’d like to start small, invest in some green accessories first.

Pantome colour of the year 2017- Greenery

Pantome colour of the year 2017- Greenery


  1. More ‘art’- more art doesn’t mean you need to spend a fortune on new paintings, stunning gallery walls which introduce both interest and personality to your home can be made up of affordable modern art, family photographs or vintage prints.


Gallery wall


  1. More ‘automation’- we can’t avoid heading into the future, and in result, we’ll see more automated items in the home: sensor-activated lights, hands-free faucets. We will most certainly see a firm ‘futuristic’ trend in kitchens- more sleek surfaces, curved furniture, cabinets.

Scavolini kitchen

Scavolini kitchen; source:

  1. More ‘space’- the easiest way to create extra space is by redesigning your loft if you have a house already. Loft inspired additions to homes, such as mezzanines, are going to be very trendy! Housing demand will not fail to inspire developers and architects to consider using the attics of existing building, creating fantastic, cosy options for first-time buyers or those who enjoy stunning views!

Katie Malik Interior Designer Cambridge

Industrial Style Bedroom- Loft style

Design: Katie Malik Interiors Photo credit: Maciek Platek Food & Interior Photography

What’s not going to be hot then? It seems we’ll have to slowly say goodbye to:

  1. Copper finish (replace with metallic finishes of gold and silver)

  2. Cushions with logos (look out for high-quality & originality)

  3. Florals (if you still love florals, try more graphic ones)

  4. Open-plan design (think zoning instead)

Hope you’ve found this inspiring! Here’s to space transformations and to successful home redesigns in 2017!