From private meeting rooms to pink or pastel tones, iPads to private training rooms – stay ahead of the 2017 trends in interior housewares and facilities in 2017 with this guide from top London prime property experts.
Marisa Varma, Creative Director Harrison Varma
“External space that can be used in any weather – Garden Rooms and heaters are particularly popular for our residents who want to maximise the use of their terraces and gardens all year round.
The Summer Pavilion at Buxmead has indoor and outdoor space so you can dine ‘al fresco’ using the outdoor kitchenette or sit inside the cosy, heated garden room in winter to enjoy the view of the bespoke water feature and landscaped gardens.
Throws and blankets that are suitable for outside are really popular; we hear all about new types of fabric that have been produced to ensure they are extra-durable. Firepits, of course, will be a big hit again.
Bold interior features such as the ‘botanical’ trend will continue to be popular – we believe it takes time for interior trends to filter through.
Pink! In sophisticated styles – ‘rose-tinted vintage glamour’ rather than hot pink or pastel tones
Finally, iPad everything – absolutely everything must be controlled with an iPad or tablet. Under-floor heating, air cooling, music (Sonos system), lighting and automated curtains (Lutron system).”
Kate Donneky, Head of Consultancy, Rhodium
“We are seeing lots of schemes using international designers incorporating bold design choices, lots of colour and patterns to differentiate from the market. Communal spaces in the super prime market need to be well planned as UNWIs are unlikely to want to mix together, therefore they also need to incorporate private spaces. For example, private meeting rooms are hugely popular so that residents can hold meetings at their address, but not necessarily in their home or for children to be privately tutored.
Private training rooms within a communal gym for one to one PT sessions, separate staff corridors and staff lifts are now being incorporated so residents’ circulation space is essentially private too. Home systems are increasingly reliant on the internet and allow a resident to operate from anywhere in the world – from changing temperatures to choosing music and viewing CCTV cameras, everything is streamed off WiFi.
In addition home audio visual systems have become increasingly complicated over the last decade and there now seems to be an appetite for simple, basic systems which are easy to operate and maintain.”
Grace Leslie, Senior Marketing Executive, Londonewcastle
Design trends in new build – 2017
In 2017 you won’t have to go big if you are planning to redecorate. The design trends for the new year will encourage small changes resulting in noticeable transformations…without burning a hole in your pocket.
Warm metals such as rose gold, copper and brass, are increasingly popular on accent pieces to place around the house or even the trimmings of coffee tables and side tables. Similarly the use of glass, mirror and marble will be the materials of choice when it comes to small furniture pieces.
The luxurious look of velvet has replaced the now tired looking timber bed frames. An over-sized velvet bed frame can act as the centre piece of the room. While 2016 was the year of grey..in all its shades, 2017 sees deep green as the ‘in’ colour to add a tropical jungle vibe.
Lastly, four sided tiles are ‘out’ and will be replaced by a hexagon shaped variety already creeping into bathrooms creating a very different aesthetic.