It’s that time of year again, when the trade shows start and all retailers start to look at what is going to be hot in 2017. Usually the top trends for home interiors are echoed in the garden and it becomes an extension of our homes. After my recent visit to Spring Fair at the NEC Birmingham, I spent some time sorting through the various catalogues I had gathered, and reflecting on the trade stands I had seen. Here are my thoughts on the trends and styles likely to hit our outdoor living spaces in 2017…
This classic style is still present and many new products are still featuring driftwood, rope and fresh nautical prints. This sort of fresh look will always be easily transferable to the garden and is timeless. Shades of blue, navy and white timber and metalwork can contrast beautifully with planted areas. Grasses and sculptural plants mixed with gravels and rocks can all add to a chilled out an easy to maintain coastal feel in any garden.
Metal containers, often galvanised, have always been popular outdoors. Last year we saw a lot more industrial style containers arriving in the garden. This year it appears that there are many more industrial style plant stands, items of furniture and shelves available as well. These are usually reproduction items and have a variety of aged finishes to them including galvanised and rusty. Planting around these items can really soften their harsh edges in your outdoor space. A handful of carefully chosen pieces can be mixed with objects already owned or found to make a unique space full of things you truly love. I have to say this is one of my favourite trends, perhaps because it feels accessible to all.
The trend for bright colour everywhere and anywhere in the garden has not gone away, and I doubt it ever will. Geometric prints are really popular and are available in bright colours which contrast with each other. Think a little bit more carefully when pairing colours and patterns, for example, oranges and blues, yellows and greys can work really well together. I don’t think they can be too bright this year! The key place to integrate colour in your outdoor living space is with dining furniture and tableware (which is always easy to update) and of course, brightly coloured pots and containers.
Copper is still very much the metal colour of choice for interior accessories. Real copper will go green in the weather, so do bear this in mind if you opt for some copper garden features. Of course, many accessories are not real copper and will be fine for use indoor and outdoor. Copper accents are often paired with neutral tones and sharp lines, all of which are normally found in very clean patios and hard landscaped areas. Planters, lanterns, terrariums and baskets are all items often found in copper shades or easy to paint with metallic copper paint.
Simple shapes, natural materials and textures, and basic colours are all dominating the home interiors sector at the moment. Timber furniture and knitted throws are one way of incorporating scandi style into outdoor living. Navy, Grey, Cream and Brown are all colours of wool and linen often paired with timber to create an effortless relaxed look.
Keep an eye on our blog as we explore these trends further over the Spring and Summer!