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A Return to Elegance 2017

 

Giles Kime makes a bold prediction as he perceives a new wind blowing through the World of Interiors. It’s easy (and tempting) to dismiss trend predictions, but you only need to look at Country Life to see that interior design is a restless business. The dramatic changes that took place in the early 20th century demonstrated a profession with creative ADHD, as prevailing styles swung from Arts-and-Crafts to Art Deco to an extraordinary Rococo revival in the space of two decades. I’ve never seen anything intrinsically wrong with the idea of interior design being trend-driven. The only danger is when they lack substance  or when they’re taken to fashion victim extremes.

Here are some design predictions for 2017, the first of which is the return of elegant upholstery. Although an L-shaped sofa might be the ideal place for a Saturday-night , they miss the point that  well-designed sofas are intended to enhance an interior, rather than simply provide a quasi-bed. Sofas aren’t just for vegetating on — for an insight into the infinite possibilities of upholstery, look no further than a Conversation Piece sofa, Secondly, an idea which is more nebulous but potentially even more exciting: the return to a more considered approach to design. This is a move on from the unhinged eclecticism that resulted in people being encouraged to ‘mix it up’ and accept that ‘there are no rules’, precipitating some disturbing juxtapositions of pretty much every style under the sun—a bit of Miami here, a bit of Scandinavian there and a light dusting of Vintage. Designers such as Rose Uniacke and Ben Pentreath are the masters of the more disciplined approach. The third source of interest is the return of the four-walled room (as opposed to the open-plan space ).
Interior Design Trends You Should Stay Away From in 2017

Interior designers have spoken to Architectural Digest, and they each selected a trend that they definitely do not want to see this year. So, if you want to know which interior design trends you should avoid in 2017, now is the time to keep up.

LEATHER COUCH

Interior designer Sasha Bikoff says that “leather couches, apart from English-style Chesterfield’s, have got to go in 2017. Comfort and design can go hand in hand, and leather couches can sometimes be tacky and are easily stained. Not to mention, they are uncomfortable in warm summer months. I would love to see more people taking a chance on sofas and couches with bright colours or printed fabrics.”

WOODEN LEGS

Tiffany Fong, creative director of Capsule believes “we’ve seen wooden, mid-century legs on everything from sofas to dining tables for years now, and I am looking forward to seeing more unexpected silhouettes incorporated into homes.”

 

MINIMAL DESIGN

Designer Shelley Johnstone says she’s “over spaces being too minimal and cold. I love the layers of fabrics, velvets and wools, grasscloth and rattan creating texture and depth, and lacquered ceilings and the attention to detail. I want to see more rooms that are interestingly layered and comfortable without becoming fussy.”

REPLICATE MID-CENTURY ROOMS LIKE YOU LIVE IN THE 60`S .

CEO of Rapt Studio, David Galullo hopes “that the trend to replicate mid-century-modern spaces inch by inch in 2017 fades away”. The designer believes that you should “build a room around what you love from every year and a variety of styles. Life is too short and space too valuable to freeze it all in time.”

OVERSTYLED INTERIORS

Designer Glenn Pushelberg stated that “we would be happy not to see any more white, loftlike, art gallery–inspired, over styled interiors. What we do want to see is moodier, more artistic expressions and richness in colours and materials.”

OMBRE’

Interior designer Anne Hepfer “would love to see Ombré be replaced with beautiful printed fabrics and watercolour paintings, like those from Ferrick Mason.

OVER-MODERATED ROOMS

Famous interior designer Jonathan Adler says that what he doesn’t want to see in 2017 is “people not making an effort. Moderation: It ain’t a trend, but it is a blight!”

VINTAGE METALS ON NEW FURNITURE

Designer Wesley Moon stated that the one trend she wants gone is related to “that cheap-looking bright gold metal that is on every piece of new furniture. Old brass is great on antiques, but the trend of having a bright, shiny (yet somehow also matte) version of it on every new piece of furniture (often paired with lacquer, sometimes chevron patterns) is wearing very thin.

GREYED-OUT LOOK

Loren Kreiss, owner of Kreiss believes “the industry has been over-saturated with the greyed-out look. I would love to see the grey colours that have dominated wood finishes and fabrics move toward warmer and whiter in 2017. Customers are requesting more and more white, ivory, and ‘white white.’ These kinds of off-white finishes feel very current.”

 

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Home Staging

Home staging is about highlighting your home’s strengths, downplay any  weakness and express the appeal of your home to the greatest possible prospective buyer , we can even improve the properties appeal just to help you fall in love with your home again
The most important thing you can do to prepare your home for sale is to get rid of any clutter that accumulates even with general life.  Consider a house rule in an established home that for every new item that comes in, an old one has to leave.
One of the major contributors to a cluttered look is having too much furniture. When professional stagers descend on a home that is being prepared for the sellers market, they often remove as much as half the owner’s furnishings, and the house looks much bigger for it. You do not  have to be that drastic but take a good look at what you have and ask yourself what you can live without, even for the sale period.
One of the things that make staged homes look so warm and welcoming is great lighting, many homes are not properly illuminated.  To remedy the problem, increase the wattage in your lamps and fixtures. Aim for a total of 100 watts for each 50 square feet. Try not to depend on just one or two fixtures per room, either. Make sure you have three types of lighting: ambient (general or overhead), task (pendant, under-cabinet or reading) and accent (table and wall). 
Experienced Real Estate Agents know that a home that is beautifully staged tends to sell faster than a house that is not. Also, did you know that vacant houses are often perceived to have a lower value than homes that are staged and can often receive lower offers from buyers who perceive that the owner is desperate to sell. Staging is the best marketing strategy available with proven results.

Mixing the right accessories can make a room more cosy and inviting. When it comes to accessorising odd numbers are preferable, especially three, rather than lining up a trio of accessories in a row, imagine a triangle and place one object at each point. The scale is important, too, so in your group of three it is more complimentary to vary height and width, with the largest item at the back and the smallest in front. For a creative effect, group accessories by the colour, shape or texture, find a  unifying element to bring the overall look together.

If you have a room that serves only to gather junk, create a purpose for the room, make it into something that will add to the value of your home. The simple addition of a comfortable armchair, a small table and a lamp in a stairwell nook will transform it into a comfortable reading space. Consider draping fabric on the walls of your basement , lay an inexpensive rubber padding or a carpet remnant on the floor and throw in a variety of cushions. Voila , you have  a new meditation room or yoga studio.
There is also  a common belief that rooms will feel larger and be easier to use if all the furniture is pushed against the walls, but that is not the case. Try furnishing your space by floating furniture away from walls, Reposition sofas and chairs into cosy conversational groups, and place pieces so that the traffic flow in a room is obvious. Not only will this help  make the area more user-friendly,  it will open up the room and make it seem larger.
In most cases, stagers can make many of your existing furnishings work especially by adding a few little tweaks such as rugs, pillows or artwork, to brighten the decor or highlight the best parts of the room.
Home staging is fast growing and an increasingly important part for  homeowners seeking the highest selling price, many have turned to home staging as a way to present their home in the best light possible.
You are marketing what is likely to be your largest asset, and for some people also their largest source of debt, and so you want to take that seriously and do whatever you can to make your home the most appealing.

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Kylie Minogue Bedding

Transform your bedroom to star status with beautiful bed linen from the Kylie Minogue ‘At Home’ Collection. These stunning designs embrace all the glamour and star quality associated with the showgirl herself. Add a touch of Kylie magic to your home with the stunning range of cushions from the Pop Princess. Embellished with crystals or a sparkling diamante trim, the cushions sit perfectly in the bedroom. With a choice of throws in either faux fur or satin, together with the beautiful satin runners designed to complement the bedding, your entire home can have the touch of Kylie magic.

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Curtains finish a room and make a home.

If you ever  doubted the power of window treatments to add the perfect finish to a room, here is a recent project. Often the window treatment is the last thing we do when we decorate a room, but a room is just not  complete until the “curtain call” , and often the show stopper ! Beautiful drapery curtains, even the most simple,  are an all-time favorite way to finish a window. There is something about the way they frame a window, the perfect borders to a beautiful garden or view, like framing a perfect picture, and drapes are an investment for the home.

When chosen correctly a window treatment gives a finishing touch to any room. It pulls the elements of décor together and helps define the overall theme.

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