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From seventies-style rattan furniture and shag rugs to elegant drinks trolleys and printed wallpaper, this year’s biggest interior trends have a definite throwback feel.

According to Pinterest’s recent UK Interior Awards, which revealed the trends that British pinners are most frequently saving, we’re drawn to adventurous and contemporary home updates like minimalist design and geometric shapes – but we’re also embracing the trends of our parents’ generation.

The biggest influences were marked by a sharp rise in pinning activity over the past year, and top of Pinterest’s list was a return to seventies design. Bold colours and textures are on the rise, and iconic peacock chairs are up 156% on Pinterest. Meanwhile, shag rugs and vinyl players are also making a comeback – up 87% and 56% respectively. The millennial obsession with house plants also continues – Pinterest reported that ‘shower plants’ (plants in the bathroom) are up by 67%.

Other influences included shapes and sizes – British pinners are sharing lots of images featuring hexagon and herringbone tiles, as well as visually-appealing homewares like circular shaped mirrors. An interest in sustainable home decorating is also on the rise, with plywood kitchens up 182% on Pinterest.

Apparently our love of Marie Kondo and minimalist style has filtered into our decorating habits, too. Pinterest reports that images of clothing rails are up 80% on the platform – perhaps more appealing now that we’ve downsized and curated our wardrobes. Meanwhile, simple styling is also on the rise.

Finally, it seems that 2017 is the year of bringing colour back into our homes – in particular, Pinterest reported that printed wallpaper and soothing navy bedrooms are up 248% and 182% respectively.

Ready to shop the trends? We’ve rounded up our best buys the gallery below.

Image: Pinterest

  • Roll up

    Complete your home bar with a drinks trolley that doubles as an interior centrepiece. This Oliver Bonas design was the runner-up in the ‘Best interior lust-have’ category at the Pinterest awards.


  • Soft landing

    When it comes to the shag rugs, you can’t beat a classic Moroccan Berber. Originals can be pricey, but more affordable versions are now appearing on the high street – this La Redoute number is so popular, it even has its own Instagram account.


  • Tune in

    Complete the seventies look with a classic Crosley vinyl record player - with a millennial pink update, of course.


  • Pattern pop

    These tiles tick off two trends at once - geometric design and green hues (up 28% on Pinterest). Even if you’re not renovating, individual tiles can be used as coasters or trivets.

    £8.99 per tile,

  • That 70s chair

    It’s official: wicker furniture is back on trend, and the ultimate interior splurge of the moment is a seventies-style peacock chair.


  • Dream buy

    Finally, a sofa that’s about as far away from ‘practical beige’ as is possible. Pinterest declared Loaf’s pink Thankster sofa the interiors ‘lust-have’ of the year, and we concur.


  • Let there be light

    Copper homewares continue to soar in popularity, with Pinterest reporting that the trend is up 67% on last year. This elegant, minimalist table lamp is top of our wish list.


  • Faux real

    Shag rugs aren’t just for floors. Sling this faux sheepskin rug over an armchair for a dose of instant luxury.


  • Sweet dreams

    Navy is the most popular colour for bedrooms this year, with Pinterest reporting that the trend is up by a whopping 182%. Get the look with Farrow & Ball’s Stiffkey Blue.

    £4.50 for a 100ml tester pot,

  • And relax

    No space for that peacock chair? Ikea’s Stockholm 2017 range is full of rattan pieces that work in small spaces, including this stylish armchair.


  • Crossed wires

    Once you’ve finished decluttering with a little help from the KonMari Method, store the magazines that bring you joy in this smart utilitarian rack.


  • Clean lines

    Simple clothes rails are a practical solution for small bedrooms as well as a great way to display a carefully curated wardrobe.


  • Mirror mirror

    Shape continues to play an important role in interior design, with circular mirrors proving especially popular (up 32% on Pinterest). Hang this bamboo number in your hallway for maximum impact.


  • Suds up

    Concrete bathrooms are up 56% on Pinterest this year. Until you can afford the dream suite, get the look by starting with a cement soap dispenser.


  • Fancy foliage

    The millennial obsession with house plants has now reached the bathroom, with ‘shower plants’ up by 67% on Pinterest. Go big with a Boston fern.


  • Whole grain

    Plywood is a popular and inexpensive material for big projects like kitchen cupboards, but it also looks great when used for decorative accessories. This slot-together moose is a clever alternative to traditional wall art.


  • Show off

    Open shelves are still going strong in 2017, says the Pinterest data. Display plants, books or kitchenwares on this sleek Danish design.


  • Small updates

    Not in the market for a new sofa? Grab a few of these H&M cushion covers in dusky pink for a lowkey textile update.


  • Hang time

    Double up on the plywood trend with this practical pegboard. Both functional and aesthetically pleasing, it can be used to store and display anything from kitchen utensils to workplace tools.


  • Make a splash

    Wallpaper is back on trend, and contemporary designs are a world away from the chintzy floral rolls of yore. This year, watercolour murals and ombre designs are leading the way.

    From £25.00 per m2,

  • Our little secret

    If you have trouble keeping plants alive or have a bathroom without a window, artificial plants might be your best bet. Interior designer Abigail Ahern has just launched an impressive range for Debenhams.


  • Stack ‘em up

    Simple storage doesn’t have to mean boring. Affordable Dutch homeware brand Hema sells cardboard boxes with patterned updates, and we’re particularly enamoured with this spotty design.


  • Bowled over

    This herringbone bowl is just the right mix of functional and decorative, and calling out to be stacked on an open shelf.


  • Wipe out

    The geometric design trend shows no signs of slowing down. Grab this trio of printed cotton tea towels before they sell out.

    £24 for three,

  • All in one

    Add a dash of blue to your bedroom with this stylish fouta blanket, which can also be used as a picnic rug, summer wrap, tablecloth or luxurious towel.


  • Three’s company

    Embrace the simple styling trend with these minimalist ceramic vases, the epitome of functional meets decorative.


  • Best buy

    Hexagons are up 93% on Pinterest this year, and that seems like as good an excuse as any to invest in this beautiful wine rack.


  • Al fresco

    We’re welcoming more bold colour into our homes than ever before. This goes for tableware and accessories, too, making these stackable plastic wine glasses the perfect buy for summer.

    £10 for four,

  • Sweet repeat

    Honeycomb patterned flooring doesn’t have to mean expensive tiles. Swedish brand Pappelina has created a range of indoor/outdoor plastic rugs that are ideal for hallways and entry ways.


  • Cutting edge

    Give a nod to the bold colour trend with a flash of neon. This chopping board is made to be put on display.



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Helen Booth

Helen Booth is a London-based writer, digital editor and part-time maker who loves interiors, crafts and keeping tabs on trends. She also co-founded the weekly newsletter Lunch Hour Links.