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.
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, firedearth.com
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.
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.
Shag rugs aren’t just for floors. Sling this faux sheepskin rug over an armchair for a dose of instant luxury.
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, diy.com
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.
Simple clothes rails are a practical solution for small bedrooms as well as a great way to display a carefully curated wardrobe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Open shelves are still going strong in 2017, says the Pinterest data. Display plants, books or kitchenwares on this sleek Danish design.
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.
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, muralswallpaper.co.uk
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.
This herringbone bowl is just the right mix of functional and decorative, and calling out to be stacked on an open shelf.
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, tandshop.com
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.
Embrace the simple styling trend with these minimalist ceramic vases, the epitome of functional meets decorative.
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.
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, johnlewis.com
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.
Give a nod to the bold colour trend with a flash of neon. This chopping board is made to be put on display.