Decorating trends don’t have to be slavishly followed. They are simply design and style directions you can embrace a little… or a lot.

Does your home feel like it could use a fresh touch? Or are you in the process of moving and urgently in need of some additional decorative inspiration? Well, fear no more, as professional designers and interior decorators have joined forces to create some new, refreshing decorating trends that we’re so eagerly looking forward to in 2017.

If the minimalistic contemporary styles of 2016 simply weren’t doing it for you, then it’s time to embrace the latest decorating trends in interior design, as they’re bringing a complete revolution in terms of style. So, what are you waiting for? These are some of the best decorating trends that we’ll be sure to look for in 2017.

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Natural Splendour

Gone are the days of black and white interiors, neutral surroundings and plain backgrounds. 2017 brings a refreshing change, not only in terms of colour, but in terms of a complete environment transformation. Starting with Pantone’s colour of the year 2017, Greenery, we’re opening up our homes to nature and all its enchanting splendour.

Tropical prints, butterfly wallpapers, earthy tones and subtle combinations of navy blue and dark green are just a few examples of how nature-inspired interiors are going to look like in 2017. Other than this, greenery will be also introduced with lots of different plant life, flowers and foliage to contribute to the whole jungle-vibe surroundings.

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Fauxy Lady

When it comes to transforming your home into a true natural haven while looking for more affordable solutions, the result comes in a form of faux finishes. From faux wood tiles, marble wallpapers, and fur rugs to faux leather countertops, and even fake foliage.

These ideas represent a reliable, genuine, but at the same time affordable solution for anyone looking to create a subtle mixture of natural and artificial.  These ideas contribute to a more rustic and down-to-earth kind of vibe, but the best thing is that nobody will be able to tell the difference between what’s real and what’s not.

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An Illuminated Getaway

The trend of secluded getaways, intimate nooks, and escapism in general comes more as a necessity, rather than a new movement in interior design. The goal is to give people an opportunity to feel secure, relaxed and calm in their own homes by designing whole spaces with only one purpose in mind – to ease our worried minds.

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These spaces mostly resemble personal sanctuary chambers, contain no electronic devices or clutter, are well-insulated and have top-notch lighting plans. This is a place to come after a long, tiresome day at work, where you can block the outside world for a moment, refresh your senses, but never actually leave your home sweet home.

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A Twist on Metallics

As we slowly transcend from 2016 to 2017, we’re going to witness a lot of movements and shifts in terms of popular materials, colours and textures. One of the most characteristic ones is certainly the use of metallics.

As we close the door on 2016, we also say goodbye to copper, stainless steel and industrial finishes. This year is going to be focused more on jewel tones and pastels, like quartz, Lucite and opal. However, bronze is apparently making a big comeback, but mostly in subtle amounts, simply to add to a more vibrant setting.

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The last of these trends comes all the way from Denmark and no matter how hard you try, you’ll never be able to pronounce it correctly. The word is designed to describe the feelings of genuine pleasure, cosiness and comfort. Being able to literally indulge in the softness and delicacy of the materials has become widely popular all over the globe and is mostly used in different bedroom styles, as a way of achieving the ultimate bedroom experience. This is why natural wool, silk, satin, cashmere and bamboo are becoming essential fabrics in interior design.

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Every year designers try to surpass the last year’s trends and it’s safe to say that they’ve gone to great lengths to make this year’s interior design trends quite extraordinary. 2017 is going to put the focus on nature, subtle contrasts, a lot of new innovations and most importantly, a great deal is going to be about achieving more comfortable and enjoyable home surroundings.

Author, Lana Hawkins

Lana Hawkins is an architecture student and the editor-in-chief of Smooth Decorator. She enjoys writing about interior decoration and landscaping. Lana is interested in sustainability and green building, and that’s where she gets most of her inspiration.

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