10 Key Colors of 2017 for Interiors and ….

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From warm, soothing spice shades to striking, bold hues, this year we see an intriguing mix of colors that are reminiscent of the natural world as well as powerful expressions of intense brights.

We have selected 10 key Pantone Referenced colors from all of the color palettes in our 2017 trends, to provide you with an edited down version helping you to make those color decisions on behalf of your clients, throughout the year. These 10 essential hues will be significant within the world of interiors, stationery, cars and much more; influencing the direction of marketing and retail sectors.

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Surface Texture & Material Design Trends 2017

Designers, graduates and well established brands are continuing to explore innovative ways of manipulating and experimenting with materials to create unique textures and effects for the interiors market.

Here are a few that we’d like to share with you showcased by Material Lab at the Surface & Materials Show in Birmingham. These specific textures and materials relate perfectly to our 2017 Surface Trends…

Evan James Design

This surface design company combines traditional quality craftsmanship with new technologies supporting & encouraging customer individuality for the commercial and residential sectors. They challenge whether a wall has to be flat and also, whether a wall has to permanently stay the same? This bespoke structured surface offers limitless possibilities of pattern, colour and texture. It’s designed to compliment any interior style.

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Our 2017 Trend – In Motion – explores the power of the virtual world being integrated into our everyday life; consider high shine and glossy fluidity that creates dynamic light effects and surfaces with movement. Spirograph, optical grids and dark iridescence are key aesthetics  here.

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Solomon and Wu

A luxury, surface brand crafting beautiful textures and contemporary architectural design features for interior spaces. Their unique collection of textured finishes and sculptured surfaces have been installed in retail stores such as Christian Louboutin and Alexander Mcqueen. We’ve also showcased their samples many times on our Trend Hubs around the world! Colors and finishes across the whole collection can be tailored to add stunning, bespoke elements to your design scheme.

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2017 will see a favor towards refined luxurious rawness, combining gritty and distressed textures with blush silvered metallics. Desert inspired textures appear chalky and matte; parched linens, dried reptile skins and rustic weaves. Gradual colour shifts and tonal hombre’s in indigo tones and sunset shades compliment refined metallics and naturally raw surfaces.

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Grace Gallagher

Grace Gallagher, a British designer, produces surfaces and objects for interiors, that demonstrate a preoccupation with materials and process. There is a mixture of traditional and contemporary techniques, with an honesty to the rawness and irregularity of the chosen material. The monochrome pattern was inspired by the Barbican building in London where each panel is hand crafted using a process of revealing layers.

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The appreciation of everyday materials will be a key attribute of design in 2017, consumers will begin to see beauty in ‘the ordinary’ and value ‘time earnt’, slowly acquired skills. People will embrace traditional techniques with a modern twist to create surfaces that are unpretentious but precise with a hand crafted aesthetic. Think about using saw cut, end-grains and chiseled wood effects for retail outlet design, exhibition booths, kitchens, flooring and workplace furniture. Denim, leather and cork create mixed material surfaces that will look stunning and be desirable in all interior spaces including hotel lounges and restaurants. 

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We are currently carefully selecting the most innovative and revolutionary surface materials for our 2017 International Trend Hubs. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter now to stay informed of our next events, or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for daily updates from the team. Email Phil for more information about our ‘show reports’

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2017 Trend Privacy for Workplace, Residential & Hospitality Interiors

We have released our Autumn/Winter 2016/17 Pinterest board; PRIVACY. This board will give you all the inspiration you need for interior & tableware product design & marketing, to fashion & workplace design; plus furniture styles.

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THE TREND

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This is a trend that addresses the increasing desire for privacy in our lives, in our work life, in our social life and even in our online presence. We’ve reached a critical tipping point now where having shared so much information; and for some of this information being misused; we want to regain control. It is a calm, simple and ordered style that explores concealing, revealing and unexpected transparencies.

SOCIAL SOLITUDE

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Furniture companies are now taking on board the idea of nesting and privacy to create products that enable social solitude in the workplace. Open working environments inevitably mean more noise levels, distractions and interruptions; sometimes we need a quiet place to take refuge and really focus on a task alone… furniture can provide the answer.

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REVEAL & CONCEAL

A simplistic and edited-down approach is crucial, but it is also inviting, there is a sense of softness, curvaceousness and plain smoothness; it is simply modern. The elements of concealing and revealing are being explored by designers; some product areas appear blurred or frosted and there is a play on revealing or exposing things that are normally hidden or concealed.

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The greatest luxury of the past decade has been time, but as we stride ahead into a digital era we predict that the next greatest luxury will be privacy…

Links to all images can be found on our Pinterest Board.

Need more guidance, information, support? Email Phil

For more trend inspiration see our Christmas Trend Update; Heathland also see A/W 2016-2017 Trend Updates for Native & Astro.

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THE Look for your Home this Christmas: Style, Color & Look

We have released our Autumn/Winter 2016/17 Pinterest board; HEATHLAND. This board will give you all the inspiration you need from interior style & tableware trends to christmas wrapping, stationery and festive decor.

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THE TREND

This trend has a real enchanting mood as we begin to see unexpected encounters with nature being designed and created by architects, artists and designers worldwide. There is a subtle Wuthering Heights influence here which defines this trend’s overall look, it relates in part to the 200th anniversary of the Brontë sisters’ birth.

Glorious Heather Tones 

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This trend’s palette is a dramatic collection of rich colors, many of which have a gray cast. Black iris is beautifully tinged with purple as this year sees a play on contrast with darker and more intense color combinations. Deep purple hues, heather tones and lilac shades will be an important color family for this coming winter. Luscious plum reflects our passion for luxury, a respect for history and deep love for the complexity of the modern world. The evocative nature of this shade is enhanced by teal or indigo and looks dramatic alongside deep earthy greens, bracken browns and dense floral patterning. Pair these shades with muted lilacs or gray toned neutrals.

The palette reflects a growing desire for colors that project a luxurious richness, yet also have a strong connection to nature.

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The Festive Look

This trend translate beautifully into a christmas look for this season. Touches of glamorous materials and luxury metallics work alongside the love of rustic and natural styling. There is an emphasis on the natural charm of the British countryside and a real, warm country house feel. Rustic handmade look tree decorations could include cable knit ornaments, tweed garlands and crocheted snowflake embellishments.

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Links to all images can be found on our Heathland Pinterest Board.

If you have any questions feel free to get in touch!

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All things Stationery…

5 Stationery Brands to Love Right Now

As a passionate stationery enthusiast I love nothing more than scouting trade shows and events for new, up and coming designers and scoping out the fresh product launches from some of my favourite brands. Although technology sometimes takes over our lives, it is clear the love for all things stationery has not subsided as consumers continue to seek fashion-led paper products that we see constantly being blogged or instagrammed.

Here are 5 stationery brands and designers to watch out for…

1.Message Earth

This beautiful collection of greeting cards combines the stunning photo art created by Helena Christensen with an environmentally friendly philosophy. The cards are created with 100% recycled paper, printed using only vegetable ink and packaged in 100% bio-degradable plastic wrapping. A great combination of Danish design, sustainability and heartfelt messages. The unusual but intriguing mix of rusticity with pretty florals is perfect for this coming season!

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2. Studio Sweet and Sour

Studio Sweet and Sour is a Dutch design studio who create wonderful stationery and gifts that are out of the ordinary. Their aim is to make things fun and to put a smile on your face (it definitely worked for me). They have a big love for detail and pay as much attention to the inside as they do the outside including interesting metallic foiling and neon edging. With contemporary colour combinations and exciting surface finishes; this is a product collection your don’t want to miss!

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I love this award winning brand… Men’s society is your one stop shop for stylish and quality gifts designed specifically for men. They source unusual, quirky and classic items that will never date but rather improve with age and use. Many of their products are handmade using only the finest tools; this connects perfectly with our Analogue Workshop Trend for 2017. I will no longer struggle to buy presents for the men in my family!

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4. Ohh Deer

Launched in 2011, this brand aims to bring quirky illustrated products to the mass market. This modern collective is made up of many unique illustrators who create anything from homeware to stationery and everything in-between. I particularly loved the dark floral notebooks designed by Susan Castillo, it fits perfect with our Heathland Trend for this coming winter.

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5. Katie Leamon

Katie Leamon is a luxury card and stationery brand based in London, their family run production studio is based in the English Countryside where they design, create and deliver beautiful, hand finished collections of original paper products. The collection can be found at Selfridges, Anthropologie and Harrods.

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Top 5 Tips for Stationery Product Photography for your social media

  1. Lighting – Get the light right and you’re nearly there, it doesn’t need to be sunny you can set your scene near a window and create softness with a curtain or a sheet.
  2. Set the Scene – To shoot lifestyle, shoot detail, shoot wide – make sure you shoot a mix of ways to capture the scene adding some lifestyle elements that compliement your asethetic.
  3. Details – It’s all in the detail, look at the scene you’ve set – does it work? If not tweak.
  4. Edit – Use free editing software to edit pictures.
  5. Be Consistent – Get yourself a trademark style.

(Tips curtesy of Paperfest London as seen at Top Drawer)


For further stationery inspiration see our 2017 Stationery Trend Report; includes great ideas and inspiration for stationery designers and manufacturers, whilst also being superb stock purchase & merchandising guidance for retailers. Don’t forget to follow our ‘All Things Stationery‘ Pinterest board for the latest trend direction.

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