What’s trendy in home design for 2017

Every year the "experts" predict what’s hot and what’s not in style trends, so we’ve picked a few from their lists.

If you’re renovating or decorating in 2017, here’s what some of the trend forecasters are predicting for the coming year. You don’t have to agree with them, but their opinions always make interesting reading.

Terracotta is making a comeback. Warm materials such as terracotta tiles will replace currently popular cool and white tones. Terracotta tiles will have a natural matte finish and be used on feature walls in bathrooms or for cladding fireplaces.

Possibly due to the growth in stelvin caps for wine bottles, there is more cork available, so cork will be popular. Not only is it a stylish material idea that adds warmth and texture to spaces, it’s also ideal for absorbing noise in open plan homes. Cork can be used in coffee table bases in combination with stone tops, solid cork stools or side tables. Some predict cork could even clad entire walls in the home office and used for pinning notes.

Dark shades of green will become the new must-have dark, interior colour, replacing navy and midnight blues. When used in a feature armchair, or cushions and decor items as an accent, it adds depth and outdoor colour.

Homes are becoming more haven-like as we try to avoid daily stresses. Always connected to what’s happening in the world, we are influenced by the bad news media. People view their homes more as places of shelter and sanctuary, just as long as they disconnect from technology.

With more people working from home, there is a trend towards creating separate areas so they can work at home, but leave work behind at the end of the day. This also applies to technology, with families creating digital-free zones in their homes to help disconnect from technology.

Nomadic nuances refers to a marked drift towards eclectic combinations of artefacts and styles from other cultures. It is demonstrated by an increasing appreciation for artisan objects and crafts and a desire to embrace simplicity instead of being obsessed over possessions.

Regardless of your personal taste, if you keep a style long enough it will eventually come back in fashion and save you money in the long term.