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The founder of Australia’s most popular design blog, Lucy Feagins, admits to a healthy scepticism towards trend forecasting, especially when it comes to interiors.

That said, there are few people better placed than The Design Files editor to talk about the styles and trends we can expect to see in 2017.

Here Lucy shares her thoughts on the year ahead.





There’s a resurgence of terrazzo tiles and surfaces in bathrooms, kitchens and flooring. The irregular confetti-style patterns in these tiles and surfaces lend a new playfulness to functional interiors.

Terrazzo Tiles. Photo: Mind The Gap
Terrazzo Tiles. Photo: Mind The Gap


’70s style

After years of mid-century appreciation, we’re finally seeing a renewed interest in the design trends and colour palette of the 1970s – think deep orange and nutmeg tones, dark timber, and decorative woven textiles.

A couple of small indie local designers prevalent in Melbourne are driving that trend.

One is Pop & Scott, a Northcote furniture design business run by Poppy Lane and Scott Gibson. Their showroom has a very ’70s feel and their home is consistent with that.

Another is Maryanne Moodie, who is a popular fibre artist. She has recently done a big stint in New York and has returned to Melbourne and is really driving a trend for woven ’70s style wall hangings.

For a long time the ’70s were considered really daggy. But, in any city, creative people find themselves pushing into new areas, new territory and new locations.

They include people like Pop and Scott, who find themselves leasing a ’70s house that a lot of people would never envisage looking amazing, and that becomes the zeitgeist.

Photo: Pop and Scott
Photo: Pop and Scott




Floral motifs

In Australia, we’re seeing an extended interest in loose, expressionist-style floral motifs when it comes to fine art. Paintings, for example, by Sydney artist Laura Jones and Melbourne artist Elizabeth Barnett, both of whom are inspired by floral subject matter.

Photo: Pop and Scott
Photo: Pop and Scott


Bird motifs

We love Sydney artist Leila Jeffreys’ incredibly detailed large-scale photographs of rare and exotic birds. We also love the paintings of Melbourne artist Dean Bowen, who creates almost cartoon-like painted portraits of birds.

Dean Bowens, Eclectus Parrott 2015. Oil on Linen Photo: Dean Bowens
Dean Bowens, Eclectus Parrott 2015. Oil on Linen Photo: Dean Bowens


Bold geometry

We love the abstract geometric works on paper by emerging Scottish-born Melbourne artist Bobby Clark and the clean lines in the work of another Melbourne artist, Stephen Baker.

Bobby Clark Artwork Photo: Pop and Scott
Bobby Clark ArtworkvPhoto: Pop and Scott



Pantone’s colour of the year for 2017 is Greenery – a fresh spring green. This bright hue is perhaps easiest to incorporate as an accent colour. We’re seeing it used in singular feature pieces such as a floor cushion, rug or side table, rather than as a whole room scheme.

In residential interiors, we’re also seeing a lot of soft, chalky pinks and blush tones. Pantone’s colour of the year in 2016 was Rose Quartz and we are still loving this palette.

In residential interiors, we’re also seeing a lot of soft, chalky pinks and blush tones. Pantone’s colour of the year in 2016 was Rose QuartzThis is a surprisingly versatile base, and a great substitute for white walls. Subtle pinks work well with natural timber, and with grey stone or marble surfaces.

Photo: RAW Sunshine Coast
Photo: RAW Sunshine Coast





Bringing the outside in with leafy motifs (in textiles and artwork) and indoor plants is still very on trend. It is a classic trend, but it is reimagined in different ways with less detailed botanical illustration and looser, painterly florals.

Botanical - Photo: Hand G Designs
Botanical – Photo: Hand G Designs


Memphis-inspired interiors

Memphis-inspired interiorsWe’re still seeing lots of interiors inspired by the primary colours and bold shapes of the Memphis movement of the 1980s. There are quite a few shop fitouts that are referencing those colours and shapes, and also product design and furniture that references that look.

Photo: Dennis Zanone
Photo: Dennis Zanone




Bleached blond timber

We’re predicting a return to darker timber hues and showing off timber’s natural grain.

Photo: iStock
Photo: iStock



Minimalism I’ve photographed about 300 homes of varying styles and I’ve yet to see an actual real home adhere strictly to minimalist principles. I think it is a fallacy. No one actually lives like that.