Samer Al Isis, CEO of Poltrona Frau Group Middle East, shares his thoughts on the key trends that could take off in months to come…

A balance between comfort and style
Lavish materials and Middle Eastern taste often go hand in hand. There is a much-needed balance between comfort, aesthetics and the opulence with which the region is associated. Although the interior design market continues to demand luxury, comfort is the key to making a space inviting.

Visual appeal is one essential component of interior design; however, it is not the only one. When designing a home, our designers always consider ways in which they can make a home an oasis – not just aesthetically but tangibly, creating a haven from the stress of the outside world. To strike this balance, it is important to avoid underestimating the quality of materials. A fine craftsman will always ensure that his product is pleasing inside and out.

Fresh approaches to curve and colour
The year 2017 will see an increase in the use of saturated natural hues, soft curved lines and organic shapes, with stunning accents of on-trend marble and stone. Mood lighting is also a necessity to finish this season’s trends with a polished glow. We can expect to see more clear lines and chromatic colours schemes borrowed from Bauhaus’ style, with an enriched palette of softer pastels, accentuated by the tones and textures of natural materials. To achieve the best outcome in embracing this season’s trends with curve and colour, research is key. Follow designers such as Giulio Cappellini for advice or inspiration and be sure to accent each trend with your own style. Your home or office should mirror your likes, dislikes and personal flair.

More personal space
Interior designers are exploring ways to create more personalised spaces to accommodate individual needs. These curated experiences have been one of the biggest trends in interior design this year. As we continue to embrace the ongoing evolution of change, the celebration of meaningful experiences through spaces by unique, authentic and more holistic design approach will be something to look forward to this year. Large spaces can create more freedom to accentuate and smaller spaces require less intensity to achieve an overall look. It is important to consider how to best utilise and implement a design trend in relation to the space. Sometimes an optimum space can be embellished with on-trend elements, provided the designer keeps the bigger picture in mind. Other times, though, less is more and one classic piece can transform an entire room.

Throughout his varied career, Samer Al Isis has been passionate about luxury. He joined Poltrona Frau in 2011 with a vision of setting it as a benchmark for design and elegance, bringing the best of Italian design and furniture to the United Arab Emirates