Maurizio Pellizzoni creates high-end interiors and furniture for hoteliers, retailers, property developers and private homeowners. Here, the London-based designer shares his trend forecast for 2017….

We will see a more sophisticated and elegant style brought into our interior schemes while simultaneously injecting something more personal into the space. The shift
towards luxury will move from the generic use of highend pieces to personalised spaces with a bespoke touch. Increasingly, clients are requesting a unique look for their homes and interiors that reflects their lifestyles and personalities; the home is also increasingly seen as a sanctuary, a place of wellbeing in which to retreat.

As we can see some of the fashion trends for Spring/Summer 2017, Pantone’s colour of the year, Greenery, will seep into our interiors. Organic, natural hues and patterns relating to nature will be prominent. We will move away from the subdued tones of recent times that reflected the economic austerity measures imposed in Europe and elsewhere. Instead, we will see a beautiful palette that combines earthy, muted colour schemes with jewel tones and luxurious materials such as leather and bronze.

Escapism will be a popular theme as a remedy to lifestyles dictated by technology. Living spaces will become calmer and more detached from the digital sphere. A more flexible living approach towards defining areas in the home will grow, with technology crossing into a creative realm of art and design.

Products in 2017 naturally interlink with Pantone’s colour trend forecast. Nature will dominate, from earthy foliage and animal prints to the gentle contours of natural materials such as stone. Descending from the catwalk to our homes, these patterns and textures will take form as accessories – cushions and rugs, for example – and may also give upholstery and window dressings the wow factor.

The use of warm materials such as terracotta and burnished metals will become more prevalent. Metallic finishing will be used in finer detail to create uniquely crafted pieces, particularly from artisans and new designers. Cork will also see its day in 2017 and can be used in many ways throughout interior schemes, complementing other key trends for the year. The current vogue for velvet will bring warmth into interior schemes and ties in well with the demand for the ‘new elegance’ style.