Drum roll: The weird & wacky interior trends of 2017


“Fashions fade, style is eternal” – Yves Saint Laurent said that.

It’s a fair point and one that comes to mind when we look at some of the wackier decorating and design trends we’ve seen catalogued by homewares brands and popping up in new properties this year.

It’s not all bad though.

We caught up with Leonard Teplin, of Marshall White Projects, and interior designer David Hicks, to find out what stood out the most in this year’s display of the weird and wacky in interiors.

1. Maximalism

“Last year it was all about minimalism and refined, carefully curated living spaces,” Leonard says.

“This year as apartments have become more oversized, we saw residents indulge in ‘maximalism’ – filling living spaces with statement furniture, a variety of textured rugs and blankets, and paintings on every wall.”

Our resident interior stylist Chris Carroll weighs in: “The notion that things shouldn’t make us happy is just plain preposterous,” Chris wrote earlier this month.

Gone are the days of embracing minimalism in the home. Picture: Tamara Graham

2. Memphis

Love it or hate it, big and brassy is back – and it’s bigger and brassier than ever.

The Memphis style movement is all about taking ‘good taste’ and turning that on its head… tastefully.

A neon lighting scheme The King himself would be proud of. Picture: Tamara Graham

“People aren’t afraid to create big, bold, quirky and colourful statements in their homes anymore, and are constantly looking for something different,” David says.

Elvis would be proud.

3. Macrame

Not strictly 2017, macrame has been around since the 1970s and continues with its staged comeback.

We saw some weird and wonderful incarnations of the trend this year, including oversized wall installations and weavings featuring beads and neon.

Macrame went large in 2017. Picture: Tamara Graham

“Macrame is back and we have seen it in just about any form this year, and it’s the same with taxidermy,” David says.

4. Taxidermy

David Hicks calls it, and we can see where he’s coming from – taxidermy was everywhere this year.

We blame cow hide rugs for starting this trend.

Well hey there, Mr Reindeer. Picture: Getty

5. Colour – on everything

Bold colour is also staging a comeback. We’re seeing it seep into everyday functional areas and items in the home, such as tapware and kitchen appliances.

Think we’re talking about that stock-standard red kettle? Nope, try this fluro yellow faucet on for size!

Bright, modern colours were absolutely everywhere in the home in 2017. Picture: Sussex Taps

6. Pop culture

When Star Wars: The Last Jedi opened end of 2017 it sent a wave of Star Wars merch floating through the galaxy. The interiors world was not immune.

Decor inspired by the cult classic has a special place in the curated collections of Star Wars fanatics – and we say, if you love it, embrace it!

The Star Wars TIE fighter nutcracker is a kitchen must-have for would-be Jedis-in-training. Picture: The Foundry

This article was originally published as Drum roll: The weird & wacky interior trends of 2017 by www.realestate.com.au and is written by Alice Bradley.

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