Jewel Tones, Cork & 3 Other Interior Trends Your Home Needs

FACT: it's so important for the interior of your home or office space to look on point.

Why? It influences your mood, inspires your thinking, and is generally a reflection of your personality.

But where to begin, my friends, where to begin? Lucky for you, I've saved you at least seven weeks of Pinterest trawling to bring you the hottest new interior trends.

People who are renting, don't drop off yet - although there's not a lot you can do about those hand-painted tiles in the kitchen featuring dancing fruit; you CAN adopt some of these looks for your home. You would be surprised how far a candle can go.

So, get out your pen and paper, peeps: here's your new look for the home.


I know, I know. Terracotta doesn't exactly have the best reputation as either a building material (Greek grandparent's backyard vibe) or shade of bronzer (Paris Hilton 2005 vibe) but trust me - nouveau terracotta is hella chic.

Throwing off the cool, heartless decor of recent years - white walls, silver furnishings - the new look in town is all about creating warmth in the interior of your home.

“Unlike in the 80s, they aren’t used as border tiles. Instead they will have a natural matte finish and be used as feature walls in bathrooms or for cladding fireplaces,” says Lauren Macer of Sisalla Interior Design.

“I think that by avoiding terracotta tiles that are too rustic and keeping with a matte finish, this trend could add character and warmth to interiors again.”

Think Santorini, earthy shades. Brushed white wood table. Blue china dinner set. Yeah? Yeah.


Adding to the natural textures of the terracotta is, er, cork. Yes, cork. Just like what your electric bill and plumber's business card are currently pinned to.

Looking rather beautiful set against crisp white walls or dark tiling, cork walls are quirky, practical, and warm.

“It’s used in coffee table bases in combination with stone tops, and as solid cork stool or side table,” Macer says.

“I predict cork could be used to clad entire walls in the home office and used to pin notes to.”


Ever had that dream where you wake up in a big, fluffy, fancy bed; replete with a velvety headboard and marshmallow duvet? Well, the dream is now yours to live with.

I really need to draw the comparison right now between the newest bedroom trend and Franco Cozzo furniture. Luxe, over-the-top, and Liberace friendly.

“They’ve been a staple in luxury hotel bedrooms and celebrity homes for a while, but now we’re all falling head over heels for the bedhead trend,” says Emma Blomfield, stylist at online homewares retailer

“Whether you opt for the classic model in neutral color with buttons, or a plush one in velvet, a bedhead is an easy way to update and add instant glamour to a bedroom.”


Open plan living is OUT and teeny-tiny-closed-plan living is IN, you hear? In a direct reaction to our hot deskin', cord-free, WIFI, Silicon-Valley inspired lifestyles; the Interior Design God has decided it's all about warm, cozy spaces.

“With an ever-increasing amount of time spent in front of a computer or smartphone screen during the day…there will be a greater desire to create spaces in our lives devoid of digital distraction,” says the team at Nathan + Jac.

I guess a good place to start with this one is to workshop a room that's not centered around an electrical device. Unless it's a heater, or a hipster-friendly wireless radio.


It's time to brighten up your home with jewel tones just like the Queen you are. YASS, KWEEN!

“Metallics, metals, raw-cut quartz, Lucite and opal will add a dash of sparkle and interest,” says the Nathan + Jac team.

“X-ray materials, transparent fabrics, floaty silks and sheers will create a lightness and soft romantic element to this trend, which embodies an optimism for where we have come from and where we are headed.”

Dress your house in jewel tones, and maybe it will inspire your partner to dress your hands and ears in jewel tones, too...?


Off the Christmas list for 2017 are:

  • Copper
  • Marble
  • Quote artwork [phew]
  • Fiddle leaf figs
  • Open plan living
  • Subway tiles