Loft Conversion Trends for 2017
It’s a new year and if, like many people, you’re glad to see the back of 2016, you may well also be thinking about doing a loft conversion; many existing loft extensions in North London will be undergoing a refurbishment or redecoration this year.
If you are thinking of injecting new life into your top floor, then here are the trends for 2017 that you can take your pick from so that you’re bang up to date.
Floral patterns are back in favour
We started to see florals coming back into the fray last year, and they’re set to stay around for a while yet. They feature in wallpaper designs, as well as big canvas prints and upholstery textiles. Don’t worry, though, no-one’s asking you to return to the days of nasty 1980s chintz; it’s more about big, bold minimalist images.
We’re feeling textures much more
Recent years have seen people aiming for uniform textures, usually sleek and shiny ones, too. However, these days, it’s more about mixing it up. You can have velvet next to jute, or distressed wood next to brushed steel. You can also have furniture and upholstery that looks a bit lived-in if you like, next to newer pieces. Layering is important.
Bring in some feature walls
The sleek, shiny interiors that have dominated the first half of this decade are falling by the wayside somewhat. They’re making way for different colours and structures in rooms and lofts often have architectural features like gable ends or strange nooks and crannies that make for perfect feature walls. Having a feature wall can open up a space and give it a real sense of atmosphere or even luxury, if that’s what you’re after. Choose your feature wall well; it’s not necessarily the obvious one, and you don’t have to make it a completely different colour.
A modern, multi-tasking bathroom
The bathroom isn’t just a square space where you have a bath, put in your contact lenses and – ahem – go to the bathroom. It’s a spa these days, or a retreat. You give yourself beauty treatments in there, or just sit there to get away from the stresses of modern life (and, occasionally, the kids). It used to be that the bathroom was decorated in a starkly different (and usually just plain stark) manner to the rest of the house, but you should now aim for a gentle transition into the bathroom by carrying on the décor of the rest of the loft into your en-suite.
Metal finishes are still going strong
You might feel a bit wary of adopting such a trend, as you may feel it’ll be over before you know it, but it seems metal finishes are going to be at least a semi-permanent feature. It’s not so much glitz – gold and silver – but gentler, more subtle colours like copper, rose gold and softer silvers and pewter. If you’re going down the route of metal finishes, you need to be careful about what you pair them with; you need neutral and subtle backgrounds, ideally. For example, small copper globe lights against a light green background, or soft rose gold door handles on an off-white door. By using just touches of metallic, you can easily swap them out in the future.