Architect Trends for 2017

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1. Nature

As the importance for sustainability grows, nature is becoming a focal point instead of an afterthought. Living walls, lush community areas and strategically placed courtyards are bringing nature to us. Eco is a growing trend across every industry and architecture is a key place for it to begin. It is not enough to just be eco-friendly anymore, you need to show it
Expect to see more nature inside of buildings and as part of the main structure in the future. A notable project is the Skai Holdings Viceroy that will create a greenery to land ration of 7:1 when it is delivered in 2018.

2. Invisibility

Green ideas are trying to blend the buildings into their surroundings, but an increasing trend trying to make the buildings almost invisible. Architects are starting to use minimalist mirror-like facade materials to reflect the surrounding environment.

3. Simplistic Interiors

The desire for less structured and more flowing approach has already started. In 2017 this will become more dominant, as the end user desires family multi functional spaces for entertaining.

Given the fast paced life that the majority of us lead, a sense of comfort, relaxation and simplicity is key to creating a home. It is being reflected in workplaces, restaurants, cafes and hotels as designers are tuning into this trend.

4. Infrastructure and master planning

Infrastructure will retain a focus in 2017 especially in the GCC region, as expansion continues and the happiness of residences remains a key focus. Global sustainability rankings will also be considered due to the growing significance over the past years.

These elements are key in Dubai’s plans for future, where in 2016, a Minister for Happiness was introduced. There are also huge infrastructure projects currently either in the planning or construction stages. Multiple road accesses, a metro expansion, the Dubai Canal project and airport expansions.

5. Investing in training and recruiting

To remain up to date with the constantly evolving architectural landscape and remain ahead of the competition, more and more firms will realise the importance of investing in their teams.
More investment will be made by leading architects in training and developing best practices to ensure teams are able to make best use of the technology available. As such firms will place more emphasis on recruiting the best candidates for their teams. It won’t just be about skills and knowledge anymore, design styles, soft skills such as people management and values will also be taken into consideration.

More architects are searching for job opportunities than ever before and the increase in candidates means an increase in competition.

8 Interior Design Trends for 2017

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1. Greenery

Whilst ‘Greenery’ is Pantone’s 2017 color of the year, it can be a difficult colour to implement through your home. Using foliage is a great way to be on trend without clashing with existing design elements.

House plants have a luxurious element to every home no matter the theme or design. They add an element of nature on the inside and can soften what is otherwise a hard decor wall

Flick through any high end interior magazine and you will see plants feature in almost every image. From a herbs displayed in a kitchen to orange trees in
Courtyard, plants add to the design in every room that they are placed in. They add joy to anyone who walks into the room, they can be a focal point or make up part of a display.

Lush foliage and greenery is an instant hit and an ideal way to use the colour trend and helps add to a luxurious feel through your home. It’s a great way to bring nature into your home, especially if you have a city apartment or you live in a hot climate. Not all of us can have a garden, or even a window ledge deep enough to grow plants on, but everyone can own a house plant. And everyone should.

2. Laundry Rooms

Having a beautiful, organised and practical laundry room is going to be a big trend this year. This trend has be creeping at the edge for a while now thanks to social media platforms like Pinterest. And with the rise of home bloggers on Instagram it is something that we are seeing more and more of. There is an added value to having every room of your home looking great and being a space that you love.

Design elements that bring in more light, hold more storage and give a better functioning space are key areas of the trend.

3. Outdoor Showers

An outdoor shower is highly desirable and luxurious addition to any home. However sometimes weather or space doesn’t permit for an outdoor option.

To get around these dilemmas, designers are looking to create sanctuary esc areas. Intimate courtyard areas and strategic placement create bathrooms that allow complete privacy whilst still connecting to nature.

4. Texture

Multiple textures give depth to an area, making it more inviting. It is a trend that has been on the rise over the last few years but expect to see it even more in 2017.

A great way to achieve texture is to layer rugs of different textures, combining seagrass, a traditional weave rug and a sheepskin on top. Ikea have some great faux sheepskins and seagrass rugs.

ther options are brushed brass tables or lamps, velvet cushions or damask wallpapers. A quick way to test the trend is to drape a wool throw over a leather chair or mix fabrics used for decorative cushions.

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5. Muted Colors

Neutrals are definitely having a moment with a lot of designers using them to create ultimate luxury. Whites, beiges, pale grays, camel, and blush pink will be everywhere this year.

The benefits of neutral colours is that they create a classic look in the home, they are calming and won’t date over the years like bright features will.

6. Statement Lighting

Think of lighting as an accessory for your home, it’s the perfect piece to add some drama or interest in an area.

A statement lighting fixture looks great in a dining room, make sure that it can sit symmetrically over your table though. It’s a great conversational piece and you can really go all out on how unusual you make it.

Huge bedside lamps can also add an element of drama to a bedroom without making the space unpleasant.

7. Artisan Crafted Furniture

Expect to see a lot more uniquely crafted furniture this year. People are going back to furniture that is more of an investment and choosing furniture that is very well made.

Antique pieces will add character to your home and are a great balance to contemporary pieces. Mixing the two adds interest to the room and prevents it from looking too much like a showroom display.

8. Gray

Gray was a prominent color in 2016 interiors and it will continue to do so in 2017. Far from being boring, the colour can be create a cosy effect with a mushroom grey or add some drama with a rich dark grey.

2017 will see lots of different tones of gray, a lot of gray and white and gray in deeper richer colors. It’s a color that complements a full spectrum of others, from bold red to mellow ivory.

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