Interiors Trends We’re Most Looking Forward to in 2017

With the beginning of a new year comes a new season of design shows and the emerging homeware trends that will prevail in the year and even years ahead.

We are already seeing countless reports exploring what will be hot for the season ahead. And while we take trends with a little pinch of salt, we can’t help but get excited about a few trends experts are predicting to be big this year.


Following Pantone’s announcement of Greenery as the colour of the year things have been getting very green. Led by the vibrant, powerful shade, tones of green are likely to take center stage in the interiors world this year and we couldn’t be happier! We’re dreaming of overflowing botanical spaces, filled with planting, opulence and striking architectural detail.



The new material making an impression on the world of design is cork. Although marble will hold its ground as a key material in the year ahead, expect to see a lot of interesting and clever uses of this economically friendly material.



Florals will make way this year for butterfly prints bringing an alternative feminine touch from the natural world to design schemes. These feminine insects will flutter there way into prints and patterns, albeit quite possibly in an abstract style.


Pattern mixing

Trends from the fashion world often ripple into interiors and pattern mixing is something the fashion world has embraced in recent seasons. This trend is one we are certainly no strangers to – as pattern, tile and textile lovers we often find that ‘more is more’ and layering patterns and textures of different varities can produce some spectacular results. We’re definitely looking forward to seeing where this trend will go!



Every year there is a new metal in town and although we can’t quite tear ourselves from the classic, timelessness of brass it seems bronze is on the agenda this year. With the rich, warm tones of its mother material, copper and the subdued elegance we love of brass, we think this trend could have some seriously beautiful results!


Innovative Lighting

We’re all about a good statement light at KLD, so its very exciting to read the predictions for intricate, innovative lighting schemes that marry advancing lighting technology with beautiful, detailed lighting design.


‘How to’….Wild Flower Bouquets

Create a beautiful in season Irish wild flower bouquet…


We are thinking all things flowers this week with the sunny weather (spells) and the launch of Super Garden on RTE1.

We here at KLD adore wild flower bouquets,  with each bouquet unique with it’s natural beauty and a touch of rustic elegance.

The experts at Appassionata flowers recently created a stunning wild flower bouquet for us for a photoshoot and it got us thinking on how to recreate this using in season Irish wild flowers which are right on our doorsteps.

The gorgeous wild flower bouquet from Appassionata Flowers.

There is a great website called wild flowers of Ireland which keeps you up to date on flowers which are in season at the moment. We have picked some of our favourites from here  that are currently in season to create your own wild flower bouquet.


Cowslip – A yellow-orange flower which has been noticeably absent for sometime but thankfully is making a come back. It can be found on roadsides and pastures.

Bluebell – Purple-blue in colour these are one of the most beautiful sights we see in our woodlands and over grassy banks. They can be found from April onwards each year.

Fringe Cups – These greenish-white flowers are beautiful fragrant flowers which flower in April and May. They are most unusual long steamed flowers which can grow up to 800mm high.

Fumaria Muralis – A tubular pink flower which is commonly found and seen as a garden weed. These flowers are a beautiful shade of pink with deep purple tips.

Summer Snowflake – A snow-white bell shaped flower which seems to hide in clusters in the shade of damp, riverside meadows. The summer snowflake flowers in April – May.

Marsh Violet – A five  heart-shaped petaled flower which is lilac in colour blooms in Ireland from April through to July. It can grow up to 150mm high and can be found throughout Ireland in acid blogs, marshy ground and damp woodlands.

Common Mouse-ear – A small white flower with a green stem which flowers from April to November. The Common Mouse-ear is frequently found on roadsides, disturbed ground and gardens.




  • Choose a range of weedy long steamed greens to mix in with the flowers, this will bulk out the bouquet and give it that wild unique look.
  • Try to find nice bright coloured flowers like yellows and pinks, this will make the bouquet pop with colour.
  • If you prefer to leave it up to the experts we would highly recommend Appassionata flowers for all your flowering needs







Dip Dying

Dip Dying Inspiration….

I love seeing new and interesting ways to up-cycle old furniture and dip dying is my current favourite. Its such a simple way to give that old tired furniture the fresh lift it needs!

Keep the dip-dyed trend bright and fresh with adding a neon leg to a stool or chair, you can be as playful as you like with this trend by using dark colours for a more subtle impact or go for a bright neon pink or yellow for that wow factor!

We here at KLD are loving this new trend, have a look at our Pinterest board for some of our favourite dip died chair inspiration.


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Lighting by Michael Anastassiades

‘Simple Geometrics Shapes and Reflective Materials’ Lighting by Michael Anastassiades

Bringing some light to your Monday blues….

I have recently been introduced to the lighting works by Michael Anastassiades and I have been in complete awe and slightly (madly) obsessed ever since.

Michael Anastassiades launched his studio in 1994 with intentions to explore notions and aesthetics through a mixture of product, furniture and environmental design. His work mainly aims to combine dialogue, participation and interaction. Michael is inspired by action, observation social codes, nature, rawness, recreation, people and art, he also says that design doesn’t inspire him – that he just creates it.

The style of lighting that he produces are minimal and uncomplicated, yet they create an intensity that one might not expect. The subtle use of simple, geometric shapes and reflective materials create dreamy eye-catching, timeless signature pieces.

Michael Anastassiades says that when working with light what interests him most is that you are addressing an object that must work in two scenarios: When the light is on and when the light is off. Michael believes that lighting is fundamental in our lives, that no light means no architecture, no shadow, no perspective, no depth, no plants, no ambiance, no spirituality, no vision, no security and no communication.

Michael Anastassiades creations without doubt create all of the above.

Check out our Pinterest board for inspiration on some of our favourite Michael Anastassiades lighting.

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