These were the biggest interior design trends of 2017

Kermit the Frog was the colour mascot of the year; we danced between loving and hating minimalism; and just when we thought we’d seen all it had to offer, marble showed us what it’s really made of.

We caught up with Melbourne interior designer David Hicks and Leonard Teplin, founder of Marshall Projects, to recap on the top trends of 2017.


‘Twas the year of marble, there’s no denying it.

“The use of marble has been prominent and in abundance,” says David Hicks. “We saw marble with beautiful honed finishes, highly-veined marble and an uptake in the use of terrazzo marble as well.”

‘Moda’ in Hawthorn, Melbourne, will boast a stunning marble splashback. Picture: Marshall White / Artist’s impression.

David predicted earlier in the year that it would be “rarer and more hard-to-find marbles” that would be truly sought after in 2017. He put his money where his mouth was by designing the interior spaces of a South Yarra penthouse apartment featuring striking highly veined marble tiles and bench tops.

Jewel tones

Jewel tones were strong in 2016 but rose to the height of their popularity this year.

“Deep colour tones such as dark green have remained popular, especially in fabrics such as velvet. Bold, jewel-like tones can act as focal points in a room,” says David.


Brass joined the comeback kids as we saw its continued use in meticulous detailing throughout the home.

Satin, polished and aged brass popped up everywhere from decorative sculptures to picture frames and even tapware.

Brass, in all its forms, was huge in 2017. Picture: Tamara Graham

Pendant lighting

The more luxe the apartment, the swankier the pendant light – that seemed to be the mantra of 2017.

“While down lighting has been prevalent in high-quality apartments in recent years, 2017 saw a rise in pendant lighting, particularly in the kitchen and living areas,” Leonard says.

Balmoral Apartments, in Glen Iris, Melbourne, feature kitchen pendants too. Picture: Marshall White / Artist’s impression.

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