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 In Lifestyle

Interior Design Highlights of 2017

The Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards, now in its seventh year, encompasses categories across residential, commercial and hospitality divisions with close to 300 submissions.

As we pass the half-way point of 2017, there is no better time to reflect on the highlights of Australian and international interior design so far.

Recently, the winners of the Best of Pinterest UK 2017 (May 2016 – 2017) were revealed, whereby 1,000 popular images and recurring trends were carefully selected as most influential. Of these, the trends we loved most were watercolour walls and 1970’s furniture pieces for their ability to add a hint of indulgence to a variety of interior spaces. With pink hues also heavily featured in the form of luxurious velvet textures, pastel watercolour wallpaper prints and kitchenware, we predict that musk, rose and salmon colours will remain at the forefront of interior design for quite some time. To little surprise, indoor plants were highlighted throughout all award categories. Indoor foliage has the capacity to inject energy into any room and Pinterest users ranging from novice decorators to accomplished interior designers are embracing leafy accoutrements now more than ever.

The Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards, now in its seventh year, encompasses categories across residential, commercial and hospitality divisions with close to 300 submissions. ‘The awards showcase the innovative thinking that shapes the Australian interior design industry and this year was just exceptional. It is always a privilege to see the outstanding work of the brightest talents in our field’, stated editor of Belle, Tanya Buchanan in her address for the evening. This year, our favourite entries were ‘Indigo Slam’ by Smart Design Studio and ‘Sydney Homecoming’ by Thomas Hamel and Associates, both prize winners from the Best Residential Interior category.

“It is always a privilege to see the outstanding work of the brightest talents in our field.”

Smart Design Studio also won the Premier Award for Australian Interior Design at the prestigious 2017 Australian Interior Design Awards. Of these awards, we especially loved the simplicity, clever use of colour and contemporary appeal of the ‘Fitzroy Residence’, a collaboration between Doherty Design Studio and Inarc Architects, which received a commendation in the Residential Design category. Another notable mention goes to Eugene Cheah Architecture’s ‘Henry Street House’, an elegant abode which cleverly utilises light, exquisite natural timber and an innovative structural design.

We can’t wait to see what the remainder of the year holds in store for interior design, both nationally and internationally. We hope to see more retro-inspired furniture, luxurious accessories and pastel colour palettes.

Images: The Local ProjectHomes to Love

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