Interior design trends: matte is back

The interior design forecasts for 2017 have spoken: glossy, shiny finishes such as copper and marble are on the way out, and 2017 is the year of matte. Rich, warm shades in matte finishes are set to take over our interiors, providing a welcome contrast to ceramic glazes, stainless steel appliances and high-shine velvet or silk fabrics. For an even closer look at the matte design trends on the horizon, here is our quick guide.

Interior design trends: matte is back


Updating a kitchen or bathroom with matte tiles creates a warm, understated background for polished marble surfaces, sinks and metallic utensils. The matte finish absorbs light rather than reflecting it, which brings an intensity of colour and depth to your tiled wall or floor. Predicted colour trends for the coming year lean more towards darker palettes, with a strong focus on reddish, terracotta hues, but there's plenty of room for experimentation. Browse through different sizes and shapes to create alternative patterns, such as hexagonal kitchen tiles or large format wall tiles, rather than intricate, mosaic designs.


For an easy way of opting into this home design trend, invest in a paint in a matte finish for your walls. Providing a matte backdrop in a rich colour highlights the different textures found throughout your home decor, such as the silver sheen on candle sticks or the warm grain of a wooden coffee table. Paint colour trends for next year look like their moving away from Scandi-inspired minimalism and into earthy greens and jewel tones.


If a full paint job isn't quite on the cards, there are other ways of incorporating matte finishes into your home. As well as juxtaposing your current shiny features against a matte surface, you could also incorporate matte metals into your home decor in the form of cupboard doors and handles, light fixtures or even taps. Equally, exposed and unpolished piping brings a touch of raw industrial style to a room, especially when contrasted against uncovered sandstone brick.

Little Extras

Embracing these design trends doesn't necessarily mean giving your whole house a makeover – your interpretation could lie in those ever-important little details. From chalk and matte painted furniture to matte dinnerware, you can go as small and subtle as you like. Alternatively, take things outside with chalk painted metal for your patio chairs and table or matte paint plant pots.

Which colour?

Whether you're picking out tiles, door handles or a new wall shade, matte colour trends are embracing moody hues and rich tones. Dark neutrals, charcoal greys and navy blues create a dramatic ambiance when used as wallpaper or paint, or opt for regal Victorian elegance with reds or forest greens. A matte white or pebble tone can also be used to lighten smaller rooms if they can’t carry a heavy shade.

Engel & Völkers is an international authority on property and current design trends with branches in 32 countries across the globe. Visit the company’s website for additional advice on interior design and real estate.

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