Nordic Folk – Kohm Geometric Patchwork

The final post in our 3 part series on interior trends from 2016/17. We recently looked at the industrial and marble trends that we’ve seen throughout the year. This final post will focus on the use of materials and design inspiration found within the natural world. From simple woods and stone, through to the dazzling mineral formations and colours used by the ultimate designer, nature.

Nordic Folk

First of all, this trend is all about comfort and natural luxury. It is based on natural materials in gentle greyed colour palettes and delicate prints with a feminine edge. Nothing shouts or demands your attention, it just welcomes you in with a warmth and confidence that’s easy on the eye.

Texture is in abundance, but in a very homemade and natural way. Quality craftsmanship sits alongside beautiful polished fixtures and love-worn accessories.



A simple Scandinavian style that makes an understated impact! Scandinavian Cool transforms the ‘minimalist’ appearance into a white wooden cabin retreat. This is the perfect style for adding light and elegance to any room.

This look is all about purity, stripped back surfaces and bleached woods, chalky colours and chic furniture. Pastels and natural hues are a safe choice.



Moving on from the bold geometrics and interlocking patterns of past seasons. Wireworks is an adaptation of designed symmetry but with a spatial element. Less cumbersome but equally as decorative, this take on geometry is elegant and sleek.

By layering lines of furniture and accessories upon white or light coloured backgrounds you can truly accentuate the beautiful structures of metalwork. Patterns are low key, repeated or tessellated.



This distressed mineral look emphasises patterns with a painterly finish. From watercolour washes to bold brush strokes.

Delicate in essence, this trend is held together with a strikingly cool colour palette of jade greens and ice blues. Inspiration is drawn from mineral forms, northern skies and cosmic influences.

We are seeing a textured watercolour approach, mixed with freeform mark-making. This trend will soften hard lines of modern furniture and sit well with natural woods or matt paint finishes.



Finally, we have Myriad. Prismic rainbow colours with clear structures and glass-like surfaces give a new grown up feel to the primary brights of past seasons. Therefore, colours feature hints of neon, but are softer and blended, edging toward pastel tones.

We are seeing the addition of structure to glass and glazed surfaces that gives off a holographic, petrol rainbow effect. Furthermore, when used in bathrooms and kitchens this trend can give a soothing multi-sensory experience when teamed with flowing water.