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Interior landscape design is continually developing and evolving. Trends are always on the move, and it’s important to be up to date on the latest and greatest designs. 2017 is all about injecting life into your interior space.


Come on, let’s bring the outdoors in! Here are a few ideas that are sure to elevate your home.



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Go Vertical: Add a Living Wall


Living walls are popular right now. Not only do they look amazing, but living walls also add an environmentally friendly element to your home that promotes clean air.


A living wall can range in size from filling a multi story space to a small framed piece that elevates your wall decor. Additionally, the vertical living walls rich foliage doubles as a beautiful work of art.


They grow and evolve, creating an invariably changing and eye-catching design accents and elevated wall appeal. With the right planning and plant life, living walls can easily be installed and maintained.


Colorful plants, succulents, and trailing vines, like the pothos plant, are great choices for green walls. You can even get creative and add a custom water feature to your living wall. The possibilities are endless!



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Outdoor rooms


Outdoor rooms are the perfect compromise for anyone who wants to spend more time outside compromising on all of the comforts of home.


Outdoor rooms allow for comfortable and stylish spaces inside the home while promoting the appeal of the great outdoors. Even office complexes and businesses can invest in outdoor rooms to provide a fresh and inviting take on the traditional break room.


The basic concept is to create the feel of being outside in an indoor environment by filling spaces with floor-to-ceiling plants and lush greenery.


Start by adding tall plants, such as bamboo, palms, or ornamental grasses to partition spaces for outdoor rooms. Next, add comfortable seating and plenty of lush greenery.


You can even add a custom water features to add the soothing and calming element of water to your outdoor room. Take it to the next level with custom sunlamps and the sounds of nature and you won’t even remember you’re inside!


The combination of lush plant life and relaxing water elements will create an inviting outdoor ambiance for everyone to enjoy without ever leaving the comforts of home.



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Edible arrangements


The “Locavore movement,” is an eco-friendly trend that challenges people to buy food grown and sourced locally. Taking this movement a step further, many people prefer to grow some of their food in their home.


Homeowners and restaurant owners can enjoy ornamental edibles that are both pleasing to the eye and delicious in their culinary dishes.


From sage, rosemary, thyme, basil and colorful peppers to kale, cabbage, edible flowers, and salad greens, ornamental edibles are no longer just for the backyard garden.


By adding edible plants to windowsills, or even in vertical gardens, you can add fun living elements to your interior decor that simultaneously elevate your home dining experience!



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Indoor water features


Incorporating moving water to your interior design creates an instantly dramatic influence. Adding a large water wall is sure to create a lasting impression.


Working with a smaller space? Consider adding a relaxing fountain that adds the sound of a babbling brook or stream to your home.


Waterfalls and water features also change the temperature and humidity of the nearby air, creating a tactile experience. You can never go wrong with adding a soothing water feature!


We all want to enjoy the benefits of the great outdoors all year round. Stick to the above design tips and you can experience the wonders of nature within the comforts of your home all year long!


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Homeowners are shifting towards smart landscape solutions, which means we’re finding innovative and creative ways to adapt to environmental elements, making continued advances in technology and taking outdoor living to the next level !


At the same time, 2017 returns to simple plantings, and although innovation in landscaping continues to accelerate, savoring the effortless beauty of the great outdoors remains a top priority.


Smart technology, thoughtful, yet simplistic design, and sustainability are the keywords when it comes to landscapes design in 2017.



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Incorporate a variety of greenery


Greenery isn’t just Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year for interior design. True greenery is the theme of landscape design for 2017.


Combining green plant life in a variety of textures and shades, ranging from formal hedges of green velvet boxwood to a border of green lilyturf creates a statement as bold and impactful as a backyard filled with a rainbow of colorful flowers and plants.


Infusing hygge


Hygge is a Danish concept that centers on building an ambiance of coziness, centered on embracing the simple pleasures of life. Hygge is making a powerful impact on landscape design this year.


Start by decorating with light, arranging your outdoor seating for intimate conversations, planting fragrant flowers, and adding soothing water features to promote mindfulness.


These few simple tricks are easy ways to integrate hygge into landscapes, while simultaneously creating a comfortable and fulfilling outdoor space.



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Cooking up tech-centered outdoor kitchens


Outdoor kitchens are sure to add a sizzle to your backyard space! We’re not talking about your typical charcoal grill. Outdoor kitchens are taking it up a notch by creating state of the art living spaces for cooking, dining and entertain in your backyard.


Outdoor kitchens now include smart home technology, such as built-in consoles on refrigerator doors, mobile app-controlled LED lighting, and ovens integrated with Wi-Fi.


Now you really can have all of the comforts of home even when you are outside!


When it comes to outdoor kitchens, dining al fresco is only part of the fun. The dinner party really starts to sizzle when you serve the entire experience in the great outdoors!


Are you looking to create an outdoor kitchen for the amazing outdoor living? Here are a few more Tips for Designing an Outdoor Kitchen that Really Cooks!



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Creating smart lawns


Landscape professionals have made innovative advancements in developing cultivated grass varieties, called cultivars, that are known as a hybrid form of “smart grass.”


Smart grass can better withstand the elements while still delivering an aesthetically beautiful and healthy lawn, making them especially desirable in drought-prone areas.


Adding pollinator gardens


2017 is the year of eco-friendly, sustainable, and environmentally conscious landscape design. There is an increased focus on the importance of pollinators and their importance to our ecosystem.


This heightened awareness has inspired homeowners to develop gardens that specifically attract vital honeybees, hummingbirds, and butterflies.


If you would like to create more pollinators in your backyard start by adding native plantings that are abundant, year-round nectar sources throughout in your yard.


Not only do they help promote gorgeous growth but they bring your garden to live with the buzzing and fluttering elements of mother nature.


Some landscape design trends come and go.


However, with the growing focus on environmentally friendly and sustainable living, our backyard landscape design provides the perfect opportunity to give back to the world while creating an outdoor sanctuary to enjoy with our family and friends for years to come.




Whether your backyard is a small plot of land, a terrace in a penthouse or a large space with plenty of trees and added features, you want it to improve the beauty and character of your villa.


Whatever the size of your yard, you can create an outdoor atmosphere that echoes your life and meets your landscaping budget. Take a look at top landscape design trends of 2017 that may be perfect for your Dubai home.



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Mainstream Sustainability


Low-maintenance gardens, drought-tolerant plants and minimal turfgrass have become the standard in sustainable landscape design. Homeowners now embrace sustainable design as a major part of their landscape plan.


Not only is this style of landscape design economical, but such designs are also environmentally conscious. Eco-friendly gardens attract friendly bugs, such as ladybugs and butterflies, all of which help your garden thrive.


Edibles Front and Center


Blended backyard gardens that incorporate edibles plants as ornamental decorative accents perform double duty, giving gardeners a bountiful harvest of fruit, vegetables and herbs and a sustainable, colorful alternative to turfgrass.


Edible gardens can be planted directly in the soil or a raised garden bed. You can even get creative and plant a garden in your old bathtub, or other repurposed piece to add a charming impact to your backyard.


When choosing a garden location, it’s important to consider:

  • A location that’s protected from the wind.
  • An area that receives plenty of sun and light.
  • An area with rich, fertile soil and not dry clay or sandy soil.
  • An area with sufficient water and drainage.


Water Falls and Water Fountains 


Waterfalls, ponds, and custom water features add a calming and soothing element to your backyard. Outdoor waterfalls provide an alluring outdoor accent that radiates the tranquil sound of trickling water as you relax in your backyard sanctuary.


Waterfalls can be constructed in all shapes and sizes, so you can place them almost anywhere you like. Existing water features such as pools and ponds can be enhanced with a decorative waterfall feature.


Looking for more ideas on How to Enhance Your Landscape with Water Features?



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Firepits and Fire Walls


There’s no better way to enjoy a clear, starry night than to build a backyard fire and bask in its glorious warmth with friends and family. With plenty of options to choose from, ranging from traditional fire pits to firewalls, always start by picking the perfect placement for your fire feature in a safe outdoor area. When properly installed, firewalls add a safe ambiance to a cool evening, providing the perfect place to relax and stare at the wonders of a crackling burning fire.


Indoor Ventures Outside


Outdoor living areas are all the rage in 2017! They provide all of the comforts of home with the added benefit of fresh air and the great outdoors.


Thanks to new durable outdoor fabrics made from acrylic fibers, which are fade-resistant and waterproof, homeowners can create permanent living spaces outdoors with luxurious fabrics and furniture.


You can create a separate space on a patio or build a pergola to create a truly unique outdoor entertaining area. In addition to creating a separate space, pergolas also add an element of shade to your outdoor living area.


Adding pillows, rugs and other decorative decor work to create a relaxing ambiance to entertain outdoors with of all the comforts of indoor living.


If you have enough space, you should consider adding an outdoor kitchen to create a fully functional outdoor space that will make for years of memories to come.



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Simplicity and Structure


In keeping with the age-old design statement “less is more,” 2017 is leaning towards simple styling and structure. Simplistic, rich, greenery will create a pleasant, relaxing outdoor atmosphere in your yard.


Consider landscaping with trees, shrubs, flowers and plants in a variety of sizes, shapes, textures and colors. This allows you to create a yard with simple, yet stunning, visual appeal that you’re sure to enjoy!


When it comes to designing your backyard landscape, be sure to create a space that meets your needs. When in doubt, reach out to the design experts at Milestone.


We are always happy to answer any of your questions. What will you be adding to your backyard this year?



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If 2016 was a little unpredictable for interior design trends, 2017 is looking to be a boundary-pushing year for interiors. From tech savvy additions to jaw-dropping colors, we’ve compiled a list of trends to be on the lookout for in 2017!






Nature’s palette and jewel tones


Soothing shades of green, purple, and taupe have topped almost every major paint brand’s color forecast for 2017.


Following the quickly growing health and wellness industry, these soft, calming tones are backed by themes of sustainability, simple living, and spirituality.


Also, prepare to bid farewell to boring neutral tones. The new look for walls will be pure drama. Deep jewel tones, like emerald green or amethyst, and pastel colors found in nature are very in this season.


Praised it for its “vitality of nature and new beginnings” green has been named the color of the 2017.


The more submerged we become in modern life, the greater our innate craving to immerse ourselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. It’s only natural that green has made a massive comeback.


The palette of 2017 draws inspiration straight from the landscapes of nature, from a botanical yellow and green to terracotta, apricot, and warm stone gray the colors of the year are all inspired by the soothing and bold colors in nature.


Matte appliances and decor


The new look for the home is bold, yet subtle without being in-your-face. An appliance or decorative accent with a matte finish works to strip away all other distractions caused by surface sheen, forcing the form of the decorative piece or object to speak for itself.


Matte can also add an unexpected finish for objects that are traditionally lustrous or glossy. This suggestive accent helps to inject a wonderful layer to your design, adding depth and composition to counterpoint other finishes.




Cerused woods


A “cerused” finish refers to the technique that brings out the unique grain of the wood. This trend which has been popular in the luxury market for quite some time.


However, this year it’s finally trickling down to the mainstream interior design with a universal appeal. This year you’ll see it on cabinets, but also in bigger pieces like tables, chairs, and storage furniture.


Nailhead accents


Nailhead accents have been a classic staple for upholstered pieces, but in 2017 it’s being used in whole new ways.


We are seeing this trend go far beyond the usual upholstery, with riveted accents being applied to storage chests, credenzas, headboards and even the base plates of lighting fixtures.


Some designers even use nail heads to create dazzling patterns on the piece of furniture. This decorative accent lends an old world charm to any space.


All aspects of our daily life are increasingly becoming attached to the Internet of Things. As our lives continue to revolve more around our devices, so will our homes.


2017 will introduce more creative ways of incorporating charging docks and areas specifically devoted to integrating smart devices into the design of a space.


We are also starting to see savvy and sleek Bluetooth-enabled home appliances that allow users to customize every aspect of their morning routine.


From the strength of their coffee to the tone of their toast, everything can be controlled through a simple smartphone app. We don’t expect this trend to end anytime shortly, and anticipate continuing to see connectivity integrate into our interiors in 2017 and beyond.






As the year unfolds, be sure to check back for more up and coming design trends for 2017. Are you interested in updating your interior design? The Milestone design team is on standby ready to help you create your dream interior!


What trend are you looking forward to? We look forward to your comments below!


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