FIND out what’s trending in the design world and how you can incorporate it into your home. Trend forecaster Dave Nemeth shares 2017’s top trends.— Property24.Future gothicThis trend is dark in nature and refers more to the dark colours of the youth sub-culture than the traditional Gothic-styled architecture of the 12th century. While the key colours of this theme are dark tones, shades of grey and even flat black, it also features opulent materials such as copper and brass combined with high-grained timber.Earth childThe celebration of earthy and ethnic tones is relevant to Africa, exploiting concrete, wood and metal, while coloured glass in smoky hues is also used. Bathrooms feature timber countertops and shelving with matt metallic taps and fixtures. Nemeth says this style relies heavily on texture and the layering of elements and is expressed through colour.DebonairDebonair represents the essence of simplicity and minimalism. The trend relies on carefully placed detailing, which is precise but not ostentatious, such as using refined timber surfaces.Easy livingLight tones, specifically white-on-white shades, are the order of the day, with accents of natural timber giving a unique and fresh identity to this style. In some cases, other materials such as concrete, copper and brass metallic are incorporated into this theme. This colour combination is well-suited to bathrooms.EdenesqueThis is an exploration of combining the outside spaces with internal spaces. Plants form the basis of this theme, whereby interior spaces are re-imagined with large atriums for plants as well as “living walls” containing plants.Nemeth said this trend is a collaboration of building and nature, where even in small homes the courtyard becomes part of the living space.