Black and white are two trends in home design at the moment. "They have become essential in the home, but also in other areas of interior design," says colour expert Professor Axel Venn.

Design: Bowerman Interior Planner

"Bathrooms, for example, are being tiled in black and white." But in most cases, Venn says, the emphasis is on one of these colours. "The main colour tends to be white with some black such as black cushions on a white sofa."

Venn is a long-time observer of fashion colours whose expertise is in high demand.

Despite black and white's development, Venn says one trend from last year remains popular. "I'm talking about light sorbet tones such as very light and soft green tones." Another colour that belongs in this category is greige – a colour between beige and grey.

Photo: Akzonobel

Grey cement white is also another trend colour.

Venn's first two colour palettes are more suited to younger tastes but the colour expert has also discovered a third trend for 2017 that will appeal to more mature customers.

"It includes very strong, warm colour tones. They are lively tones including coral, rich yellows like sun yellow and mustard, cognac tones and clouded, light lime green."

One possible use in the home for such colours could be the following: "One wall is cognac, two are mustard yellow plus a lime green," suggests Venn.

There is also a business-oriented colour trend for 2017 that is suitable for office spaces and up-market homes. Rich stone shades combined with strong grey-blue tones as well as a couple of natural beige and greige tones.

Design: Ottimo Spazi

"All of these trends are running parallel to each other," explains Venn. "There is no one single trend but rather three or four together." Venn is also ready to make a prediction for next year.

"In 2018 one of these trends will become dominant. I believe it will be the more colourful tone." Venn also predicts that in 2018/2019 cream, cognac and lime green will be very present in homes. "But no longer black and white."

Based on past experience, Venn expects "people to have enough of black and white, because the contrast is so high. It's too striking and not homogenous enough," he says.

This story was written by Simone Andrea Mayer for Deutsche Presse-Agentur.