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2017 is full of new ideas and trends in clothing, ideas, and decor, but it also has embraced the revival of many trends. You could call this year "the mixing pot of style". When selling your home you want it be appealing to buyers, or if you just need to redecorate; the trends of 2017 can help you.
According to celebrity interior designer Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, green is “strong again.” From lime green to emerald, the hue works throughout the home—whether it’s as a wall color or a room-filling rug. If you’re not too keen on the idea of using green in large doses, Lawrence-Bullard has a suggestion: “Add really fun emerald glasses to your regular white plates and suddenly you’ve got that up-to-the minute look.” House Beautiful also tackled the always-tricky color question. Neutrals like cool grays and white are giving way to deep jewel tones like amethyst and emerald. Benjamin Moore Paint’s Color of the Year for 2017 is Shadow, a deep, rich amethyst. A Bolder color is a consistent theme, especially green. Pantone’s Color of the Year is this bright green, called Greenery.
It’s no secret that interior design takes cues from the runways, and this year, we’ve seen the likes of Marc Jacobs, Prada, and Emanuel Ungaro experiment with all things tropical. The print will continue to appear in wallpaper and designer fabrics, according to Lawrence-Bullard. But don’t worry if such in-your-face prints are out of character for you. He suggests throw pillows boasting the trendy pattern: “Always buy a plain sofa and change it up with new pillows,” Lawrence-Bullard advises. “It’s just like buying a great piece of classic clothing. You can certainly refresh it with a new bag and shoes.”
Weaving texture into an interior makes it more inviting and the idea of mixing fabrics and materials will be on the rise. “Texture is really important,” says Lawrence-Bullard. “We are seeing more and more texture in every form, from brushed brass tables to light fixtures to fabrics and wallpapers.” A quick way to test the trend: Drape a nubby wool throw over a leather chair or mix fabrics used for decorative pillows.
But beyond well-sized, what should that sofa or sectional look like? In general, there’s a movement away from the sleek and austere toward comfortable. Heard of the trending term hygge? It’s the Danish concept of coziness, self-care, and spending time with loved ones, and it’s fired up the world of home décornoting the trend toward upholstered headboards and cozy nooks for reading and chatting—comfy escapes from our busy, digital-dominated world. See our blog and Pinterest to get some more ideas about this popular trend.
Marble and Brass Combinations
Young Huh said marble and brass will continue to dominate in 2017. “It’s that combination of something very natural and clean, like white marble, and something industrial, hard, and a little bit glamorous with the brass.” Mix your metals, perhaps pairing your bronze fittings with an oil-rubbed bronze faucet. Reclaimed wood is waning, while marble, gray floors, subway tile, and wallpaper.
Those clean, minimalist lines aren’t going anywhere, but mix and match time periods with your furnishings—variety is what keeps things interesting and sets your home apart from everyone else’s. Avoid oversized pieces too. Homes are trending smaller, so make sure your sofa, for example, is eye-pleasingly proportionate. Your goal should always be to create a home that feels curated, and an easy way to accomplish this is through pattern. “We’ll see inventive geometrics that speaks to ancient cultures, whether it is African or Asian patterns, but they’ll be modernized,” Huh says. Think simple lines, geometric designs, and triangles.
Think of lighting as an accessory for your home—it’s the perfect way to show off your unique design sensibility without breaking the bank. LED lighting is becoming cheaper and more and more popular for over counters and inside drawers and cabinets. Remeber geometrics are popular as well as metals, so take advantage of it and add some retro Edison bulbs or industrial style lighting. A simple way to add style into your home is to add pendant lighting or chandeliers in unexpected places.