Decorating Trends 2017 are hitting the market with a bang! From bold jewel tones to deep grays, a wallpaper resurgence, and a fresh approach to faux finishes, 2017 is ushering in new exciting looks for home interiors. Pantone’s Color of the Year, “Greenery”, “represents refreshment and revitalization —something we can all use in the complex social and political environment we find ourselves in”, according to the company. Elle Décor says Pinterest has seen an increase in demand for moody blue hues spike 80% over minimalist white, and a whopping 303% demand increase for marble wallpaper.
But it’s not just walls that are getting a make over. Transparent acrylic is making a modern statement this year in sleek coffee tables, chairs and desks. The search for acrylic furniture on Pinterest alone is up 50% over last year. Wood grain tiles are replacing ceramic stone looking tiles and are finding their way onto floors throughout the home, versus just bathrooms. Research done by Forbes shows the trend away from upper kitchen cabinets is still strong, facilitated by a decorating trend in 2017 that adds one hard-working cabinet wall that handles all the storage space sacrificed by the open walls elsewhere in the kitchen.
For those of you who love the design features of mansions shown on Houzz and other decorating sites, you’ll be happy to know that a strong decorating trend in 2017 is budget friendly alternatives to their high-end materials by using faux finishes that give the look without draining your budget. Stunning wood beams, leather counters, foliage and stained gray wood floors are available now using faux materials that mimic the real thing.
In tandem with the change in car design trends, Elle Decor says sharp edges in furniture are out and curvy sensuous lines are in. Gone are the big, overstuffed couches and chairs of yesterday, as families look to maximize space and move towards sleeker pieces that don’t overwhelm a room. And although many people are terrified of white furniture, advances in stain resistant fabric finishes have made this a safer choice that can deliver a huge “wow” factor to a room while allowing tons of flexibility with accessory colors and patterns.
Forbes notes that polished brass has steadily become more popular recently due to the gold tones it brings to a room. However, a decorating trend in 2017 is a move towards brushed or satin brass and copper, which provide a more muted, warm look. Expect to see more brass and copper throughout homes, and especially in kitchen and bathrooms.
For those of us who still love our “on trend” look from the 1970’s and refuse to replace our perfectly good furniture or repaint our walls with the latest must-have hue, patience is warranted. For if we wait long enough, surely we’ll be back in style without spending a dime. There’s a lot to be said for just doing what makes you happy, regardless of whether it’s “in” or “out”. But it’s still fun to see where the decorating trends in 2017 are headed, and then retreat to your homey, familiar space you love, ’cause it’s “you”.