Most trends are “in” one day and “out” the next (see: chevron circa 2013). But the lush, cozy and smart home design trends for 2017 are showing staying power. With the help of Pinterest’s Top 100 for 2017 report and interior designer predictions, we’ve gathered seven of the upcoming year’s trends to watch. Whether you fill your home with the entire collection or just a few pieces is up to you.
When it comes to texture, there's no such thing as over-doing it. Velvet and faux fur are warming up interiors in big ways, from attention-grabbing couches to heavy throws and oversized pillows. Stick to muted tones like deep navy, charcoal or neutrals for pieces that won’t clash with your existing interior design.
Saturated tones are setting the mood for 2017. "For so many years, we've been neutral and monochromatic, so it's nice to introduce an organic feel," said Jessica McKay, founder of Omaha-based BIrdhouse Interior Design. "Colors from the earth feel warmer and more organic." Deep shades of navy, emerald green, pale pink, and amethyst (like Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year, ‘Shadow’) make profound statements in any room. We’re all for high-impact coverage in bedrooms and dining rooms, but if you’re a little more afraid of the dark, try a jewel-toned bookshelf or rug.
Coming Full Circle
Unlike the hard angles of rectangular furniture and décor, round pieces are inviting and a wonderful option for welcoming a new year. Mixing the two shapes can even balance a room. Opt for a circle mirror over a rectangle vanity in the bathroom or angled chairs paired with a round dining table. An iconic option is this white Mid-Century piece, commonly referred to as a tulip table, which was designed by Gateway Arch architect and Detroit-based Eero Saarinen in the 1950s.
The cerused wood process isn’t a new development. The style, also called “limed wax finish,” gained popularity in the Art Deco era, when Mid-Century modern pioneers used white-pigment-based lead to fill the grain of natural wood. Contrasting stained wood with a sleek white grain emphasizes the pattern within the wood. Today, the weathered material is mod in Scandinavian-styled kitchens, but also refined as kitchen islands, fireplaces, and flooring in trending modern farmhouse interiors.
Creating a Nook
In this day of tiny homes and downsizing, no space goes unused. Those odd concave spaces don’t have to be awkward anymore. Simply add a nook that fits your needs. Floating shelves create extra storage or a mini office space. Add books and a lounge chair, and you’ve got a reading nook. Custom cabinets could even transform the area into a built-in bar or coffee station.
It took last year’s DIY craze for us to learn that some things are better left to the creative professionals. The urge to buy local is expanding into home wares, with ceramics and woven goods appearing on Pinterest’s Top 100 list. But don’t get too excited 2017, our glue guns will still make an occasional appearance.
Smart Home Features
In 2017, no home renovation is complete without a technology update. Stick with small-scale updates like pop-out power outlets. Or go big with lighting, thermostat, electronic or irrigation systems that can all be monitored through a digital device. Iowa-based company Pella, for example, has Insynctive window and door technology with built-in security sensors.