Home Design Trends to Copy Right Now
By Erin Holdgate
Leaders in interior decorating release their style predictions for up-and-coming trends at the beginning of each year — and let us know which fads are soon to be forgotten. Trends range from simple do-it-yourself (DIY) projects to all-out redesigns, prompting homeowners and renters alike to incorporate new fashionable looks into their personal home design style.
Below are the experts’ predictions for 2017 home design trends, including small, inexpensive projects as well as larger ones requiring extensive implementation.
Jewel Tones Saturate Living Spaces
Rich, saturated hues like emerald green, ruby red and amethyst purple are on the rise this year, and there are plenty of ways to bring these vibrant colors into your home. Liven up a foyer or create a bold accent wall in the living room with just a bit of paint. For a pop of color against bright whites and other neutrals, incorporate jewel-toned throw pillows and table lamps. You can look to the pros for more living room ideas, like dramatic art above the mantle or statement sofas.
Velvet Adds Luxury This Year
Experts in fashion and home interiors say velvet will make a comeback this year. Velvet’s dense pile of traditionally silk thread gives the fabric its distinct feel and aesthetic. While the pros foresee this texture appearing in upholstered furniture and window drapes, you can give a slight nod to the velvet trend with a throw pillow in your living room. Pair velvet with silk for a traditional look, or with metallic accents for a more contemporary style.
Marble Moves Beyond the Kitchen
Marble surfaces, especially those in white and light gray, are becoming more popular choices for kitchens and bathrooms. You can tackle this trend without remodeling, though—marble is making its way into the rest of the home, showing up on tabletops and other furniture pieces. For the DIY designer, place a marble slab on top of a worn coffee table, credenza or end table. For smaller-scale design projects, incorporate this stone into everyday items like coasters, serving platters, vases, planters and decorative accents.
Built-In Bars Inspire Hosts to Entertain
Many are saying ‘so-long’ to the bar cart super-trend from 2016 as bars find a permanent place in more kitchens and living spaces this year. A built-in bar gives your liquor bottles and fancy drinkware their own home, and you can use this space to store fine china or other special-occasion kitchenware as well. Plus, if you love to host dinner or cocktail parties but don’t have the kitchen to accommodate large groups, the built-in bar can give your guests a second hub so they don’t crowd the cook.
When it comes to home design trends, knowing what’s out is just as important as knowing what’s in. Plan to ditch your hyper-industrial — and likely uncomfortable — furniture, paint over any cool gray walls and replace that once-popular art stamped with quotations.
As you plan your spring refresh, consider swapping out those past fads with 2017’s hot trends.
A big shout out to Erin from the fabulous Zillow Real Estate website for contributing to our blog today with some great content on home design trends. Be sure to pop over to this link on Zillow to see our interview with Erin. Thank you, Erin! Photo Credit ATG Stores.