The predictions for the hottest interior design trends of 2017 have been rolling out over this past few weeks, and I can’t get enough of ’em. It’s fun to see what the ‘design gods’ are predicting for what’s hot and what’s not in the coming year. While some design elements are just classics that will always be around in some variation, most are probably fads and will rise to the top and fall off the radar as quickly as a one hit wonder.
With this newest batch of predictions I’ve seen everything from butterflies (thanks, but no thanks) to buffalo check as the next big pattern – and feminine ruffles to hand died fabrics playing big roles in the textiles department. Natural tones and materials, such as terracotta and cork, are expected to be popular in 2017, which is a stark contrast to the rise of use of jewel tones that are hitting the scene.
But for everything new, something must fade away. Some highly popular trends are predicted to wane in popularity in the coming year too. Shiplap walls and sliding barn doors are preparing for an exit – I know I’ve gotten my fill of these for a while. And almost all of the articles I read indicated that copper was out this year – way out. Even the treasured fiddle leaf fig is rumored to be taking a bow. I’ve already killed mine, so way ahead of ya 2017.
With all these new ideas floating around, I’m sure some have made you completely gag, and some have you swooning. So to get a better feel for how these trends might influence personal design choices, I thought I’d take a look at some of my favorites and look at how to incorporate them in both big and small ways.
2017 Interior Design Trends
Natural woods tops the list of trends that I am most pleased about – however I’m not sure they really ever went out of trend…but whatev! Natural elements do such a great job of creating life in a space. Personally I like them because they offer a warm contrast to the neutral tones I prefer to use – without having to add in too much color. They are basically a neutral themselves, but manage to add in an element of warmth to a space without over complicating it. So seriously – stop painting over all that wood furniture (unless it’s ugly wood of course)! Here are a few great ways to incorporate natural woods into your space:
Small touches of natural wood can be added throughout the home to bring touches of warmth.
Natural wood furniture can balance out color-washed spaces.
Mixing natural wood with painted cabinetry creates an interesting contrast in the kitchen.
Adding in natural wood furnishings to a living space creates a relaxed feeling.
Natural wood is not often found in the bathroom, but it’s a great way to create a natural, spa like feeling for your bath.
Minimalism has been making its way to the top of the design rankings over the past few years, and I think its here to stay for awhile. I have a feeling that it’s surge in popularity is partially due to simplicity movements like the KonMari Methods (keeping a tidy home) or in relation to the Danish concept of Hygge that is essentially about focusing on what the important stuff in life. But while minimalism is about less, there’s more to it than that. Minimalist is connected to the Scandinavian way of life, and was born out of a need for light spaces, neutral decor, clean, fresh lines and functional furnishings. If you’re craving those elements in your home, here’s how to get it.
Clean white walls and the use of other neutral monochromatic colors creates a simplistic space without being boring.
Furnishings with clean lines and low profile create a calming, non-busy space.
Sleek, yet practical storage pieces create options that are beautiful and functional.
Textures and Artisan Goods
While I discovered these two trend predictions independently of each other, I think they kind of go hand in hand to create the best of each trend. Artisan goods tend to be dripping with appealing textures and patterns. Take mudcloth for example. I stumbled upon this ethic, hand made cloth last year – ate to the game, I know- and I couldn’t be more in love with its lines and textures (see picture below to see what I’m talking about). Target just came out with an amazing line called ‘Mudhut’ that reflects this trend too- so I guess I’m not that far behind! Texture doesn’t have to be reserved just for pillows, throws and rugs however, even the simplest clay pot still has a unmistakable texture that attracts attention to it. Here are a few examples of how to achieve these corresponding trends in your space.
Woven rugs are one of the easiest ways to add texture to your space.
Using art and sculptures with lots of texture and movement creates visual interest even without the use of bold colors.
Mudcloth and other artisan hand made textiles are perhaps my favorite example of this trend, and can frequently be changed out.
Furnishing and decor that incorporate hand woven techniques mix and match well with both soft and bold patterns.
“Color of the Year”
Of course we can’t quit here without discussing the various thoughts on what 2017’s color should be. This year’s colors have taken a sharp left from the soft, neutrals of 2016. Let’s explore:
The holy grail of color, Pantone has picked a rather bold option this year., titled “Greenery”. Pantone describes it as an color that “signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate”. I get their drift for 2017 and I’m on totally on board with that – but it’s still a bit of a tough color to work with when it comes to interiors if you ask me. If your a bright color lover, then this is probably in your wheelhouse. So either go bold, or go home I guess. Here are a few ways to incorporate Greenery in interiors for both the lover and the – well, not so lover.
If you’re going to go bold with color, this is the way to do it right.
For those who love neutrals, adding just a touch of color through something like stools is a good way to incorporate a trend without having to marry it.
An upholstered sofa or chair is a bit more of a color commitment, but in moderation can create a look with staying power.
Benjamin Moore: Shadow
Jewel tones are expected to be big in 2017, and Benjamin Moore was apparently all about this. Their color pick this year is called “Shadow” and is a rich, deep, amethyst. While I have to admit, purple tones are probably my least favorite to use in decor, I could probably work with this. If I have to work with color, I enjoy shades that keep the eye and mind guessing. Colors that are a bit hard to determine the the underlying tones. Because of the rich nature of this color, I’m sure it would morph easily – keeping it interesting. This color is perfect to add a little mood to a space. Here are some spaces this color would work well in:
This color creates a good contrast with lighter woods.
A touch of deep purple might just be enough to satiate your design palate.
For a dark and moody space, considering paring it with charcoal and onyx colors.
For a lesser commitment to this shade, try using it in furnishings and curtains.
With all of these new ideas, keep in mind that they are really just suggestions, and you should use them to help influence, not work against your own style So if you choose to incorporate any of these ideas into your home, or go outside the box completely – the point is that you design a space and a home that is right for you. Don’t chase trends (in design or life) or you’ll end up trying to become something you’re not. Make your home a space that reflects who you are, and what makes you unique. You can really never go wrong doing that.
Top Image: DPages