Top Design Trends of 2017
Can you believe it’s already March!? The year 2017 is well underway and with the weather warming up, it always seems like a good time to freshen things up at home. So what, you may ask, are the best interior design trends of 2017?
Yes, from chartreuse to emerald, green is the color of the season. You can paint an entire room green or keep it as an accent color, or simply get a green rug. Green is a harmonious color that brings tranquility and life to a space. You won’t be sorry you added some lively green to your space.
Hmm, is there a theme going on here?
Interior designers take cues from the fashion world and this year designers like Marc Jacobs and Prada are trying their hand at all things tropical. The print will continue to appear in wallpaper and designer fabrics. But don’t worry if such in-your-face prints are out of character for you. You can try using tropical print throw-pillows, on a plain couch. It’s just enough tropical to bring some fun into your space.
Weaving texture into an interior makes it more inviting. Differing textures side by side are visually stimulating. Think of the way a flat texture will stand out against a rough one, it draws the eye in. Mixing fabrics and materials is on the rise. “Texture is really important,” says interior designer, 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. Or try adding a plant into the mix. Plants add amazing texture, depth and life to a room.
Marble and Brass Combinations
Young Huh, who was named one of Vogue’s five young interior designers on the rise in 2015, promises marble and brass will continue to dominate in 2017. “We’re going to see this trend in both kitchens and baths,” Huh explains. “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.”
One of these things is not like the other… Yes, green and tropical are in vogue but it doesn’t mean you can’t keep your serene neutrals at the forefront of your design. “Whites, beiges, pale grays, camel, and blush pink are super on-trend,” Huh says.
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 speak to ancient cultures, whether it is African or Asian patterns, but they’ll be modernized,” Huh says. Think simple lines, geometric designs, and triangles, Huh explains.
Think of lighting as an accessory for your home—it’s the perfect way to show off your unique design sensibility. “A quirky lighting fixture looks great in a dining room,” Huh says. “It’s a great space to go for it and do something unusual.” Also consider sprucing up your bedside lamps with something truly memorable.
For New Jersey–based interior designer Beth Diana Smith, the new year will include an emphasis on uniquely crafted furniture. “People will be going back to furniture that is more of an investment—furniture that is very well-made,” Smith says. She recommends antique shopping for pieces that will add character to your home and browsing sites like Chairish.
Gray was a prominent color in 2016 interiors and it will continue to reign in 2017. “We will see different tones of gray, a lot of gray and white, and gray in deeper colors,” Smith says. It’s the sort of color that complements a full spectrum of shades, from bold red to mellow ivory.