Home interior design in 2017 is opulent and rich, but also exotic and deeply personal. Modern design meets organic, raw aesthetics to create some décor trends that speak to a need to unplug from our technological world and reconnect with nature through our personal spaces. From the grassy color of the year to natural materials, here are some of the interior design trends that you should look out for this year –and some you’ll want to stay away from!
- Bright green: Pantone declared “greenery,” a “fresh and zesty yellow-green shade,” as the color of the year. The color was chosen to “provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment,” as well as symbolizing the “reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose,” according to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.
- Renewable materials: The trend towards a more organic lifestyle continues through the use of renewable and natural materials. Natural cork has grown in popularity for its functionality, aesthetic value, and “resistance to mold, mildew, water, termite, cracking, and abrasions.” The use of wood, not just in paneling, but also other accents like wooden clocks, sculptures, furniture are replacing the more metallic trends as well. A nice material replacement for wood is faux wood, which is budget-friendly, more reliable, and can’t rot.
- Mixed patterns: Geometric patterns, art deco and art nouveau, bold wallpapers, velvet, and rich and luxurious prints have made a resurgence since late 2016. These vintage patterns perfectly complement the use of more “nostalgic” elements like “raw wood and leather bound books” further symbolize a progressive movement towards more enriching and back-to-our-roots type of lifestyle.
- Black steel: Industrial looking or burnished metals (more on those later) are being taken over by matte and black steel appliances. Jeffrey Weldler, an interior-decorating expert with Vant Panels, says, “people are looking for a subtle change” from brushed steel, and black stainless steel is a sleek, modern, sophisticated, and easy to clean alternative. Designer Bobby Berk explains that a matte finish strips objects away of “distractions” like surface sheen and glossiness, “forcing the form of the object to speak for itself.”
- Artisanal: The shift towards more organic designs continues as designers point to a substitution of DIY with artisanal objects. Patti Carpenter, global trend ambassador and creative director of carpenter + company, believes we’ll see “craftsmanship and materials that require you to have a high level of skill to work with them emerge.”
- Jewel tones: With the return of art deco patterns and prints, so are luxurious jewel tones becoming more popular. “Rich emerald chairs, bold sapphire walls, and amethyst accents” make a space feel cozy and lavish, offering depth and richness.
- All-white rooms: Modern designers should look to adding warmth and moodier tones to sleek and “clinical rooms” that formerly passed as contemporary.
- Brushed and brassy metal: “Shiny, warm metals like bronze and gold are resurging as important ways to lend elegance to a space,” says leading interior designer Warren Sheets. Instead of industrial décor, we are seeing more interest in earthier interior designs.
- Oversized furniture: Designers are promoting the creative and functional use of space with furniture “ideally scaled to the space or custom-designed to appropriately fit.” While the actual aesthetic trends move towards bolder concepts, the idea of space remains minimalistic.
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