2017 Top Home Trends
By Miriam Bornstein
Your favorite seat in the house may be that worn out, bargain-priced love seat you scored at a local estate sale, but the faded and unfashionable piece might have you debating a replacement. So when do you bite the bullet and revamp your décor? Keeping up with home-design trends is one way to find inspiration for a fresh style. If you’re not quite ready to ditch that sofa, consider revamping your living room with some minor upgrades that will keep you on-trend.
Here’s what’s in — and what’s out — for home trends in 2017.
Add an instant elements of luxury by incorporating velvet. Upholstery, pillows and curtains are popular ways to layer texture throughout multiple rooms of your house. This soft, forgiving material is especially striking in dark blue, rose and green hues. If you’re hesitant about purchasing a large velvet piece of furniture, consider starting small with accessories. Try swapping velvet pillows during the fall and winter months to add a cozy texture in your living room, or buy a velvet ottoman to create stylish extra seating for guests.
Amethysts, sapphires and pearls are glamourous when worn as jewelry, but jewel tones are equally stunning on your walls — and they’re gaining popularity for the richness and depth they add to a room. A large room painted in emerald green or plum can make your space feel more intimate, while applying a similar jewel hue to an accent wall in a smaller area, like an entryway, helps it appear lively. If you consider yourself the ultimate décor trendsetter, combine jewel tones with Pantone’s color of the year: Greenery. A topaz statement piece coupled with shades of green or even live plants creates a relaxing ambience.
Marble countertops are a staple in many homes thanks to their durability, versatility and neutral palette. For those looking to incorporate marble without committing to a major resurfacing project, try decorating your living room with stylish marble accents such as coasters, a tray to hold your remotes, candles or bookends. Marble looks especially striking when paired with mid-century modern or modern-style décor, so keep these two architectural styles in mind when dressing up your space.
Built-in bars are on-trend for 2017, providing a more permanent solution for those who enjoy entertaining at home. However, if you like the mobility of a bar cart, you can still create the look of a permanent built-in bar by adding horizontal shelves above the bar cart to store barware, liquor and recipe books. This alternative is also accommodating to renters that don’t have the same customization flexibility as homeowners.
- Overly industrial furniture that’s more about fashion than practical function.
- Cool gray tones that lack warmth. Opt for punchy jewel hues instead.
- Quote art is finally old news, even if their messages are inspiring.
If you are looking for a few ways to refresh your space, consider any of these trends to complement your current home furnishings without replacing your favorite pieces. Or, go big by swapping that worn love seat with a sapphire-blue velvet sofa. Check out previous trend reports to get more inspiration and style guidance.