One of the ways I serve my clients is by creating living spaces that reflect who they are and what is important to them. Using the principals of design and with an artistic eye, I take their priorities and build a room that’s one of a kind and perfect for them.
It’s my job to keep a pulse on what’s new and exciting in the design world so that I can share these new ideas. I’m happy to share with you today ideas for what to expect in the design world this year and each trend to keep an eye out for.
After a roller coaster election year, an overall theme in 2017 is a mix of color and playful patterns. The world is ready to let their hair down and be open to variety and outside the box thinking.
Pantone Color Institute calls this years’ color- Greenery
A cross section of paint companies shows their ideas of The color of the 2017.
Dunn Edwards- Honey Glow
“….represents global and cultural trends toward warmth, exploration of new territories, and celebrating life filled with color.” ~dunnedwards.com
Sherwin Williams- Poised Taupe
“Our story of taupe is simple. Earthen brown combines with conservative grey and the result is a weathered, woodsy and complex neutral that celebrates the imperfections and authenticity of a well-lived life.” ~Sherwinwilliams.com
Warm Brown + Cool Grey = Taupe. Poised Taupe SW 6039
Benjamin Moore- Shadow 2117-30
“It ebbs and flows with its surroundings, and light brings it to life. Rich, royal amethyst can fade into the soft lilac-grey of distant mountains or morph into lustrous coal. Indulge your mysterious side. Let Shadow set the mood.”
~Ellen O’Neill, Creative Director, Benjamin Moore
I love the creative descriptions of the paint colors and what they represent. I always thought it would be fun to be the person who names all the paint colors.
In The Home
Flooring- A very cool trend that’s happening right now is called tile transitioning. This is an organic transition usually shown with hexagonal tiles and wood flooring. It’s unexpected and fun and breaks the rules of the status quo. A little more planning is required to successfully install these two materials, so be sure to keep the lines of communication between the trades.
This look can be done in any room of the home and is both practical and beautiful.
Man-made materials designed to look like the real thing are becoming more popular in home design this year. Caeserstone makes a countertop that looks just like Carrara marble but is much more durable. Another popular “faux” item is wood beams and trusses. As the price of old barn wood/reclaimed wood increases, homeowners are asking for a more budget friendly alternative. The plus is the faux beams won’t rot or bow.
Small Space Splurge
Entryways and Laundry Rooms are trending as a place to spend a little more. With an average square footage of 150-200, these areas are a great place to add a little luxury. The entry as the first impression of a home and the laundry room as a very hardworking room in which we spend more time than we want to admit. What a fun way to add a little happiness to your day.
Incorporating an entire wall of storage in a kitchen instead of adding upper cabinets allows for an open plan and more centralized storage.
Comfort and Texture- Large chunky throws and natural fiber pillows are what will be rounding out a family room design.
The textures of natural fabrics are appealing and make a room feel inviting.
Artisanal Luxury- There is a movement away from DIY accessories to artistic, handcrafted pieces. Investing in one of a kind and handcrafted accessories brings a space to a higher level. These pieces are timeless and treasured for years to come.
January is a fresh start to the year and all about possibilities. Given the trend forecast for 2017, there are many design directions one could take. Which one speaks to you? Let me know in the comments below. Need a little more direction? Contact us, I would love to speak with you more. Here’s to a fabulous, beautiful year filled with a new trend.