I thought I’d take a stab at predicting what we’re going to be seeing more of in 2017 in the design world. Of course, the best look for a home is the one YOU love, so buck the trends as you see fit– but if you are looking for some inspiration for change, here it is!
SOFT COLOR PALETTES
2017 is setting up to be a very uncertain year, so I think people are going to crave peace and comfort in their homes– which means less jarring color and more soft, pastel tones and grey-ed down colors. I’m thinking of going this route in my own living room (if I ever get around to doing it). I am not one who thinks the Pantone Color of the Year is correct (acid green? WHY?)
One Kings Lane (Mark Cunningham)
One Kings Lane
TRADITIONAL CABINETRY IN COLORS
Beyond the now ubiquitous white and grey, I think you’ll be seeing a lot of taupe, blue and green cabinets in kitchens, pantries and mudroom/laundry rooms done in traditional style. Even modern design loving gals like Emily Henderson are going the trad route with their kitchens. I also think we’re going to see less open shelving and more closed cabinetry– keeping clutter out of sight and lines clean and simple.
Green and blue cabinets are going to be the new grey.
THE RETURN OF SILVER
While brass will still be super hot, I think we’ll be seeing a resurgence of polished nickel hardware and plumbing fixtures again. I still think satin nickel is a slightly dated finish, and chrome is a tad cold and industrial– polished nickel has a slightly warmer cast and more depth to it. It looks super clean and classic.
UNIQUE MARBLE & STONE
You probably saw on Instagram that designer Lauren Liess picked some totally unique quartzite for her new kitchen, kicking off a trend I see for this year of people wanting to use more unique stone finishes in kitchens and baths. I’m thinking more brown based stones as well as those with green and blue casts to them.
CHECKERED STONE OR PAINTED FLOORS
Nothing new by a LONG shot, but I do think we will see the use of classic looking flooring like checkerboard marble and stone floors in kitchens as a hot trend (like last years cement tile trend). Also graphic, painted floors will make a big comeback.
A graphic punch is needed now and then, perhaps in the form of black pendants in a kitchen or over a table?
TRADITIONAL FORMAL DRAPERIES
Tailored, detailed and custom made- nothing finishes off a space like draperies. I think we’ll be seeing more and more luxurious and old school formal style drapes this year keeping in the theme of cozy and safe feeling spaces.
TRADITIONAL DESIGN WILL REIGN
We’ve been seeing the traditional sensibility in design come back in the past year and I think that will only grow. Lots of antiques, details, flourish, floral chintz, skirted tables, slipcovered seating and classic pieces but used in unique combinations with modern flair.
Furlow Gatewood (p.s. that is a painted floor above- amazing)
BRICK & PALE FLOORS
Limed oak and other pale wide plank wood flooring became hot in 2016, and it will only continue. Also look for more use of brick indoors in mudrooms, entries and other spaces needing durable materials.
O’Brien Harris (also, we’ll se a lot of wood cabinets making a return!)
What do you think we’ll see more of in 2017?