If 2016 was a little unpredictable, 2017 is looking to be a boundary-pushing year for interiors. At least, that’s what real estate website Trulia is seeing with their trend forecast for the coming year. From unusual textures to jaw-dropping colors, we spoke with a few designers on the looks that will define 2017 (along with the three “trends” that will be on their way out).
OUT: STRICTLY “ANTIQUE”
The pressure is off when it comes to only pairing antique with pieces from the same period. “No one will be interested in designing an entire space, let alone an entire home, with a strict period in mind”, says Warren Sheets. “While it’s great to have a period as your starting off point, you don’t have to adhere to it exclusively. It’s more aesthetically intriguing to create a look cohesively mixes of elements from the past and the future.”
OUT: OVERSIZED FURNITURE
“Space is always a premium, so creative and functional use of space is becoming more important”, says Sheets. “Oversized furniture not only serves to overwhelm, but they have become an inefficient use of space. So we will really be seeing more furniture either ideally scaled to the space or custom-designed to appropriate it.”
OUT: BRUSHED METAL
“Industrial looking or burnished metal have had their day”, says Sheets. “Shiny, warm metals like bronze and gold are resurging as important ways to lend elegance to the space”
IN: MATTE APPLIANCES
The new look for the kitchen is bold without being in-your-face. “An object with a matte finish seems to strip away all other distractions, such as surface sheen, forcing the form of the object to speak for itself”, says designer Bobby Berk. “Matte can also be a really unexpected finish for objects that are traditionally lustrous or glossy. This surprise can serve as a wonderful layer in your design, adding depth to the overall composition and a counterpoint to other finishes.”
You’re not just noticing it on Pinterest – marble is becoming a huge trend. “Naturally it is showing up in the all area of our industry,” says Laura Michaels, who recalled how the tile market was dominated by the material at the industry show Covering 2016, especially when paired with wood and metal. “Marble wall covering carpet and farbic have not missed this trend either. There is no market untouched by this dominant material.”
IN: CERUSED WOOD
A “cerused” finish refers to the technique that brings out the unique grain of wood. “This trend which has been around in the high end market for some time has finally trickled down and seems universally accepted,” says Laura Michaels. You will see it on cabinets, but also in big pieces like tables, chairs, and storage furniture.
IN: JEWEL TONES
Say goodbye to beige. The new look for walls will be pure drama. “Deep jewel tones, like emeral green or amethyst, and pastels colors, which are found in natural are popular”, says designer Heather Higgins , who also cites the saturated neutral of Benjamin Moore’s 2017 color of the year, Shadow.
IN: NAILHEAD DETAIL
This accent is a classic for upholstered pieces, but it’s being used in whole new ways. “We are seeing this trend go beyond the usual upholstery and into storage chests, credenzas, and even base place of lightning fixtures. Some designers even use nail heads to create a pattern of the piece of furniture”, says Jenifer Koen, senior vice president for business development at the luxury consignment site Viyet.
IN: SUBWAY TILES
“Another trend that is certainly nothing new, but seems to be cementing itself as a style element of our generation, is subway tile. It’s such a classic and versatile tile choice, and it really works with all sorts of styles and is affordable at any price point”, says Bobby Berk
IN: SMART HOME FEATURES
As our lives revolve more around our services, so will our homes. “We will be seeing more and more creative ways of incorporating charging docks and areas specifically dedicated to these services into the design of a space”.
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