The home design trends everyone is loving this year
It’s 2017, and this offers lots of surprises to home design enthusiasts. The interior design trends during this year are all about creating a luscious space by taking already established and traditional designs, and turning them into something modern using bright colours, textures and materials. Some well-known old trends are making a comeback, and some new unpredictable designs are taking over the stage rapidly. Also, for the first time this year, practicality is given some importance too, so not everything is about good looks anymore. Here are the most popular home design trends for 2017 so far.
Cork is back. Yes, you heard that right – cork is back in the home design game. Even though the opinions about it were contradictory in the past, we can’t deny that cork is a very stylish material (if applied properly), which will bring lots of warmth to the house or home office. This year you can see it on coffee tables, chairs, lighting fixtures, and a lot more. Cork can be also applied on entire walls, because it absorbs sounds so well, and you won’t have to worry about the neighbours so much. So, you’ll probably see a lot more of it in the foreseeable future.
Dark and bright greens. Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2017 is Greenery. It’s a very refreshing and bright shade of green, which practically brings the outside in. You will probably notice it all over clothes, furniture and everything else they managed to put it on. It’s nice, refreshing and revitalizing, but you should be very careful what you combine it with – it goes well mostly with other earthly colours, like the different shades of brown. If you’re not careful, you can have a bright green disaster on your hands.
If you’re not a fan of bright colours, you can try dark green – it can be combined with more colours and it’s perfect for bedrooms. It creates a nice Scandinavian background, which goes well with armchairs, lots of cushions, natural linen and leather elements. It’s perfect for winter.
Upholstered everything. I know what your first thought is – that upholstered furniture is a thing of the past. But the truth is, that the home design styles of the ‘60s and ‘70s are strongly featured in the 2017 interiors. So, don’t throw away your old sofa with button decorations yet – they still have some style in them. During 2017, we’ll see lots of material manipulations, like folding and pleating in cottons and velvets, huge stitches made from yarn, and a lot more. Our beds will also change a lot this year – the wooden bed frames will be replaced by classy upholstered bedheads in neutral colours.
Mixed patterns. Even the pattern trends in home design are escalating this year. The first mixed patterns were noticed during the New York Fashion Week last year, so it’s natural that this year they will be all over the place. Such patterns would look great in the bedroom, creating a cosy and eclectic environment. Specialists also predict the return of patterned flooring, both carpets and tiles, as well as continuation of using bolder and brighter colours. The return to more individualistic designs is also a great possibility.
Contrasting concepts. Contrasts have always been cherished both in interior and exterior designs. 2017 is no different, really. Except for bright and dark green, colours like raw white and beige are also highly praised this year. And designing the whole room in one tone or a few similar ones is a thing of the past. The home design of 2017 includes lots of contrasts. For instance, if the walls of your kitchen are painted white or in some other bland colour, the kitchen island or the furniture should be dark. The final effect is very tempting, because every element of the room stands out in its unique way.
Folding rooms and appliances. You have probably noticed that during 2016 space saving became a very popular topic in home design. People living in smaller spaces deserve all the same comforts and style anyone else would. Well, in 2017 this is still a very popular and awesome topic. Folding furniture, built-in appliances and even whole kitchens that can be folded into a single box, are becoming more common than you think. Now you can turn your bedroom into a living room with a few simple moves and without any heavy lifting. It’s practically everyone’s dream.
This article was written by the fabulous, Jane Wilson. Jane is a full-time working mom, entrepreneur and a blogger from Melbourne. She manages the Melbourne branch of Fantastic Cleaners, a cleaning contractor, that offers a wide range of services for both residential and commercial clients. The company is popular with their innovative, family and pet-friendly cleaning methods. Her work there also inspired her passion towards interior design and home improvement. On her personal blog Modern Housewives, she often shares cleaning and gardening tips, interesting events around Melbourne, and more. We're so appreciative of her contribution because we think between herself and her team, they've seen inside a lot of homes and really know their stuff!