If I could sum up 2016 in a series of design trends, I would list Carrara marble, white paint, Turkish rugs, and gold (lots and lots of gold). Constant access to media and marketing outlets have caused the movement of new trends to change at a rapid pace. Here are my predictions for home design trends taking over in 2017.
1. Light Floors
replacing the dark 2012 trend and gray 2014 trend
Blonde oak is slowly taking over the world. IG is overloaded with images of white, navy, and black kitchens coupled with wide planks of Matte European Blonde Oak floors. This is not the traditional blonde you have seen for decades, showcasing warm yellow tones. The 2017 blonde trend is flaunting subtle, muted, white and gray undertones. Have you seen HGTV's 2017 dream home? Check out the floors in that one. Gorgeous.
(here pictured : Shaw Designer Mix...also a sneak peek of our lower level family room, more to come!)
2. Matte Black
replacing chrome, brushed nickel, and pewter
Chrome, nickel, and pewter are quickly becoming metals of the past. You will start seeing a stronger push for matte black hardware, furniture, and accessories. Now, don't throw out those gold cabinet pulls just yet! Gold isn't going anywhere, my friends.
3. Dark Green
the next Navy
Who else has fallen in love with the rich, navy paint colors of 2016? I have always loved navy. Classy, nautical, and warm. I would not hesitate putting this it in my next home, but I'm also intrigued by the gravitation toward dark, lush green. Both Shaw floors and Pantone Paint named a shade of Green as their 2017 color of the year. I predict it to be a dark, rich shade of green, similar to the dark tone of Indian green marble (yes, Indian Green Marble, which I also think is coming back! The husband says I'm crazy on this one, but mark my words!)
kitchen by Devol Kitchen (find them on IG and give them a follow. You won't regret it.)
4. Patterned Cement Tiles
replacing 12x24 stone and slate visuals, along with subway tile
This is a FUN trend, y'all. As a textile sales rep in the flooring industry, I am always excited to see new advancements that bring dimension and texture into the home. Patterned, colorful concrete tiles are becoming a must have for any designer or homeowner. I want to add some fun flooring to my next laundry room or powder bath. Dreamy.
5. Dark Exterior
taking over the white exterior trend
We built our home 8 months ago. We went with white exterior and black window frames. I adore the fresh, clean aesthetic that white provides. But when I envision our next home (which I do often...okay, constantly), it is black with natural wood accents. Modern and dramatic.
home by talented Grand Rapids photographer, Chelsea Seekell
6. Landscape Artwork
replacing maps and caligraphy
We love the US scratch off map in our kitchen (see here). It's staying. But get ready to see the map overload (guilty) and the flowery caligraphy artwork a little less, and landscape artwork a little more. Mountain scapes, palm prints, and beach views with muted colors seem to be taking over.
7. Large Plaid and Check
replacing herringbone (which has long replaced chevron)
Large plaid and check have been in for while. But does anyone else feel like all of a sudden it has blown up overnight? One morning I woke up to see it all over IG, as Em Henderson's office carpet, and everywhere else I turned. Plaid is wildly versatile. It is the perfect "fun" touch for your kiddo's playroom, or as the sophisticated patterned rug in your formal dining room. I'm all about it. (In fact, we added it to our family room and our master bedroom...Michigan winter required some new flannel bedding!)
8. Matte everything
Goodbye rustic. Goodbye mason jars, wood pallets, and handscraped hardwood floors. Say hello to matte, Scandinavian furniture and accessories, and hello wire brushed oak finishes (like our family room console below).
Let's face it, it is IMPOSSIBLE to keep up with every new trend that hits us from all angles. My advice is to invest in pieces that are "timeless" to you - that pretty marble coffee tray, your framed wedding portraits, or your grandfather's beautiful oak writing desk. Have fun sprucing up your home, but don't rely solely on media decide what's in... Do YOU.