As the new year begins it’s always fun to see how interior design and home decor changes. Here are 5 trends that are predicted to be big this year.
Greenery is Pantone’s color of the year for 2017 and I’m predicting seeing this bright, neutral green on front doors and decor for pops of cheerful color. The other color to watch for is navy, it will be the new black of 2017. It’s a classic color that can go with almost ANY color scheme.
This one isn’t a new trend but it’s cementing itself into a whole generation of homes and it will be in style for many years to come. It’s a classic choice in kitchens and bathrooms that is affordable, timeless, and will match any home style. If you’re looking to add subway tile in your home consider using a darker grout color. It will change up the look, make the tile more durable, and will be less likely to show dirt (win, win, win!).
Cerused finished wood or faux wood highlights and brings out a unique grain look. This has been popular in high end design for a few years, but is predicted to be seen more mainstream this year. I’ve started seeing it more and more in flooring and furniture, but predict to start seeing it in kitchen and bathroom cabinetry this year.
Stainless steel and bright chrome are becoming less and less popular and people are being drawn towards matte finishes for their warmth and elegance. This is a trend that started with black stainless steel high end appliances last year, but has continued to grow and have more options available. Other matte finishes being shown at home shows are black matte kitchen/bathroom fixtures and even “suede” matte quartz counters.
Marble “like” counters for kitchens and bathrooms have been gaining popularity for years. This year marble is going to break that mold though and expand into other areas such as wallpaper, home decor and accessories, and flooring.
Accent walls have changed from the basic one color accent walls of the past! If you’re looking to add a focal point to any room consider some of these options! I would love to see any accent wall ideas you have too! Post them in the comments!
Wood or Wood Look Accent Wall: You can create a wood accent wall easily! My good friend Megan did hers on her own by buying 2×4’s at her local hardware store. She chose to stain the wood a few different colors different colors so that she had more dimension. She then starting placing them on the wall, cutting when needed, and used a staple gun to secure them to the wall. She said she did it all in a single weekend! Not quite ready for using a nail gun yet? My friend Amy found great wall paper at Target that looks so realistic no one will ever know, plus is lets you change things up easily if you ever want a different look in the room. Can you tell which is which in the above pictures?
Chalk Wall: This is an easy way to add an accent wall. Chalkboard paint now comes in all different colors and shades so It doesn’t even have to be black anymore! You can use them as a fun wall in a children’s room they can color on, or as a decorative wall that you can constantly change up depending on your mood!
Half Bath Accent Wall: A great option to spruce up a half bath is to create a focal wall of backspash type tile from floor to ceiling. You can do any tile that you like, just make sure you’ll like to look of it on the whole wall. They even have smart tiles that are adhesive and are easy to install yourself.
Brick Facade: This is an example of a white wash brick facade that adds a subtle touch to this bedroom. I love this as it adds texture as well, but there are wallpaper options as well.
Bathrooms Tiled Floor to Ceiling: Pick out a complementary (not exactly the same) tile and install it floor to ceiling. I love this for a luxurious master bath. It adds a layer of sophistication and also makes the bathroom walls SUPER easy to clean!
Earlier in the year I blogged about design trends that were expected to be popular in 2016. One that really caught my attention was black stainless steel appliances. I saw them in person for the first time last week, and I have to say both myself and my clients were highly impressed by the new finish! Since I was so drawn to them I went ahead and looked into them a bit more on my own. Here’s what I’ve found:
Black stainless steel appliances are formed with stainless steel, coated with a darker color, and then topped with a protective coating. Because of this top protective coating they are smudge and finger proof (big plus compared to regular stainless!) and you can clean them easily with a dry cloth.
From a design standpoint they surely make a bold statement! They offer a more contemporary, sleek feel compared to other appliance finishes on the market. Their satin smooth finish is also not as reflective as traditional stainless steel. They also look wonderful when mixed and matched in a kitchen with the black and traditional stainless steel!
Currently from what I can tell there are three companies that offer them at this point. Kitchen Aide and LG appear to offer a darker black finish, while Samsung’s finish is more of a deep gray. If you’re in a position where you want or need new appliances, I think these are something that you should take a peek at!
With the new year comes new trends in interior design. I spent time scouring the internet this morning to find some fun predictions to share with you guys. Here are my top 5 favs:
Wallpaper: Wallpaper and stenciling made a big splash in 2015 and that’s not expected to change in 2016. According to the Huffington Post though you will start to see more wallpaper in natural surface looks, retro geometrics, patterns that mix both metallic and mattes, and sweet pastels.
Black Stainless Steel Appliances: We all know that the “in” color of appliances changes every couple of years. The cute pastel appliances I get, while the off white, yellowy color of late 80’s appliances will never make sense to me! The current trend has been stainless steel appliances for quite a few years now, but it can be hard to maintain that shiny pristine finish. Elle Décor is predicting that sleek black stainless steel will be the new trend this year.
Formal Dining Rooms: If you’re considering turning your dining room into an office or media room both Elle Décor and Houzz suggest you may want to rethink that decision. Not only is entertaining in your home a must this year, but recommitting to sitting down and eating dinner with your family is expected to make a comeback too. So those dining rooms with a big table are a MUST!
Outdoor Fabric Used Indoors: Both my sister in law Marissa and my Mom were ahead of their times on this one. This year both Zillow predicts using outdoor fabric indoors on items such as rugs is expected to be big. Just think of how much easier this could make your life if you have kids or pets! Fabrics that are more durable and last longer? Yes please!
Mismatched Cabinets: Bold and textured cabinets have been becoming more and more popular. With this trend comes having mismatched cabinets in the kitchen. Both Elle Décor and Houzz think this will become more popular in 2016 as people are likely willing to go with a bolder cabinet if it’s paired with a more traditional cabinet so that it’s not overpowering.