Every where you look, be it on television, in magazines or on design websites, there are predictions about what the signature design trends will be in 2017. I’ve been reading these features and taking notes and I thought I would curate what is unanimously agreed upon by the most reliable resources.
But, before we can look to the future we need to first establish those design trends from 2016 that are on their way out in 2017.
5 Design Trends on the Way Out in 2017
There are some trends I will definitely be glad to see less of in 2017.
This design pattern is used on curtains, rugs, shower curtains – you name it. I loved it when it first came in a few years ago, but boy has it been beaten to death.
Fake Mid Century Modern Furniture
Thanks in part to the popularity of the show “Mad Men,” this design motif has become incredibly popular – especially with Millenials who are furnishing their new apartments and houses. However, the reproductions of the authentic design have shown up everywhere and has made this motif over done. Finding authentic pieces and accents in vintage stores is still a great option.
Barn Door Sliders
These rustic looking doors are a great way to save space since they don’t swing open. However, the use of rough wood to make them look like a door rescued from a barn is over. Think of using more sleek and modern materials and hardware in the future.
The Color Gray
While I still love it in moderation, it has been entirely overdone. Every home professionally staged for sale is painted gray from top to bottom with gray pattern furniture and rugs. The 2017 trends predict more color variations.
The overall “less is more” design approach seems to be giving way to more bold and colorful design trends. All white kitchens, and living spaces designed using a single color palette seem to be on the way out. I couldn’t be happier, because this trend, while it makes DIY home designers feel safe, it is so boring at the same time.
2017 Design Trends – What’s In
Overall, the absence of color dominant in 2016, is being upgraded to spaces that add color and texture as accents and to pop focal points in a room out of the background.
Each year the two most prominent color houses (Pantone and Benjamin Moore) select their “color of the year.” This choice is based on a variety of criteria and carries a great deal of weight since it will end up influencing not only interior design, but fashion, accessories and beauty products as well.
The color direction is changing from very pale cool grays to colors which make much more of a statement.
Pantone Color of The Year – Greenery
According to Leatrice Eiseman, Creative Director, Pantone Color Institute, “in a year of political and social turmoil greener symbolizes the reconnection with nature, one another and to a greater purpose. ” From my point of view choosing Greenery is also result of our food consciousness. Our tastes have changed from pre-packaged and GMO to organic and “farm to table.”
Benjamin Moore Color of the Year – Shadow
“It ebbs and flows with its surroundings, and light brings it to life. Rich, royal amethyst can fade into the soft lilac-grey of distant mountains or morph into lustrous coal. Indulge your mysterious side. Let shadow set the mood.”—Ellen O’Neill, Creative Director.
What a stark contrast between the two leading color houses. Pantone’s Greenery is light and bright and will add a huge punch to any room, but I don’t think I could live with a room painted in it. Alternatively, Shadow by Benjamin Moore is a beautiful rich color and is a great accent with grays.
Kitchens will be moving away from being monochromatic to having contrasting color and accents. One major trend is to make the ubiquitous kitchen island different from the rest of the cabinetry.
Adding punch to the bath is also a trend for 2017. A simple and very visual upgrade is to replace shower doors. This great design makes a a great statement.