2016 brought us some exciting trends in interior design–many of which will endure in 2017. However, I’m certain that this year will usher in even more delicious trends. After much deliberation, I’m ready to go on record with my 2017 home decor trend predictions. Here goes nothing..
Plant life has had a second life in home decorating. Potted plants–from cacti and succulents to fiddle leaf fig trees–are growing in popularity. Even Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year was named Greenery in their honor. So, naturally, home decorators will take this to the next level. We’re seeing evidence of this new trajectory already…
If you caught my post on Rebecca de Ravenel’s apartment, then you might recall the canvas palm trees that populated her abode.
Living walls are also a *thing*–both indoors and out. Here, succulents live in a frame and are displayed as art.
Another unexpected way to display botanicals? This home substitutes blooms for lights in an overhead chandelier.
And Kelly Wearstler has introduced these everlasting Bauble Blossoms, composed of minerals and gems.
Gems and minerals are indeed the new normal. Hardly a home hits the internet that doesn’t contain some quantity of Carrara marble. And while this stone possesses a certain classic appeal, there is no shortage of breathtaking onyx (and other rocks) waiting in the wings to overshadow their gray and white counterpart.
From small, sparkling touches like this quartz drawer pull…
…to bolder gestures like this iridescent labradorite sink…
…to rooms utterly clad in various types of multi-colored marble like this stunning space, rock has a powerful impact in the home. In fact, last April I suggested that installing stone was a splurge worthy of your tax refund. I stand by that assertion. Expect to see stunning stones trending in 2017.
Acid Yellow Accents
This is bound to migrate from the catwalk to the homestead. And, to date, we haven’t seen much of this–at least not lately. However, following are some compelling reasons to inject your home with hints of acid yellow…
These days, small homes garner just as much buzz and decor discussion as grand estates. Still, small spaces are not without their challenges. When decorating a small space, furniture selection is key. Not only are you forced to edit–squeezing in only those pieces you absolutely love–but the scale must also be appropriate for the room. And, of course, anytime a piece of furniture can pull double duty, it’s an added bonus. This brings me to the next 2017 home decorating trend projection: versatile, space-saving furniture.
This living room boasts two types of versatile furniture. First, the trio of trunks function as both tables and hidden storage vehicles. Second, that gnarled root stool is sometimes a drink rest and sometimes an extra seat.
Antique hall trees–besides being sculptural beauties–are also multifunctional. This red painted specimen is a hat rack, umbrella stand, drawer, table, and mirror all in one. This single piece performs the duties of 5 furnishings–and looks good doing it!
Another space saver is the wall-mounted, fold out secretary. It offers compact storage without taking up any real estate on the floor and can expand to provide a surface that can be used as a desk, wet bar…whatever. This handsome walnut and brass example is from West Elm.
This particular 2017 trend projection precipitates from the error I made in last year’s forecast when I thought that home decorators would work backwards from Midcentury towards antiques and, instead, they looked to the ’70s for design inspiration. Thus, the next logical progression is the ’80s (and as a child of the 1980s, I have mixed feelings about this). Still, this prognostication comes with a caveat. The ’80s are coming–if not in 2017–then soon thereafter…
Watch for pastels and quirky furniture inspired by the Memphis Group’s previously snubbed designs.
So, those are my trend projections for this year. Do you foresee any other trends that I’ve missed? Tell us in the comments.