Winter weariness had set in early this year with the frigid temperatures we had before the season even officially started, so I was beyond excited to see that Remax had released the Top 15 Decor Trends for 2017 already. If that is not a sure sign of impending spring, then I don’t know what is!
Spring is a season for renewal, and for updating old, tired spaces. It need not cost a lot of money, but spring awakens a desire in us for change and a need to revive, rejuvenate, and refresh.
Once the weather warms up enough to open windows and doors again, big box stores become full of do-it-yourselfers who are ready to take on projects, big and small, around the house. If 2017 is your year to re-decorate, and you expect to find yourself shopping for ideas along with your supplies, here is a list of some of the top trends you can expect to see in home decor:
Although natural wood never truly goes “out” of style, this year’s focus is going to be on a weathered, well-worn look. “Sleek” is not a word that will be trending in 2017, as the inclination will be toward the warmth of vintage or reclaimed boards. Shiplap statement walls, homemade headboards, and butcher block countertops are examples of accents that will prove to be popular. [Wikipedia explains that “Shiplap is a type of wooden board used commonly as exterior siding in the construction of residences, barns, sheds, and outbuildings. It is either rough-sawn 1″ or milled 3/4″ pine or similarly inexpensive wood between 3″ and 10″ wide with a 3/8″ – 1/2″ rabbet on opposite sides of each end.”] DIY’ers will love this trend, as it allows for personal creativity with raw materials in a way that more polished styles don’t always do.
In case you have never heard of Pantone Inc., they are an entity that dictates colour trends to fashion designers, home decorators, and other industries. Since 2000, they have held annual meetings in secret European locations to choose a Colour of the Year. Colour experts from different countries choose a colour that they feel matches the international cultural climate. (If you doubt the significance of their selection, be aware that the likes of Gucci, Kors, and others are already featuring the colour in this year’s fashion shows.)
For 2017, the Colour of the Year is Greenery. According to Pantone.com: “Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.”
Couldn’t have said it better myself! Expect to see green accent walls among other creative uses of this vibrant hue.
BLACK FACTORY DOORS AND WINDOWS
There is no denying that lofts are trendy. They have been cool for a while now. Realistically, though, most of us will never live in a true loft.
Homeowners are selecting their favourite design elements from the industrial feel of the renovated old factories in the city core, and adapting them to suburban living. Factory windows allow light to pour in, and create a warm, bright space while providing a vintage aesthetic. Win-win-win.
WALLPAPER IN UNEXPECTED PLACES
BLACK or NAVY KITCHENS
TILE TO WOOD TRANSITIONS
USE INSPIRATION …IN MODERATION
It must be said that, although fresh ideas like these can be exciting, inspiring, and appealing, it is important to stay true to your own personal sense of style when decorating. Don’t try to incorporate every design tip and every current trend into your home, or it won’t feel like your own space. Use what enhances your own creativity, and keep your goals in sharp focus. If you are decorating with a view to living in and loving your space for many years, take the time to make it as personal and authentically YOU as you can. If you plan to sell in the next couple of years, don’t let that stop you from enjoying your projects, but use a little more restraint and stick to more neutral updates that will help you create more universal appeal when the time comes.