Nothing sparks emotion like color, and this year's trends reflect our mood and act to improve it.
Décor trends take us on a little emotional journey every season. And nothing sparks emotion like color.
Here are some of the top colors of 2017, according to trend spotters. While some will be looking for pick-me-up hues to lift their mood, others may want to reflect a dreamy — even dreary? — feel.
The delicate hues of what designers are calling an “ephemeral” trend evoke airiness and light. “When you look at this palette, it’s a Sunday morning,” says Laurie Pressman, a vice president at the Pantone Color Institute.
Gentle whites and chalky pastels, which gained popularity over the last year or two, now combine with darker soothing neutrals like marine, earth, moss and heather.
“You can fall into it and relax,” says Tom Mirabile, a New York-based consumer trends expert.
Crate & Barrel’s spring collections include generous dollops of pistachio and aqua, bringing these nostalgic hues into kitchenware and accessories.
And watch for lots of yellow, says Stephanie Pierce, design director at MasterBrand Cabinets. “From pale butter to dark mustard, yellows are cropping up everywhere,” she says.
KitchenAid’s newest mixer, for example, comes in a pretty shades of buttercup.
If “ephemeral” is decor’s languid glass of lemonade, “luxe” is a goblet of heady merlot.
Jewel tones, lustrous leathers and heftier, colored metals appeal to a new “visually expressive” generation, says Pantone’s Pressman. “It’s all about the finish — shine and luster.”
Shiny brass and copper have been growing more popular, notes Mat Sanders and Brandon Quattrone, of the Los Angeles-based interior design studio Consort. “But 2017 will be about embracing the beauty of aged metals in furniture, hardware and fixtures.” Look for burnished finishes in pieces large and small.
“The moody palate was huge” at spring’s Milan Furniture Fair, and is catching on among retailers, says New York designer Drew McGukin.
“I’ve been encouraging my clients to incorporate color in bold applications, like countertops,” he says, citing in particular a new hue from Silestone “that captures the essence of soapstone — a deep, dusty, blue-gray hue softened with white veining.”
Benjamin Moore’s Color of 2017 is Shadow, a deep grayed purple. And home-décor magazines are touting Farrow & Ball’s eggplant Brinjal, Behr’s Havana Coffee and Dunn-Edwards’ Mackintosh Midnight as moody must-have hues.
Relaxing and refreshing, the outdoorsy trend hits all the “green” notes with an emphasis on a natural palette, organic silhouettes and sustainable materials. Think farmstead, writ urban.
“It’s kicking off your shoes, whether you’re indoors or out,” says Mirabile.
Donna Garlough, of Joss & Main, says the tropical look is expanding.
“I’m seeing citrus trees in the mix — wallpaper with lemon branches, and botanical sketches of orange trees,” she says. “Complementing the trend, colors like kiwi, citron and chartreuse made a splash at last fall’s décor markets, meaning they’re probably going to hit homes and stores in 2017.”
More proof: Pantone recently named Greenery their Color of the Year, citing its zestiness and vitality.
Sky and ocean blues are perennial favorites, and you can find cloud-patterned textiles, as well as lots of chambray and Shibori finishes.