This year's top trends are black and white and gold all over.
With another year nearing a close, it’s a great time to look at which design trends are in and which may be on their way out.
These days, many designers and design enthusiasts are looking to stay “on trend” without being “trendy.” This translates into incorporating a timeless design style as a foundation with a bit of glitz and glam as accents. Here’s what to look for in those accents.
Trends in home décor typically follow those of the runway, and right now the trend is toward blousy and billowy fabrics that move, as opposed to stiff and rigid ones. Look for softer, breathable fabrics both for upholstery and window treatments.
Also be on the lookout for more fabrics that are washable and require less maintenance. Homeowners are growing more heavily focused on ease of use. High-maintenance décor is out, and pieces that can be used and enjoyed are in.
Sheen versus shine
Look for sheen to reign in finishes, as opposed to high shine. Even when it comes to flooring, waxed floors or those finished with a matte polyurethane are often preferred to high gloss. Many homeowners are looking for chemical-free, natural finishes, while also wishing to maintain a material’s natural luster.
Muted color palettes, such as black and white or cream and indigo, are likely to remain on trend. Black adds a touch of elegance and luxury, while shades such as cream, ecru and ivory are extremely versatile.
For a modern alternative to black, try indigo, which pairs beautifully with cream or gray.
From door handles to showerheads and faucets, many homeowners are opting to keep foundational elements basic and infuse a hint of glam by incorporating splurge hardware elements.
Go for gold
Gold is back and will remain on trend through 2017. Gold and brass remain two of the hottest finishes in home décor.
Art in general should be bold and powerful. For more affordable oversized art, consider reproductions, as well as local artists and graduating college students. Photography tends to be timeless, and oversized framed photographs can make a dramatic statement.
From furniture to flooring, natural, historically appropriate hardwoods are more popular than ever, including wood that is salvaged or reclaimed.