I’m usually not one to jump on a trend train. You can take one look at my hair and figure out that’s not a big surprise, but I get asked all the time about the new design trends. Random people on Facebook message me about it. Truth.
Sure, part of being good at my job is knowing what’s coming and what’s going, but I also say live with what you love. So if you read this and you just put subway tile on your kitchen backsplash and love it, own it! If you love something, do it. Period. So, on that note here’s my list of 2017 “when you’re hot, you’re hot” trends.
Hexagonal tiles and hardwood floor combination
I love, love, love this combination for so many reasons. First and foremost, it adds visual interest. Second, it’s unexpected, which is my favorite thing about it. I love that you can fade the tile in various patterns and lengths. The possibilities are endless with this trend.
Hunter Green is everywhere right now, and it’s predicted to be one of the most popular colors in 2017. It seems people either love this color or hate it. There’s not much in between. This color isn’t my personal favorite, but I can appreciate it in small doses, especially in velvet!
Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year however, swoon! Shadow is extremely versatile. This color has so many dimensions. Is it amethyst? Yes. Is it grey? Yes. Is it brown? Yes. I think you get where I’m going with this one. This color on a ceiling in a high gloss finish; I’m pretty sure the heavens just parted.
This is the only aspect of geometry I can understand. This trend has been around for a while and seems to be going strong. Once a trend makes its way into fashion you know it’s a winner. In a room it adds texture and keeps your eye moving (you want that in a room).
No, not the hideous fake florals that I can’t even wrap my brain around. Those should be banned forever. Think big format florals in fabric, lighting and wallpaper. Yes, please! Fashion designer Kate Spade even has a line of floral wall sconces and these vanity lights.
A wall of flowers made from wallpaper. Unexpected and genius!
And I love this large format floral wallpaper along with Benjamin Moore’s Shadow. You better have a defibrillator ready for me. I’m officially dead.
Some honorable mention trends for 2017
- Cerused wood. Also called limed wood. I’m a fan!
- Matte finish appliances
- Cork and all things natural
- Nailhead details. Not just on furniture, but on walls, cabinets, etc. If you can imagine it…you can put nailhead on it. Disclaimer: just because you can…doesn’t mean you should.
- The color blush
On their way out? You decide. Subway Tile? I personally love it and will continue to use it. Opinions differ on this trend going away. Quote artwork will be making an exit and I am not sad to see this one go. Will we see open plan living decline? Again, it’s the lovers vs. the haters on this one. I think we’ll see less oversized furniture and brushed metal, as well.
I think the biggest mistake people make with trends is feeling like they have to do it or need it just because it’s “in.” If none of these appeal to you, don’t do it! Your house is yours, no one else’s. If several trends appeal to you, just pick a few and use them tastefully. Rooms must make sense. You cannot have big format florals, cork, and terracotta in the same room. If you do, you’re going to need me on speed dial!
Phara Queen was a finalist in HGTV’s 2016 Faces of Design in the Posh Public Spaces category. She was recently named one of the top 15 Interior Designers in Oklahoma City and she was named Best of Houzz for 2016. Queen’s designs have attracted a variety of clients from across the country, and she has designed spaces for Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert. Her work has been featured in local and national publications such as Southern Living, Travel and Leisure, People, Country Living, and Huffington Post.