Every year, new and exciting trends emerge onto the décor scene that add tantalizing ideas to be incorporated in any room in one’s home – whether kitchens, living rooms or bedrooms and beyond. Sometimes one or more rooms need a new burst of color, texture or contrast to add attention-grabbing vibrancy and new life.
Movers and shakers in the world of decorating and interior design offer some insights, below, on decorating trends for 2017. Brian Paquette – a Seattle-based interior designer, Cecily Mendell – a San Francisco designer, Ashley Redmond of the online design service, ‘Decorist’, and Julie Carlson – editor of ‘Remodelista’, believe the following trends will make big and bold statements for the new year.
The Use of Hunter Green
Hunter green is a rich, dark shade that is similar to pine green, and had its hey-day in the 1990’s, often for carpeting. For 2017, this vibrant color is coming back with a vengeance on throw pillows, distressed buffets, stoneware, linens, throw rugs and accent walls. Other darker green variations are taking center-stage, as well, including olive-green and moss-green.
Darker green will be sprouting up all over and add a bold, stunning look to any room! One can lay a foundation of neutrals. such as tan or light-brown furniture and subtle wood flooring, and then have fun with different variations of the darker greens to add pops of color to pack a punch!
Ethical home-décor has everything to do with eco-friendly options and responsibly-made goods. A variety of brands of outdoor furniture, for example, are made from recycled plastic and reclaimed wood. More and more companies are emerging that offer furniture pieces, textiles and home accents, via, partnerships with artisans around the world who provide items that are handmade and qualify as fair-trade. By purchasing fair-trade or ethically-made items, one has a wonderful opportunity to support businesses that promote ecologically-responsible fashion pieces for the home. Many products are crafted by talented, female artisans in remote parts of the world who, now, have an opportunity to rise above poverty and support themselves and their families.
Flatware with Ornate Handles
Flatware doesn’t have to be, well, ‘flat’. Flatware can take on oodles of personality when handles are jewel-embedded or polished stone. For example, table-décor can make a bold, highly-memorable statement when flatware includes handles made of crystal that dance with colors of blues, pinks and purples.
Mother-of-pearl handles utilized on flatware made a dynamic statement within highly-sophisticated homes in the 1800’s and turn of the 20th century. This vintage look is making a come-back; and it is striking. In fact, some pieces of flatware with mother-of-pearl handles are so stunning, they are being labeled as ‘kitchen jewelry’, today.
Then there is flatware that incorporates handles crafted of stone; and colors and varieties of stone handles are many, varied and incredibly gorgeous! Natural green jade is becoming popular within the sophisticated tabletop scene as well as natural tiger-eye stone and natural tree-agate. When these stunning mediums become polished to a smooth finish or reveal hand-carved intricacies, a single piece of flatware qualifies as a work of art, all on its own!
Stained glass is remembered, by many, as a 70’s motif; but it is, also, a classic that is becoming an increasingly-coveted embellishment for 2017. It is being used to add splashes of color and dimension to not only lamps, but to walls, room dividers, decorative plates, and window-panel art. Stained-glass window panels can be hung or propped up against a window to add a type of aesthetics that becomes an attention-grabbing conversation starter, within seconds; and the reflections of natural light are gorgeous and hypnotic. Stained glass, in gently-dilapidated frames hung on walls, provides a flavor of country charm or old-world ambiance.
A few fabulous stained-glass window designs can include:
*** a flock of colorful birds sitting on a metal bar
*** a half-moon design with the stained glass simulating the beautifully-spread feathers of a peacock
*** a Tiffany-style Victorian window panel, circular in shape
*** two cats sitting side-by-side in a bed of colorful flowers
*** a stunning butterfly with outstretched wings in blues, oranges, yellows and greens
Informal Dining Rooms
Formal dining rooms are becoming replaced by a more informal look and feel; and that dedicated space is becoming multi-functional and not used, exclusively, for formal occasions. Furniture is, now, less ceremonial and a lot more comfortable and versatile with casual, yet sophisticated, dining tables that might accommodate chairs on one side and a long bench on the other. Additionally, other non-traditional seating is being included in dining room spaces such as overstuffed chairs in corners. It’s all about creating a warmer, cozier space with a much more natural feel – informal, less fussy, more used and more enjoyed!
The idea of walls having to be on the lighter side is being replaced by some walls, in select rooms, adding drama and warmth, via, saturated colors, especially charcoal grays. Darker, richer wall colors add a stunning backdrop when one contrasts those richer hues with lighter accents such as off-white or cream-colored doors, baseboards, built-in cabinets, etc. The much-lighter contrasts are absolutely necessary in order to frame the darker walls and amplify the wall color’s impact. Additionally, light-hued upholstered furniture, airy curtains and a mix of colorful accessories, such as vibrant area rugs are the perfect recipe for bringing the entire look, together.
Say ‘Hello’ to Dunhill Homes Design Studio
If the thought of playing with colors, textures, patterns and designs excites you, the Dunhill Homes Design Studio has a stunning array of luscious samples you can explore and feast your eyes on – flooring, carpeting, cabinetry, lighting fixtures, counter-tops and more! Our design experts have an insatiable passion for creating stunning living environments that embrace contemporary, traditional, modern or eclectic flavors – helping new home-owners select decorating options that will customize and reflect their personalities and lifestyles.
The Dunhill Homes Design Center welcomes visitors who are interested in combining different mediums to begin the design phase of their new homes. We encourage you to make an appointment to tour our beautiful, spacious display floor in Coppell, Texas – just give us a call at: 817-796-1037. Selecting gorgeous amenities is one of the most-exciting aspects of building a new Dunhill Homes residence; and we’re ready when you are!