10 trends be­ing used to mod­ern­ize homes

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - KELSEY CLARK

Fol­low­ing trends can be dan­ger­ous in home decor, where rooms are de­signed to last decades, not months. But while we tread care­fully when it comes to dec­o­rat­ing with trends in our homes, we can’t deny the fact that it can some­times be hard to re­sist the temp­ta­tion of adding a hand­made ce­ramic piece here or a hang­ing planter there, es­pe­cially when that’s what we’re see­ing across In­sta­gram and mag­a­zines ev­ery­where.

So what’s the se­cret to dec­o­rat­ing with trends? For starters, smaller ac­cents are much eas­ier to in­fuse into a decor scheme if the rest of the space has a neu­tral base. As for the larger trends — like the ones that re­quire paint­ing a wall or gut-ren­o­vat­ing a kitchen — here’s our ad­vice: Mull it over for a few months and see if you still like it. Or as TV’s Nate Berkus would ad­vise, don’t use any ma­te­ri­als you wouldn’t have seen in a 1920s house.

Ahead, we’ve rounded up the top 10 home decor trends of 2017 that are likely to stand the test of time. Agree or dis­agree? Tell us which of these you’d use in your home.


We’ve called it on a cou­ple of oc­ca­sions over the past few months, but beige is de­cid­edly on its way to be­com­ing the new gray. In­te­rior de­sign­ers like Jeremiah Brent have jumped on the trend: cre­ative, beau­ti­fully mod­ern spa­ces in the color that was once syn­ony­mous with bor­ing.


This is a trend we def­i­nitely did not see com­ing, but it’s one we’re def­i­nitely on board with, not only for the look but also for the wal­let. Tiled kitchen is­lands will never re­place a chic wa­ter­fall mar­ble coun­ter­top, but it’s cool and cutting-edge. We’re on board.


Re­tire your brights. It’s all about mono­chrome spa­ces in 2017. Muted pas­tels are tak­ing cen­ter stage, with peo­ple us­ing the same color scheme not only for walls but also for their trim, ceil­ing and fur­ni­ture, cre­at­ing a beau­ti­fully uni­fied look.


This year may have been the year of state­ment range hoods, but many de­sign­ers are tak­ing a new “less is more” ap­proach to the ever-evolv­ing is­sue of un­sightly range hoods — they’re build­ing it be­hind a sim­ple clean and mod­ern gyprock (plas­ter­board) case to give kitchens a more sub­dued style. State­ment range hoods, on the other hand, are still very much en vogue.


In 2017, West Elm has spear­headed a main­stream re­vival of the new mod­ern style, a clean, min­i­mal aes­thetic with curved lines, mixed ma­te­ri­als and a whole lot of ap­peal. “We are en­ter­ing a new era in de­sign,” Jo­hanna Uuras­jarvi, cre­ative di­rec­tor at West Elm, tells MyDo­maine. “There is an ex­cit­ing move­ment to­ward new, orig­i­nal forms, ar­chi­tec­tural and clean shapes with re­fined and thought­ful de­tails.”


On the other end of the de­sign spec­trum, an­other style as old as time is resur­fac­ing. First spot­ted on the run­ways in Fe­bru­ary, the tra­di­tional style has been mak­ing its way back into the mod­ern decor ver­nac­u­lar, but in a new and un­ex­pected way. Fringe trim, gin­ger jars and clas­sic shapes are def­i­nitely back with a twist.


Af­ter the Marie Kondo frenzy caused an en­tire gen­er­a­tion of decor lovers to throw out most of their be­long­ings, home­own­ers are now jump­ing on a new life­style phi­los­o­phy: the Scan­di­na­vian hygge move­ment. Its prin­ci­ple is to cre­ate a cozy home filled with soft tex­tures and dim light­ing, and to sa­vor a slow way of liv­ing with fam­ily and friends.


Here’s an­other trend we didn’t nec­es­sar­ily see com­ing that has been pop­ping up ev­ery­where: hand­made pot­tery. Of­ten styled in groups or as part of smaller vi­gnettes, beau­ti­ful hand­made ce­ram­ics have been adding an or­ganic edge to rooms ev­ery­where. Stylist Emily Hen­der­son is a fan. She uses hand­made ce­ram­ics to style any­thing from book­cases and cof­fee ta­bles to con­sole ta­bles.


Re­tail­ers like ABC Home and Ur­ban Out­fit­ters (among oth­ers) have alerted us to this trend: Trans­par­ent fur­ni­ture is back. We’ve seen an ar­ray of trans­par­ent or col­ored glass ta­bles pop up in in­te­ri­ors ev­ery­where, and we’re on board with this fun, color­ful trend. What’s more, it’s the per­fect small-space hack since trans­par­ent ta­bles blend in any tiny room with­out weigh­ing it down or look­ing bulky.


“Green­ery” was Pan­tone’s Color of the Year, so it’s no sur­prise it’s a big home decor trend. But peo­ple have taken the color green to a whole new level and even em­braced us­ing more plants in their homes. Specif­i­cally, hang­ing plants are this year’s come­back kid of the plant world.

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