Industrial’s out. Nature’s in. In 2017, interior spaces are reflecting individuality, with clean and intentional palettes.

What’s out: Stainless Steel Everything – What’s in Warm Metals and Organic Materials

It doesn’t take long after browsing today’s hottest interior design trends to see that the cold and clinical stainless steel of last decade is continually phasing out. Stylish interiors are signaling a common longing for nature, incorporating warmer metals and natural materials into the room design.

In 2017, we see gold, bronze, and brass make a comeback in everything from door handles to kitchen design. These warm metals create a calming and earthy environment. In particularly chic kitchens, terracotta backsplashes and tiles are being installed, and stainless steel appliances are being traded for matte appliances.

What’s out: Oversized Furniture – What’s in Functional Furniture

The massive bean bags and cuddle couches of the 2000s are steadily losing popularity as new minimalist and micro-unit trends emerge. Today, you’ll see an increased demand for practical and efficient furniture that has multiple functions.

Storage ottomans, convertible sofas, and surfaces that are integrated with charging ports are taking the place of one-dimensional furniture. Both homeowners and rentals are favoring flexibility over bulk, as huge sectionals are continually passed over for lighter living room sets that allow for easier and more custom furniture arrangements.

What’s out: Just Neutrals – What’s in Surprise Pop Colors

While simple interiors are still on trend, an entirely neutral palette is no longer the gold standard. As residents yearn to express more of their personality, fun pop colors are making their way into homes. Hues from nature like violet and green are especially popular.

Designers are finding that a perfect cerulean accent ottoman can become the focal point of a guestroom. Pop-color throw pillows are another piece that adds a splash of color to the room. You can also see boldly patterned side chairs or geometric wallpaper offsetting solid-colored furniture, adding a sense of surprise to a space that was once monotone.

What’s out: Just Vintage – What’s in Something Old, Something New

The significant “strictly vintage” trend is fading. Today’s designers need to integrate technology into interior spaces. The need for more efficient furniture is calling designers to limit the use of vintage furniture. The designs of yesteryear are grand and still incredibly beautiful, but there is no longer a strong pull to decorate entirely with vintage memorabilia.

That’s not to say stylish rooms cannot include furniture that looks vintage. Try adding a piece that channels classic style but still has contemporary functionality. Cane furniture’s rising popularity is one example of vintage inspiration breathing new life into modern furniture.

The Takeaway

The ongoing thread through 2017’s design trends is there’s room to innovate with exciting patterns and colors as long as the overall design doesn’t become too busy. New materials that are organic and warmer in tone are making interiors softer and more inviting, compared with the neutral colors and stainless steel of the 2000s.


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