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Unveiled: Interior Design Trends
What's In For 2017


February 2017

Bohemian Influences

After years of minimalism, free-spirited Bohemian styles have found their way into the home. With a focus on embellishment, you can expect to see cultural influences showing up in everything from tasseled throws and beaded pillows to richly colored duvets, says Lally. If you’re a jet-setter, pull out the handmade souvenirs and vegetal-dyed textiles from your travels and put them on display. Or find accents that mimic the Bohemian lifestyle, such as woven baskets, terra cotta and anything Kilim. Looking to spruce up your kitchen or bath? Replace humdrum walls and flooring with penny tiles arranged in bold, internationally inspired designs. 

“We are continuing to see the international influence on design, and the eclecticism that comes from the influx of information from around the world at our fingertips,” says designer Teresa Olson, owner of Olson House.

Wallpaper Returns

Over the decades, wallpaper has taken a bad rap. But new adhesives and intrepid designs have brought wallpaper undoubtedly back en vogue. Anne Wangman, owner of Forbes Design, says wallpapered walls are rapidly taking the place of accent walls made popular in the ’90s — even making a cameo on the ceiling — though wallpaper in powder rooms, living areas and foyers are more commonplace. With the help of digital printing, today’s wallpaper designs offer an endless array of personalized and affordable options. Want to stay on trend? Think large-scale murals (city views and landscapes), metallic and geometric patterns (hello, herringbone!), plenty of texture (bamboo and ostrich skin), and panels that mimic natural and man-made materials, such as stone and concrete. One thing is for sure: This is not your grandma’s wallpaper. “People are still afraid of wallpaper,” says Wangman. “But if you get it right, it is fresh and modern.”

Mixing & Matching

Today’s home trends are all about showing off your personality, so it’s no surprise that matching furniture sets feel out of date. “The whole matchy-matchy thing is out,” says Wangman. “(Mixing and matching) is a lot more fun and interesting.” So ditch the identical bedside tables for a flea market chair, or combine genres in the living room to make it feel less formal. Don’t be afraid to meld traditional looks with shabby chic, Art Deco with midcentury, or differing metal finishes in accessories and hardware. It’s all about experimentation. And since advances in textile technology have led to fabric choices fit for today’s busy families, mixing and matching is easier than ever before. Taking a note from patio furniture makers, these durable fabrics make an appearance in everything from plush headboards to stain-resistant seating, with all the comforts of traditional upholstery. Without concerns over pilling and wear, even velvet makes a return. Try it — with a contemporary twist.

Natural Elements

Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once stated: “Nature always wears the color of the spirit.” It seems everybody could use a little more zen in their lives these days, and the home is no exception. While the au naturel trend isn’t new, our home design experts say it is definitely here to stay. Whether it’s using natural materials such as stone or natural wood for countertops, walls or flooring, or creating living spaces that easily transition from indoors to outdoors, this trend is all about getting back to one’s roots. The search for serenity has also contributed to the rise of indoor gardens, including small terrariums, interior courtyards and living walls.

“The bringing of experiences of the natural world into the modern building environment will be seen more and more,” Olson says. “We continue to see the importance of nature on our human biology.”


In our hyperconnected world, people are viewing home as a place to escape from the chaos. One-third of Americans feel overwhelmed by technology, and a similar percentage believe that the surge in tech has disrupted family life, according to TIME magazine. This year’s plea for escapism is a far cry from just a few years ago, when the design world was touting its state-of-the-art media rooms; today Lally says homeowners are ditching their flat screens for spaces suited for more placid activities. At the top of the list? Reading nooks — even the return of craft rooms and libraries — and other cozy spaces meant to inspire relaxation. Olson concurs. “We are so overwhelmed with technology, so a corner to escape to for a tactile experience or have a moment of tranquility is desirable,” she says.


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