10 Home Design Trends Emerging For 2017


Here’s what we will see much more of based on what I’ve been tracking from a wide range of sources including Houzz, Pinterest, Architectural Digest, the Property Brothers, and the British Institute of Interior Design:

1. Smart Home Technology (Source: Property Brothers)

2.Un-hygge your home with lagom (pronounced lar-gom)

  • Still Scandi but stripped back.
  • While hygge was all about cozying up under a mountain of blankets, lagom is luxurious in a “less is more” way.
  • Lagom is about keeping life simple and achieving more,” per Nina Kullberg, founder and creative director at NinaKullberg.com.Edit your color palette to just a few key colors, pare back accessories and add indoor plants. They offer an element of sustainability perfectly aligned with the lagom outlook.”

3. Warm Grays & Whites (Source: Houzz)

  • Gray is the most popular wall color with millennials (43% vs. 22% of baby boomers).
  • White cabinets top all age groups, but millennials are twice as likely to extend to the backsplash as well.

 4. Navy blue suddenly feels modern, edgy and fresh (Source: Standard UK)

  • “Navy has been creeping back into the interior consciousness for the past couple of years,” per Susie Rumbold, president of the British Institute of Interior Design.
  • Originally used only as an accent color, it’s started to become a main-event neutral.

Read on below for more on DIY projects, new home layouts and top Pinterest trends.

5. DIY Projects

  • Designers and builders across the board say that Do It Yourself projects are the biggest trend of 2017.
  • Millennial homeowners are less likely to hire a general contractor, architect or a designer and instead take on that process themselves. Most also opt for stock and ready-to-assemble kitchen cabinets.

6. Night stands (Source: Pinterest)

  • Searches on Pinterest increased 721% last year,.
  • One of the most popular searches was for DIY night stands.
  • Almost anything can be used as a night stand, from a vintage trunk or bar cart to a stable stack of books or magazines.

7. Marble wallpaper

  • Marble wallpaper searches saw an increase of 303%.
  • A longtime popular design material, marble transfers to the wall with striking and elegant patterns that come pre-pasted with adhesive and are perfect for DIY-ers and project lovers.

8. Climbing plants

  • Searches for indoor climbing plants were up 200% on Pinterest.
  • With over 200 varieties, philodendron is one of the most common climbing plants and uses aerial roots to attach to any available support.
  • Easy to grow and almost impossible to kill, pothos plants with their heart-shaped leaves are a popular addition to any room.

9. Home layouts that work for both millennials and empty nesters (Source: Newman Homes/Houstonian Magazine)

  • Formal dining rooms and breakfast nooks replaced by casual dining rooms open and adjacent to the kitchen
  • Studies replaced by small study nooks (now that everything’s on the cloud); the extra space put towards bedrooms, closets and family rooms.
  • Versatile kitchen layouts with design options ranging from “only orders from GrubHub” to “needs display kitchen in which to shoot photos for lifestyle blog.”

10. Less lawn (Source: Architectural Digest)

  • Lawns are less sought-after because they are high maintenance and require too much water and fertilizer.
  • As lots get subdivided and there are no longer as many massive expanses of ground to cover, people want to pack more interesting things into their small spaces than just lawn.


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