If you’re anything like us at The Kuotes, the sudden hankering for a fun fall refresh sets in the moment the Labor Day sun goes down. We don’t blame you. Some things just cannot be helped. And who doesn’t CRAVE the fall season? Fall is known as a time of change, a time of consideration, and a time of new Starbucks menu options…so it makes perfect sense that now is when we begin to talk about 2017 interior design trends! As experts in the field, we’re constantly reading about new design projects and scouring the markets for the latest looks. So after consulting with the best designers in the industry (and our analytics on Google, Pinterest, and Polyvore!), here are our thoughts on the trends and styles that’ll be big in the months to come. Oh… and we’ll let you know what’s not that hot anymore too. Enjoy!
#1—Color in the Kitchen
For the past few seasons, all-white kitchens have been all the rage. There is good design reasoning behind it too. White looks bright, clean, and fresh—all adjectives that make for an ideal kitchen environment. But like most trends, they get tired, and as of late, all-white kitchens have been looking a little lost to us with their “polar bear in a blizzard” aesthetic. So what are we seeing this year? Read our recent interview with designer Lori Paranjape to learn how she chose a bright emerald green (Benjamin Moore’s Jade Green) for her kitchen island to bring a bright burst of energy into the kitchen space (see the space below on the left). More and more kitchens are becoming shared spaces that are used for gathering and family time just as frequently as they’re used for preparing meals, so it’s important to bring that vitality and that “fun feeling” into the space. Color is the clear answer. And don’t worry if bright pops of color isn’t your style. Deep or muted color (blue is our favorite!) can provide an inviting kitchen atmosphere too. Or, replace your traditional cool white kitchen tile with terracotta tile in a matte finish for a richer and much warmer interior while keeping within a pretty neutral palette.
#2—Dark, Dramatic Walls & Matte Black Decor
As autumn arrives, colors in fashion and home decor naturally become a bit darker, but this year, interior designers are really playing with the rich pigments and mysterious allure of moody hues. Dark walls are often associated with a more modern style, but they can actually enrich a traditional style as well with their aura of drama and grandeur (just check out our Moody and Gold Lookbook as an example!).
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When you use dark colors, a space becomes enveloping, and you feel rooted, cozy, and calm. But dark walls also allow for a variety of personality and style. Add in some regency pieces with mirrored furniture for a majestic, opulent room, or use wooden and metallic elements to create a masculine, industrial space. You can even toss in a fluffy sheepskin rug with pink accent furniture for a soft, lush look perfect for a modern feminine bedroom. Our favorite moody color tones are blues, greens, and grays. In fact, Sherwin-Williams just announced Poised Taupe (a cool, moody, but still soft selection) as their color of the year for 2017. Another color crush we’ve noticed at the markets lately? Black decor (especially matte black!). From serveware to framing to tabletop, black exudes a romantic and magnetic quality, and we just can’t get enough!
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Just this past year, we added a new sheepskin rug and pillow selection to our site in a variety of colors, so we weren’t super surprised to discover that furniture with fur accents will be everywhere in 2017. Where did this trend come from? Designers have been pairing sheepskin throws with living room chairs for several seasons now, so it was only a matter of time before product designers and manufacturers started to incorporate the fur into their pieces themselves. We noticed sheepskin and Mongolian fur chairs all over the latest fall collections at market, and according to Google, the term “faux-fur chairs” experienced a dramatic 487% uplift in searches this year! And if you want a super cozy update for the fall, try out…a bean bag chair? Yup. These fur bean bags bring style and luxury to a casual and fun furniture piece. They look perfect in a kids room or next to the fireplace. Pro Tip: When buying fur furniture, make sure to invest in high quality wool with high density, an upright loft, and at least a 65 mm length.
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#4—Jewel Tone Furniture
Pale pinks and blues led the way this spring, but as the leaves change color, so will the popular hues we see in interiors. Prepare for jewel tone furniture that’ll offer an energizing and unexpected element to both modern and traditional spaces. Inspired by natural metals and the sparkle of a starry autumn night, jewel tones can heighten the appeal of regency style rooms, add subtle color to dark, masculine spaces, or act as a fun, out-of-the-box choice in small spaces or boring corners. Our favorites? Peacock blue and deep emerald greens both look stunning and pair extremely well with gold accents.
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Performance fabric used to be a no-go for indoor spaces due to their less comfortable touch and canvas-y look. But with today’s technology, the tables have turned, and high performance fabrics have evolved in their textures and designs to offer a natural look and feel that has not been available in previous seasons. At KKH, our favorite performance fabrics include Sunbrella and Crypton, and they’re available on the majority of our custom pieces when you shop our custom upholstery shop. We highly recommend high performance fabric for the dining room and kitchen, especially for families with kids or pets, because they’re super easy to keep clean!
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What’s On Its Way Out?
With all of these new fall trends, it’s inevitable that a few current trends will have to say their adieu. Which ones will we see go? It’s difficult to say for certain, but here are four common trends that we’re ready to see off:
1 – Copper
Warm metals (like cooper, brass, and rose gold) might make it through the holidays, but with the over saturation of cheap and shiny imitation copper haunting interiors, get ready for a break from this finish come spring. We predict a more industrial aesthetic to emerge, like black steel and burnished metals.
2 – Marble
Marble is never going to go out of style as a countertop material in the kitchen, but with marble accessories and homewares entering the mass-production market at high speeds…you can expect a sharp turn of disinterest from designers. Marble had a good run, but it’s time to let it go.
3 – Subway Tile
Many modern bathrooms and kitchens commonly feature subway tile due to the affordable price point and its versatile look. From your mom’s kitchen to your local cafe…they’re basically everywhere. If you already have subway tile, you don’t have to panic. The style still has another year or two left in its life. But if you’re renovating, stray away from a prolific design trend that is slowly on its way out.
4 – Fiddle Leaf Fig
Have you read our article on The Rise and Fall of the Fiddle Leaf Fig? R.I.P. to our big leafy friend.
What do you think of the trends this fall? Whether you love them (or not so much) share your thoughts in the comment section below!