With the start of a new year comes the desire to change our surroundings.
Whether we are looking to simply spruce up our homes or are planning major renovations this year, we all want to know what’s trending for 2017.
With the environment being a vital focal point, we continue to find the movement towards an earthiness in design and decor. Whether we are discussing products like flooring, fabrics or building materials, sustainability and the environment are at the forefront. However, we also see this being reflected in furniture and home decor finishes and accessories. Warm wood, metal, clay and marble are strongly prevalent in design, offering an organic influence to our spaces. They blend together beautifully to create tranquil and serene living spaces conducive to rest and relaxation. Soft neutrals and botanicals complement this direction and are highlighting our desire to bring the outdoors in.
2017 focuses on warmth and the home. With all the stresses of day to day life our need to unplug and enjoy time with family and friends is being reflected in the coming trends. Our living spaces are integrated. Whether our homes are large or small, we are designing open, comfortable spaces focused on functional family living as well as casual entertaining.
Inspirations from the mid-century modern era continues forward this year and is accompanied by a retro revival in furniture design from the ’60s and ’70s. Modern meets classic in 2017, creating for us easy yet well-appointed living spaces. Transparency in materials and finishes this year is notable. Whether we are working with Lucite and glass or soft flowy sheers, many of our finishes evoke a softness and easiness in design. Another great trend for 2017 is texture. Be it great lush fabrics like velvets and natural linens, which you will find from Alendel Fabrics, or rough-hewn barn board, faux furs and metals, texture is everywhere this year, adding to our desire to create relaxed homes that still evoke a feeling of luxury.
Rich jewel tones are still trending this year but are now warmer and more muted; again playing on adding a richness and luxury to our designs. As popular as the deep, rich muted tones are, we are also seeing softer, more romantic palettes that add a hint of colour to an easy neutral environment.
This year ahead is not about perfect, shiny finishes. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Warm matte black continues its popularity, beautiful polished concrete that exudes texture and warmth is notable and great coloured metals are being seen in an abundance of applications.
2017 is all about creating a home for ourselves that is cozy yet luxurious, current yet classic. As our spaces are becoming more and more integrated attention still needs to be given to the fluidity and functionality needed for day-to-day living. When thinking about the direction for your home for this coming year remember, ultimately what is on trend is creating a living space that is warm, comfortable and relaxing for everyday living and easy entertaining.
LINDA MAZUR is a nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group. With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada. LindaMazurDesign.com @LindaMazurGroup