If you’re considering selling your home or want to remodel it, don’t risk having an outdated looking interior. Say goodbye to tired old decor trends and increase the saleability of your home by updating it with the latest interior designs and features. We have rounded up eight fantastic interior design trends that are guaranteed to be a big hit in 2017. From wooden accents to stainless steel, these are the features you should be incorporating into your home.
1. Freestanding Tub
A freestanding tub is expected to make a big splash in 2017. It's not really a necessity for your bathroom, but the luxurious modern design of it will give your home the appearance of being recently remodeled. If you have enough space in your bathroom for a freestanding tub, they make a great focal point in the center of the room. Thanks to the increasing trend of this style of tub, there are many elegant designs that you can choose from, so you are bound to find one that suits your bathroom.
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2. Quartz Countertops
Quartz countertops have made a comeback in the last few years, and it's no surprise that they're a popular choice. These are cheaper than granite slabs, but that doesn't detract from the beautiful and timeless look of this natural stone design. Quartz is a very versatile material that will last years in your kitchen and is a much better option than cheap laminate. The subtle shades of quartz range from beige to gray, and slot in perfectly in a neutral toned kitchen.
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3. Marble Accents
Marble is no longer reserved for just the bathroom and the occasional countertop. Step into any modern home and you will find trendy marble accents are now being used all around the kitchen. With its beautiful and functional exterior and easy wipe clean surface, this is definitely an interior design trend you should be incorporating into your home. Countertops and sides look stunning with white marble, and people have even gone so far as adding back splashes with marble accents.
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4. Stainless Steel
Stainless steel is a popular material that continues to be featured in many homes. The polished look of steel is used in many appliances in the kitchen, and is associated with a recent remodel. This makes selling your home a lot easier, as homebuyers will feel like they won't have to do too much work in the kitchen. Adding furniture such as stainless steel stools or overhanging lights are a great way to bring elements of metal into your kitchen without risking it looking too cold and uninviting.
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5. Corkboard Wall
Get eco-friendly with your interior design by building a wall made of cork. Corkboard walls are a big trend in 2017 and are very functional and useful. You can pin anything you want to it, such as recipes, notes and little reminders. To make the wall look pretty, you can even jazz up the pushpins by purchasing ones designed to look like flowers or animals. This is a great alternative to the generic photographs on the wall look, and will easily liven up any blank wall space you might have such as in your kitchen or home office.
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6. Smart Home Features
A few years ago you wouldn't think of combining technology with interior design, but now this concept has come to life thanks to the popular use of smartphones and tablets. It is expected that homebuyers in the future will be on the lookout for a home that incorporates smart technology, and luckily there are many ways you can add this desired feature. Phones and tablets can now pair up with your devices throughout the house, so you can control heating and cooling systems, music, lighting, and kitchen appliances. If you want to install smart features throughout the house, you can even have a tablet built into a wall, so you can control everything in one location. This can be quite expensive, so consider which features will be the most beneficial for helping you sell your home before making any purchases.
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7. Wooden Accents
Bring the outdoors into your home with rustic outdoor accents. Wood paneling is increasingly becoming popular, however the trend for 2017 is wooden elements such as clocks, furniture and sculptures. The color of wood adds warmth to any room, and is a great material to use if you want to create a cozy atmosphere. To incorporate this trend into your home, add a tall standing bookcase made out of reclaimed wood in your living room. Or you could redesign your bedroom and add matching wooden furniture such as a bed, cupboard or set of drawers. Neutral colors such as cream compliment wood beautifully and will help create a wonderful rustic look in your home.
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8. Tropical Patterns
Tropical patterns were originally more synonymous with beach house rentals, but now this trend is starting to appear in family living rooms. Leafy patterns make a big impact and can be easily created on your walls using a stencil and lush green paint. If you don't want to spend a large amount of time painting leaves, there are a range of tropical designed wallpapers you can purchase instead and paste onto your walls. To enhance the gorgeous tropical look of your room, add splashes of color such as deep greens, earthy oranges and bright yellows. You can also add plants (fake or real) to the room and place one on a coffee table to create a focal point.
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9. Built-In Bar
Going to a local bar with friends can obviously be great fun. But what about giving the buyer of your home the chance to enjoy a party at a bar without having to fret about strangers getting in the way? All of this is possible when you have a bar built into your residence.
The more seamlessly your bar fits in with your property’s overall look, the better!
If your home tends to look cluttered, it's time to gather all of those randomly-left pieces that you haven't found any special places for. It can help you to cultivate a stripped-down look perhaps best known as minimalist; this typically entails open floor plans and neutral colors.
Millennials are especially attracted to minimalism – but for any potential home buyer, it can also help them to imagine living in the home. This can be good for encouraging a sale.
We are not necessarily calling on you to shell out for some J.M.W. Turner or William Blake-style canvas pieces - though there's nothing wrong with keeping some at hand if you already have them.
Instead, we are drawing attention to how the beautifully blending hues of the watercolor style have made their way to a wide range of items including book covers, tea towels, and hand cream tubes. All such items could easily be placed into your interior for a romantic look.
It could be argued that gold isn't so much back as just where it has always been in many interior designers' hearts. However, due to a newfound appreciation for groovy 70s-style fun, many people are looking at gold in a new way this year.
Creative ways of using gold include placing it in geometric furniture or combining it with other metals, such as brass. We have a little more to say on the subject of that particular metal...
While copper used to be popular, brass is supplanting it this year. Well, to be more specific, it is excessively shiny and clearly fake home accents of copper, rather than genuine copper fixtures, that are now "out", replaced by brass of a classic aged look.
So don't discard that copper farmhouse sink, as it will long continue to be considered stylish - unlike the more artificial copper that was abundantly poured into the market not long ago.
14. Tech-Free Spaces
Yes, this does seem very contrary to that other trend of integrating smart home features into a residence. However, sometimes, with their constant beeping and notifications, digital devices can actually wreak havoc with attempts at relaxation.
So there's nothing wrong with setting aside some spaces, such as bedrooms, from which your iPhones and iPads can be banished. You could surround a bed with a canopy or curtain for what feels like a soothing sanctuary.
Staying on the subject of soothing, it's hard not to feel that when you run your fingers over velvet. There's something welcoming and luxurious about this fabric - and many people could easily appreciate these qualities when fall arrives, and they need to spend more time indoors.
Velvet can look especially interesting when displayed alongside such rough organic textures as woven baskets and reclaimed wood. Possible buyers who come to look around your house could quickly sense the coziness.
16. Woven Texture
We have only just mentioned baskets, which could provide a focal point when hung on a wall; however, there are other ways that woven textiles can bring depth to your interiors.
For example, you could use wicker stands to hold your plants or use a basket pendant light in place of a more standard and visually uninspiring light fixture. However, don't forget to add such soft textures as velvet or knitted wool throws to offset the rougher surfaces.
Well, we aren't just referring to any old pink. There is, for instance, rose gold - which, thanks to the iPhone, has risen in prominence recently and looks somewhat akin to pink-hued metal.
We also shouldn't avoid mentioning blush - a kind of pink that, not too long ago, had apparently fallen out of favor as millennial pink took hold, but has since returned into style. You could be pleasantly surprised by how good pantries, glassware, pillows and more look in blush.
18. Faux Finishes
The saying "fake it until you make it" could have been invented for people who choose faux finishes instead of the real thing for their homes. Think removable floor decals and wallpaper, stick-on tiles and fake flowers.
What is especially appealing about the faux approach is that it can drain less money and time than more traditional methods of revamping a home. That's a real boon for maximizing profit from the house sale when it does eventually happen.
19. Back To Black
Black can seem like a timeless color - but there's still room for creativity with it, due to the different shades in which it comes. Whereas white appears to have faded - no pun intended - in popularity, three black shades - Black Magic, Black Flame, and Deep Onyx - have all won the same accolade...
This is the accolade of 2018 Color of the Year; these black hues were settled on by Olympic Paints & Stains, PPG Paints and Glidden Paints respectively.
20. Chocolate Brown
If you still aren't tempted to go entirely to the dark side, there's another dark color that has become trendy recently, and it's a succulent one: Chocolate Brown.
Yes, it's hard to dislike a color associated with something as tasty as chocolate - and by incorporating it into your decor, you can enhance your residence's luxurious feel. This improvement, as we have already detailed, can be readily appreciated as the colder months arrive.
21. Statement Ceilings
Ceilings tend to be overlooked during home improvement projects. This is a pity, given the potential that ceilings can have when given proper attention.
Try experimenting with giving your own ceiling some fresh texture. Perhaps you could lay on some textured wallpaper, add embossed foam ceiling tiles or wooden beams, or even just paint a new, bolder color. Treat the ceiling as the "fifth wall" and you could be richly rewarded with an accent ceiling.
Your home can shine by... well, not having a literal shine. You can make your home more of a no-shine zone by buying appliances that have a matte finish instead.
There are several reasons why you might want to do this. One, it will remove what could be an overly distracting aesthetic element. Two, it can be unexpected on items that are typically glossy. Third, it can pleasantly counter the look of other finishes in your home. Not dull at all!
23. Cerused Wood
The grain of each piece of wood can tell a unique story, but not one that is always easily discernible in standard wood – hence the attraction of "cerused" wood.
"Cerused" refers to a technique, the history of which dates back to the 16th century, where the grain is filled in with a separate substance to make it more noticeable. Toxic paste was used by the French centuries ago, but non-toxic colored wax can be used instead today.
24. Subway Tiles
These are hardly new for use in covering walls; in fact, they debuted in the subterranean train stations of early 20th-century New York City. However, they have since become used in so many different ways that the name "subway tiles" can seem ill-suited today.
Furthermore, they have become strongly synonymous with the current generation. These tiles can work well with any style, due to the various materials and colors in which they are available, and are also affordable regardless of your own budget.
25. Jewel Tones
Thanks to Bohemian style, jewel tones rose in popularity during the months running up to 2017. Such tones include vivid purples and ruby reds, which can look especially good when matched with subtle pastel shades like soft blues and pinks.
Specific jewel tones that we would recommend include Amethyst and Emerald Green. Bring in pastel colors and your residence's inner appearance can benefit from a thoughtful and romantic touch, without completely letting go of the Bohemian influence.
26. African Influence
Tropical patterns have already been mentioned here, but Caribbean territories don't seem to be the only foreign lands that have inspired new designs for residential interiors. African hues like ochre, burgundy, and rust have become popular, as have hand-crafted accessories of North African style.
Perhaps we should somewhat attribute the trend to last year's blockbuster film, The Legend of Tarzan, although influences from the natural world might have played a part, too.
27. More Eco-Friendliness
Could there be anything more respectful to the natural world we have just mentioned than making sure your interior is kind to the planet? Make a habit of looking for materials that have been made in a way advertised as environmentally friendly and sustainable.
This is one trend that may not always show itself in the actual appearance of interiors; however, it's great to know that, in your own little way, you can help put to the earth on a greener footing.
28. Go Literally Greener, Too
When out and about during the autumn, you might not actually see too much green, with leaves increasingly turning orange and falling off the trees. However, there's nothing stopping you applying a generous lick of green paint in your home.
Dark green is particularly strong in coziness - and effective in combination with natural wood and touches of cream and brass. Paint this color on kitchen cabinets for a more welcoming space.
29. Deconstructed Luxe
Rather than always strive for uniformity and perfection, try a slightly less tidy look. For instance, try leaving brickwork exposed, putting in place finishes of blown plaster, and pairing metals with such raw materials as clay and cork.
What is clever about this approach is that it combines prestige sensibilities with a hint of industrialism. It can result in highly unorthodox styles with the potential to pleasantly surprise.
30. Thoughtful Historical Touches
It's not exactly a big revelation that the world has seemed rather shaken during 2017. Hence, for many of us, it's appealing to seek peace in our homes - and you can help to cultivate that in your own abode by adding historical elements that can bring back memories of better times. Basically, if it is classic, traditional, simple, but also - obviously - good-looking, consider adding it.