Home Design Trends of 2017

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Whether you live in a townhouse in Houston or a condo in Florida, chances are good that your home uses an open floor plan. Open floor plans have been the trend for quite some time because they are so practical. Homeowners know that the heart of the home is the kitchen – so it makes sense to design a home with the living area off or incorporated into, the kitchen.

That’s all well and good but it can also mean your home feels a bit sterile and cold. These home design trends of 2017 show a shift from the cold and neutral to the warm and cozy. Within these trends you’ll notice that the theme is warm, relaxing, even meditative. It’s an exciting change from the rather cool decor we’ve experienced these past several years. With more and more smart appliances and home fixtures coming to market, we predict you’ll see not only more features that encourage nesting but also more convenience.

Home Design Trends of 2017

  1. Subway Tile – The clean look that subway tile provides isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Subway tile provides a lovely neutral that can be paired with most decor. Subway tiles are a great basic for any kitchen, bath or mud room.
  2. Wood Tile – This is a new trend that has some legs to it. Wood tile adds warmth and character to any room and provides a modern twist on the rustic look that has been popular for the last few years.
  3. Terra Cotta – Building on the idea of warmth, terra cotta will be utilized in floor tile, wall tile and accessories like containers, book ends, and other accessories.
  4. Nooks and Crannies – While an open floor plan remains popular, people want a cozy place to retreat to for reading, unwinding and relaxing. Book nooks will be a big trend in 2017 and on.
  5. Hygge – Hygge is the Danish idea of warm and cozy. A book nook could be hygge, but so could the couch or the bedroom. It’s using blankets, pillows etc to create a warm and cozy space to relax.
  6. Jewel Tones – Jewel tones are back! Goodbye neutrals and hello color! You’ll find bright jewel tones used in upholstery, wall paper, paint, flooring – anywhere you want to see a pop of color.
  7. Cork – Cork is making a comeback, too. Cork is a natural in the kitchen, rear foyer, laundry room, office and craft room. Anyplace you need a little organization is a great place for cork. Because it is a natural substance, it also brings warmth into the room while being eco friendly.
  8. Repurposed Items – Upcycling is a great way to get more use out of any item. Turn an old desk into a stunning dressing table with a mirror and some fabric. Scour antique stores and garage sales for great finds and turn them into unique treasures.
  9. Heated Floors – Are you noticing a theme here? Heated floors is another trend that provides warmth to the room. Common in master baths, now you’ll see this affordable luxury in mud rooms, kitchens and screened in porches.
  10. Smart Devices – We’ve been seeing smart devices come on the market for a few years now, but with the introduction of Google Now this year competing with Amazon’s Echo you’ll see more and more devices designed to go online. Many features in your home can be voice activated such as lights, the thermostat, outlets, stereo etc. With these smart assistants you can access the web and control your home all with just your voice.

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