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Top Home Design Trends for 2017

If you’re renovating, redecorating, or even building a new home in the Arlington, Virginia area, I’ve gathered up a quick list of a few trends for 2017 that you can work into your plans, as well design ideas that have run their course. Don’t worry that you’ve got to throw everything out and start from scratch, though. A lot of what was popular last year is still fresh and worth keeping.

What’s New

Colors of the Year: The Pantone color “Greenery” was announced this week as the Pantone Color of the Year selection for 2017. According to their announcement, Greenery is “a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore, and renew.” Designers and retailers immediately started working this fresh springy color into home design and you’re sure to see it as a theme throughout next year, such as with this fun collection of Greenery-inspired home décor items curated by the Design Milk blog to celebrate Pantone’s announcement.

Don’t worry, your street won’t be going too green this year with a row of Kermit-colored homes, because Pantone also announced their home and interior color trend forecast for 2017 that includes rich floral hues, citrus paired with grays, nostalgic blues, and Native American pottery-inspired neutrals.

Terracotta: All-white kitchens and cool-colored tiles have enjoyed their time in the spotlight, according to design gurus, who are predicting that warm, rustic materials such as terracotta tiles will be coming back. Unlike the shiny orangey-brown floors of the 80’s, modern terracotta tiles with natural matte finishes will be used more as feature walls or to frame fireplaces to add character and warmth to interiors.

What’s Still Fresh

Nooks and crannies for technology, and for escaping from technology, are still popular and functional for the modern world we live in. No-tech Living Rooms where you can ditch the matrix and spend quality time with friends, family or pursuing other interests still holds true. But when you need to plug back in, Smart Spaces cleverly arranged throughout a home, such as in kitchens, entries, bedrooms and man caves are perfect for storing, charging and using smart phones, tablets, TVs and more.

Understated Luxury: Luxury is in, excess is out. That’s why décor and styling elements such as glamorous statement lighting, luxurious upholstered headboards, and statement furniture that anchors a room are a good way to treat yourself without going overboard.

What’s Out

Shiny Copper: As a material, copper will always be a classic. But the overuse of super-shiny copper in kitchens and bathrooms for everything from fixtures to appliances to décor is done. Instead, design pros say that we’ll see a turn toward either industrial (think black steel and burnished metals) or understated rustics.

Quote Artwork: After years of popularity and countless Etsy shops, consumers are finally moving away from using quote artworks as design elements throughout their homes. So “Keep calm and…” take a look at these trends and others as you plan for your next home design adventure. And remember, staying true to your personal aesthetics and functional needs is a trend that will never go away.