Interior decorating trends for 2017

terra cottaOk, last time we talked about this year’s trends in interior paint colors.  We decided that the best choice is to go with whatever colors match your furniture, or suit your life.  This week, we are diving into the ” hot” trends in interior design.  Oh goody!

What’s new?

According to the experts, last year  we should have added white and other cool colors.  Now, we need to be all about warm textures and colors.  Terra cotta isn’t just for floors anymore.  All the “best” homes will be using it.  In the form of feature walls, and in fireplace surrounds.  Although, we are being warned to stay away from terra cotta that looks too rustic.

Not all cork is in a bottle

Once we have our terra cotta feature wall, we are ready to tackle some cork, or are we?  Apparently, we should consider using cork for accent pieces, such as end tables and/or coffee tables.  We may even go so far as to make a feature wall from cork.  And, we can pin things right to the cork wall.  How practical.

Are you feeling optimistic?

Well, if you are, this is the year to redecorate!  The experts agree that jewel tones and etherial fabrics will express our optimism both about where we have been, design-wise and where we are going.  Last year, we should have “done up” our homes in copper, marble, and of all things, fiddle leaf fig plants.  However, how to dispose of our no longer desired must-have house plant eludes us, we imagine that you can send all your now unstylish decorative items to the Goodwill and start over.  Furthermore,  you can  incorporate all of last year’s great decorating items into your freshly terra cotta and corked home and make the perfect blend of  “retro” and what is “hot” for this year.  We say, good luck!

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2017 Color palette for your home

imagesWelcome 2017! This year’s “in” color palette will reflect; your personality, recent history, a change in the economy, the presidential election.  Take your pick!  And  you thought you were finally finished changing the interior colors of your lovely home!

Last year’s trends

Last year, the experts instructed us to want blue with some earth tones and  and grays added for contrast. Peace, dependability and constancy are associated with the color blue . Who even knew that?  According to the experts, chocolate brown is on it’s way out, with cinnamon and mocha the new trend in browns.

Depending upon your source, you should have wanted to paint your home white, off-white, gray, or blue with or without “pops” of color or accent colors to accent your base color.  Two-tone cabinets were also very popular.

This year, you can paint your home to reflect your outlook.  Confident, Composed, or Comfortable.  Really?   However, according to our experts, the creative among us will like and want the ” confident” color scheme.  “Dusky” blue this year,  with red and lime green  as accents.  However, those of the Composed color group,  longing to be traditional , will favor greens and taupes for their home makeover.  Those introverts who will only dabble in subtle shades for accent colors will be painting their homes with soft pastels, light pink, blue and yellow .  Whew!  It’s a lot to take in!

Let me get this straight

There are people who get paid just to decide what colors we the consumers are going to want to paint the insides of our homes.  Therefore, the colors change from year to year, depending on the political landscape, the global economy, our confidence levels, global warming.  Ok, that is helpful.  Our conclusion, if your home needs painting, choose a color palette of colors that please you and that you think you will be comfortable for you and your family to live in for now and the future.  In conclusion, paint your home with colors that suit you and your furniture, and forget about “the year’s hot new trends in color.”


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