Fashion Trends Translated for Your Home
It is common knowledge among interior designers that whatever trends can be found on the runway during New York Fashion Week will soon be found in homes across the country. Let's take a look at some of today's top design trends.
Base Color: Navy Blue
While black has always been a popular choice in the fashion industry, navy blue has risen in prominence as the preferred base color for many outfits. This trend has carried over to the interior design industry. Navy is a great base color for many areas in your home, including everything from accent pillows to your kitchen cabinets. This color, unlike black, will not make the room seem smaller — which is something that is important to many designers and homeowners.
Accent Color: Bright, Cheery Green
The color of the season seems to be a bright, cheerful shade of green. Among other things, this green apple green has been named the "2017 Pantone Color of the Year." The idea behind this is that the color will refresh and revitalize you, something that we could all use during stressful times. While this color was first seen on the runway, it has been an increasingly popular choice for living room walls and upholstery.
Textured walls, carpets, fabrics and more are coming into play this year. Experts agree that this is because people spend so much time looking at a flat screen during the workday. When they come home, a textured blanket or folded drapes can be a sight for sore eyes. The most popular uses of texture are pleated velvets, used in everything from sofas to curtains, and textured blankets, including woven yarn, oversized stitching and even faux fur.
If you are looking for a fun print or a recurring motif, this year's top pick is the butterfly. While butterflies used to be reserved for children's rooms, it is becoming more and more common to use butterflies to decorate small areas such as bathrooms or accent pieces with a butterfly theme. Gone are the days of pink and purple butterflies. Today's design trend includes incredibly realistic depictions of a variety of species of butterflies.
Using a faux finish or faux decorating materials can be a budget-friendly way to achieve an expensive look. But some faux finishes also have practical applications. For example, if you are planning to decorate your ceiling with exposed beams, artificially produced wood beams tend to last longer than their natural counterparts — you will never have to worry about rotting beams or a fading finish. Other popular, alternative materials include faux quartz countertops (that resist heat and acidity much better than do traditional marble countertops), faux leather, and a resurgence of artificial plants and flowers.
By incorporating one or more of these design elements into your home, you will be sure to stay on top of the trends, making your home a welcoming place to unwind after work.