Top 5 Home Design Trends of 2017

The current trends are all about utilizing rich colour, maximizing texture and creating comfortable
interiors you can’t wait to relax in. Use these trends to get inspired to makeover your home’s
interiors and create spaces you love that also appeal to your personal style. Remember, if you
plan to sell in the next few years, you may want to avoid doing anything dramatic and instead
incorporate small changes that would appeal to buyers.

Why are these trends gaining popularity?
The underlying theme of these trends is creating a home environment you love; one that
appeals to your emotions and feels like a retreat from the stresses of the world. Although the
home is a place where you can relax and spend time with loved ones, work expectations are
beginning to blur the line between work and home. Even if people don’t work from home
specifically, many are stretching their work hours into their evenings and weekends to complete
work projects.

It’s no wonder the Nordic concept of hygge (most often pronounced “hoo-gah”) has become a
hot trend. A centuries-old concept, incorporating hygge in the home means creating simple and
comfortable spaces that make you feel cozy and safe and appeal to your senses. 1 The
emphasis is on simplicity and fostering positive experiences, whether you’re spending time with
family, reading a good book or catching up on work emails.

Whether you want to play with a bold colour or stick with neutrals, one thing is clear—paint is the
foundation of a great design. Painting your interiors has a return on investment of about 75
percent and is a relatively inexpensive project to complete, costing between $25 to $100 for
paint alone. 2 If you’re thinking of refreshing your home’s interiors with a coat of paint, popular
colours include warm taupe, fresh green and dark tones. These colours are popular choices
because they evoke feeling of warmth and coziness when you walk into a room.

Wondering how to pair these colours? Taupe is the perfect alternative to traditional neutrals, such
as gray and white, and goes well with cool blues, earthy greens and deep shades of wine.
Green goes well with other earthy shades, such as copper and moss, as well as deep plum and
bright pink. If you’re hesitant to paint your walls green, incorporate it into your home by way of
accent pillows, rugs, lamps, vases and other accessories or add a few house plants.

If you’re interested in adding more drama to a room, include bold, dark colours. Dark shades add
colour and sophistication to any space. Plum and dark gray pair well with pale blues, warm
whites and light gray.

Try one of these Colours of the Year:

  • Poised Taupe – Sherwin Williams
  • Greenery - Pantone
  • Shadow – Benjamin Moore

Lux materials create a space in which you can’t wait to kick off your shoes and relax at the end
of the day. The Danes use a mixture of materials and pattern as a way of adding character and
interest; however the overall look still needs to adhere to a colour palette to prevent it from
looking distracting.
Natural materials and textures allow you to maximize the comfort of the bedroom, living room or
family room. Wood accents give rooms an earthy feel. Incorporate rustic wood sculptures, trays
and furniture into your space. Choose furniture made with sustainably harvested wood certified
by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or use reclaimed wood for an environmentally friendly

If natural elements aren’t your style, but you want to add more visual interest to your room, try
mixing patterns. Although it may have been avoided in the past, mixing stripes, florals and
geometric prints actually help ground a space as long as the patterns feature complimentary
colours or different shades of one colour. If you’re worried about going overboard and making your
room look “busy,” focus your mix in one area of the room. For example, add throw pillows in a
variety of patterns to your sofa.

According to a recent study from the American Psychological Association, people are more
stressed than ever, with 24 percent of adults reporting they’re experiencing “extreme stress.” 3
Top sources of stress include work and money. By incorporating small changes, like making
your house more energy efficient, you can start to lower your bills and get back to relaxing and
enjoying life like the Danish do (who consistently top the polls as the happiest people).
Save money on your energy bills by sealing the “envelope” of your home, which includes the
windows and doors, walls, floor and roof. The better insulated your home is, the less heat will
escape and the lower your energy bill (and stress level) will be.

The most heat loss occurs through the walls of the home: up to 35 percent of heat loss, to be
exact. 4 Ceramic insulating paint is a space-inspired coating of paint mixed with ceramic
compounds and applied to interior or exterior surfaces. It seals your walls and prevents heat
from escaping, which means reduced energy bills all year long.

Twenty-four percent of employed people do some or all of their work at home. 5 Since more
people are working remotely than ever, home offices are becoming more popular. Even if you
don’t plan on working from home, a home office gives you a place to pay bills, work on personal
projects, plan your family’s schedule and more. Home offices tend to be multifunctional, serving
as a guest room when family and friends visit, and have the potential to meet other needs that

The key idea behind hygge is to enjoy the environment around you and for each room to be a
sanctuary to sink into at any given moment. Your home office is no exception! Maximize your
productivity, efficiency and focus by painting the walls shades of green or blue. 6 If space is an
issue, create a nook by installing docking and tech cabinets that are big enough to store a
printer and other small office equipment and files without taking over the room.
If you don’t have room in your home for an office, look no further than your backyard.
Shedquarters, small structures or sheds built in the backyard for use as an office or home-
based business, are an attractive option for homeowners who don’t have a room to dedicate to
an office and don’t wish to add on their homes. while the jury is out on how much value these
structure add to a home, they can convert easily into a storage shed if you plan to sell in the

The kitchen is often the busiest, most hectic room in the house and one of the top renovation
projects with a high return on investment. 7 We do more than cook meals there; it’s where
homework is done, bills are paid, weeks are planned and more.
Kitchen remodels consistently show a respectable return on investment. According to the 2017
Cost vs Value Report from Remodeling magazine, a minor kitchen remodel touts an 80.2
percent return on investment. 8 You don’t need to overhaul your entire kitchen to make it more
hygge. Smaller additions can transform it into a relaxing and functional space you enjoy
spending time with friends and family in.
What does a “minor kitchen renovation” entail? In addition to replacing the fronts of your
cabinets and drawers, it also includes replacing out-of- date appliances and fixtures. You may
also consider replacing countertops. Quartz and quartzite are becoming more common as are
other green laminate options, including ones that mimic stone, wood and concrete. Laminates
install in less time, often over the existing countertop, make it an ideal choice for busy
homeowners as well. Other hot kitchen trends include incorporating sustainable materials like
bamboo into your countertops and floors and water filtration systems.

Want to improve the look and feel of your home’s interior? Are you thinking of
upgrading to a home that better fits your changing needs? Call us—we’d love to
help you achieve all of your home-related dreams.

Sources: 1. Time, Hygge, the Nordic Trend That Could Help You Survive 2016
2. Quality Smith
3. American Psychological Association, 2015 Stress in America
4. Department of Energy
5. Department of Labor
6. Entrepreneur, How the Color of Your Office Impacts Productivity
8. Remodeling Magazine, 2017

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