By Stephanie Hell
The new season may get you thinking about freshening up your home a bit, and getting started may be the hardest part.
But take a look at some great new trends for interiors for 2017, and you just may find yourself inspired to make a few minimal changes to give your home a whole new appeal.
1. Wallpaper and Decals
There’s a new trend toward covering walls with mural-like wallpaper or hanging easy-to-apply decals that can literally spell out your idea. These touches can give a real “handmade” appeal to a room in a wide variety of colors and designs. Choose one wall rather than a whole room to showpiece your new creation.
2. Wood Details
New molding, trim, baseboards, panels, or chair rails can make a bold statement in the “bones” of a home much more than a new paint color or furniture piece.
New molding brings an “architectural” appeal to any room or hallway, and you can be as detailed with it as you like. The more the better because molding is a great touch that can be installed without losing any room space, and it can add dimensions to the contours of your home.
3: Make it Green
Deep forest and kelly greens are making a big splash and are a great shade to mix up with dark or light woods and brass details.
A bathroom in seafoam green shades is popular as even DIYers can use paint, wallpaper, and red or purple towels and linens to complete the color-by-nature look. Any room with a view of the outdoors is a great place to start, as nature’s green is the best accessory.
4. Smaller Furniture
Oversized sectionals are giving way to mismatched smaller versions of sofas and chairs. Designers say space and function are more important than the overstuffed lines of a seating-for-ten sectional, and not everything has to match.
This is where your imagination can go wild as you throw out the color swatches and mix up a smaller, more comfortable, and lived-in appeal. Interior design pros suggest using faded or worn antique area rugs to start decorating a room, and remember to keep it homey rather than “fussy.”
5. Bring the Outdoors In
There’s a move toward claiming some outdoor beauty for the family room, including houseplants, large indoor trees, and lighter, blonder wood tones. A loft-type design with matte finished plank flooring, light wood furnishings, and a Ficus tree or two can give an indoor space the feel of a comfortable patio where you just want to put your feet up.
6. Jewel Tones
Some designers are saying goodbye to beige and bringing in deep purples, greens, reds, and golds. These are great accent colors for ottomans and pillows, or even a wall color if you’re feeling bold. The accent colors bring in a warm and comfortable feel, and can be incorporated into your design with just one or two new pieces. Accenting with a jewel-toned paint color on existing wall or window trim can introduce the color in an understated way.
7. Nailhead Trim
Interior design experts say upholstered furniture with nailhead trim is a simple look that adds just the right amount of detail to give a room more dimensions. Nailhead trim is an easy detail to add yourself if you have an existing piece of furniture that could use a bit of freshening up.
To get started, find a spot on a piece of furniture that is part of its frame, and begin securing the nailheads. Use a tape measure as you go to get the distance between the nails just right.
So what are you waiting for? Try out some of these trendy design techniques today! After all, 2018 will be here before you know it!
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