The colour for 2017 is kelly green (hooray, I’ve been waiting for this green for a long time) and the look is refined and generally warming up.
Green reigns supreme in 2017 as the most versatile colour with broad appeal. Greens are getting both richer and warmer, moving away from the beachy, minty hues towards more grounded shades of yellow green spring shoots and deep leafy greens. (In other words, I think Pantone nailed it with Greenery this year).
Move over cool industrial edginess and laid back rustic everything, 2017 is the year we return to warm, cozy and luxurious layering!
image via Cup of Joe
Boxy, grainy, reclaimed wood and bare Edison bulbs have reached their peak and are on the wane in favor of finer textured, lighter warm woods and refined, even glamorous details like fluted glass and scalloped edges with softer silhouettes.
The problem with the ‘bare bulb’ look is that it’s often not a very flattering light.
The feel is invested, more traditional and elegant instead of rustic, recycled and DIY.
Rather than making junk look cute, or worse, buying cheap throwaway pieces with faux patina, in 2017 we will decorate mindfully with classic pieces that will last many years to come.
Look at this richly layered room in dramatic lacquered black with some nice traditional furniture pieces.
While mid-century modern pieces are enduring classics, we are long over the campy look of going all out with it. A few pieces mixed with other styles, creates a more current and sophisticated look, like these chairs paired with more contemporary pieces.
Whites and neutrals are getting warmer, but NOT for paint colours. I know Sherwin Williams chose a mid-tone taupe with a purple undertone for their colour of the year, and Benjamin Moore chose a dark, muted purple for theirs (and they might still know something I don’t know), but until my clients all around the country start asking me for those colours, that’s when I will also declare them to be current trend colours.
In my experience, colour trends are set by YOU and no one else. When my clients start asking me for beige or dark taupes, in other words, earth tones for walls or kitchen cabinets, you’ll be the first to know!
White for interiors (ie. paint colours) is still bigger than ever. It’s simply not NEWS which is what this post is about.
Also, just because I’m repeating that white is trendy, doesn’t mean your interior or your house can handle walls painted plain white! Probably a shade of greige (below) is a better choice which will still give you the look of ‘white and fresh’ if that’s what you’re craving.
Ballet White source
And when I say warm, I’m talking about warmer by a few degrees, more in the realm of terra cotta brick shades and cognac. Not chocolate fondue. Although theres nothing wrong with a hit of chocolate just like black. I’m simply imploring you to not go all out with ANY of these trend colours, that’s when your house will just scream, well. Trendy.
image via Camile Styles
Leopard or other animal prints in the above colours go with lots of bright colours. A great way to work with gold beige sofas or rugs and make that earthy shade from the Tuscan trend look fresh again.
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We will see warmer whites and greiges as well as more dramatic colours working as backdrops for warm and bold colour in layered and glamorous, yet fresh and unfussy arrangements. The look is a balance of warm and cool, refined elegance and sophisticated coziness.
Related post: Paint your Walls and Trim White (or Cream)
The 2017 runways are still full of moody florals and feminine details, so we can expect to see this influence emerge in interiors this year. Bold pattern mixing and delicate flowing shapes create a richly layered look. Prints are getting generally finer and richer in detail. A nice foil to all the finery is a clean linear pattern such as a grid, stripe or check.
Note the black background in her dress? Black is the new grey. Just don’t go overboard on it like I already said.
Brown or grey or black take turns being the trendy neutral of the decade, but this does not mean ‘If all else fails and you don’t know what to do, choose BLACK (or grey or brown).’ It means a little of each is a good thing and a lot of any of it, is simply too much!
From Marchesa Notte Pre Fall 2017 Vogue Runway
I would add olive green to the list of hot greens, because it is classic and versatile and works surprisingly well to warm up the whites and grays we’ve been decorating with. I talked about olive green two years ago in my trends report from High Point.
While pastels still have their place and will persist this year, I think they are on the wane in favor of richer more luxurious hues such as rich greens and jewel tones.
Natural compliments to greens are warm yellows and oranges. Deep golden yellows and warm oranges from mandarin, to persimmon and terracotta will be big this year. We will see lots of orangey cognac browns too along with some blacks and grays that trend toward brown.
Related post: 2015 Trend Alert: Olive Green from High Point
Deep blues will continue to be big, but might be overshadowed by greens and some of the warmer hues that are looking new and fresh.
Whites with a more complex and natural feel will appeal this year over cooler, cleaner whites. They are easier to work with and relate better to warmer materials, colours and textures. Creamy greiges like Ballet White and Soft Chamois are perfect “whites” that look fresh, but natural.
Black will continue to be big, as I mentioned in my report from Maison & Objet last summer.
We are seeing lots of black windows for exteriors and interiors bringing some crisp contrast to airy rooms and facades.
Tread lightly with black though, getting the weight, placement and proportion right is critical here. Black is glamorous and a nice masculine foil to some of the more feminine details that will be popular this year.
Mixed metals is the order of the day.
While warm metals like brass aren’t going anywhere, it is never a good look to go overboard with one finish (have I said that already?).
Mixing metals is a more sophisticated look that works well with the trend for more complexity and layering.
Try mixing aged brass with oil rubbed bronze, gunmetal or chrome. The trick is to repeat each finish at least once so it looks intentional.
More refined details in drapery and upholstery will come on scene this year too. Tufting will remain big along with pleated skirts and pinch pleat drapes for a more tailored and luxurious feel.
Playing with texture and pattern in tighter colour palettes keeps things looking pulled together with lots of light neutrals to balance out glamorous and dramatic elements.
Greens keep things fresh and if you can’t add green in fabrics or upholstery you can add it with plants and accessories.
So over to you my lovelies, what do you think? Will you be decorating with green and adding a little more luxury to your rooms in 2017?
I’m in Austin this weekend in my quarterly mastermind meeting. We arrived to freezing temperatures and can’t wait to get back to Palm Desert Monday where we’ll be until the end of January! We’re not on vacation anymore, but I’m grateful that we can work anywhere as long as we have our laptops!
I see by my Instagram feed that it’s cold everywhere! Hope you’re keeping warm!
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