Maria Killam’s Trend Forecast for 2017

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!

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2017 | Green

From Sea of Atlas

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2017 | Green sofas

image via Cup of Joe

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2017 | Pantone's Greenery

From Brabbu

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.

Mercury Glass Light Pendants:

Via Pinterest

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.

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2017 | Refined Furniture

From The Interior Collective

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.

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2017 | Mid Century

From A Constellation

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.

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2017 | Greige walls

Ballet White source

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2017 | Greige Kitchen

via Devol

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.

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2017 | White with Earth Tones

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.

Related post: How to Inject Fresh into Your Earth Toned House

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2017 | Terra Cotta Tile


I talked about this floors in these two posts last fall here and here.

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2017 | Terra Cotta Brick

via pinterest

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)

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2017 | White on White trim and walls

From Ralph Lauren


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!

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Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2017 | Florals

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

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2017 | Greens are in

From Alexandra Rae Interiors

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.

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2017 | Greige

Benjamin Moore Soft Chamois via Pinterest

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.

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2017 | Black Windows



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.

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2017 | Mixing metals

House & Home

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.

Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2017 | Pleated Skirts

From Dream Book Design

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!

Thanks for all your feedback on my new site! Please keep it coming because I have so much content, it’s been a challenge to get it all working properly so if you see anything amiss, please post a comment below.

Related posts:

Is Black the New Gray? Trends for 2018 from Maison & Objet

Do All Greens go Together?

Maria Killam’s Trend Report for 2016



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  1. For me, the tufted green sofa colour, YES; but yellow green, like the dining chairs in the picture below, always looks rather strained and sickly to me, definitely not on my list for interiors. 😀 I shall gladly see the overused turquoise greens/blues go out, and also no animal spots for me. My interior style is a mix of french eclectic and beachy (without the sailboats et al.), has been for years, regardless of trends – I assume it reflects my personality very well. Sounds like it will fit right into the scenario for 2017 – hopefully a little longer than that 😉
    Regarding neutrals, mine are creamy off-white and warm greys and greiges that sit nicely between “green” and “purple”, i.e. not quite green or purple in undertone. They work well with my pale golden beige and yellow beige. I have both light and darker greys. I don’t do black. I use brown-black (e.g. in a base of a floor lamp) or a dark warm grey instead. I am also mixing the metals.

  2. I’m thrilled with the return of green, and especially the yellow greens. If Tanya is right in her comment: “Green is definitely a color people have a strong reaction to and must be a “to each his own” sort of color.”, I’m even happier because that means that my home will reflect me, and no one is going to confuse it with anyone else’s home. Blue may be more “universal”, but again, I’m so bored with seeing blue rooms in every blogger’s house and every designer’s portfolio to the point I don’t notice and certainly don’t remember anything else about the room or the house. What I love about your trend predictions, Maria, is that you give them and you comment on them, with pros and cons, but you don’t you don’t automatically accept them and you certainly don’t push your clients into blindly following them.

    Love your new site. So many people react negatively to “white space” on a page (or screen) but limiting how much other “stuff” appears on a page and where it appears (in a column along the right side, for example) enables the eye and the brain to focus on your post and the responses without distraction. Makes it a sort of mini mini class on the subject, yet all the other info is there when you want it. Great job!

  3. I just painted my living room walls BM Cleveland Green and love it. Restful , sophisticated and always changing in the light. And if Bunny Williams likes it then you know it’s a classic!

  4. I love the kitchen photo with the wood cabinets but was surprised to see it in your blog since you always do white kitchens. Do you have any special point to make about that photo?

    I do love the green!

    I’m seeing the black windows everywhere now; don’t you think they are going to date too quickly because they have gotten so trendy? On the one hand I think it’s a cool look, on the other hand it’s not too far from prison bars and I can easily picture saying “what were we thinking?” before too long. And windows are such a big investment!

    • Hi Cindi, I think that wood stained kitchen is gorgeous! But the average house doesn’t look like that, not sure what those lowers are made of but I guarantee they are not standard with most builders or kitchen cabinet makers.

      You couldn’t just ‘specify’ that kitchen in a consultation, it would only look like that if a designer or a creative person who knows something about design was there every step of the way with each decision.

      It’s the same with black windows. Those skinny black windows look the best but most people don’t have those either. But they see the inspiration picture and start painting their windows and then it’s not awesome. That’s the problem with most inspiration pictures, if you’re not a designer (or sometimes even if you are, depending on your level of experience) you try to incorporate that into your house and can’t pull it off.

      And that’s why most real estate photos are ugly. Because most people do what I’ve just described.

      And that’s why I mostly talk about white kitchens.

      • Great answer. I understand where you’re coming from. But I’m going to take a contrarian argument based on looking at thousands of designer kitchens on Houzz vs reader kitchens in the comments. When a user paints builder stock dark cabinets white, yes, it always looks better (and it’s something an average person can do for not that much money, so very valuable). But when looking at new white kitchen’s, the good ones always have a ton of extra molding and subtle design features. (Not to mention they don’t have a ton of crap all over the counters like the average household does!) I believe those touches are even more important in a white kitchen, and that’s something an amateur using stock white cabinets isn’t going to do. So stock-cabinet-white- kitchens by amateurs usually look sterile and boring. I have found that as long as you keep away from trendy backsplashes (learned that from you!), and buy nice wood cabinets (not mass production overly detailed wood), in a mid-tone color, the average person can do better with wood cabinets.

        I am not opposed to white kitchens, I have had two in recent times. But to me, gorgeous woods are like works of art (walnut or sapele or curly maple with just a clear coat, as examples), and don’t need a lot of embellishment to look great.

      • Such great advice, I love this comment!! In my area, everyone wants to live in a “new build” and they will pay 3 times as much as they will pay to live in an old house with character. (In their defense, the areas in which many of these homes are located have the better school systems in the area.) If I were forced to live in a new build, I would do everything I could do add character to the house and to give it interest and depth, but people who live in them rarely do that. Last weekend, my mother and I were looking at houses in a development that were selling for over $300.000 and they had all the charm and character of tupperware. In the decorating, it looked like they picked a neutral color (mostly nothing offensive), then added a hodge podge of what they saw on Pinterest. There was no cohesion to the decor, nor was it eye catching or even the least bit interesting, just big vast spaces. I sure wish these people would read your blog!!

  5. Green is my favorite color, and it runs through my entire house — from the foyer to all four bedrooms! I never tire of it. I’m glad to hear that the DIY, rustic, recycled look is on the way out. I don’t see the appeal. I hope shiplap walls go with it. They’re fine in limited doses, but people have gone way overboard with that trend, even installing it in very traditional homes. Looks so out of place. Great post, Maria!

    • I’m with you on the ship lap, Fran! It is everywhere and I’m tired of seeing it. I have a theory that the more popular something is, the quicker it runs its course, so it should be gone soon.

      Also so tired of the bare bulbs hanging on strings, although that look never appealed to me.

      Maria, great trend report. I hope you are right!

  6. Love the new site! How wonderful to see Classic and sophisticated is making a comeback. Does trend ever really trump classic? There are many photos of rooms designed decades ago that look as though they could have been done yesterday.

  7. Brilliant, informative post as always: thank you Maria.

    The new website is pretty but most of the pictures are missing for me – I’m using Chrome. The design reads as fresh and modern, but I agree that the light grey, small font is not as easily readable as something slightly bigger/darker. your fabulous new logo gets lost with the even thinner font.

    • I can’t edit the above, but in fact, on further posts the images ALL appeared, except the ‘took a village to create the website’ post, where none of the pictures showed; which makes me wonder if the images which don’t appear are all YOURS or previously used on your blog, i.e. internally linked, but the ones which showed here were externally linked?

      PS None of this is complaint! You do so much for us that the least I feel I can do is give you feedback if you ask for it … imagining if this was the first post I’d ever clicked on, I might not come back. And THEN look at what I’d be missing!!!

  8. Black fiberglass windows just arrived at our build site! Very excited about them but not sure about what exterior trim and siding color to use. Leaning towards a navy blue/dark gray siding with white trim. We will coordinate with a natural stone veneer wainscoting and what we think will pop are the Doug Fir king trusses at the front and back entries and covered porch. Too busy???

    • Hi Heidi,
      Navy and black? Not awesome yet. The reason you’re asking is because it doesn’t feel right. If you’d like my help, you can buy it on the shop page in our eDesign packages, I hope you understand, this is what I do for a living. Maria