Based on the response I had to last week’s post on 2017 paint color trends (which you can find HERE), it seems that everyone is looking for some decorating inspiration for the upcoming year! So this week I decided to take a look at the most popular 2017 home decor trends.
When I go to look for home decor ideas, the first place I always look is Pinterest. So what better place to get an idea of the upcoming trends than the annual Pinterest 100 report? Their team runs analysis on the most popular pin topics (especially ones that are trending towards the end of the year) and then makes some trend predictions for the next year based on what they find. (You can see their “top 100” board HERE.)
As with paint color choices, I don’t think you should adopt a trend just because it’s trending. But if you see something in these trends that you really love, you should be able to find lots of products and ideas that will help you implement it. (This year must be my year to decorate! Not only is there lots of color to choose from, but a lot of the home decor trends are right up my alley, too.)
Click Next to see my interpretation of the most popular home decor trends of 2017 (based on Pinterest’s analysis).
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When I first saw this one of the list, I almost skipped right over it (I’ve never heard of Hygge before)…but once I read what it was, I think it sums up my design philosophy perfectly!
Hygge (pronounced ‘hue-gah’) is a Danish tradition for creating a happier life by making ordinary, every day moments feel beautiful, cozy and comfortable…and then taking the time to appreciate it (I have to work on that last part).
Besides surrounding yourself with what you love, simple things like lighting a candle with every meal, serving tea in china cups or treating yourself to a bouquet of flowers every week all count. If you’re interested, you can read more about it at hyggehouse.com. You can also see some of my ideas on how to make your home feel cozy HERE.
In other words, decorate with what you love and then take pleasure in living in a home that makes you happy.
I think the texture trend goes right along with the hygge trend. It makes a room look and feel warm, and you just want to go in and sit down.
Velvet is the big trend for this year…which works for me…I love my velvet sofas!. Although it seems like it would be a high maintenance fabric, it really isn’t that bad. If you have it protected with ScotchGard upholstery protector, spills wipe right off. You can brush cat hair off with a brush (the same kind as you would use to brush the cat works best). And as an added bonus, it doesn’t get picks in it from cat claws! (When you have two cats that are not declawed like I do, that’s a very important consideration!)
If you don’t want to go all out with a sofa, you can update your existing sofa with a couple of velvet throw pillows.
Faux fur is also a big textural trend this year. I love the faux fur cushion that my mother made for me. If you want to make one, you can find the fabric HERE* and her instructions on how to sew a cushion cover HERE.
Of course, if you prefer not to go through the effort of making them, you can buy them in many different sizes and colors.
Or you can get yourself some real fur…a ragdoll cat like Chanel (of course, then you have to put up with that stare…)
Just like Pantone’s Greenery color of the year (similar to the color in this sofa), the outdoor trend is all about bring some of the peacefulness of nature into the house.
Balconies along Royal Street at Dumaine, New Orleans. Picture taken by Jan Kronsell, via Wikimedia Commons
In places like New Orleans, balcony gardens have always been a tradition. It seems like the rest of us are just catching on! Searches for balcony garden ideas are up 118%.
Apparently pins of indoor climbing vines (like this one) were up 200% this year. That’s a lot of indoor greenery!
Fairy Gardens are miniature gardens made in small spaces tubs, bowls or planters. They have also had a huge increase in Pinterest searches recently.
Faux marble (as in contact paper) has been showing up everywhere, even as a really inexpensive countertop material!
Never having used it before, I took a chance and ordered it online. I was amazed at how much it looked like real marble once I covered my computer table with it (you can see that post HERE). And it was so much easier than trying to do a faux paint treatment!
It seems like a lot of other people also like the idea of having the look of marble without the maintenance (or expense) of real marble. Searches for it were up 300% last year!
Navy Is The New Black
As you may have seen in the Paint Color Trends for 2017, there are a lot of fairly dark colors in the forecast for this year. Which is quite a contrast from last year, where all white was definitely a big trend.
According to Pinterest, using navy instead of black is also a color trend for the coming year.
My kitchen cabinets have been painted a dark navy blue for quite some time (you can find out how to paint melamine HERE). I didn’t think I would ever see the day that someone would say they are in style 🙂
If you have done any shopping for benches or chairs lately, you have probably seen the acrylic decor trend in action. There are just so many options for acrylic seating!
If you don’t want all-acrylic chairs, there are lots of options with acrylic legs…and a lot of them (like this faux fur bench) are combined with the textural trend we saw earlier.
Copper has been the cool alternative choice for gold for the last couple of years and it looks like the trend is continuing for this year. It hasn’t actually replaced gold, but if you’re looking for something a little different, you can find a lot of accessories in copper.
I haven’t really signed on for the copper trend for interior decor…but I have always loved using copper outside (you can see our instructions on how to make a rain chain HERE). So while I think the interior copper trend may be heading into its last stand, I think copper is here to stay as a garden accessory!
If you watch any HGTV, I’m sure you have seen Chip and Joanna Gaines on “Fixer Upper” (if not you can catch up at hgtv.com). They showcase (and were probably the catalyst behind) the big Farmhouse Style design trend that has been going for the last couple of years…and is continuing for this year. The weathered but still beautiful aesthetic fits in with the comfortable and cozy trend as well, which probably doesn’t hurt to keep it going.
The last design trend on the list is only here because Pinterest says it should be. Apparently, searches for night stands are up 721%!! That’s more than any other topic on the 2017 home decor trends list! But I don’t have any explanation for this one 🙂 As far as I’m concerned, night stands are (and always have been) a staple of any comfortable bedroom..
And there you have it…the top 2017 home decor trends. Hopefully you’re as inspired as I am to re-decorate your home to make it a beautiful, comfortable and cozy space!
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This post was originally published on January 20, 2017 but was updated with new content on June 3, 2023.