2017 has officially arrived, and with it, a wave of new home decor trends. If you’re considering listing your Toronto townhouse, condo or house this year, now might be a good time to take a hard look at those builder-grade oak cabinets and yellow walls and start making a list of renovation projects that will incorporate a few hot trends.
But making your home trendy in 2017 isn’t as simple as painting with Benjamin Moore’s colour of the year and calling it a day – you’ll need some finesse. That’s why I sat down with professional stager Angela Amlani to find out where to look for these year’s hottest trends, what they will be, and how to incorporate them into your home.
Take Cues from Commercial Design
When it comes to finding design and décor trends that will work for you, Amlani suggests: “Take cues from commercial design, and adapt these trends in a practical way into residential design.” She notes that commercial designers often lead the way with inspiring designs that trickle into residential style. “Getting ahead of the curve in a practical and applicable way helps our clients stand out from the crowd.”
Here are Amlani’s picks for the hottest home décor trends in 2017, and how to incorporate them into your décor:
Top Home Décor Trends of 2017
Pantone chose Greenery as their colour of the year, which means you’ll be seeing a lot of green making its way into designs. If you’re hesitant to commit to this vivid shade in a big way, avoid painting your walls or purchasing green upholstered sofas or chairs. Instead, try adding some pillows and a throw to a room, which will add depth to your home décor.
Patterns will also become more popular, according to Amlani, because they make a room unique and memorable. To incorporate this trend, consider adding a graphic pillow to your sofa or patterned towels in the bathroom. Avoid huge pattern statements that are difficult to remove such as wallpaper or tile, as some would-be homebuyers may disagree with your choice of pattern and be turned off from your home.
If your home is ultra-minimalist and streamlined, as many new builds tend to be, consider incorporating reflective materials into your design. For example, pairing a sleek gray couch with a gold accented table lamp and coffee table. Or, if you are updating your bathroom before selling, add brass or gold bathroom fixtures. If you have a small space to work with, such as an office, hang a large mirror. It will reflect light around the space and make it seem more expansive.
The affordable subway tile has finally fallen out of popularity, and instead, geometric patterns will be all the rage in 2017. If you plan to update your kitchen’s backsplash before listing your home, choose hex tile or penny tile, which are both inexpensive but interesting. Or you could even lay traditional subway tile in an interesting pattern, such as vertically or in a herringbone configuration.
What’s an easy way to make your master bedroom seem glam and plush yet totally on-trend? Add an upholstered bedhead. Whether you choose a velvet option with a lot of buttons to really bring the “Wow” factor to your master bedroom or go the less expensive DIY route, upholstered bedheads are a surefire way to turn the heads of your potential buyers. To make your master bedroom seem lux, try pairing a bedhead with Benjamin Moore’s colour of the year: Shadow.