At Homepolish, we're lucky to be connected to our national network of 550+ designers. When it came to predicting product trends for the coming year, we turned to the best.
It’s that time of year again… we know it oh so well in the design community. It’s TREND TIME. As 2016 has wrapped up, everyone is looking to the new year and trying to predict just what’s gonna be the hot ticket furnishing, color, finish, you name it. Since we at Homepolish HQ have the luxury of a 550+ designer network, we turned right to that base to find out what’s going to be BIG in 2017.
2016 Trends that will carry over
When it came to accessories in 2016, they were anything BUT minimal. In the world of textiles, rustic mud cloths (such as the ones on above) aren’t going anywhere. As designer Shannon Tate astutely notes, “These are ancient shapes that will be forever classic.” They’ve stood the test of time, so the calendar change isn’t going to make them disappear. Mud cloth, in particular, works really well with minimal interiors since it’s traditionally in a gray scale color scheme. That said, we’re WILD about that indigo shibori pattern.
Additionally, our designers on a whole predict that brass and rose gold will stick around. Rose gold was one of the Pantone colors for 2016, so it hit a peak in the last couple months. LA-based Jennifer Wallenstein notes that clients are asking for brass fixtures more and more, but she predicts that instead of putting them in minimalistic interiors, we’ll see a swing to more industrial spaces. “Instead of seeing brass and gold with lots of white and in spaces that feel very modern-boho, I think we’re going to see it used in ways that feel a little grittier, in industrial settings along with materials like concrete and steel and with darker, moodier color palettes.” To learn more about this trend, check out designer Ariel Feldman’s trend piece on brass lighting.
Rolling in the Green
Speaking of Pantone, the company just released its color of the year for 2017: Greenery. Our designers are gladly rallying around it, and many were ahead of the curve. NY-based Justin DiPiero said that he’s already painted an accent wall in his apartment a lush shade of hunter green. Designer Michelle Gage even went so far to say that green may de-throne the ever prominent navy blue, saying, “A rich, strong green is going to replace navy as the new colored neutral. Much like navy, it can act as either the foundation or accent to a room. It’s gender-neutral and easy to mix into any space, whether with accent furniture, upholstery, or wallpaper.” We’ll be seeing a lot of this bright, cheery hue, and we’ll most likely see darker versions of it as well. Embrace the luxury of beautiful jewel tones.
The New Traditionalist Form
Now for the big-ticket item, your furnishings. While many designers note specific items (increased side tables, gallery shelves opposed to gallery walls, openness to using outdoor fabrics inside), there was a general consensus about the feel of furnishings for 2017. Following the lead of the richer color scheme, furniture is also going to move to those richer, more traditional forms. Homepolish’s Justin DiPiero explains this beautifully, looking at design as a reaction to broader global events. “I think the (design) pendulum is swinging back from really modern, minimalist, and almost brutalist designs to more traditional and familiar sensibilities. And when you think about it, it kind of makes sense. These are very uncertain times, and I think the plausible subconscious response to that is to design for a sense of stability. Going back to our roots or basics, if you will. Design always follows the collective zeitgeist.” We’ve termed this the “new traditionalist.”