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Design Trends For 2017

With a new year on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to examine design trends for 2017. Whether you’re interested in updating a bathroom, kitchen, bedroom or living room, there’s a stylish statement here that will make you fall in love with your home all over again.



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Minimalistic Bathrooms

Bathrooms are most functional and attractive when they are clean, so why not go all out for sleek lines and clean transitions? Minimalistic bathrooms are going to be huge in 2017. Get to know this trend now, and you’ll stay ahead of the design curve.

There’s so much to love about minimalistic bathrooms. “Minimalism” is restraint at its best and most attractive. It’s not effusive, but it is elegant. Characterized by smooth surfaces and clean lines, these contemporary bathrooms offer a relaxing respite from the rushed and cluttered world. Think of the minimalist bathroom as an expression of the intellectual outlook you’d like to achieve: balanced and serene.


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Minimalism is by no means a new design trend. Architectural and design legends like William Morris and Frank Lloyd Wright advocated for simplicity throughout most of their careers. The minimalistic bathroom captures the values favored by these legends by doing away with anything extraneous or unnecessary.

Clutter and ornamentation are banished in the minimalistic bathroom of 2017. Every element in the room serves a useful purpose. If an item does not enhance the functionality and serenity of the room, then it doesn’t belong there. With this design trend, you can expect geometric shapes and straightforward architectural forms. Profiles tend to be low, and space-saving techniques are used throughout the design.

Cabinets should have doors to hide any clutter, while faucets and hardware feature sleek, flowing lines. Expect touches like wall-mounted sinks to minimize clutter. Nature can have a major impact on the overall look with the addition of natural stone and hardwoods. Popular colors are beige, white and gray. Whether your idea of minimalism gravitates more toward a Zen atmosphere or a Scandinavian sauna, you can find paradise in a minimalistic bathroom.

60’s/ 70’s Are Back

The swinging, groovy 60’s and 70’s are back with a vengeance for 2017. Expect to see plenty of bold color palettes and more neon than you’ve encountered since the 80’s. Highly textured rugs will be everywhere as will ethnic and eclectic touches. On the walls, you’ll see a re-emergence of wallpaper and wood paneling. These aren’t your grandmother’s wall coverings, though. They’ll have a more modern sensibility that won’t leave you feeling like you’re reeling from déjà vu.


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Furniture made from plastic is going to be huge, but it will be contrasted with a strong back-to-nature aesthetic. Look for natural wood and stone elements in every room of the house. With this comes the revival of crafts used as décor. Whether its afghans, macramé or embroidered wall hangings, you’ll be seeing them more often in 2017.


Hand-in-hand with the 60’s and 70’s aesthetic is the resurgence of terracotta. While white, cool tones have ruled the tile landscape in recent years, this warmer alternative may be a welcome change for many homeowners. The material’s last really big decade was the 80’s. Back then, terracotta was mainly used as a border tile. The newer version will usually have a matte finish, making it an ideal choice as an accent or feature wall. It’s also bound to be used more often for fireplace cladding.


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The warm, all-natural look of terracotta pairs well with hardwoods. Consider a terracotta accent wall in the bedroom with hardwood floors. It’s a really natural look that doesn’t sacrifice elegance. Alternatively, terracotta is a fantastic addition to bathrooms, and it could absolutely work with next year’s minimalistic bathroom trend.


Architects, designers and homeowners are increasingly jumping on the recycling bandwagon. Call it upcycling, reusing or just being resourceful, this movement is really hot for 2017. Not only is recycling a great opportunity to save tons of money, but also it provides a chance to be creative. Repurposing an item gives it a whole new life, and it keeps that item out of the landfill.


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In the same vein, you may see cork making an appearance in more homes in 2017. Versatile, sustainable cork has been used for everything from countertops to walls to floors, and it shows no sign of slowing down. You may be able to find a new use for existing cork pieces in your home or be able to repurpose cork items that you pick up elsewhere.

Reclaimed wood is another excellent example of the 2017 recycled design trend. It’s possible to do almost anything with reclaimed wood. Building furniture, creating one-of-a-kind works of art or making a hardwood floor are just the beginning of the ideas. You’ll be surprised at how eco-friendly and affordable re-designing your home with recycled pieces can be.

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