OBJects of Desire | 5 Home Design Trends for 2017

This is the third post in a series about “Jewelry for the Home.”

Add Greenery to Your Scenery in 2017. Photo Courtesy of elledecor.com
Add Greenery to Your Scenery in 2017. Photo Courtesy of elledecor.com

The world of home furnishings is a lot like high fashion: as soon as new styles hit the stores, designers have moved on to the next season. Decorators and editors are warning us that many home accessories on the shelves right now have peaked in popularity and will soon pass their “sell by” dates. Copper, the trend-spotters say, is so 2016. As are industrial-chic Edison-style lightbulbs, DIY-style Mason Jar goblets, and anything with a pineapple motif.

So what’s next in the world of home décor? What will be in-store for the spring season, and beyond? Here are five home design trends for 2017, culled from top design magazines and websites, to help turn your house into a more dazzling home.

(OBJ Tip: Don’t toss your pineapples prematurely; sculptural pieces and finials depicting this tropical fruit have been symbols of hospitality since the 18th century. The pineapple is not likely to wear out its welcome in 2017.)


Gold-Plated Mid-Century Bamboo Flatware. Photo via Pinterest
Gold-Tone Metal Mid-Century Bamboo Flatware. Photo via Everything Gold on Pinterest

If copper was the name of the game last year, behold the rise of gold in 2017. According to The Trend Curve, gold is “a fresh metal influence that consumers crave. Today, and for the next 18 months, gold will dominate the metal and metallic scene, giving it a prominent role in the luster trend.”

Warm metallic gold is turning up on furniture, in hand-carved gold-leafed frames, lamps of hammered or antiqued brass…and, of course, gold-tone metal flatware.

OBJ Tip: You’d be surprised how gold can warm up your table. We recently scored a flatware service for eight in a classic bamboo pattern …only $60 at our neighborhood auction house!


Moser Pebbles Stemless Martini Glasses in Greenery, available at Scully & Scully
Moser Pebbles Stemless
Martini Glass in Greenery
available at ScullyandScully.com

Look for Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year, Greenery, to make a big statement in paints, furnishings and home accessories. Also called “nature’s neutral,” the vibrant yellowish-green color works well with other neutrals and spring’s on-trend floral prints.

OBJ Tip: Try painting a feature wall in Greenery. Or introduce more live greens into your rooms with ferns and fronds – an instant refresher.


Butterfly Motif Dinnerware
Butterfly Motif Dinnerware.
Photo Courtesy of TheMainDish.com

While they may not be free, butterflies were flying out of the Highpoint home furnishings market for Spring 2017. From whimsical wallpapers to delicate porcelain pieces, designers are having a field day depicting these colorful creatures.

It seems that interior designers are taking a page from fine jewelry houses, which have embraced the butterfly throughout all periods of jewelry history—especially lately.

Annoushka Butterflies Diamond & 18K Yellow Gold Drop Earrings. $10,500 at saksfifthavenue.com
Annoushka Butterflies Diamond
& 18K Yellow Gold Drop Earrings.
$10,500 at saksfifthavenue.com

OBJ Tip: Do you collect butterfly motif or animal jewelry? Consider scattering your best examples across your spring tablescapes – it’s the perfect conversation starter.


Marble and Wood Decorative Objects, Available at West Elm
Marble and Wood Decorative Objects.
Available at West Elm.

Granite is yesterday, marble is tomorrow. Decorators are not only in love with real marble in kitchens and baths, they’re incorporating faux marble textiles and wallcoverings throughout the home.

OBJ Tip: If you can’t afford the real thing (or you’re afraid this trend will soon hit the rocks), choose a marbleized metal tray, a set of coasters, or bookends. A little bit of marble goes a long way.


Tropical-Style Bedroom. Photo Courtesy of thejungalow.com
Tropical-Style Bedroom. Photo Courtesy of thejungalow.com

Here’s an emerging trend that combines Greenery, wild animals, butterflies and more. The tropical look is turning up this year in the most sophisticated houses and interiors.

“Exotic prints patterned with large-fronded ferns, and whimsical wallpapers bursting with big cats, crocodiles and mischievous monkeys, this season it’s all about Palm Springs-meets-Ibiza eclecticism – perfect for those looking for some exotic escapism.”  — The Telegraph

OBJ Tip: Check out thejungelow.com, a terrific blog by LA-based designer, Justina Blakeney, in which she dishes out decorating advice for Boho living in style. Blakeney coined the word “Jungalow,” a combo of “Jungle” and “Bungalow” – enjoy!

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Sources: The Trend Curve, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, The Telegraph



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