Living rooms are a centerpiece of every home, frequently the biggest and most ostentatious room in any given house and as such, it deserves to be neatly decorated and organized. In the following article, a few tips on how to make your living room worthy of the twenty-first century will be featured.
First let’s talk about what NOT to do on a home; designing an entire space with only one time period in mind is not feasible anymore, “while it is great to have a period as a starting point, you don’t need to adhere to it exclusively. It’s more aesthetically intriguing to create a look that cohesively mixes elements from past and future.” –Warren Sheets inc.
Another trend that’s being displaced is the oversized furniture, Sheets explains that space is always a premium, so creative and functional use of space is becoming more important. Oversized furniture detracts from this purpose, overwhelming it instead, this turns them into an inefficient use of space. Minimalistic and ideally scaled furniture pieces are what any interior designer should strive to.
Now with some understanding of what’s out, let’s think of what an interior designer should do to make a living room feel like it’s from this century and not the last. These trends are what’s actually in high demand in the market and are what you should be looking for to revamp your house for this year.
Cerused wood finishes were a high-end market trend but lately, it’s been brought to a seemingly universal level. A “cerused” finish refers to the technique that brings out the unique grain of the wood. Tables, cabinets, chairs and storage furniture’s are all great examples of using this technique on. Jewel tones on walls are another significant trend in 2017. “Deep jewel tones, like emerald green or amethyst, and pastel colors, which are found in nature are popular,” says designer Heather Higgins, who also cites the saturated neutral of Benjamin Moore’s 2017 color of the year, Shadow.
Oddly enough, cork is making a comeback this year. Experts agree that with the bustling life of the twenty-first century, cork is going to be a hearty companion in homes around the globe, reducing and absorbing the noise. Cork walls are not only a visually compelling choice, but they are very practical when it comes to posting to-dos on the go. “From the runway to design studios, green, in all its glory, is making itself known. And with so many shades, tones, and styles to choose from, it’s super easy to incorporate, no matter your style preferences” – Glitter Guide
These are but a few tips any designer should take into consideration when setting their hands to work. Being mindful of what’s out and what’s in this year is a must for any upstart designer and veterans alike.
Brie Dyas of House Beautiful: http://www.housebeautiful.com/design-inspiration/g3978/2017-home-design-trends/
The Glitter Guide: http://theglitterguide.com/2013/07/16/home-tour-devon-dyer/