It's a new year - meaning it's a great time to start making some of those changes you didn't get around to in 2016.
And if creating a more stylish and comfortable home is among your resolutions this year, it will be helpful to consider some of the top interior design trends for 2017.
When it comes to updating or remodeling your home, one of the first places you'll want to start is with the color scheme.
There are some colors that will never go out of style, such as black and white. Used on their own, or in contrast to one another, they present a timeless beauty due in large part to their versatility. Neutral shades are great to use as a backdrop in just about any room - from the kitchen and bathrooms to the living room and bedrooms. And while colors such as black and white will always be a popular choice among homeowners, the degree and manner in which they are used does seem to vary over time. For example, rather than having an all-white kitchen, which was popular in past years, more designers are recommending using white in contrast with other shades, for example with sleek black appliances or dark wood floors.
Bold bursts of color
Another popular trend is adding a pop of color to a room as a focal point. Painting an accent wall a pastel color, using a vibrant backsplash or adding a piece of furniture that features a bold color is a simple yet effective way to liven up a room that already has a muted color palette as its base.
Color of 2017
As one year comes to a close and another begins, many organizations in the home design and remodeling industry announce what they believe is the top color of the year. Shaw Floors recently declared "Lush" as its color of the year for 2017, a choice inspired by the various green and earth tones people are bringing into their homes as they become more environmentally conscious.
Whether it's a sophisticated dark hunter green paint for the walls of an office or a softer mint shade as a backsplash in the kitchen, green is a great option to consider for the home. Because it revokes of feelings of health, energy and renewal, it's easy to see how green can be appealing to use in the home, especially in rooms where people often go to relax and recharge.
As we move into 2017, we will continue to see homeowners wanting to redesign rooms with the specific purpose feeling more spacious and luxurious. There are many ways to go about this. Establishing a consistent flow of design, eliminating visual barriers and using light color schemes can all make your home instantly feel bigger.
"The key to continuity is choosing a versatile hardwood floor."
For example, disguising appliances in the kitchen that can otherwise act as eye sores, such as microwaves and refrigerators, behind the same type of paneling as the cabinets can give the room a more warm and welcoming feel - one that is easier to blend into the design scheme of adjacent rooms.
Another way to create a more uniform appearance throughout the home, and simultaneously make it feel bigger, is through the flooring. Hardwood floors have always been a top choice among homeowners, but even more now as people want to use the same surface throughout multiple rooms of the home. The key in making this work is to choose a hardwood floor that is versatile and can work and look just as great in bathrooms as it does in the bedrooms. Grey hardwood floors, for example, are gaining traction, thanks to their ability to complement a wide range of colors and decor.
Take a look through Anderson Hardwood's Muir's Park Collection to get a better sense of the wood floor color variations available that work well in any room of the home.