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Zillow's Top Design Trend Predictions for 2017

Friday, December 16, 2016

By Lauren Shanesy, Builder

Is velvet about to make a comeback? According to the latest Zillow Digs Home Trend Forecast, it may be one of the hottest design trends for home interiors in the upcoming year.

The forecast, which analyzes data from a survey of interior design experts and an analysis of popular photos on Zillow Digs, predicts that velvet, jewel tones, white marble and built-in bars will be the biggest home design trends of 2017.

“Interior design in 2017 will be about bringing warmth and comfort into the home,” says Kerrie Kelly, Zillow Digs home design expert. “Homeowners will start to shy away from overly industrial designs that feel stiff or cold. Instead, they will incorporate plush fabrics like velvet and rich jewel tones into their home to make it feel more approachable and welcoming.”

Here's what's hot and what's not for 2017.

Top Four Trends:

1. Velvet

Velvet is expected to make a big splash in interior design next year, especially in fabrics and textures for throw pillows, upholstered couches, and curtains.

2. Jewel Colors

Bright, saturated colors such as emerald green or sapphire blue will appear in artwork and furniture, bringing richness to the home.

3. Marble Surfaces

White and light gray marble will be one of 2017’s biggest design trends, and will be a popular choice for countertops, flooring and tabletops.

4. Built-in Bars

Photo Courtesy: ©2016 David Cedrone.

Homeowners will want a built-in solution for craft cocktail fixings and small bar seating areas, especially those who enjoy decorating and hosting more classic parties. For some, the built-in bar will be the focus of the home.

What's Out:

1. Industrial Furniture

While Zillow says that aspects of the industrial design trend like exposed brick will still be present in 2017, homeowners will start to shy away from its sometimes uncomfortable or impractical furniture. Instead, the 2017 design aesthetic will shift toward “steampunk,” described as “a unique hybrid of Victorian-inspired elegance boasting rich leather and plush fabrics, like velvet, combined with machine-like accents for a modern twist.”

2. Cool Grays

Experts predict homeowners will be more experimental and welcoming of brighter pops of colors in an effort to make their space feel more individualized.

3. Quote Art

The quote art trend is a fad that will be forgotten quickly. Rather than decorating with words or cliché sayings, homeowners will start to incorporate artwork reminiscent of the colors and textures found in nature.

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