Interior design and home decor are notorious for toying with our emotions: it's exciting and invigorating and completely addicting, all while feeling completely overwhelming at the same time. Just take one good scroll through Pinterest to feel like you're in over your head when it comes to that living room renovation you've been dreaming of.
That's when it's helpful to break down the trends to make them feel more attainable. Luckily we caught up with Allison Holley of Apple & Oak, a unique furniture and home goods store based in East Nashville, Tennessee, for the low down on what's hot in home design for 2017. Holley shared with us the new, fresh styles we're going to see a lot more of on our IG feeds soon, as well as past trends that are only gaining steam in the new year.
Holley is big on expressing yourself and your own personality through design and is constantly encouraging her clients and customers to delve a little outside their comfort zone for the biggest results. Her biggest pearl of wisdom? “When you find a piece you love—whether it’s a rug, mirror, side table—get it! Trust me, if you love it, you'll find a place for it.”
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“We have been surrounded with so much white lately that people are now being drawn to rich, dark colors,” Holley says. “People are now craving navy, slate and black wall colors, velvets and rich fabrics for furniture and accessories (especially fur!), and large-print wall papers with bold patterns for any space.”
More is More
Everything we’ve ever known about home design is being turned on its head with this tip: forget the less is more mentality, this year it’s all about more, more, more! Think plants on plants (on plants), layers upon layers of different textures, eclectic patterns being mixed and matched with reckless abandon and lots of cool accessories.
Ramp Up The Greenery
Speaking of plants, greenery is one of the easiest, most natural ways to bring life and breathe color into your home, and thankfully this concept isn’t going anywhere in 2017. There’s no quicker way to warm up a room than by adding a beautiful potted or hanging plant.
“Add an edgy snake plant to your mantle; add a plant with bold vines to your bar cart. Have a lonely corner? Add a giant cactus with a gorgeous pot!” Holley suggests.
Nervous about your black-thumb history with plants? Don’t let that stop you; simply start small. Instead of investing in the coveted yet pricey fiddle leaf fig tree, snatch up an assortment of adorable little succulents and have fun picking out eclectic little pots to display them all in.
If you couldn't already tell, layers are hot right now; they’ve long been a design favorite and they’re only gaining momentum this year. You can layer everything from rugs to patterns to plans, but Holley has a soft spot in her heart for the layered rug look.
“Layering rugs is where it's at,” she declares. “This is not a trend but something that’s luckily here to stay. Rugs are no longer an accent but the star of the show! And people are looking for unique, quality rugs that will last; rugs they absolutely love.”
If you aren't sure where to begin, Holley breaks it down for even the most novice home designer. “Try a large, neutral area rug as the base, then add a vintage rug on top. Or, layer a few of your favorite rugs; just choose what you love!”
And don’t be scared to try out different combinations. “The great thing about vintage rugs is that they all look good together and they go well with all styles; feel free to mix traditional with modern, or southern with eclectic, etc.”
Step aside, gallery walls; there’s a new wall trend in town. “The mirror wall is the new gallery wall!” Holley explains. “Choose different styles and colors or stick with one color in different styles—like all gold, which is so dreamy.”
And according to Holley, there’s no such thing as over-mixing. “Feel free to mix vintage with newer styles. As with gallery walls, these are best curated over time with things you love and collect throughout your life.”
Wary about diving into this trend? Start with a super small space or simply add in a mirror or two to your existing gallery wall.
Designing your dream home isn’t a time to play it safe, so you’ll need to leave your reservations at the front door. “Basically it's all about taking risks and showcasing your true personality,” Holley encourages. “If you’re sticking with the minimalist trend, then try adding a pop of color, a bunch of greenery, some striking velvet throw pillows or a daringly velvet accent chair; I'm loving dusty rose, navy and emerald green velvets right now.”
“Thanks to the past year of white walls and total minimalism that’s inundated our homes, Pinterest boards and IG feeds, we now have blank slates!” Holley exclaims. “Now we can add in the things that we really love that reflect our personalities and make us unique.”