2017 DESIGN TRENDS FOR YOUR SUMMER DECORATING AND HOME STAGING
by: Deborah Goode, A Goode Start Decorating and Home Staging
(written for the Capital Gazette)
Summers are a time of rest and relaxation. When you think of summer you conjure up images of relaxing beaches with crashing waves, walks through lush meadows filled with flowers and nights spent around the fire pit with family and friends. Summer is a time where can reconnect with our family out in nature.
The things described above are great for places to go and things to experience. But how can you create the same relaxing feel and comfort into your everyday living. Decorating for the summer is all about creating an escape, a soft and relaxed space that is casual and not too fussy. Here are some of the 2017 Design Trends that you can incorporate to create the perfect summer space.
Pantone announced Greenery (Pantone 15-0343) as the color of the year for 2017. It is a soft yellow-green color that feels fresh. It looks like sunlit grass in a vast landscape. The color of flourishing foliage and meadow grasses. It is a refreshing color that will pair well with bright yellows and neutrals. The color will work well in interior spaces as well as outdoor living spaces. “With summer’s arrival people naturally gravitate to the clean greens of the season. Verdant yellow-greens gain popularity and pair well with the popular grey toned neutrals of the past several years. Additionally many of the current fabric houses are introducing new lines that coordinate with Pantone’s “Greenery” (15-0340) color of the year making updating your decor a snap,” said Interior Designer Yaron Linett, owner of Formal Traditional.
Designing a room is like creating a work of art. Many different techniques and layers are used to create the finished product. The goal is to create something that looks effortless but is visually interesting. Texture plays such a big part in any kind of design. Our eyes and brains get bored easily, so to avoid having a flat look, it is essential to incorporate different elements of design into a space to keep the eyes moving from one side of the room to the other. This year, texture comes into play in every aspect of a space and design–from the wall covering to small nubs on a glass candle holders.
These glass candle holders, available at Pottery Barn, are the perfect way to add a little bit of texture and color to your table tops. But don’t stick with just one texture or style, mixing textures can create a visually stunning and interesting vignette.
Bringing nature into your design can spark a memory of your favorite destinations. If you prefer the beach, then add coral, shells and drift wood to your design. If you prefer the woods or mountains, then use leaves, foliage prints, or stone accessories.
This natural wooden stump, purchased at Pier One, can really bring nature into your space. It is a versatile piece that could be used as a stool for seating or as an accent table next to a comfy chair. If your space is more modern, then you can drastically change the feel of a natural element by finishing it with high gloss or metallic paint.
Weathered wood is a new look that is also becoming very popular in decorating, especially items that look like driftwood or natural wood that is old and weather beaten. This natural element can look great in a variety of styles and spaces.
In the tablescape pictured here (most items purchased at Pottery Barn),
you can see all of the design elements mentioned above being used together to create a cohesive look. Texture and natural materials, such as shells, can all be found in this example. Shells have been repurposed to create a plate charger and a starfish has been used as a napkin ring. The white plate includes a raised shell and starfish design around the rim which adds another element of texture. And lastly color, while the place setting is monochromatic, with mainly whites and accents of blue, the green color (Greenery) mentioned above is found in the flower arrangment. The small addition of the color really works to brighten up the vignette.