2017 Home Design "IN" and "OUT"

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Here are 2017 Design Trends that are definitively "IN" and making their way into our homes and 3 that are absolutely "OUT"! See which designs you can incorporate into your home for the latest and greatest updates for your surroundings.

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OUT: Just Antiques

You don't have to pair all antiques to the period of your room design. Your room may feature early 20th Century features, like wainscoting, crown moulding and an ornate fireplace surround, though this shouldn't limit you to filling the room with just antiques. It's pleasing to the eye to mix elements from the past and future, using your rooms color story or the elements of other materials like metal, iron, wood, crystal to inform your design choices.

OUT: BIG Furniture

It's more about space these days, and creating it. Larger or oversized furniture can overwhelm a room and become a space hog. Think of the scale of your room and choose your couch and chairs to appropriately fill the space.

OUT: Brushed Metal

The Burnished/Industrial metals are trending downward. Shiny metals like bronze and gold are back in vogue and make a space more elegant.

IN: Appliances In Matte Finishes

Kitchens with bold looks without being to obtrusive are in. Matte finishes don't distract since there is no surface sheen. Going Matte with appliances and even cabinets can create a design layer and add depth to the overall look and create a great comparison with other, more shiney finishes in your kitchen.

IN: Marble

Marble is back and is showing up, especially when paired with wood and metal. It's even extended to marble wall covering, carpet and fabric. 

IN: Cerused Wood

"Cerused is a finishing technique that brings out each peice of woods' unique grain. It is a trend used in the high end market which has now trickled down. You'll see it on cabinets and even table, chairs and storage pieces.

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IN: Jewel Tone Colors

Beige is out finally. Drama is in. Jewel tones like amethyst purple, emerald green and pastel colors that are found in nature are popular. Here is a saturated neutral which is Benjamin Moore Paint 2017 Color of the year, Shadow. A dark purple, plum color. Dramatic hues can add a sophistication to your home. Try doors, ceilings and in your decor pieces, vases, upholstery, even tile!

IN: Subway Tiles

We saw Subway tiles used in design 20 and even 50 years ago and it remains a favorite, showing a generational style element. Due to the affordable price point it can be used in a variety of ways to enhance a farmhouse kitchen, adding dark grout to make a graphic statement (and show less dirt) and can be used in patterns from vertical, mixed vertical/horizontal, herringbone and in a variety of colors and finishes. Think of combining a matte subway tile and glass subway tile for a mixed media look.

IN: Smart Home Features

Our homes are becoming more automated, able to be run from our devices. Look for incorporating charging docks, security systems, nest thermostat, on demand lighting. IKEA makes the SELJE Nightstand which is one piece of SMART furniture that doubles a built-in wireless charging station.

IN: Home Design

There are plenty of on-line resources to investigate incorporating the latest design trends in your home. One can choose to use a designer to re-fresh or re-imagine your space to conserve on budget. Visit bargain retailers like TJ Maxx, Ross and Marshall's or mid-range design stores like Pier1 Imports, World Market or Bed, Bath & Beyond and even Home Depot to purchase smaller items, rugs, pillows, lighting and accessories to refresh your space for less money. Check catalogues and online shopping with mid to high range West Elm, Room & Board, Jonathan Adler, FrontGate, Horchow, Crate and Barrel, CB2, Ballard Designs and Home Decorators Collection. By choosing items to support your design theme,  you can make a big impact.

For 35+ years, Patty Rogers, Broker Associate, BRE#00669968 with Abio Properties, has been previewing and matching stylish homes to satisfied Bay Area homebuyers and breaking sales records with her listings. She is known for finding and selling unique homes with a "Modicum of Charm" and is a shrewd negotiator who understands how to successfully orchestrate deals.