Have you ever wondered what causes design trends in the home to change? Why we laugh at brightly colored bean bag chairs but drool at that super cute wicker hanging chair from Anthropology? Or why Carrara Marble is all the rage when a few decades ago, plastic laminate was hot? Sometimes it can seem like an invisible hand is moving through us, causing us to make choices on how we design our homes based on arbitrary reasons. But design trends don’t happen in a vacuum-they are deeply embedded in our culture and are influenced by history, current events, and technology. As homeowners and especially for us as designers, it’s important to be aware of the reasons behind what we buy and surround ourselves with in the home. As we look back on 2017, we unpack some of the top design trends and look at what they say about our current culture.
Greenery (the color)
This bright color of green speckled with yellow was declared Pantone’s color of the year for 2017, and we’ve seen it make its way into lush seating, vibrant wallpapers, and fresh tiles. Green is one of the most prominent colors in nature and is a symbol of natural life and growth.
As climate change becomes more noticeable and more people move from rural areas into cities, it is understandable that this color would appeal to people’s desire to reconnect with nature.
This plush texture has become increasingly popular this year in fashion and interior design and can be seen in coats, shirts, and upholstery. The material is soft with a hint of glamour, and invites one to sit and linger. The appeal of velvet and other soft textures can be linked back to the increase of technology in our culture and the hunger many people have for comfort and physical connection. As devices become more advanced and more of our lives move into the virtual realm, a soft couch or plush rug can pull us back into our physical senses and surroundings.
Artisanal and Hand Crafted
Artisanal goods are objects created in a traditional or non mechanized way, and are becoming more valued in design. We’ve seen this in 2017 in handcrafted baskets, stoneware, and tapestries. We live in an era where almost everything in the home can be laser cut, 3D printed, and manufactured at an unfathomable scale. While this can make some goods more accessible and affordable, it also has the potential to reduce their quality and character. The movement towards artisanal goods is a reaction to this and an affirmation of objects created by hand.
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