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Design Dilemma: What’s in for Fall 2017

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It’s fall! That means we’ll be spending more and more time indoors, entertaining, relaxing, and breaking bread with family and friends. But just because life is all cozy doesn’t mean it can’t be trendy too! Here are a few 2017 interior design trends that can help boost your home’s cool factor even as the crisper weather sets in.

 

Velvet

Velvet upholstery is all the rage this year. It’s probably a reaction to the streamlined modern looks of recent years, but there is something about velvet that speaks of luxury and lushness, a bit of excess, and certainly comfort. There is nothing austere about it, although velvet is often being used on clean and modern furniture shapes. Take a look:

 

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Above, a San Francisco apartment walks the line between fashionably minimalist and cozy traditional, just by placing an aquamarine sofa in an otherwise all white apartment.

Here’s another view:

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And here, a velvet couch feels like something you might see in a posh private club:

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And here:

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Jewel Tones

Hand in hand with the new fashionability of velvet are rich jewel tones that seem to perfectly reflect fall colors. Emerald greens, ruby reds, royal blues and regal purples are very much in style this season and probably are prominent as a reaction to the popularity of beige and gray in recent years. Certainly, they give a room much more personality!

For instance:

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Or here:

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Or here:

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And here:

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Each of the rooms above would have felt safe and boring, were it not for the deep jewel toned sofas. The other plus about jewel tones are that they are much easier to live with than primary colors and can mix and match with other colors without a problem.

Brass accents.

We’ve heard it both ways when it comes to brass. Some say it’s back, others say it isn’t. But what is clear is that people are searching for an alternative to the brushed aluminum look that has been standard now for at least a decade. No one wants to go as far as gold, and copper has had its day, but brass is a warmer metal that earthier and less garish than some others, and which can make a statement without seeming too trendy.

For instance:

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Or here:

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Or here:

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We’re even seeing it in bathrooms:

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And in bedrooms too, as you see above and below:

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One thing that makes brass so appealing is its ability to combine easily with other metals. If you’re stuck with gold door knobs, for example, pairing a brass pendant lamp above isn’t going to raise any eyebrows. Same if you have a bit of copper or aluminum in the room.

Woven textiles

Nubby textures are another way to make an interior feel ready for primetime snuggling. This fall, there woven textures abound, not only on upholstery, but in rugs, wall hangings, pillows and more. They give a room depth and a sense of exoticism. For instance:

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And here:

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And here:

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Bedroom as Restful Retreat
One last fall trend worth mentioning is the emphasis on the bedroom as a relaxing tranquil retreat. This is most often reflected in pale monochromatic colors that give a bedroom an almost spa like feel. For instance:

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And here, in this children’s bedroom:

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What else is in this fall?

  • Bone inlay furniture.
  • “Blush” or if you prefer, millennial pink.
  • Terra cotta tile.
  • Statement ceilings
  • Matte black accessories in light fixtures and accents.

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Turning Your Basement into a Comfy Living Space

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Many people think of their basement as being a dark, damp and rather depressing part of the home. Some people just use their basement for things like storage and try to avoid otherwise going in the basement any more than necessary.

However, turning your basement into a comfortable living space can be a great way to significantly increase the square footage in your home without having to spring for costly renovations.

Fortunately, doing so can be easier than you might think. These are a few steps that you can take if you would like to turn your basement into a comfortable living area. Then, you can use the area as an extra bedroom for one of your family members or you could even consider renting it out.

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Add a Toilet

First of all, you’re going to want to make sure that the bathroom has proper facilities. An upflush toilet kit can make it easy for you to install a toilet in this part of your home, as its flushing mechanism allows it to be easily installed even 15 feet below traditional toilets set ups.

Seal it Off

Since the basement can be prone to moisture, you’re going to want to make sure that it’s properly sealed off. This can help prevent mold growth, can help prevent flooding and can also help you ensure that the basement stays at a comfortable temperature. Basement waterproofing can help you with this.

Add Plenty of Lighting

Since your basement probably does not have any windows, it can be a darker area of the home. This can make it feel a bit depressing. One good way that you can help counteract this is by adding ample lighting throughout the basement. Installing overhead lights isn’t enough; you may also want to add various lamps throughout the basement so that you can get the perfect amount of light for any situation.

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Any room can look bland and boring if you don’t decorate it, but this can be particularly true when you’re turning a basement into a living space. Therefore, it’s a good idea to put plenty of effort into decorating your basement area.

For one thing, you may want to consider using light or bright paint colors, flooring and furniture to help brighten up an otherwise dark space. Adding decor to the walls can also help make the room feel more “home-like” and less like a basement.

Look Into Heating and Cooling Options

You may not want to tie your basement in with the heating and cooling system for the rest of your home. By investing in standalone heating and cooling units, however, you can help keep the basement nice and cozy during the winter and nice and cool during the summer.

As you can see, there are steps that you can take to turn your basement into a comfortable living area. If you follow these tips, you might soon find that your basement is actually one of your favorite areas of the home.

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Design Dilemma: A Back to Basics Moment

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We’re having a back to basics moment. Again and again, at furniture and design fairs and between the covers of glossy shelter magazines, we are noting that one thing rings true for 2017: designers are pushing simple, streamlined styles that are mature and timeless rather than radical or wild. Perhaps it is in reaction to the political and social tenor or our time. What we are looking for these days can be boiled down to no excitement.

Reports from the Salone del Mobile in Milan this year seemed to support this theme. Sober and calm, for example, pretty much sums up what was on view earlier this year, in the form of were luxurious minimal pieces and very large, comfortable sofas where the entire family can cocoon together. Sofas were not avant garde, but safe. And while large, they were not bulky.  The rule of thumb was simple lines, rounded forms and neutral colors, finished in high quality materials with lots of attention to detail. Gray, beige and tweed made a big appearance in this mature, sober environment.

So what does this look translate to at home? Let’s take a look.

Below, the sofa “Vuelta”, by Jaime Hayon for Austrian company Wittman, seems to exemplify the spirit of 2017. The design is simple and classic. The material is a tweedy gray. The couch is a large one, but it is not bulky in any way, perched as it is on dainty black legs that eliminate a bulky feel.

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And here is yet another interior direct from the Salone Del Mobile. It’s the Tama Living sofa amd Mwamba carpet by Eoos Design, for German manufacturer Walter Knoll.

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The Manhattan living room below seems to pick up on a few of the trend to sober calm. The colors are neutral and feel tranquil. The room feels timeless, embracing a mix of furniture styles, both modern and traditional. A few dramatic elements like large art add some spice.

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And here, a farmhouse feels modern and fun, but calming, thanks to sculptural furniture in rounded and organic shapes in soft neutral colors.

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Here’s another relaxing space:

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And here:

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And here:

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And here:

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So what should you keep in mind if you want to go back to basics?

  • Don’t overstuff your rooms with furniture. Pare back. In most instances, just a couch and coffee table are enough for a living room.
  • Choose less furniture, but very comfortable furniture. Make sure that couches are big enough to really stretch out on. Your rooms should invite relaxation.
  • Glory in neutrals. Avoid brighter colors, and stick with either grays, beiges or softer almost pastel-like colors.
  • Choose rounded furniture pieces with organic shapes.
  • Embrace tweed — on upholstery and carpets.
  • Celebrate natural light. Let the light take the center stage, rather than the furniture.

In unpredictable times, nothing calls like the lure of predictability!