With a new year comes new home improvement trends - and with tips and advice more accessible than ever thanks to the popularity of social media, the sheer volume of options can be overwhelming. With people pinning, liking and reblogging their favourite content at a faster rate than ever before, home improvement trends are changing almost at the same rate as fashion. So, whether you’ve saved up to design your dream kitchen or are taking out a home improvement loan to keep your property on trend, here are 5 of our favourite home improvement trends for 2017.
1. Velvet makes a comeback.
Thanks to its unique texture, almost any velvet accessory will instantly add warmth to a room. Whether you invest in grand scale statement furniture like sofas and chaises or simply want to add some bright pops of colour with pillows, a rich fabric like velvet adds a touch of class to any home. From deep blues to glittering greens with gold accents, mix this fabric trend with jewel tones - guaranteed to make a big impact this year - to breathe life back into your home.
2. Matte move in.
Timeless in its appeal, matte consistently manages to be both bold and sophisticated. Black appliances and countertops are set to dominate in 2017 - with homeowners moving away from traditional stainless steel and granite trends whilst turning towards this smooth finish. If you’re looking for a sleek yet aesthetically pleasing design that’s easy to accessorise, matte is the way to go in 2017.
3. Greenery continues to creep through.
Bringing the outside in is a trend that continues to grow from last year, with plumper plants and brighter colours more on-trend than ever. The idea with this home design trend is to blur the space between the indoors and the outdoors, bringing in natural light and making your home feel luxuriously light and spacious. Green will be a popular hue in 2017, so if you want to avoid getting creative with a paint palette, choose plant shades that complement your interior and scatter them throughout your home.
4. Homes get smarter.
The world is obsessed with tech, so we knew it wouldn’t be long before interior trends followed suit, and with smart-home technology, they’re doing just that. From self-cleaning toilets and smart showers to highly sophisticated home security systems, technology is highly in vogue this year. Whether you’re using Amazon’s Echo technology to preheat your oven or opting for technology instead of a home inspector to check you’re up to code, it’s well-worth exploring your smart tech options for the year ahead.
5. Bohemian style pops.
Bohemian style has been coming and going in the world of fashion for years, and finally, it’s arrived in home design! Kilim rugs are a fantastic way to add some bright colours and exciting patterns into any room, and this year, it’s out with the ‘less is more’ attitude - as lavish materials and bold shades move in. Bohemian style brings to mind a well-travelled vibe, creating the perfect conversation starter in any home. Whether you’re just getting a foot on the property ladder and want to explore your home improvement options or you’re simply looking for some tips for keeping your style on point this year, be sure to follow our top 5 tips to keep your home on trend in 2017!