If Pantone, a company known for its color matching system and industry color trend predictions, is any indication, 2017 is the year of Greenery, a yellow-green shade that takes its cue from the environment. Other hot colors include earthy shades like Kale (yes, the color is just like the vegetable) and Hazelnut, a warm nude, in addition to splashy shades like Lapis Blue, a vivid jewel tone, and Flame, a fiery orange.
But as for Pantone’s color of the year:, “Greenery is a very attention-grabbing color, and I imagine it being used to add pop and contrast to the overall interior,” says architect/designer Jeffrey Beers of Jeffrey Beers International, whose most recent projects include Gotham Market at The Ashland in Brooklyn and Atlantis Hainan, Sanya, China.
Mr. Beers, for one, suggests adding strategically placed hand-blown glass vases in Greenery to a warm-toned interior.
“The biggest place we’ll see rich, earthy tones is on the walls,” adds Amelia Ohm of LuxeDecor. “Cool colors, such as greens and blues with dark grey undertones, will show up in furniture, including velvet sofas and club chairs,” she says.
And as for those new super-saturated colors: “Adding brights to a ceiling, or by way of a lacquered piece of furniture, gives the space an unexpected surprise that’s easy to swap out if you’re tired of the color a year later,” says designer Cortney Novogratz of The Novogratz, who along with her design partner/ husband Robert recently completed Timber Cove Resort in Sonoma, California, and is working on Hotel Warrington in Ocean Grove, New Jersey, the design team’s fifth boutique Hotel.
Think brass and chrome, silver and polished nickel, antique brass and oil-rubbed bronze. “The resurgence of mixed metals signals the popularity of both industrial and minimalist design and people’s unabashed mixing of the two,” says Ms. Ohm.
Accents such as abstract pendants and lamps or metal vases and trays are particularly easy ways to update a space with a sleek vibe.
“Mixing metals isn’t new, but people are being more creative than ever with their combinations,” says Ms. Novogratz.
“It’s the unexpected contradiction of the two finishes that brings synergy to these living, breathing spaces,” says designer Lori Morris of Lori Morris Designs Inc. whose recent projects include 200 Russell Hill, a luxury residential building in Toronto.
Brass, chrome, and black lacquer can all look great in the same space if done right. Or try blending different finishes of the same material, such as matte gold and metallic gold. This works well in kitchens (faucets, cabinetry, hardware, shelving—even wine racks).
Taking a cue from three of the most prevalent décor styles—industrial (raw metals and unfinished woods), Southwestern (cowhide rugs and desert plants), and Scandinavian (bleached Nordic wood, sheepskin rugs, and linen upholstery)—unexpected design pairings will be popular, predicts Ms. Ohm.
For example, a linen sofa with a natural wood frame would look right at home alongside an industrial metal table topped with cacti and a sheepskin accent textile. The juxtaposition of different design styles and textures (rather than using just one) makes a big impact on a room, says Ms. Ohm.
Terracotta and cork aren’t exactly the first materials that come to mind for finishes, but both are becoming more popular for interior accents.
“They add a stylish warmth and texture to spaces,” says designer Alexandra Champalimaud, who is currently designing Extell Development’s The Kent condominium complex on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and the new Four Seasons Jakarta.
“Terracotta is being used with a more natural, matte finish in earthy tones to create a rustic and eclectic space,” she says. It looks great as floor tiling, an accent wall, or fireplace cladding.
Ms. Champalimaud is also seeing cork on coffee table bases in combination with side tables. The unique material can make for a creative accent wall, too (it absorbs noise!).
“As the trend towards minimal living and owning less continues to thrive, we foresee a return to stylish-yet-functional storage solutions that lend themselves to small-space living,” Ms. Ohm says.
And that’s even in the luxury realm.
In the ultimate example of minimalist living, architect Tom Brink, vice president of CallisonRTKL is designing 500-square-foot apartments for a building in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, with a prefabricated, modular storage system that moves within the home to optimize space throughout the day.
“We call this adaptability ‘24/7 architecture’,” says Mr. Brink, whose current projects include Burj Vista luxury condo towers in Dubai and Al Mamsha, a 900-unit luxury condo project on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi.
“The unit moves on command to make a larger living space during the day and moves back again to create a larger sleeping space at night—with a bed that slides out from within,” he says. “In addition to optimizing space, the inclusion of a bed, desk, bench, and storage space limits the resident’s need for furniture.”
Ms. Morris also notes the move toward cleverly camouflaged solutions, such as decorative pillars and archways, which can house closets in a hallway or a bar or pantry in a kitchen. “These create an impeccable palette of design and sophistication while providing functional storage in a usable space,” she says.
The polished look of high-lacquered wood will be an emerging trend for 2017, says Mr. Beers.
“Right now I am a big fan of Santos Rosewood, which is one of the key materials used in our design for the soon-to-open Atlantis Sanya in Hainan, China,” he says.
Mr. Beers also notes the growing popularity of using sleek lacquered walls to conceal shelving. “As an architect, I am naturally drawn to clean lines and finishes, and the lacquered walls give a polished and tailored look, as well as add another layer of texture to the overall interior space,” he says.
Furniture as Art
Adding interest to space isn’t just about what you hang on the walls: a unique chair or bench can function as art in the room, says Ms. Morris.
“A chair isn’t just a chair, it is a piece of art that is functional; it’s chosen for its artistic contribution to the overall design and aesthetic of the space,” she says.
Even a cocktail cabinet, for example, can add life and dimension. “Armani Casa’s The Club Cocktail Cabinet has a sleek and tailored look that’s both modern and timeless,” Mr. Beers mentions specifically. “I also love how they strategically store and hide your cocktail paraphernalia behind artisanal, textured doors,” he says.
As more people are renting out their homes, even on the higher end of the market, “it’s all about curating the right bedding, the right books, the right art collection, etc. that will make your home feel like a getaway not only for guests—whether family, friends or strangers—but also for you,” says designer Robert Novogratz of The Novogratz design firm.
“If you decorate with a sense of worldliness, not only will you constantly feel like you’re on a vacation, but when family and friends visit, or if you rent your home out, your guests will be inspired and relaxed in your home,” he says.
This means making your home more streamlined by hiding clutter, choosing bedding that’s universal, and opting for furniture that’s easy to clean or has removable cushion covers, says Mr. Novogratz.
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