Furniture Trends for 2017

With 2016 officially in the books, it's time to start looking forward to the new year. What trends are we going to be seeing more of? And what styles are starting to look a bit stale? Before writing this post, I first came up with my own list of new trends. I thought back to new styles and colors I have been gravitating towards as well as techniques I'm looking forward to using more of in the future. Now I know that I alone am not dictating what's hot in 2017, so I then turned to the experts. I was pleasantly surprised to see a good deal of overlap. And as for the trends that didn't coincide...well, what do the experts really know anyways?!

1) Navy is the New Black

Over the past six months or so, navy has become one of my staples for furniture makeovers. Why? Because of its versatility. It acts as a neutral color that works well with all design styles. Whether you're going for a traditional look or are more into a sleek modern aesthetic, navy furniture and accents seem to fit seamlessly into the whole spectrum of styles. While the bold color creates a dramatic effect, it's not quite as harsh as black.

Modern MCM Dresser sprayed in navy lacquer currently available in my Etsy shop

Modern MCM Dresser sprayed in navy lacquer currently available in my Etsy shop

Traditional Buffet sprayed in navy lacquer - No longer available

Traditional Buffet sprayed in navy lacquer - No longer available

2) Pantone Color of the Year: Greenery

Pantone recently named Greenery as the 2017 color of the year. Their announcement has a large impact in both the design and fashion world, as you will start to see more use of the color in interior decorating magazines as well as the runway.

Photo from Stellar Interior Design blog

Photo from Stellar Interior Design blog

I couldn't be more thrilled with the selection this year. I always have a lot of fun with green colored furniture makeovers as they exude a fresh and happy feel. If you want to incorporate this look into your home, start small with an accent piece of furniture.

French Provincial Nightstands painted in a custom blend of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint currently available in my Etsy shop

French Provincial Nightstands painted in a custom blend of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint currently available in my Etsy shop

Entryway table painted in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Antibes currently available in my Etsy shop

Entryway table painted in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Antibes currently available in my Etsy shop

 

3) Buffalo Check

Last August I shared with you a chair I refinished for our home. I reupholstered it in a blue and white buffalo check. 

My $10 Craigslist chair I reupholstered

My $10 Craigslist chair I reupholstered

Since then, I have seen that exact same fabric show up in furniture stores like Arhaus and Ethan Allen. 

Buffalo check chairs available at Arhaus and Ethan Allen

While buffalo check is nothing new, we are seeing it used in fun and creative ways. Mix it with an animal print throw pillow for a playful look or pair it with a toile fabric for a more formal look.

 

4) A Touch of Gold

We're not talking about turning your home into Versailles. No, gilded and gaudy is not what we're after here. But rather adding touches of gold in a tasteful and classy way. Just enough to add interest, but not take away from the whole look. The gold caps and plates on the legs of these two dressers help to spice them up a bit. 

Dark grey lacquer dresser with brass hardware and accents - No longer available

Dark grey lacquer dresser with brass hardware and accents - No longer available

Light grey lacquer dresser with brass hardware and accents - No longer available

Light grey lacquer dresser with brass hardware and accents - No longer available

Here are a couple more examples from Ballard Designs and Baker Furniture.

 

5) Custom Made Furniture

Yeah, this trend may sound a bit self-fulfilling, but it's true! According to Forbes, millennials now comprise the largest consumer group in the US furniture and bedding market. From 2012 to 2014, they have increased their market share from 14% to 37%, and it's continuing to grow. One trait that characterizes this group of people is their desire for individualism. They strive to be unique and try to shy away from the mainstream. They are also more environmentally conscious and like the idea of recycled furniture or knowing something has a story behind it. Buying something you saw on social media that is environmentally friendly is way cooler than going to your local Crate & Barrel to buy the same credenza thousands of other people already have in their own homes.

Given that I am a millennial and I own a furniture refinishing company, I guess it goes without saying that my house is full of custom furniture. But for me, this isn't a trend but rather a lifestyle. Some of my favorite pieces of furniture I own are items I have redone.

And no, it's not all just painted furniture. Last Summer I redid this factory cart that we are currently using as a coffee table in our screened in porch. 

And our dining table was custom made by a friend of mine. We needed a very specific sized table to fit this space. We were able to work together to design a table that was the perfect size and style to compliment the room. And guess how many other people have this table? Not one. 

So there you have it. 2017 is all about being unique and having fun with color and patterns. Be bold, take a risk, and set yourself apart from others.