• by Desiree Mastracchio, DMDesign

2017: What's In, What's Out?

Home staging kitchen design

The new year is underway, and 2017 promises some interesting interior style and design trends. Below are several, and how they relate when selling your home.


Pantone Greenery Color of the Year 2017

The 2017 Pantone Color of the Year is Greenery - a vivid shade of warm green. It will show up in home decor and fashion this year, and will be that perfect “pop of color” we like to see in mostly neutral spaces. It adds life to a simple backdrop, and will inject some fun into the more conservative rooms in your home. Interior designers may use this color in broad strokes, for a highly stylized, dramatic effect. For purposes of staging however, this color should be used only as an accent. Most home buyers can’t see past walls of bright green!

Also likely to become popular this year, according to industry professionals, is a wider palette of greens, from lime to emerald, and classic navy in place of black. While gray will remain the neutral color of choice, pale camel and soft pinks will be on trend as well.

Sherwin Williams named Poised Taupe (SW 6039) as its color of the year for 2017; a warm, rosy taupe that will work well with wood and jewel tones.

Sherwin Williams Color of the Year 2017

Courtesy of Sherwin Williams

Benjamin Moore selected Shadow 2117-30 as its color of the year — a deep eggplant that will create a sophisticated, cozy feeling in a modern styled home. Again, because it is such a saturated shade, this color should be used sparingly if you are considering listing your house.

Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2017

Interior designers are also introducing bold tropical prints this year, especially with the popularity of the green color palette.

Courtesy of Benjamin Moore​


Brushed silver metals are going out of style, as stainless steel appliances begin trending away from the industrial look toward a warmer, more homey feel. Matte black stainless steel resists fingerprints and offers a look of simple sophistication. Brass is making a comeback as well, replacing brushed nickel fixtures.

matte black stainless steel appliances

Courtesy of Consumer Reports


Terra cotta tile will be in demand in 2017, adding warmth and character to both indoor and outdoor spaces. Also popular this year will be brick look-alike tiles, following the popularity of wood lookalike tile during 2016.

Cork is becoming the material of choice for many home designers, and not only for flooring. Its texture adds warm and variety to floors, walls and furniture, and helps with noise reduction in homes with open floor plans.

Cork 2017 design trends

Courtesy of Carpet One Floor & Home

Marble is trending — especially when combined with brass for a classic look — and the popularity of subway tile continues as well.

2017 Design Trends Marble and Brass

Courtesy of Carpet One Floor & Home


Some interior decorating trends that designers have declared “out” are oversized furniture, word art, and believe it or not, open living spaces.

But that’s the interesting thing about decorating trends … while some styles last several years or even decades, others come and go so quickly that they’re out before most of us even knew they were in. Take copper and rose gold, for instance. They were a 2016 trend for kitchen and bathroom fixtures, but did not really take off in the Atlanta market. They are trending out for 2017… clearly no big loss to most of us!

And as far as staging goes… it’s always best to keep things modern and updated, but not “trendy.” We had a client recently who changed out all her kitchen and bath fixtures from brushed nickel to brass, because she was told they would be "in" this year. But despite being on trend, she received negative feedback from buyers and real estate agents who thought it looked dated. The homeowner changed everything back to brushed nickel which still appeals to more Atlanta buyers. The moral of the story is while it’s okay to be a trendsetter when it comes to decorating your home, stay mid-trend when staging.

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