What are the top interior design trends for 2017? We’re sharing the hottest home decor ideas and emerging interior design trends that are going to be huge this year. Take a look! 

As an interior designer, the best part about living in Kansas City is that we are literally in the middle of the country. As different trends develop on the East and West Coasts, they migrate across the country and meet in the middle—Kansas City is always in fashion and on trend! Every year I travel the best furniture markets in America, from the fall High Point Furniture Market in North Carolina to the Las Vegas and the Los Angeles Furniture Markets in the West. During these travels and shopping excursions I usually find that “perfect piece” for a current project and I have a blast discovering the different up-and-coming design trends from coast to coast.

In-Home Retreats

Sometimes we NEED an escape. A space where we can decompress after an especially trying day at work, a quiet nook to disappear into for a few minutes (or hours); a break from the noise, a distraction from our devices…

Some commission the addition of a Man-Cave or a She-Shed, while others, like many of my clients, desire an updated spa-like master bathroom.

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Nothing can wash your worries away like a luxurious bath or a long, hot shower can! While master bathroom renovations aren’t a new trend, I have noticed lately that in my initial meetings with new clients, en-suite updates are becoming a priority, many times over a kitchen remodel.

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Jungalow Chic

While the child in us gets dreamy-eyed over shows like Tree House Masters, the idea of owning an grown-up tree house is just not a possibility for most of us; we live in a city, or on a cul-du-sac, or in an average American neighborhood without the acres of forest one would need for a proper luxury tree house or Jungalow.

Part bungalow and part tree house, this trending hotel-like forest accommodation is migrating from the jungle and into our traditional homes. Bohemian mixed colors and patterns, deep greens and rich, earthy colors will really bloom this year. Just take a look at the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year, aptly named Greenery:

While last year we saw Chinoiserie, birds, dragonfly, and butterfly wallpapers trending, this year it is all about plant life. For the perfect Bohemian-style wallpapers, look no further than Justina Blakeney-the Queen of the Jungalow. Her latest collaboration with Hygge & West offers bold palm prints and lush tropical garden patterns like these below:

Live house plants will also be trending this year. The best way to capture the feeling of a tree house is to bring the outdoor in!

Jewel Tones

Benjamin Moore’s 2017 Color Palette is also packed with eye candy!What I love most about this color palette is that any color combination will look amazing together.  I think 2017 is going to be all about the jewel tones. Emeralds, sapphires and amethysts bring richness and depth while opal-inspired tones add shimmer and shine.

Muted Metals

The brass trend has really exploded over these past few years, so much so that the marketplace is saturated, often times with flashy imitations. While brass is still in-style, go for high quality products in small doses with minimal shine.

While we expect to see much less shiny brass in 2017, we do predict muted metals to make their way to center stage like oxidized metals and matte glazes, steel and gunmetal  furniture, lighting and hardware.


The matte metals go hand-in-hand with the grey trend that is still gaining momentum.  I’ve been asked many times if grey will continue to be a strong color of choice for homeowners updating their decor. My answer to that is YES! Classic neutrals like greys will forever be in style. The trend of cool, light, chic greys are making way for warmer, richer greys to start trending. And sure enough, Sherwin-Williams announced Poised Taupe as their 2017 color of the year! And we LOVE it! Poised Taupe is the love child of Earthen Brown and Conservative Grey. See how these two colors came together to make the hottest color trend of 2017:

Photo Source: Sherwin-Williams

I love the versatility that Poised Taupe possesses. It’s one of those chameleon-like paint colors that can take on the hue of other colors. In some settings, Poised Taupe appears browner; in other settings it can appear to have more of a gray hue. I found this cute fabric swatch and uploaded it to LetsChipIt.com, (Sherwin-Williams’ amazing Color Snap desktop paint-matching tool). When paired with turquoise and light greens, Poised Taupe takes on a more lavender tone.

Photo Created with fabric by Emily Taylor for Riley Blake Designs via etsy.com; paint selections via LetsChipIt.com

Appealing to nearly everyone’s personal design style, Grey has been included in many of my latest interior design projects. Click the pictures to see more rooms from these projects:

The influence of greys can be seen all across the home décor board, from furniture and fabrics to lighting and plumbing fixtures furniture to wood finishes. With the days of golden oak long in the past, we’re now starting to see a shift away from the ever-popular rich, dark woods. I predict that white-washed woods, weathered oaks and grey finishes will make a huge impact this year. In this recent wine cellar creation by Design Connection, Inc., I selected a weathered oak gray finish and carried this look through the wine cellar and tasting area, using the same coloration on the floors, as well as cement grey paint on the walls and ceiling. Click the picture below to learn more about this project:


Greys, spring greens, and jewel tones aren’t the only colors that will dominate this year. White is making a HUGE comeback! Like greys and whitewashed woods are being selected in place of dark woods, there is no denying that white cabinetry will be a 2017 kitchen remodel trend. Just look at a few of my latest kitchen remodels!


Do you need help tastefully incorporating your favorite interior design trends into your home’s decor? WE CAN HELP! Contact us today for a complimentary in-studio design consultation!