Three Popular Home Design Color Ideas For 2017

Color is important for our happiness.  In fact, science tells us that exposure to colors does influence our mood. Red, for example, is the color of alarm (like fire) while blue is the color of calm (like water).  Gray can be gloomy while yellow can be sunny. These are generalizations, but you get the point.

When you paint your home, then, you should consider the importance of color in affecting your mood.  In 2017, home design trends seem to favor more natural, subtle colors over the more vibrant and adventurous shades of previous years.



This year, neutral colors are a big favorite and this might have something to do with the fact that “transitional designs” are also expected to be very popular.  Neutral color schemes makes it easier to interchange new elements. They are also somewhat easier to maintain.

In that vein, though, while brown has always been a popular color, the culinary shades of brown are growing in interest.  Think mocha and cinnamon over wood hues.  Similarly, shades of gray are growing in popularity, probably because they can more quickly adapt to other colors in trims, furniture, and other accoutrement. Think soft grays like charcoal, slate, and shadow.


In addition to “spicy” browns, though, you can also expect that shades of forest green will be popular this year.  Forest green is that “most natural” of the natural colors. Sure, it may have gone out of style maybe a decade or two ago but it is getting a bit of a modern update that is less formal and more warm and comfortable. This might have something to do with how well it complements grays and other neutral tones.


Finally, deep jewel tones—emerald green, ruby red, amethyst, sapphire, and even pastel colors—will be pretty popular this year too.  All of these are found in nature, and all can add a touch of shimmer and luxury to the otherwise simple and sparing sensibilities of neutral colors. These tones are great accent colors so think of the in terms of molding, runners, frames, backsplashes, etc.

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