After spending countless hours scrolling through Pinterest, you still have no idea what to do with your kitchen…which hasn’t been revamped since the early ’90s. Oof. Fear not, we can fix this. Here, five decor trends that are going to make a serious statement this year. Trust us, you’re going to want to try them all. (Hint: White is out, navy is in.)
Going Over to the Dark Side
In the Kitchen, That Is
This year, we’re saying au revoir to whiteouts and embracing the moodier side of decor, starting with our kitchen cabinets. You may be thinking, Will this make my room look like a dungeon? But on the contrary, black or navy paint can add depth and dimension while playing well with stark white and other neutral tones. Create a serene balance by pairing dark bottom cabinets with a light-colored backsplash and countertops. We can hear the book club squealing already.
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In order to achieve a smooth finish, it’s best to choose a paint and primer in one, like Kilz Complete Coat. This dark hue resists staining and has a durable, scrubbable finish (a must for any kitchen). P.S. You can totally do this yourself. Pick a weekend and follow this simple tutorial.
The perfect complement to dark cabinets? Natural metal hardware. Opt for something minimal that won’t overpower your space and draw attention away from those dreamy doors.
Add in subtle pieces of light-colored wood throughout the space. Whether it’s a cutting board, shelves or window trim, the natural elements will help to highlight those areas.
Williams Sonoma ($130)
Try adding a pop of pattern in the same color family with a mosaic tile backsplash over your stove or behind the sink. Since it’s a small area, you can splurge on extra-fancy tiles.
Wayfair ($6 per square foot)
Greenery in Any Shape or Form
Sofas and Plants and Pillows—Oh My
Named Pantone’s color of 2017, “Greenery” represents a refreshing outlook and actually encourages you to take a step back to reenergize. If painting an entire room chartreuse makes your head spin, look for dark-green accent pieces (think an emerald sofa or framed artwork) to bring this life-affirming hue into your home. And hey, if all else fails, you can just add tons of plants.
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We love the idea of making a jewel-toned velvet couch the centerpiece of a room. Talk about a conversation starter. Just make sure to keep the rest of the space fairly minimal—unless Diana Vreeland happens to be your spirit animal, that is.
Cork Walls Are the New Corkboards
Go Big or Go...Big
Picture it, an entire wall made of cork. Yes, we know—it took us a while to wrap our head around the trend, too. Think of this new style as a larger version of the inspiration board that’s in your home office (minus the magazine clippings, of course). Cork works well in the bedroom, acting as a headboard, or in bigger, more open rooms due to its ability to absorb sound. Go big with an entire wall, or try it as an accent.
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Creating a cork wall is much easier than it sounds. Basically, you lay the tiles as you would a brick wall (with staggered joints) and use a little bit of adhesive. Here’s a step-by-step installation guide.
With so much beige and neutral coloring in one area, pockets of vibrant green are a must. Place real or artificial plants (hey, no judgment) throughout your space to add some life.
Since cork has a somewhat matte finish, look to add a piece that reflects a hint of light.
Designing an Indoor Tree House (of Sorts)
Goal: Escape Reality for a Moment
When you were younger, did you ever have a tree house or reading nook or even a homemade fort that you could escape to? That’s the idea behind the escapism home trend—to create a tranquil and cozy space that serves as your daily retreat. Whether it’s a nook, a loft or an entire room in your home, channel the hygge mind-set when you begin decorating.
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Buy a variety of your favorite candles and fill the room with calming scents like lavender, vanilla and eucalyptus.
If you’re looking for a moment of true bliss (let’s be honest, who isn’t?), wrap yourself in the most comfortable blanket in the world: a chunky-knit wool throw.
Serena & Lily ($598)
Mix and Match Textures
There’s No Rule Book Here
Brick walls. Grainy wood. Matte finishes. How do you choose just one? Well, now that mixing textures is a thing, you officially don’t have to. Bringing multiple textures into your home is like an open invitation to a party: It draws people in and establishes a connection.
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Chalkboards serve two purposes. The first is their ability to keep notes neat and organized. The second is their ability to double as artwork. (Grocery lists can be pretty fascinating if you think about it.)
World Market ($40)
Balance a modern kitchen with an old-fashioned refrigerator. (This one comes in almost every color.)
Feel free to use mismatched barstools. Just make sure they’re a comfortable height and all in the same color family.