Step Inside the Dream Home of 2017
If you could design the home of your dreams, what would each room look like? Would you opt for a timeless neutral colour palette or go bold with statement hues? Are you a standalone-tub devotee, or would you trade it for a shower with an unbeatable view?
While you probably have an idea of what your ideal home looks like, this image shifts a little every year as new trends emerge. In 2016, Pinterest mined data from their millions of users and declared the dream home was a rustic farmhouse-style abode peppered with cool-coloured accents.
So what does the dream home of 2017 look like? To find out, we tapped Houzz's and Pinterest's extensive user databases to discover which trends are on the rise. Unlike its predecessor, this inviting home is modern, open plan, and bursting with jewel tones. Step inside…
The dream home of 2017 is brighter and airier than last year's abode. In 2016, Pinterest users were most drawn to traditional spaces, but this year, we're seeing a much more daring approach to decorating.
Black steel and glass doors are set to be huge. "They are popping up everywhere. They're great for dark entryways that could use some natural light, and they make a statement for shower doors when frameless glass doesn't cut it for you," the Houzz report says.
Homeowners are also more invested than ever in creating an entryway that makes an impact—and are ready to spend big. Renovators will spend on average $2500 to reimagine an entryway or mudroom that's 150 square feet or more, meaning it's about to become one of the most stylish parts of the house.
Instant update: Not ready to renovate? Give your entryway a quick face-lift by adding a modern mirror in the hallway. Opt for mixed metals or curved lines for a piece that will remain on trend this year.
The Dining Room
Pantone might have declared Greenery as the 2017 Colour of the Year, but Pinterest's latest trend report suggests otherwise. According to the site's pool of décor devotees, blue is on the rise. "Homes are breaking away from the Swedish-inspired white interiors and crossing over to the dark side with navy and deep blue tones," the report reads. Searches for blue furniture and interiors has seen an 80% increase, indicating that serene, nature-inspired hues are set to dominate.
Instant update: Swap out dining room chairs for a statement navy velvet set, or introduce artworks with blue undertones.
Forget the standalone tub—this year, it's all about showers that boast an unbeatable view. Houzz declares "showers that feel outdoor" will be the biggest bathroom trend of the year. "To get around the weather dilemma, designers and homeowners are looking to intimate courtyards and strategic site placement to create bathrooms that connect deeply to the outdoors while still maintaining privacy," explains Houzz's Mitchell Parker.
It's not hard to see why this trend is taking off. This dreamy Australian bathroom by Vitale Design will have you feeling like your on vacation, thanks to stellar floor-to-ceiling views of the rolling green hills.
Instant update: Replace dated faucets and showerheads to give your bathroom a modern edge. If you don't have access to a view as breathtaking as this one, style a large artwork on the walls to transport your mind there instead.
Modern or farmhouse kitchens take center stage this year, with statement vein marble and wood accents set to be a key feature. We're also about to see a movement toward open-plan kitchens. As Houzz notes, 51% of new kitchens open to other rooms in the house, and 20% open to the outdoors.
Instant update: Nod to the wooden and marble trend by displaying small interchangeable accents on your countertop, like a modern mortar and pestle.
Few rooms have seen a more significant shift than the bedroom. In 2016, bedrooms with green accents, wooden beds, and Venetian blinds were among the most pinned, but this year heralds a more romantic, livable space. Houzz notes a rise in bedrooms with an intimate or romantic atmosphere and suggests ruby accents like throws and cushions will become more popular.
Statement pendant lighting is increasing in popularity as a replacement for standard bedside lamps, and Pinterest also notes that users are investing in unique nightstands that make a statement rather than simply mirror the bed.
Instant update: Toss some jewel-tone cushions on your bed and swap out nightstands to breathe fresh life into your room.
How did this compare to your vision of the dream home? Take a look inside our ultimate house for inspiration.