WHAT’S TRENDING FOR THE HOME – MCAP
Like fashion, home styles have seasonal trends that can provide inspiration. Here are a few ideas for 2017 from the “runways” of home fashion editorial.
Sustainable décor and materials have become more popular. Bamboo, cork, reclaimed wood, or repurposed materials (e.g., denim insulation) add interest and reduce the impact to the environment. “Green walls” like “green roofs” are growing in popularity because the vegetation/plants purify the air and reduce stress levels. You can add a bit of green to walls without plants by using the 2017 Pantone colour of the year — “Greenery”. Butterflies, which add beauty and tranquility, are also popular.
MIXED PATTERNS AND FAUX FINISHES
Mixing patterns and colours are runway trends that appear in home design. Use detailed or chunky patterns or animal prints as a focal point in a room or to add interest to a monochromatic space. Accessories and furniture have faux finishes in leather, fur, and even marble, while engineered products such as faux wood, laminate and quartz are being used for flooring and countertops.
COMPACT SIZE AND SPACE SAVINGS
Homes with less square footage will benefit from the new designs that can be folded or tucked away. Retractable hoods, modular furniture that can be folded flat, and even compact, foldable bathrooms are appearing in smaller spaces.
SMART HOME FEATURES
The Internet of Things (IoT) is being incorporated in many parts of the home — including garage door openers, refrigerators, thermostats, shades and even furniture.
As home fashion and technology change over time, it’s important to keep in mind what ideas work best for you, your lifestyle and your budget.
If you are interested in upgrading your home, consider leveraging the equity in your home. You may be able to avoid higher interest rates from other credit options, such as credit cards.
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