February 21, 2017

Soon consumers will be looking toward spring home improvement projects to clear out the staleness of the past year and move into the new one. Some trends for 2017 include updating home color palettes, do-it-yourself building projects, a rising interest in both farmhouse and comfortable Scandinavian décor styles and the use of copper and acrylic in accent pieces. Below are a few key categories and products retailers can keep in mind when guiding consumers through these new trends.

Multifunction Home Automation

Home security systems remain high on the list of most home automation projects, and products that can incorporate a variety of functions into one basic system, including security features, continue to appeal to those looking for user-friendly and expandable systems. Two popular examples are:

Wink Hub 2
Logitech Harmony Elite Smart Remote

The Comeback of Wallpaper

While wallpaper may be a dreaded sight to some, the use of wallpaper as a unique accent feature or to achieve a specific look in small rooms like bathrooms is garnering more interest in the design world. With the increase in high-definition printing technology, wallpapers no longer appear one-dimensional. Complicated patterns, including faux marble and woodgrain textures, can mimic the appearance of high-end finishes without the cost. Two popular wallpaper lines include:

Brewster Wall Coverings Faux Effects
Graham & Brown

Cozy Style

Woodgrain wallpaper blends well with the updated Farmhouse and casual Scandinavian décor trends that often use painted wood features such as shiplap and exposed beams. Chalk paints in lighter shades of white and gray, soft, chunky textiles and distressed finishes fall well within these trends also.

Metal finishes and acrylic accessories play along with these styles as accent pieces. While rose-gold was the metallic trend of 2016, copper is in for 2017. Pot racks, wire baskets, lanterns, garden accents and other accessories add shine and interest to interior and exterior spaces.

For a super-simple DIY copper pot rack, check out this tutorial at PlanItDIY.

Alternatives to Wood Flooring

High-definition printing technology has also carried over into ceramic and luxury vinyl tiles (LVT), allowing consumers to have the design aesthetic of wood with the convenience of tile flooring in high-moisture areas, such as kitchens, baths, laundry, mud rooms and entryways. Check out these examples:

Armstrong Flooring

Do-It-Yourself Furniture

One of the more recent trends, as seen on Pinterest, is DIY furniture building, with nightstands being one of the more popular pieces. This could translate into an increased interest in interior or furniture-grade lumber or laminate products, wood glues and adhesives, furniture-quality fasteners and decorative hardware, such as latches and pulls. Retailers can also draw in consumers with build-it-yourself instructional workshops, including both new and reclaimed items from around the store to highlight out-of-the-box ideas and proper techniques for DIY building projects.

Lawn and Garden

Gardening could also see a rise in 2017. The local food trend is still popular among millennials, and the rise in at-home food preparation and interest in techniques such as canning and pickling could signal interest in growing food at home. Products such as self-contained or raised gardens, planters and containers, indoor growing systems, growing mediums and accessories such as misters, watering wands or plant markers could appeal to this growing consumer segment. Additionally, nonedible indoor plant sales have witnessed a marked increase, possibly because of the growing concern regarding indoor air quality. Air-filtering plants, such as those found on the NASA Clean Air Plant List can draw in consumers with air quality concerns.


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