The MOST searched home trend right now is Hygge (pronounced Hoo-Ga). Hygge is more of a feeling than a word, and is completely in keeping with this year’s home design trend of creating a space that is an extension of who we are; thus, blurring the lines between one’s inside and outside presence.
The Danish term translates to building one’s own sanctuary. It is the act of taking pleasure in the people and things that surround us. This is an updated version of the Danish Modern trend with an emphasis on texture and warmth. With this new shift in personalized design, it is through one’s own “lens” that a serene, cozy atmosphere is achieved.
The major design principals of Hygge are:
- Monochromatic or tonal color schemes
- Clutter free surroundings
- A myriad of textures (the more the better; think leather, wood, wool and fur0
- Only meaningful and beautiful pieces should be displayed (things such as travel photos, paintings or memorabilia)
- Warm mood lighting using candles and lanterns scattered throughout the space
- My favorite principal is adding things with some patina such as an heirloom chest or other special piece
Below, are some rooms that beautifully illustrate Hygge:
When I am working with clients, I do my best to put his or her style through my “filter” to achieve the perfect space that still looks and feels like them. Accessories make or break this look; therefore, it is a budget-friendly design concept. As with any concept, the absolute WORST mistake is to take a theme/trend literally. Doing so, always leads to a space that lacks authenticity and personality.
One Kings Lane curated a beautiful Hygge collection. Below, I used pieces from their collection to creat a design board illustrating my interpretation of the Hygge trend. I like to use black in a lot of the rooms I design because it creates visual weight. It grounds the room, especially in a room that is primarily monochromatic. The eyes need some place to rest, and black allows this to happen. I LOVE this clover coffee table in matte black (which is another HUGE trend right now).
bench,Side table, coffee table, sofa, rug, cable pillow, diamond pillow,
I would love to hear your thoughts on this trend. Do you think this trend has longevity? Is this concept something you would favor in one room over another? Whether or not this specific look resonates with you, I hope you find your version of Hygge in your home!
Every few years a major paradigm shift occurs in design; 2017 will be one of those years. There are so many factors that foster these shifts. See my post here from the beginning of the year where I delve into some of these reasons. For the past few years design has favored a neutral palette, organic elements and open concept living. A cleaner more minimalist style has been the trend. Less will still be more in 2017; I don’t think we will ever go back to the “let me cover/fill every surface in my home” again. However, 2017 will bring new materials, richer colors and a more personal approach to designing one’s home.
What WILL be OVER are:
This print has had a pretty good run. This pattern was able to cross style boundaries popping up in traditional, modern and everything in between. I love this print, it is a soft geometric that lends itself to many applications. The problem is that it was WAY TOO OVERDONE! We now have Moroccan print fatigue. I can’t bear to use this fabric anymore.
If you are not ready to let this pattern go, try an ikat version of this print for a more updated look.
Image via Etsy
This pattern dating back to the 60’s re-emerged in the more modern realm of design a few years ago. It has since crept into every sect of the design world. The traditional version of this pattern will be zigzagging itself out of decor next year. Like its Moroccan print soul-sister, it too has been over used.
If you REALLY love Chevron, below is an updated version that looks more current.
The new Chevron -Image via Residents Understood
If you have either of these prints in your home, I wouldn’t toss them. However, I would not recommend purchasing anything new (especially upholstered or custom pieces) in these prints.
We are going to see a lot more new textures than new patterns in the upcoming year. Some other trends that will be HUGE in 2017 are:
Beside the obvious marble counter top, marble is now popping up in decor elements and decorative object and lamps.
marble tray (20%off use code MERRY), Lamp, Bookends
This organic material will be HUGE for 2017! Everything from entire cork walls, to cork flooring.
Cork Wallpaper, Drum Lighting,
3. Jewel Tones
Cream, blush and gray monopolized much of 2016. 2017 will make way for deeper richer colors such as amethyst and sapphire. However, I think emerald-green will be the star in the new year. I predict there will be rich colors done in rich textures such as velvet, tweed and linen. If these rich tones make you nervous, try starting with one richly colored piece while keeping everything else more neutral.
I am loving this emerald-green sofa from Anthropologie.
sofa, arched headboard, dining chair
I love this metal detail! It elevates everything it adorns, making ordinary pieces look special. EVERYTHING looks better with nailheads…..no exceptions!!!
This side table from Better Homes and Garden is a major steal!
side table, Chest, mirror
I am looking forward to what the new year will bring. In future posts, I will discuss some of the other major design movements and trends that are emerging. Let me know what topics you would like to hear more about, or post any feedback on this topic.