Jan 10

My Favourite Design Trends for 2017

I look forward to the turn of a New Year for all of the quintessential reasons. It always brings about a clean slate, a fresh start, and a moment of reflection – one that begs you to take the time to think back to what was, and improve on what’s to come. 2016 was a great year in the design world, and while many of my predictions (which you can read about here) still ring true, I’m excited to share what’s next, at least as far as I’m concerned. Following are my favourite design trends for 2017… applied-mouldings-1 applied-mouldings-2 applied-mouldings-3

Applied Mouldings

I debated whether or not to include this in my round up, as applied mouldings have been around for centuries. But there’s no doubt that they’re making a serious comeback as of late. I’m seeing them in projects far and wide – from ultra modern spaces, to super traditional ones. And they’re a great way to add texture, interest, and really play up contrast (my favourite tool of the bunch). There’s no question that, if done right, it’s the best way to set one space apart from all the others. A sleek and sexy couch set against an ornate crown is the ultimate in design sensibilities. 


Main image. Use other shot for left hand planks.


Muddy Jewel Tones

While I truly believe that navy isn’t going anywhere fast, there’s no question that an emerald green hue, and similar jewel tones, are quickly following behind. That being said, my favourite way to tackle said tone (which I do worry will become a little too trendy down the line – think: chevron, circa 2012), is in a muddied application. Not only is a muddied jewel tone a great way to incorporate today’s hottest hue, I’m confident it will feel timeless for years to come. 

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Painted Trim

The painted trim tends to go hand in hand with the whole applied mouldings phenomenon. 2017 is bringing about a whole lot of drama, and I’m loving every minute of it. A moody room, with dramatic mouldings, is currently my kryptonite, and never fails to set my heart aflutter. Whether the room is painted out in its entirety, or the focus is placed on the mouldings itself, I’m seeing a lot of this look lately, and I’m totally and completely on board. 

The Greater Birmingham Association of Homebuilders, 2016 Parade of Homes Ideal Home. A Showcase Home for Southern Living. Built by J. Wright Building Company. Interior Decoration and Staging by @settosell. Photographer: Graham Yelton

warm-whites-3 warm-whites-2Warm Whites

Much like navy, I truly believe that an all white room is here to stay. That said, I can’t help but notice a shift from a crisp and cool white, to a more greige-meets-taupe, lived-in vibe. I’ve kept this in mind while designing our home, and am very much a fan of the cozy factor it brings. 

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I won’t lie, I’m still a fan of a crisp white kitchen, but having designed a hundred and one of them at this point, I’m starting to crave something different. Apparently I’m not alone with this sentiment as I’m seeing a huge resurgence of wooden kitchens popping up left right and centre. While I’m still not fully on board with an all wood kitchen (unless you know exactly what you’re doing), a rustic wood accent is something I can truly appreciate. 


Dining Room: Tessa Neustadt for Amber Interiors | White Bedroom: Norm Architects | Hallway: Louisa Roeder | Living Room: Planet Deco | Marble Bathroom: House and Garden | Navy Bathroom: Desire to Inspire | Navy Kitchen: Devol | Green Kitchen: Devol | Painted Trim: Christine Dovey | Dining Room: Sebastian Erras | Trim: Ash & Leandro | Warm White Bedroom: Set to Sell | Living Room: Studio McGee | Bedroom: Originally Featured Here | Wood Kitchen: Dana Wolter | Kitchen: Lina Ostling | Wood Island: Midland Architecture | Wood Island: Style at Home


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  1. Jessica says:

    YES to everything! x

    Jessica — NinetyCo 

  2. Nikki says:

    My life would be complete if I had the cabinetry from the first image!

  3. Ashley Kane says:

    LOVE all of the above!

  4. Tamara says:

    I love all of these trends, but the applied moldings are my favorite! :)

  5. Anna Bennett says:

    Jacquelyn, I wish there were more people as elegant and chic in the world as you are. Your blog is an inspiration and a guide I want to always be able to check.

  6. […] not one for design “trends,” but I love Jacquelyn’s predictions for what will be popular this year – each element feels current, but also classic enough to […]

  7. Nadira Hinton says:

    I love the elegance of warm whites, I will be looking forward to more amazing content!

  8. Set to Sell says:

    Thanks for including us in your post Jacquelyn! We love your site, you’ve got some great interior design instincts. :)

    Have a great day!
    -Set to Sell, Birmingham AL.

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