A San Francisco project by the New York design company Decor Aid shows how large-format works of art can set the mood for an entire room.
“One of the biggest trends we’re seeing is warm, comfortable and colorful pieces that are replacing cold monochromatic color schemes,” said Sean Juneja, CEO of Decor Aid. “Pastel colors and more chalky variations of navy blue, earthy green, and floral yellow will definitely spice up the gray palettes that have dominated in recent years.”
“One surprising trend that we saw is the trend towards jewel-colored velvet furniture,” he adds. “Modern gray sofas that have been popular are being swapped out for pieces of velvet that include emerald, sapphire, and even ruby tones.”
A living room designed by Decor Aid in New York’s West End shows what CEO Sean Juneja says is a big trend in using more chalky versions of hues to spice up gray palettes.
New York’s Decor Aid gave wooden chairs a classy purple treatment in a TriBeCa dining room.
“Bright, shiny metals such as copper and rose gold are being exchanged for covered pieces with matt surfaces. Items that develop a natural patina are becoming increasingly popular, ”says Sean. “Be it cabinets, floors or furniture – wood was a design constant. With this year’s focus on ephemeral and natural objects, that won’t change anytime soon. “
“Marble has been dominating design for a while and is becoming something that is used in household items,” Sean continues. “While it’s still trending for 2017, there is definitely a diversification of materials. We will see a lot more tiles with matte surfaces. Terrazzo is a big thing that comes to mind. “
A TriBeCa loft dining room by Decor Aid combines a South Cone Home table with Calligaris chairs. The bleached wood tabletop rests on a wrought iron base in a matte finish.
Sean Juneja, CEO of Decor Aid, says matte black finishes for appliances are becoming increasingly popular. In January, GE introduced a matte finish called Black Slate for select GE Cafe models.
“Hard lines are a bit played out. This spring we’ll see a lot of natural pieces that are more amorphous in quality, ”says Sean. “In our office, we take a lot of inspiration from the Art Deco designs of the 1920s. Modernist designs with natural motifs and shapes really affect our outlook for the year. “
According to Sean Juneja, Decor Aid customers are asking for reading corners. This one in Greenwich also shows the trends in velvet upholstery, nail head decorations and bold artwork.
“Open floor plans are still very popular, but we’re also seeing more people wanting to incorporate reading corners and other private spaces into their homes. Separate bar areas are becoming more popular than open bars, ”says Sean.