All aflutter with color

Jewel tones and even butterflies find their way into 2017 design

Popular home decor trends like white on white kitchens, and barn door sliders, are no longer at the top of interior designers’ lists, so what are the “hot trends” for 2017?

Teri Koss of Design Studio in Morgan Hill, began her career 35 years ago and says she doesn’t necessarily follow design trends.

“I want my clients to have a home that is filled with things that they love, which will be unique to them,” says Koss. “Good design will always last and be in style.”

Jaqueline Taylor of Taylor Solutions Home Staging & Design in Hollister, is a RESA (Real Estate Stager’s Association) member, and focuses primarily in home staging, which means staying current on home decor trends is a must.


Adding to the mystique and glamour this season are the deep shades of jewel-toned colors, says Koss.

“Also, we are seeing a lot of green. Gray is still very popular, but an emphasis on warm grays, rather than cooler grays,” she says.

“You will be seeing a lot of green, blue and pink hues this year,” Taylor says. “Gray was prominent in 2016 and it will continue going strong. It might just be the ‘new tan,’ who knows.”



As for popular motifs, butterflies are flying high on the list.

“We are starting to see a lot of butterflies in fabrics, clothing and wallpaper. They are very exotic and full of color,” says Koss.

“They’re no longer being used primarily as little girl’s room decor, but instead on prints in every room possible,” adds Taylor, who says last year’s eye-catching quatrefoil patterns will be a continuing trend this year.

A popular design style, which Koss considers more than “just a trend,” is the use of texture in furniture.

“People love velvet,” says Koss. “They love the look, touch and feel. Vintage velvet is especially popular. We are also seeing so much texture, including rattan, wicker and cork.”

Taylor adds that the days of using furniture solely for function are long gone.

“The new trend is to combine and mix different textures,” Taylor says. “In 2017, you’ll see many geometric patterned tiles emerge. Designers are getting creative with their tiles, mixing tiled flooring and walls.”


A decor favorite for the past few years has been the DIY trend.

“We were seeing pallet furniture and reclaimed wood everywhere,” Koss says. “Maybe people just wanted to unplug and create something with their hands. I don’t know that DIY will ever ‘go out of style.’ We love to experiment, and fill our homes with handcrafted items.”

As an interior designer and an artist who enjoys creating unique items, Taylor says DIY projects are an ongoing frenzy.

“Move aside shabby chic, and say hello to farmhouse style,” says Taylor. “The familiar style with unfinished pieces will be all over in 2017.”

For more information: Teri Koss, Design Studio, 408.612.8619,, and Jaqueline Taylor, Taylor Solutions-Home staging & Design, 831.245.8782,

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