What’s hot and what’s not!


by Staff Reports

Home&GardenLogoAs 2016 comes to a close, that means the various DIY shows and magazines come out with the hot new trends for 2017. Here’s a roundup of what to consider incorporating into your home this year and what to think about replacing. 


Smart Home Features
Technology is quickly changing our homes. USB charging outlets are a welcome addition to kitchen islands, as well as den and bedroom outlets. No longer do you have to get up to adjust the thermostat, just use your smart phone. From seeing who is at the door to turning on/off lights, many home features can be controlled at a touch of a button on your phone.

Subway Tile
This classic rectangular tile comes in a variety of sizes and materials including ceramic, porcelain and glass.

Nailhead Details
These familiar upholsterers nails are making a comeback and showing up in surprising places, including as decorative trim on wood tables.

While granite is still a popular counter material, marble is quickly gaining ground, not only for counters but for flooring. Even marble-patterned wallpapers are a hit this year!

Check out the Sherwin Williams Color of the Year: Poised Taupe. Tans are old-school. Griege is the “in” color group. Not quite grey, not quite beige but a changeling blend of the two. Griege tones can be both warm and cool depending on lighting and accessories.

Cerused Wood
A colored wax is applied to the wood to create contrast between the grain and the rest of the surface. Oak is the go-to wood due to its characteristic open grain.

Matte-finish Appliances
While the finish has been around since 2012, a warm, metallic gray called “slate” is gaining ground over stainless steel.

Wood-look Tile
With the durability of tile and the look of hardwood, it’s no wonder more and more people are installing this tile instead of laminate.

Farmhouse Decor
From barn doors to reclaimed wood, the elements of this style blend rustic with homey and inviting!

Indoor Plants
Herbs, flowers and greenery can make any room brighter.

Polished Concrete Counters and Flooring
The ultimate in no-wax flooring. Skilled contractors can finish in a variety of colors and designs. From mirror finish to a rustic patina, the choices are endless.


Unused Furniture
The trend a few years back was a formal living room with family room for everyday use or a formal dining room and either an eat-in kitchen or breakfast nook. The formal living area is seeing more use as a media room, game room or even a children’s indoor playroom these days.

Oversized Furniture
Designers now say to scale your furniture, especially your living room set, to the room. Two loveseats in a small room make the room appear larger whereas cramming a sectional into the corner feels crowded.

Brushed-metal Finish
Sleek and shiny is popular while the brushed versions are passé. Believe it or not – polished brass is starting to return.

Strictly Antiques
Mix it up! Your prized family heirloom will stand out in a good way with more modern finishes. Avoid only using period furniture unless you want your room to appear as if it belonged in a museum.

Kitchen Islands
Islands in the middle of the room are being replaced by a peninsula, anchored by a wall.