Home / Style Guide / Inspirations / Latest Home Trends 5 Home Trends for 2017 Incorporate these trends to create an atmosphere you and your guests will love 1. Paint a room beige or taupe. While gray has been the go-to neutral for about 7+ years, there’s a reappearance of beige and taupe underway. It’s gaining its inspiration from geology; rocks to sand and the peacefulness of calm tones. These colors can paired with white accessories and furniture with beige or taupe walls to evoke luxury and calm. Finishes that work well are natural brass, bleached wood, crushed minerals and nubby fabrics. 2. Cheer up your laundry room. Laundry rooms continue to be at the top of the wish list for new homebuyers and for great reason – it’s a hard-working room. But need it be dingy? Of course not. Give your laundry a personality, a stylish update. Since the average laundry room is a modest 150 s.f. in size, using a bit of wallpaper, tiling a backsplash, adding shelving or bringing in additional cabinetry designed for the space can all be budget-friendly upgrades. But since it is a functional space, ensure you have adequate lighting too – from overhead fixtures (use something fun, like a chandelier or stylized semi-flush) to LED tape light for under cabinets and toe kicks so you can see what stains lurk, or the find the missing mate to that sock. 3. The bath, re-imagined. Baths have historically been among the top 2 remodeling projects that people undertake, and 2017 is no different. Toss the Jacuzzi and garden tubs out; enter the free-standing soaker tub. For showers, if you have space – go big. Massive showers, some as large as 6’ x 6’ or 8’ x 8’ are not unheard of, and they are dressed up with patterned tile, or inexpensive tile laid out in creative patterns. Also, say goodbye to bathmats, and replace them with throw rugs. The range of patterns, colors, and materials is broad, and they are a quick, inexpensive way to add style. Alas, the cabinetry in these functional rooms is not forgotten. Fit a repurposed case good like a console, chest of drawers or even antique table or filing cabinet with plumbing, and the result is one of a kind. 4. Make your garage great. Put this zone to work for things beyond keeping your car out of the weather. Coat the concrete floor with anything from a composite to natural epoxy encased stone to make arriving home more, “I’ve arrived.” Get basic and install drywall (or plywood) and paint – it’s an inexpensive upgrade that transforms exposed joists and 2 x 4’s into a neat, blank slate for storage or work areas. Beyond these investments, only your imagination and budget are the limit. Be it custom garage system or off-the-shelf shelving; pegboard tool depository or gardening nook, sports equipment storage or yard warrior territory, your life, hobbies and routine drive the purpose. 5. Enter the Entryway. The foyer is another modestly sized space where homeowners are spending about $2,500 to upgrade and add personality. It’s the space you welcome friends and guests, so a little splurge is well spent. It’s also a space where it’s easy to incorporate multiple trends. Spend a bit on some fabulous wallpaper, and make it an organic pattern such as marble or leaves. Add textures like trailing plants, a raw wood foyer table, natural fabric rug, artisanal or ceramic accents; all seen trends for the year. For more home lighting ideas, visit our lighting galleries.