NOTE: This weeks post was contributed  by a valued Studio 360 team member, Leigh Anne Seale.

With a new year beginning, it’s always fun to think about mixing things up. Whether it be a new hobby, a change in seasonal clothes, new piece (or pieces) of furniture, or why not paint and wallpaper? This year more than ever, wallpaper, natural elements and bold paint colors are in. These important (and sometimes not thought of) details make all the difference in defining your home’s character. Here are a few trends for 2017:

High Contrast Walls

(Photos: Home Bunch and Megan Delorme via Pinterest) 

Starting at the top we have a dark navy natural grass cloth wallpaper that makes a bold statement right when walking through the front door. It’s inviting, formal, and makes the entry a little  more intimate. While in the living room image, the use of a neutral bold color above the room’s wall paneling changes the scale of the high ceilings to make this living space more cozy (but not less grand).

High Contrast Ceilings

(Photos: Grasscloth Ceilings HHan and MLB Design Group)


The concept of the dining room above is further developed by it’s use of jewel toned grass cloth wall paper on the ceiling. The added color and texture completes the design of this entertaining space making it more formal, yet intimate! In the kitchen image above, there is a high contrast as well with dark natural wood ceiling and trim. Both of these spaces share the concept that the ceilings act as an anchor for the rest of the room.

Papers and Patterns on Ceilings

(Photos: Spiced, Michael Smith and Décor Pad, McCann Design)

In the kitchen above the fun pattern on the ceiling  acts as such an anchor to the design of this space. If it were to have a plain white ceiling, the design concept of this kitchen would make such a less impact. Olive Green is also an “in color” for 2017 as noted by Pantone’s “color of the year” for 2017. See

In this laundry room above, simple wallpaper on the rear wall and the ceiling makes the “utilitarian” so much more polished. Wallpaper is a nice way to carry a home’s character throughout, even in spaces that are to serve more of a function than leisure (especially on main levels).

Metallics and Jewel Tones

(Photos: Susan Glick Interiors and Sukio Design Co.)

This Powder Room is a great example of  subtle  impact making a big difference in a space. The metallic colors are elegant and transitioning color up from light to dark on the ceiling creates a warm feel with a cool color. The texture in the mirror also makes a simple powder room more luxe. In the second image above, the jewel tone walls and metallic ceiling not only makes the vestibule pop between spaces, but also makes such a grand statement. One can see the rooms on either side aren’t as brilliantly painted, but still have accents of these colors. For more on trendy colors see:


Geometric and  Botanical Patterns

Speaking of green,  “Kelley Green”  is making a big hit this year with botanical prints! Above, we see a fun botanical print that is in style, whether it be simple leaves or even florals. Natural elements like the one above, woods, and stones, all bring the outdoors in, in a subtle way (Biophelia anyone?). In the second image, this Schumacher trellis pattern is the line’s overall most successful wallpaper.

The mudroom photo is successful because the geometric wallpaper gives the mudroom so much more “pizazz” than paint would. The pattern on the wall pairs nicely with the pattern on the entry mat.

What are your favorite ways to use colors? These are just a few tricks of many to really make your home’s character pop. What a difference color, texture, and pattern can make to a space. If you have any questions regarding rooms in your home, the team at Studio 360 would love to give you some ideas!


About Leigh Anne Seale

Passionate about design, Leigh Anne graduated from Baylor University in 2008 with BSFCS in Interior Design. She combines her experience in both commercial and residential projects with her keen eye for color, scale and detail to make many valuable contributions to Studio 360 projects.