Home Design Goes “Green” in 2017


Home Design Goes “Green” in 2017

by Amy Lignor


The term “going green” usually refers to environmental/ecological subjects. However, green has actually been chosen as the color for 2017; the various tones and hues of green will be the color of the majority of products trends, emerald green, man-caves, Pantone, popular, products, homeowners, appliances, carpetingfor the world of home design. We will say ‘so long’ to the white world that everyone with children, by the way, thought was as dumb a trend as possible. After all, there’s not a child in this world who can’t stain a white room in less than five seconds.

It was Pantone (a company that bills itself as “the world-renowned authority on color”) that proclaimed green was ‘it’ for 2017. And in the world of home design, this means furniture, fabric, paint – both indoor and outdoor – as well as wallpaper manufacturers delved into the world of green and have produced as much as possible for the homeowner to decorate in style. Carpeting will go back to green. Now, I know you’re thinking of that hideous green carpeting from the 1970’s, but don’t think that. Any designer or manufacturer will immediately tell you that particular carpeting will never be seen again. That was one of those mistakes that will end up staying only on the walls of Graceland’s recording room where Elvis liked to make music.


But designers and manufacturers are also looking at things to go with all this green…such as technology. The “smart” world will still be going strong. From door locks that are easy-to-use (for the homeowner, not the burglar) to light bulbs that are all about “smart lighting” and saving the homeowner money, manufacturers are even creating bulbs that the owner can adjust through their smart phone while at work or on the road. Everyone can be a programmer quite easily now, changing the lighting in the rooms as well as turning up the heat, turning on the air conditioning and more, so when they arrive home everything will be just perfect.


Countertops are always high on the list of homeowners because the kitchen is still the most popular room when it comes to remodeling. Granite and quartz countertops will be put on the backburner this year as the rich, natural tones of marble come back around. Marble is timeless, and even though granite and quartz are not as vulnerable to chipping and fading, marble brings that roman god feel to the room. Manufacturers understand this so much that they are now creating a number of quartz countertops that are faux marble – you still get that timeless look but don’t have to worry about the chipping.


When it comes to appliances, stainless steel was the tough look that almost brought about a sci-fi feel to the kitchen. Now, however, appliance companies are rolling out alternatives. Black stainless steel instead of the slate gray/silver look is a big seller. And to go with that new “green” house, European companies are offering appliances in bright, bold shades. Top seller? Emerald green.


When looking down at the floors of your house, wood still reigns supreme; yet big, bold tile is rising in 2017. Jewel tones (emerald being a big choice) are being placed in various rooms – from kitchens to living areas to the bath.


The most fun trend last year was the want and need of the “man-cave” for homeowners. Although, to be truthful, a great many wives decided the man-cave was to be set up in the garage or unattached shed. This year the fun home design trend is all about the bar. The bar will no longer be found in the man-cave or the basement rec room. The first-floor bar will be right there to greet you, allowing the home to scream “entertainment” to visitors, friends and family. Before you ask, the accents – whether it be the seat covers on the bar stools or the fancy wine glasses behind you on the shelf – are being made by one and all in beautiful shades of green.


So what are you waiting for? It’s time to have some remodeling fun!

Source:  Baret News


For movies opening April 21, 2017

  OPENING THIS WEEK Kam's Kapsules Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun by Kam Williams For movies opening April 21, 2017 BIG BUDGET FILMS Born in China (G) Nature documentary, narrated by Jon Krasinski, mounting an epic expedition deep into the wilds of China to monitor the daily lives of three elusive species: pandas,  … [Read More its Good for You...]


Cop under Fire

  Cop under Fire Moving Beyond Hashtags of Race, Crime and Politics for a Better America by Sheriff David Clarke, Jr. with Nancy French Foreword by Sean Hannity Worthy Publishing Hardcover, $21.99 272 pages ISBN: 978-1-617-95857-1 Book Review by Kam Williams “David Clarke refuses to bow a knee to political correctness, and he … [Read More its Good For You...]


The Day After the Day Of

  The Day After the Day Of by Paul Ilechko   The sky sheds its tears. This morning is the morning of the day after. The day of mourning, the day after the day of.  I beseech the sky to shed tears in order to wash away the tears on my face.   This is the first day of the time after. This is the beginning of a new time, the … [Read More its Good for You...]

Real Estate

Castles in America

  Castles in America by Amy Lignor   Robin Leach and his “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” taught us all long ago that we absolutely love to sit and view ridiculous luxury (usually owned by people who inherited all of it and didn’t work a day in their lives). See that? We had to complain about something as we were beguiled by the amount … [Read More its Good for You...]


Legend in La La Land!

  John Legend  The “La La Land” Interview with Kam Williams Legend in La La Land!  Ohio-born John Legend is an award-winning, platinum-selling singer/songwriter. His work has garnered him ten Grammy Awards, an Oscar and a Golden Globe, among others. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he studied English and African-American … [Read More its Good for You...]


Seatrout Secrets

  Seatrout Secrets By Capt. Gus Cane Spotted seatrout or specks as they’re often called, are a favorite quarry for skiff anglers from the Chesapeake Bay to Laguna Madre. They can be fooled by a variety of baits and lures, they’re abundant and delicious prepared several ways. Smaller trout are not difficult to find. Trophy “gator” trout are … [Read More its Good for You...]


“Sin City” Becomes Acceptable?

  “Sin City” Becomes Acceptable? by Amy Lignor   So…what changes will occur if an NFL team hits Las Vegas? Not many, actually. Perhaps more of the ‘contract money’ will be lost considering the blackjack tables ARE right in the vicinity; however, NFL owners seem just fine with the fact that the Raiders will once again wave good-bye to … [Read More its Good for You...]


Cop under Fire

  Cop under Fire Moving Beyond Hashtags of Race, Crime and Politics for a Better America by Sheriff David Clarke, Jr. with Nancy French Foreword by Sean Hannity Worthy Publishing Hardcover, $21.99 272 pages ISBN: 978-1-617-95857-1 Book Review by Kam Williams “David Clarke refuses to bow a knee to political correctness, and he … [Read More its Good for You...]



  Vacations…Underground by Amy Lignor   There are millions of spots to visit and sites to see around the world when it comes to vacation time; however, there are also those you can’t necessarily “see.” In this world of digital technology and highly imaginative architecture that creates buildings that are higher and more “glitzy” than … [Read More its Good for You...]