The Best of 2017 Living Room Trends

2017 was turbulent and complex year, in many ways.  But the world continues turning and we find ourselves in a new year.

Every year has its trends and 2017 was no exception.  Here, we’ll focus on some of the best of 2017 living room trends, pointing the way to a new year of hope, vitality and prosperity.


This was the name of Pantone’s color of the year for 2017 and it turned out to be exceptionally prescient.  With the world in turmoil and the urgency of extreme weather telling us all it’s time to find new ways to do things, Greenery’s optimism and reference to the natural world seems almost prophetic.

Pantone color green

Living rooms everywhere came up in this stunning color, full of life and the hope of renewal.

Mix and match.

As is the case with many years in design, 2017 living room trends took their cue from the world’s fashion runways.  Mixing patterns was a trend seen on international catwalks which made its way into our living rooms last year.

Using mixed patterns to anchor a room with a statement piece is how this trend played out on the home front.

Textural interest.

As the world becomes more streamlined, people continue to be sensual creatures and so, the appeal of texture in living room furniture surged to the forefront in 2017.

Tufting, pleating and richly sensual fabrics like velvet held pride of place in design-savvy living room spaces in 2017, for this reason.  Human beings find comfort in their homes when the coziness and richness of a variety of textures deepens their sense of security and warmth.

Gran Paradiso sofa

Artisan flourishes.

A strong trend toward DIY was answered in 2017 by a return to hand worked décor and furniture for the living room.  Blown glass and specially worked woods were key to this trend, as mass-produced and home made gave way to a return to craftsmanship.

Finely blown glass and one-off ceramic pieces figured prominently in 2017, as must-have items which signaled a trend toward honoring artisanal beauty and quality.

The lure of the eclectic.

Living rooms featuring a bland, almost hotel-like uniformity of design were tossed in 2017.  Taking that trend’s place was a strong move toward eclecticism.

The cookie cutter was thrown out the living room window, replaced by disparate collections of furniture which were unified around themes like color and texture.  This trend added interest and uniqueness to rooms which had become banal in their conformity to an overarching design scheme.

living room eclectic style

Michelangelo Designs.

Since 1985, Michelangelo has brought Trade professionals exclusively Italian collections.  Selecting from Italy’s most prestigious design houses, we’ve collected a dozen of Italy’s most acclaimed names in furniture under one roof.

In our expansive showroom and warehouse, you’ll encounter the best of Italy’s renowned craftsmanship and design vision.  From classical reproductions to modernist interpretations, we bring Trade professionals the unerring inspiration of Italian design virtuosity.

As 2018 takes shape, we offer the best of 2017 living room trends.  Contact us to schedule an appointment.  Manifest your 2018 vision, with Michelangelo.

Signs it’s Time to Purchase New Living Room Furniture

There comes a time in the life of every living room that change is inevitable.  Your relationship to the space grows stale.  You look around the room and wonder what happened.

You used to love this room.

But time passes.  Tastes change.  Furniture can get a little tired (or a lot).

Let’s learn to read the signs that it’s time to purchase new living room furniture.

When “meh” kicks in.

Have you been forsaking your living room to spend more time in the study, or even at the kitchen table?  Do you avoid the living room?  If that’s the case, you’re well on your way to knowing it’s time to purchase new living room furniture.

When a space you once loved no longer speaks to you to the point you don’t want to spend time in it, it’s time for a change.

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You’ve changed.  Your furniture hasn’t.

As we move through life, our tastes evolve and change.  We learn to like different things.  What you once thought was the most beautiful sofa in the world, you now regard with a critical eye, knowing it no longer represents your style.

Listen to your inner aesthetic guide.  If you’ve transcended the furniture in your living room, it’s time to start re-visioning the room and how you plan to transform it to more closely conform to your now more highly-developed tastes.

New pieces aren’t working.

As your sense of style has evolved, you’ve been busily collecting significant pieces to update the space.

But they’re not working.

Sometimes, we get stuck.  A special nostalgia about an easy chair may be at fault, or that the coffee table is an antique left to you by your grandmother.  Getting stuck over sentimental attachments is perfectly understandable, but if you’re being honest – it’s holding you back from realizing your living room dreams.

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The signs of time.

All things (including us) are subject to the vagaries of time.  Furniture can become worn and tired looking.  Sadly, while it can be adapted and renovated to extend its life, it doesn’t last forever.

A chair in the corner seems to have lost its color.  You’ve turned that side table around to hide the large mark left on it by a hot coffee cup.  The cushions on the sofa sag forlornly.

These are all signs it’s time to purchase new living room furniture.

It’s sad to part ways with old friends, but change is enlivening.  While you may shed a wistful tear or two over your grandmother’s coffee table, you need to remember that you’re planning to replace it with a piece that will better reflect who you are – right now.

Change is the nature of life and the universe as we know it and sadly, that applies to beloved furniture which may have been around for too long.

Michelangelo Designs.

Exclusively for Trade professionals and exclusively sourced in Italy, Michelangelo brings you the cure for the common.

With a dozen of Italy’s most acclaimed design houses represented, you’ll find inspiration here.

Contact us for an appointment.

How a Sectional Sofa Can Make for a Happier Home

You’re at home, relaxing.  It’s time for some Netflix and chill, so you and your significant other eye the one sofa in the room.  You’re both gauging your chances of occupying it for the duration of your movie night.

Someone is not going to be very happy!

This is how a sectional sofa can make for a happier home – by providing ample space for everyone to enjoy an evening’s viewing in complete comfort.  Nobody gets the short end of the stick, when you have a sectional sofa, you see.

But there’s more than one way to have a happier home with a sectional sofa.

Sparking quality conversations.

With the right sectional unit in place, you and your guests can enjoy an intimate setting which precludes calling out to each other across the room.  You’re all nestled comfortably on the sectional, making quality conversations natural.

You can configure a sectional sofa to meet this need, creating an area which is conducive to relaxed entertaining and special moments shared with family and friends.

sectional sofa

Re-creating the open plan living room.

With open floor plans dominating so much of the home architectural market, sectional sofas are coming into their own.

By positioning a sectional strategically, you can create a transition in your great room which signals an intentionally created area, where you relax and enjoy quality time.

Open floor plan spaces require strong anchors which provide transitional markers.  The larger the floor space, the stronger the anchor should be.  A large area rug under your sectional and accompanying furniture is a statement that says “coziness”.

sectional sofa

Not written in stone.

At Michelangelo, one of our favorite features of the sectional sofa is its versatility.  The right sectional can be modified to change with your vision of the room it’s in.  With time, you may want to create something different and sectionals allow you to do that with ease.

Especially for growing families, contemporary sectional sofas answer the need for comfort, versatility and elegance.  But it’s in their versatility and ability to be customized, that some of their greatest appeal lies.

Sectional sofas are having a moment in our era of large living spaces, demanding pieces which anchor living areas and create a sense of comfort and relaxation.

The sectional is also a striking alternative to the classical sofa.  That’s especially true when Trade professionals come to Michelangelo to discover our range of sectionals to fulfill their design visions.

sectional sofa

Michelangelo Designs.

At Michelangelo Designs, we know that Trade professionals seek out sources of inspiration.  With discerning clients to satisfy, professionals in the Trade need something that cures the common.

And that something is the Italian Design Center’s expansive showroom and warehouse.  Here, we feature the cream of Italy’s design riches, with the most acclaimed furniture designers of Italy under one roof.

And it doesn’t end there.  Every piece we feature is customizable with a selection of over 1,000 textiles, including fine woods and lustrous leathers.  We invite Trade professionals to contact us for an appointment.

Tips to Cozy Up Your Master Bedroom

A master bedroom is your sanctuary from the world.  It’s a small paradise of serenity you need only leave to replenish yourself with a cold drink or a snack.

It’s a given that bedrooms should be cozy, especially master bedrooms.  Master bedrooms, though, can be a bit of a trick to pull off, as they tend to be larger spaces.  So, following are some of our time-honored tips to cozy up your master bedroom, to make it feel as warm and inviting as it should.

White bedroom

Sensual design.

Appealing to the senses is key to designing a cozy master bedroom.  Layering textures which speak of warmth and comfort makes all the difference.

This can extend to your walls.  Why settle for paint, when you can create a warm, relaxing environment with wall coverings which incorporate texture?  The return of wallpaper is an opportunity for those seeking to cozy up their bedroom spaces.  Flocking and other textured designs create a tranquil setting to set off the room.

Choose fabrics for pillows and comforters which are rich and speak directly to your personal aesthetic.  This room is for your enjoyment.  Take that seriously and turn to sensual design which appeals to all your senses.

bedroom with Butterfly bed

Sumptuous living.

Even the aesthetic minimalists among us will have to concede that the master bedroom is the ideal place to splurge.

Whatever your tastes run to, creating a sense of pampering is what master bedrooms are for.  This is not some anonymous hotel room.  This is your sanctuary.

The master bath should, therefore, be equipped with towels and other necessities that make you feel nurtured and spoiled.  Bath products should be placed in attractive décor containers, making them seem even more special.

Your bed can be piled with attractive accent cushions which complement the room’s overall décor, adding contrast, additional texture and luxurious detail.

bedroom with lighting

Subdued lighting.

If the thought of a high wattage bulb in the master bedroom gives you the shivers, you’re not alone.  We agree that lighting in the master bedroom should be subdued, subtle and comforting.

That may mean soft white bulbs with a low wattage, or recessed lighting which is adjustable at the push of a button.  It may also mean classical bedside table lamps, their light reflected gently off mirrors suspended on the wall behind them.

The lighting you choose for your master bedroom needs to enhance the sense of warmth we seek in these hallowed citadels of rest, sleep and relaxation.

Michelangelo Designs.

Professionals in the Trade will discover a world of inspiration at the first and only Italian Design Center in the USA.  Exclusively to the Trade, we offer design visionaries a creative playground, in our expansive showroom and warehouse.  Filled with exclusively Italian furniture, they’ll see their visions multiplied in our diverse collections.

With a selection of the most acclaimed names in Italian furniture, you’ll be spoiled for choice, but it doesn’t end with the furniture.  Fully customizable with over 1,000 textile selections including wood and leather, you’ll find the cure for the common.

Contact us for an appointment.