Moving into your first apartment is one of those key milestones that make you feel like an adult. You’ve packed your boxes, gotten the keys to your new place, and arrived to an empty shell of a house—now, where to start?
Styling a space for the first time can be fraught with challenges: Should you keep any furniture from your dorm days? Does your roommate share the same taste? When should you splurge and save? To take the guesswork out of styling your new home, we tapped the team at Polyvore, the world’s biggest online community of tastemakers, to reveal the top trending items according to its database of over 20 million users. These are the best pieces of décor to invest in now according to their study, plus our tips to style it to perfection. Welcome to your new home…
Looking for a simple and inexpensive way to give your new space a trend-conscious update? Woven baskets are the third most popular home décor item on Polyvore, seeing a 289% increase in searches on the site in the last year. Opt for baskets made from quality seagrass or bamboo-jute and use it as a rustic planter, linen hamper, or stylish storage solution to keep clutter at bay.
Woven baskets needn’t be neutral. These handcrafted lidded baskets are woven with recycled plastic to add a pop of color.
These traditional Nzuri baskets from Uganda offer a unique way to subtly integrate the global décor trend at home.
It’s official: Furniture with fur accents will be huge in 2017. We’ve noticed sheepskin and Mongolian fur chairs in the latest fall collections, and Polyvore’s database of aspiring designers agrees. Faux-fur chairs saw the most dramatic increase in searches this year, with a 487% uplift. Our word of warning? Tread carefully when trying this trend at home. Invest in one statement piece to take center stage in your apartment, and look for quality materials.
Prefer your fur to be faux? Tuck this statement piece in a sunny corner to create a cozy reading nook.
Give a walk-in closet a touch of boho luxe with this sheepskin and gold-sheet metal stool.
There’s a reason marble coffee tables have topped the list of trending décor for the last few years: They offer a refined, grown-up touch to any home. If you’re looking to splurge on one item, this should be it. Search for coffee tables that incorporate marble in a unique shade—we predict burgundy and bottle green will be big.
A Danish-designed modern marble accent table with a powder-coated finish.
Brass and Carrara marble are a foolproof, stylish combination.
The word ombré might conjure images of multicolored tiered wedding cakes and balayage hairstyles, but the study reveals dip-dyed accents are growing in popularity too. While the trend originated from tie-dye, 2017 will see a more refined rendition; think tricolored furniture, stools with legs dipped in bright paint, and linen in subtle shades.
Consider your style more modern than bohemian when it comes to choosing your dream piece of furniture? This linen-and-walnut wood sofa is a grown-up take on the trend.
Toss this cotton throw over a white sofa for a safe and subtle ombré touch.
Industrial décor is here to stay, and one of the easiest ways to try the trend at home is with a steel-and-wood barstool. Before you invest, take note of other accents in your home. If a raw steel industrial stool doesn’t complement your space, opt for a modern take with a sleek silhouette.
Style this unfinished oak tractor-seat stool en masse in a modern white kitchen for an unexpected touch.
Approach the trend head-on with this classic industrial stool.
Bohemian-inspired bedding might give you flashbacks of your dorm days, but the latest incarnation of this home décor trend relies on dusty shades and quality materials to offer a grown-up look. To avoid an OTT interior, invest in block-color bedding with textured accents, like embroidery or tassels, and finish with statement throw cushions.
Steer clear of busy prints when choosing a duvet cover, and focus on small, unique details.
Add texture via small accents like a vintage cushion or throw.
Sorry, fiddle-leaf fig—greenery trends in 2017 are taking a fresh turn. While the tall It plant has dominated stylish interiors for years, the study reveals tiny terrariums are on the rise. Inexpensive and easy to care for, these mini planters should be treated like a work of art. Be sure to choose a terrarium with a unique shape.
A modern brass terrarium to house succulents and small flowers.
Searching for a statement piece? This teak driftwood terrarium has a hand-blown glass orb; no two are the same.