Design Trends 2017

It’s finally 2017 and so many we are glad to say good-bye to a year that in numerous ways has been uneasy and stressful, to say the least.

The New Year always gives us a craving to reinvent ourselves, a growing desire to improve, refresh and renew.  Out with the old, and in with the new. With that in mind, as we do every year, we scoured our reliable sources for new home design ideas.  We’ve consolidated and compiled predictions from “the experts” that heavily research and assess the mood and state of the world, such as Pantone, Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, our successful domestic and North American and European suppliers, reliable shelter magazines, top news reporting agencies and more.   And so, in the words of Heidi Klum, “One day you’re in and the next you’re out.”  Auf wiedersehen 2016!


Brass Overkill – Old Fashioned Edison Bulbs – All White Rooms – Indigo Everything – Sharp Edges – DIY Everything – Brushed Metal – Smooth Sleek Rooms – Over-sized Furniture – Chevrons – Strictly Antique – Cool Grey Tones – Copper Overload – Reclaimed Wood – Geometric Tiles – Moroccan Poufs – Artwork with Quotes – Open Floor Plans


Mixed Metals – Wallpaper – Moody Blues & Greens – Navy is the New Black – Rounded Edges & Circular Furniture – Artisanal – Art Deco – Butterflies – Modern Minimalism – Dark Green Paint & Bright Greens – Pottery – Raw Chalky White – Nailhead Trim – “Kit-Kat” Tiles – High Lacquered Wood – Defined Living Spaces – Decorate with Worldliness


Jewel Tones – Hand Dyed Fabrics – Matte Appliances – Seamless (flat) Cabinets – Smart Home Features (the Internet of Things) – Furniture as Art – Upholstered Headboards

Overall, the biggest “thumbs-up” in design is to do what you love.  If you love your home as it is, even if it goes against the trends, embrace it.  There’s no need to chuck something simply because it’s on the “out” list.  However, if something about your space is bugging you, and you’re ready to make some changes, be aware of the trends.  Look over the “ins and outs,” see what appeals to you and your lifestyle, then move forward with confidence!


Let’s break down the “trend” color stories that transcend not only on your walls, but on fabrics and home goods in general.

2017 Color Trends

Pantone is usually the first one out with their Color of the Year, which is Greenery for 2017.  This is not just any old green.  It’s a bright yellow-green, the color of the first new shoots of spring emerging from the earth.  Although their choice is somewhat arbitrary, they didn’t simply pluck it out of thin air.  They explore industries collecting “proof points” from places like car shows, runways, decorator showcases, celebrity sightings, and at some point, one shade achieves critical mass.  And then they ask themselves what message that color brings, and how it shapes our experience.

In the case of 2017’s Greenery, they started noticing it on the runway beginning in 2014, and saw it building through the spring 2017 shows.  They noticed tech companies using the leafy green in their offices, the new Mercedes-AMG Roadster comes in leaf green, green walls are becoming architectural staples in the form of vertical gardens, and Dior has a new lip shade called “Clover”, the list goes on.  If the fashion theory that three is a trend is true, this is a tidal wave.

Pre-election 2016, it was thought that Greenery reflected the possibility of a new beginning with the first female president.  In the wake of Mr. Trump’s victory the meaning may be even more significant.  This green is an unusual combination of yellow and blue, warm and cool, a complex marriage, which is probably putting what is going to have to happen in the current political climate mildly.  It is also the color of hope, nature and renewal, and gives us something to look forward to.

Don’t despair if Greenery simply isn’t your color.  The major paint companies also come out with their 2017 pallets, and there are plenty of choices that are fresh and new, and will lift your mood out of the 2016 doldrums.

Benjamin Moore chose Shadow (2117-30) as their 2017 color of the year.  It is a dramatic, deep, greyed purple.   “It ebbs and flows with its surroundings, and light brings it to life.  Rich, royal amethyst can fade into the soft lilac-grey of distant mountains or morph into a lustrous coal.  Indulge your mysterious side.  Let Shadow set the mood,” says Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore Creative Director.

A diverse group of designers explored art fairs, exhibits and studied cultural influences, both national and global to develop Benjamin Moore’s 2017 color pallet.  Significantly influenced by the arts, they titled their selections The Theater of Light, and grouped hues based on light during specific times of day:  Morning Light, Afternoon Light, Sunset, and Evening Light.

The colors range from very pale shades like Chalk White, Iceberg, Pink Bliss and Cloud Cover, mid-tones like Amulet, Etruscan and Sea Star to deep shades like Shadow, Night Shade and Ebony King.  Notably absent is the leafy green of Pantone, but green is represented by Guacamole, Knoxville Gray and Salamander.


Sherwin Williams says, “The state of color has never been more restless. New spirituality, cultural flux, feisty self-expression and soulful nostalgia are combining to paint an emerging portrait of our shared future.”  They divided their 2017 colors into four pallets, Noir, Holistic, Intrepid and Unbound, based on what influences all of us, even without our knowledge… the world around us, culture, spirituality, nature, diversity and even nostalgia.

Poised Taupe is the Sherwin Williams Color of the Year, and it is a part of the Noir pallet.  Poised Taupe is an earthy brown combined with conservative grey that results in a weathered, woodsy and complex neutral that is cozy, easy to live with and will certainly have mass appeal.  The rest of the Noir pallet is a mix of Nordic blues, moody neutrals, vine-ripe grape and golden yellow, perfect for creating a dramatic, romantic, dark and sensuous refuge from streetlights and glowing screens.

Sherwin Williams Holistic pallet is experiential, influenced by travel, social consciousness, nature, sustainability and adversity to obvious consumerism.  Acquiring experiences is becoming preferable to buying more things, and “doing good” is the new looking good. These colors are more pastel and range from arctic neutrals to blush rose and wild browns.

The third group from Sherwin Williams is Intrepid, based on our fluid identity, from feminism and diversity to 70’s and 90’s nostalgia.  “You do you” is the mantra of a generation primed for self-expression, cheered on by their own #squad and tossing aside old categories. There’s a feisty energy to this collection, arriving in fiery tones and vibrant, kimono colors.

Sherwin Williams final pallet is Unbound, influenced by global immigration, blending cultures and diverse design.  Overconsumption is, well, over. We’re more likely to invest in the best we can afford — crafted and customized — and then keep it forever. This collection is earthy and more saturated hues of mustards, ocean blues, corals and mud.

Which brings us to the longtime mission and philosophy of our store:

Over the years, we have pioneered and still embrace the current trend of buying quality products that are meant to last and not to be discarded. After all, it’s been practiced by Europeans for centuries and that’s why they still have beautiful country landscapes, clean water and cities that keep on renewing themselves.  Quality never goes out of style, whether in the home or personal accents.  It is good not only for your budget, but it’s the best thing we can do for the environment, and can be enjoyed year after year by just adding a few new accessories.


Introducing the Living Essentials Collection

Living_Essential_SlideYou may have noticed on our website or in our store a new grouping of bedding called Living Essentials.  This is a curated collection of wonderful products from an array of manufacturers.  What makes Living Essentials unique is the price point.

Terrasi Living & Scandia Home has always been known for our best-of-the-best product selection.  That has not changed.  You can shop in our store or on our website for the finest down products, luxurious linens, organic mattresses and more.

However, we know that our discerning customers shop high and low prices depending on their bedding needs as their lives evolve.

While we’ve always offered beginning price point options, we now have made it easier for you to shop.  We’ve selected and consolidated the finest bedding, linens, towels and foundations at beginning price points.  These are perfect when you need extra sheet sets for unexpected guests, second and third bedrooms, vacation homes, children’s rooms, your own bedroom sanctuary or simply to mix and match.  With our new collection of Living Essentials, we hope to enlighten shoppers that we have something for everyone.

We’re still very picky about what we sell.  Country of origin is important to us.  We still look to Europe for most of what we sell, but have also found wonderful products coming from India and Turkey.

We don’t look at this diversification as being torn in two different directions.  Bedding is what we do best.  Our customers may want the finest high-quality linens for their master suite, but want to spend a bit less on guest and children’s rooms.  We’ve got them covered, both literally and figuratively.

We don’t believe that just because you want bedding at a more accessible price, that you should be stuck with skimpy sizing, coarse textures and limited choices.  So take a look our Living Essentials collection, and check back from time to time as the selection grows.  You can have the best of both worlds.

As always, many thanks to our wonderful customers for your friendship, consistent support and for communicating your wants and needs to us.

With much appreciation,

Ursula Terrasi


2015 Symphony Designers’ Show House

The 2015 Symphony Designers’ Show House has recently come to a successful conclusion.  This was the 46th show house presented by the Kansas City Symphony Alliance.  For many years Terrasi Living has participated the show houses, either by partnering with a designer, or by taking on rooms as our own projects.  This year we supplied bedding, towels and accessories for five of the six bedrooms, two bathrooms, the staircase landing as well as dishes for the carriage house.

Here is how it works:  The design teams awarded a room in the show house may come to the store where we help them select the items they need to complement their design plan.  While the designers get busy on all of the other details in their room, we get all of their bedding and accessories gathered together.  We press and prepare everything and on the appointed day we help the designers install the bedding they chose on the beds.

This year we worked with:

The Kansas City symphony Alliance – Master Bedroom

Prairiebrooke Arts – Grand Staircase/Landing

Madi Mali Homes – Second Floor S. E. Bedroom & Jack & Jill Bath

K is for Kitty – Little Girls’ Room

Johnson County Junior College – N. E. Bedroom Suite

Décor by Design – Carriage House

Here are some photos of the finished rooms:


Johnson County Community College


K is for Kitty


KC Symphony Alliance


Madi Mali Homes


Prairiebrooke Arts

Slip Into Something More Comfortable

Keeping Your Cool This Summer

If you look online for ideas on how to sleep cool this summer, you may find some very innovative thinking, like:

Blow air over ice.  Put a container of ice directly in front of a fan level with the top of the bed. The ice-cooled air will be noticeably cooler than the room air for the amount of time it takes for the ice to melt which is as long as it should take for you to fall asleep.

Wear cold socks. Take a pair of cotton socks, rinse them in cold water, wring them until they are damp and put them on. Cooling your feet lowers the overall temperature of your skin and body.

Sleep in a damp T-shirt. Take a light T-shirt, wet it, wring it out and wear it. Evaporation from the shirt will help to keep you cool enough to sleep for a few hours.

Sleep under a wet sheet or bath towel.  Place a dry towel or sheet on your bed underneath your body and use the wet sheet as your blanket.

Sleep on a straw or bamboo mat. These don’t retain body heat and are cool all night long.

Chill your pillowcase. Put your sheets, blanket, and pillowcases in the freezer all day.


Sleep with “ice blocks. Get a few blocks of “blue ice,” normally sold in supermarkets. Freeze them in the freezer during the day and take them to bed with you at night.


While some of these ideas might have merit, few pass either the comfort or the “ick” test.  More importantly, we have beat-the-heat solutions that will keep you comfortably cool all summer long. 

Crisp, cool, breezy percale sheets are perfect for hot summer nights.  Choose from 100% Egyptian cotton or Lyocell.  These are incredibly soft and smooth and breathable natural fibers that will take you back to the halcyon days of summer when you were a child, and never had problems falling asleep.

Lighten-up with a summer weight down comforter or ultra-light down blanket and make sure your duvet cover is as light as possible.  We have many sheeting weight choices.  You may even want to eliminate your top sheet for the summer months and just sleep with your comforter in a duvet cover.

Still not cool enough?  Try a cotton or linen blanket or cotton piquet coverlet in place of your down comforter for the summer.

Layer a wool mattress pad between your mattress and fitted sheet.  It may sound hot, but it’s just the opposite.  The wool acts as an insulator, helping to regulate your body temperature keeping you cooler in hot weather and warmer in cold weather, and it wicks moisture away from you while you sleep.  We have several different wool mattress pads you can choose from.


KC Magazine March 2015

Keep these lovely little items near by to make sure you rest easy.

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Rising temperatures don’t mean the end of layering. 

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A few well placed pillows can breathe new life into your bedroom.

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