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Top Living Room Furniture Trends in 2017

In 2017, we’ve seen many of the past trends being abandoned to create a more functional space. Today, many people are wanting to design a space which speaks to their individualism. A space where they can showcase fine, hand-crafted pieces over self-assembled manufactured pieces.

As you design your own living space which fits your style and needs, here are some home decor ideas for your living room furniture.

The Rise of Green

Greens in all shades and tones are making big waves in interior design, especially as accent walls and pieces. Modern chairs, especially as accent chairs, in a rich emerald green add a pop of color and contrast, instantly bringing your decor up-to date. Neutral colors seem to be here to stay, especially grays and whites, which provide a perfect background for a pop of green. Dark green sectionals layered with softer green pillows, or a dark green accent wall adorned with various shades of green incorporated into artwork indicate a living room updated with the current trends.


A shift in the style of tile used for flooring and walls has been seen in 2017, with subway tiles being outed as terracotta tile makes big waves. A mid-century modern living room would be current and on-trend with the incorporation of a terracotta tile entryway with a matte finish to avoid the tacky-ness associated with some of the 1970 designs, while still achieving the warmth and charm of the mid-century design era. Wood tile is also trending this year, with geometric designs being favored in lieu of standard arrangements. Stained and treated cement tiles are also being seen, especially in sun rooms that function as living rooms.

Individual Spaces

The open floor plan that has been so widely favored is being replaced by the return of distinct, individual rooms. While inviting and conducive to a night of entertaining, open floor plans allow for the diffusion of smells to areas where food and eating isn’t welcome, and lack adequate noise barriers allowing for more intimate conversations. These factors have initiated the return of closed floor plans with designated rooms and spaces. Living room furniture trends favoring this layout include deep sectionals and sofas, tufted arm chairs, ottomans and coffee tables, and throw blankets that encouraging a sense of retreat, comfort, and tranquility.

Handcrafted Furniture

The appreciation of fine craftsmanship and owning a piece of furniture completely unique from the next is a huge trend in 2017. Seeing furniture as an investment, especially with an understanding the types of trends and pieces that have remained timeless, has created living room designs full of character and quality. This also eliminates the need for transitional pieces, while accent designs can be updated as trends continue to change. Solid wood, durable metals and attention to detail indicate artisanship that should be welcomed into a 2017 living room design.

Metals and Textures

Soft, pastel colors are being ousted by bright, shiny metallics. In artwork and furniture, accent pieces and complementary decor, metal trim is bringing some sparkle and character to your living room in a romantic and classic way. Gold metallic trimming on coffee tables adds a contrast of color and texture also trending this year. Contrasting textures add depth and dimension to your living room, and the combination of linen sofas with leather armchairs, gold trim on wood coffee tables, and complementary colors will complete a trend update on your living room.

As you design or redesign your living room, keep these current trends in mind to create a space aesthetically pleasing, comfortable, and welcoming to guests.

Summer Party Guests Will Love These Interactive Centerpieces

The best backyard gatherings are always filled with laughter and good memories. We all know there’s nothing worse than guests standing around, silent and awkward. The way to ensure this doesn’t happen is to give your guests something to do upon arrival.

Here are eight interactive table centerpiece ideas that break the ice and add the special “wow factor” to a variety of summer party themes.

1. Here’s To the Poets & Painters

If you’re throwing a fete for artists and intellectuals (or hopefuls), scatter the dining and conversation tables with poetry and photography books. The literature and art work is sure to start a curious conversation when coupled with comfortable outdoor couches and chairs.

Additional Accessories

Use easels and hanging lights to display notable words and prints. Present leather-bound notebooks and sharpened graphite pencils at each place setting so everyone can create their own masterpiece.

2. Seasonings & Spice

Working well for just about any festivity, from Indian Festival to Mexican Fiesta, allowing your guests to customize their food and drinks according to their own palate preferences is a surefire way to please even the pickiest party-goer.

Festive Flavors

On dining tables, vases full of fresh herbs that can add flavor to beverages and entrees. Presented in bowls or jars, spices will add just the right amount of kick for each guest’s taste.  

3. Stone Cairn Stacking

Stones are a wonderful element in any natural centerpiece. If your backyard bash is all about loving on nature and the great outdoors, challenge attendees to a balancing rock competition.

Other Zen Activities

Under large patio umbrellas, set up hammocks for a relaxed party vibe.

4. Show Off Your Charcuterie Board

Stack small wooden boards on outdoor side tables and present a smorgasbord of enticing treats down the center of the dining table. Inviting guests to fabricate their own appetizer will be sure to become a memorable (and tasty) part of your summer soiree.

Complementary Components

Choose a variety of bread, cheese, fruit, nuts, slices of meat such as prosciutto or salami, and some olives or sun-dried tomatoes. Honey is also a nice touch.

5. Lego Living

Have your family build some fun creations to use as centerpieces and then pile extra blocks around them. Before you know it, everyone will be in on the fun.

Bonus Benefit

If the kids are busy building, the adults will have a chance to sit back and converse together for hours. Just be sure to provide plenty of outdoor soft seating.

6. S’more Cooking

Fire is a sensational centerpiece and a Fire table is a fabulous addition to any backyard get-together. Just add s’more stuff to get this party started.

Campfire Fun

Everyone loves a good ghost story. Brush up on your tale-telling beforehand and invite others to share their own. Play spooky night games like Ghost in the Graveyard or Flashlight Tag.

7. Sand Castles

For a backyard beach bash, bring the coast to your backyard. Pile kinetic sand (which is more fun with less mess than normal sand) on tables with mini buckets and shovels, then sit back in your lounge chairs and enjoy the scene of sand castles dotting the tablescapes.

DIY Magic Sand

For a homemade version of kinetic sand, all you need is baking soda, baking powder, and dishwashing liquid.

8. Build-Your-Own Bouquet

Let your guests be in on the botanical action when they build their own centerpiece bouquet. Not only will it cut down on the party prep time for you, but this idea also provides guests with a take-home gift.

Furniture Arrangements

Just as flowers need a little finesse to create a beautiful arrangement, so does your garden furniture placement. Give the biggest space to the dining table and chairs. Set up tables and decor in front of doors and stairways you don’t want to be accessed, or to create the ideal space for people to stand and mingle. Keep drinks on a table away from the entrance.

With these incredibly fun and interactive centerpiece ideas, your backyard bash will be the most memorable one yet. Now let’s get this party started!

Visit the RST Brands Booth at Casual Market Chicago

RST Brands is thrilled to be representing our high-quality, luxury indoor and outdoor furniture at this year’s Casual Market Chicago 2017, September 12th through September 15th. Hosted by Merchandise Mart Properties Inc., one of the largest trade show producers in the country, Casual Market Chicago is a four-day trade show that showcases the products of more than 250 manufacturers and fills more than 350,000 square feet of exhibit space. RST Brands stands out amongst these manufacturers as one of the top retailers in the luxury outdoor furniture industry.

Find us at booth #7-6045, where we’ll be showcasing the best of all we have to offer.

Additionally, on wednesday, September 12th, RST Brands will be hosting a cocktail party from 3 to 5 p.m. where guests can meet celebrity designer, Kelli Ellis. We’ll be handing out special gifts at the party, so come eat some delicious hors d’oeuvres and enjoy a large assortment of drinks. And don’t forget to get a picture with Kelli.


What You’ll Find From RST Brands

Have you been looking for the ideal pieces of furniture to feature in your outdoor living space? Whether you have a gazebo or patio that needs a furniture facelift with new outdoor chairs and sofas or are remodeling your outdoor space to incorporate high-end seating and entertainment amenities like dining room tables, we have the high-quality, durable, and functional pieces you’re looking for. Furthermore, with several design options to choose from on all furniture styles, you can choose the look that gives your space the feel you’re going for.

At Casual Market Chicago, we’ll showcase some of our favorite pieces. These collections include:

  • Bloom: This line blends modern, industrial compositions and outdoor sophistication to achieve a unique and temporary feel. The mixed-material design is paired with power-coated aluminum frames to offer lasting durability.
  • Deco: Hand woven, rich, espresso-colored polyethylene wicker provides a unique style and taste in an elegant, simple, and remarkably comfortable way.
  • Knoxville: This modern, exclusive design features durable materials and smart proportions for a clean, linear aesthetic that doesn’t just meet your distinguished taste but can also withstand the elements for years of leisure and relaxation.
  • Astoria: With frames made of durable extruded aluminum, and an open-back design with an intricate antique finish to create a timeless look for your outdoor space. And with nearly a dozen different fabric options to choose from, you can create a timeless look for your outdoor space.
  • Resort: Designed for consumers wanting furniture with the utmost luxury. Constructed with the highest-quality materials developed for outdoor use, the Resort Collection is great for hotels, resorts, spas, and homes. Furthermore, the rich, espresso full-round weave and the classic Weathered Grey finish make it a timeless option that will last through the years.
  • Portofino: This updated and innovative design incorporates contemporary styling with rugged durability and amazing comfort to give you furniture that’s longevity matches its quality.
  • Vistano: Created by the award-winning designer ASID Michael Burridge, the Vistano Collection has aluminum frames that are constructed with the highest outdoor standards. With the complete line featuring deep seating, outdoor dining, and more, you can use pieces of this collection to personalize your space.

Incorporating Outdoor Pieces in Your Home

To breathe new life into your home, consider checking out the millions of decor and design booths at Casual Market Chicago. Not only do all these brands offer top-of-the-line products, but with various design elements and finishing options to choose from, you can rest assured that you will be  working with a furnishing company that caters to your most luxurious wants and needs.

If you’re in the Chicago area, be sure to drop by and check out our indoor and outdoor furniture collections at booth #7-6045.