Runway to Room: Spring 2017 Fashion Trends Translated

Spring 2017 runway trends translated to rooms from the Ballard Designs catalog

Designer: Monse; Photo: Imaxtree

We’ve mentioned that the colors and furniture pieces in our collections are often inspired by fashion trends we’re seeing, and this spring was no exception.  Bright colors, tropical motifs, and nautical themes are present in both our Spring 2017 collection and the Spring 2017 collections shown at New York Fashion Week. We thought we’d round up our favorites and share them with you!

Seafaring Stripes

We never tire of stripes. For us, they’re a classic, but on the runways of New York fashion week and in the pages of our spring catalog, we’re loving stripes in a nautical color palette. Designers Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia of Monse combined two complementary stripes (above) to create a bias cut, off-the-shoulder dress. We used a navy and red stripe in a large scale on a pair of our Thurston wing chairs to create symmetry with flair. 

Palm Green on the runways of New York fashion week Spring 2017 and in the pages of Ballard Designs' catalog

Designer: Tory Burch; Photo: Imaxtree

Palm Greens

Don’t we all sometimes wish we could be carted off to some island locale where our only worry is how often to reapply sunscreen? Prints in a vibrant palm green transport us to that place — so it’s no surprise we’re craving this hue to thaw our winter blues.

Neutral classic on the Spring 2017 runways of New York fashion week and the pages of the Ballard Designs catalog

Designer: Alejandra Alonso Rojas; Photo: Courtesy of the Designer

Neutral Classics

Of course every home and every wardrobe needs a few go-anywhere staples. Designer Alejandra Alonso Rojas chose a sand-colored skirt with a crisp white top to channel an effortlessly chic look appropriate for any occasion. We, of course, interpret a classic neutral differently. You’ll never go wrong choosing an off-white or flax fabric for your large furniture pieces like sofas and chairs. Like you’d switch up a neutral outfit with jewelry, we like to dress up a neutral couch with otomi-inspired pillows and cheetah.

Vibrant orange hues on the runways of New York fashion week and Ballard Designs' catalog

Designer: Prabal Gurung; Photo: Getty

Ripe Tangerine

Citrus hues are appropriate for warm weather, and this season, we’re really feeling tangerine. We used lacquered oranges on our Medlen Stacking Tables and our Grant Square Column Floor Lamp. Designer Prabal Gurung added spice to a modern bias skirt embroidered with black flowers with an orange sweater.

Plaid accents on runways of New York fashion week and Ballard Designs catalog

Designer: Gabriela Hearst

Plaids & Checks

Use a classic pattern in an unexpected way. We love the dramatic look of a patterned drapery panel, especially to frame a bank of windows. Designer Gabriela Hearst used a delicate windowpane fabric as a cheeky way to bridge work wear and weekend wear.

Swaths of peony pink in both fashion and home decor

Designer: Prabal Gurung; Photo: Getty

Swaths of Pink

Embrace the powerful femininity of pink like designer Prabal Gurung. His peony pink maxi dress with long pleated sleeves is bold and modern. Turning up the dial on a classic silhouette works in home decor too. We added panels of magenta linen to the back of our Oval Louis Chair, and like Gurung’s dress, a big dose of pink is bold and a modern take on a classic.

Floral prints in fashion and in home decor

Designer: Carolina Herrera; Photo: Imaxtree

Floral Fantasy

No need to frown upon your grandmother’s chintz. Vibrant-hued floral prints are back in full bloom on the runway and in our homes. One of our new giclĂ©e prints Song of the Wildflower has a color palette with all of the of-the-moment hues (tangerine, palm green, and pink) but with a modern, abstract style. It’s all about what you pair it with. Carolina Herrera chose a voluminous, solid blouse for a more modern take on a floral midi-skirt.

Tropical motifs on the New York runways and Ballard Designs catalog

Designer: Rosie Assouline

Tropical Motifs

Treat every day like you’re on vacation with printed patterns, shots of colors, and tropical motifs. Designer Rosie Assouline brought that casual, island vibe to an airy shift dress and straw hat. We injected the same casual flair with a mix of style and function — think wipeable surfaces, indoor outdoor rugs, and no space that’s too precious for your spring and summer adventures.

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Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.