NAUTILUS Architects
Old Lyme, Connecticut

Top 10 Home Design Trends for 2017
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10. 2017's home design trends are all about creating lush spaces by taking traditional designs and making them modern with unique color, texture and material choices. Shouchikubai is one of our favorite contemporary neutral wallpapers.
9. As far as color, experts suggest grays with warm beige undertones for living rooms and kitchens, and bold reds and rich caramels for bedrooms.

Kitchen Designed by: Chris Arelt, Nautilus Architects

8. When it comes to remodeling, homeowners are favoring upgrades that make day-to-day life more convenient and luxurious. 
7.  Go au naturel with our favorite color for 2017, Lichen, which is available exclusively at Farrow & Ball.

Lichen:  Click swatch to watch a brief video about the inspiration behind Lichen.
6.  Black Steel in unexpected places!
Black Steel Staircase Designed by: Chris Arelt, Nautilus Architects
5. Designers and homeowners alike are favoring saturated jewel tones (such as emerald green and sapphire blue) in artwork, furniture and other home accessories.
4. Brass hardware is making a well deserved comeback!

3.  Use Pure Black for pieces in your design composition that you want to deemphasize.
Colorful Vintage Inspired Appliances add a vibrant hue to your kitchen like this one from Bertazzoni.

And the Number 1 Design Trend for 2017:
Built-in Coffee bars

Bring the party home with a sleek built-in coffee bar or bar.

The trend, which is a twist on 2016’s bar cart trend, is the perfect addition for homeowners who love to entertain. The bars add instant pizzazz to an otherwise traditional kitchen, plus offer built-in shelving for espresso, cocktail fixings, drinks, glasses and everything you’ll need for a cozy morning or ritzy night in.

Cheers and Happy New Year!
Christopher Arelt
NAUTILUS Architects

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: The word everyone's using to describe our updated website. Click Here.

Look for NAUTILUS to hopefully appear in the upcoming CTC&G Innovation In Design 2017 awards.  We have several projects, including this featured space, that are poised for submission in the following categories: Architecture, Kitchen Design and Small Spaces.

Woo-Hoo! NAUTILUS has been added more than 50,000 times to ideabooks.  Start your own IDEABOOK on to organize and inspire your next home renovation or new construction project.


After a thorough vetting process, Nautilus Architects selected Julia Balfour, an award winning Graphic Designer, to revamp and retool our website and social media presence.  Balfour provided thoughtful industry expertise and insight resulting in a succesful collaboration and seamless launch of our updated site, which coincided with the start of 2017. 
Take a look and let us know what you like best about the design.  Many thanks to Julia and her lead designers, Caitlin and Logan, for their attention to detail and tech savvy solutions.  NAUTILUS Architects highly recommends Julia Balfour for all your design, programming and social media needs.

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