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Typography Trends 2017: Use your walls to inject more happiness

Which types mattered in 2016 and what will the typography trends 2017 be? How can you use words to inject more happiness in you home?

Typography Trends 2017: Use your walls to inject more happiness

Typography has definitely blossomed as a home accessorising trend this year. In a difficult year in which we all try to make sense of the wider world, words on the wall can be something to cling to. They have become more popular with younger homemakers via easy to create and share social media graphics. For families they offer a chance to reflect and perhaps instill a sense of shared values. But it’s not just the content we’re interested in, the type really matters too…

Trends in Typography

We’re defintely more aware of fonts these days, Elegant themes point out that Amazon’s Bookerly font for its Kindle readers, Google’s custom typeface Product Sans, and Apple’s San Francisco typeface bring fonts to the front of screen user’s minds. As fonts become easier for us to experiment with via free graphics packages, we also become more interested in displaying them in our homes.

Hand drawn, script and watercolour typography have been big in 2016 and continue to blossom into 2017. Retro, letterpress and mixed fonts that play off each other are clear trends too. You can see all of these above.

It’s clear we’re being a little retrospective in our font choices, while also perhaps trying to find something more real, more hand written and authentic perhaps? Of course, inevitably typography trends mean that in trying to be original, we all end up looking the same. Perhaps the geometric trend is the one to watch in 2017, as well as layering text over images.

Zazzle Media also predict big, bold, beautiful, typography in 2017…

‘Expect to see an increase in over-sized and full screen type which breaks the grid, beautiful, unique, hand-rendered typography and lots of dynamic text and image layering…’

Form over content?


What about the content? It is easy to knock cliched phrases, but cliches stand the test of time, and often have a kernel of truth in them too. Words are wonderful, and mantras are another example of how the the simplest string of words can have a powerful impact on us.

As I helped a friend pack up her home recently I noticed how many little plaques and frames with wise words she had. Dusty and a little overlooked, they were still full of happy promise. I couldn’t help but give into to the sentiments and smile as I imagined them displayed in her new home.

I keep thinking of another moment when words grabbed me.  I saw a picture on someone’s instagram, of an embroidery in a London Charity shop. It said ‘I always look inside wardrobes for Narnia’. It spoke to be instantly, in a way that is hard to explain further. That sense of believing in magic, in possibility, it’s rooted deeply in my psyche as a writer, and before that a drama teacher. Sadly the charity shop was too far away to buy, but I will find something similar. I could even make my own, graphics programmes are so easy to play with these days.

‘Words Can Inspire, and words can destroy, choose yours well.’

Robin Sharma

Once you have chosen the typography that speaks to you, deciding where to place your canvas, and making these words part of your daily routine is key. The right words to welcome you, and others, into your home. The uplifting words by the bathroom mirror when you get ready to face the world. Words about family life around the kitchen table. The motivational quotes above your desk.

Surround yourself with the right words and you have a powerful force for change.

What words do you have in your home and why? Have you followed typography trends? Which fonts appeal to you?

Image credit – from a selection of wall decor under £50 at Wayfair.

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