What’s New Under the Sun in 2016?
The answer is…not much! For interior design trends in 2016, it is mostly a continuation of trends from the previous two years that are now becoming mainstream.
For instance, we talked about gold being back in 2014, but it has finally became popular in 2015. I love gold and mixing golds with other metal finishes and hope you will consider incorporating some in your spaces.
Pantone continues to baffle the design community with their Color of the Year choices. This year they selected a duo of colors – Rose Quartz (warm pink) and Serenity (tranquil blue). I am more excited about Alabaster (7008) from Sherwin Williams and Simply White (OC-117) from Benjamin Moore. It proves that whites and shades thereof are actually colors!
Side note: grays are still popular; however, we are moving away from cold grays to warm stone hues.
Outdoor fabrics are becoming increasingly popular for use on indoor furniture. Their durability make them ideal for high traffic areas such as Family Rooms and Breakfast Areas. The good news is there are many more fabric options with updated designs and colors.
Kitchens & Baths
In the past few years, beverage – coffee and wine – centers have become increasingly popular in Kitchens. With the popularity of craft brewing, homeowners are incorporating beer taps into these centers.
For appliance finishes, black stainless steel is a viable option to the shiny metal finish of traditional stainless steel.
Finally bidets are making a comeback – just kidding. According to Houzz, in 2015, 5% of Bathroom renovations included a bidet.
Accessories & Decor
Artisan goods by local craftsmen are being sought after for their uniqueness and storied past. These are truly what you call conversation pieces.
Eco-friendly design has been trending for the past 5 years, and I hope it will be a permanent trend (is that such a thing?) as we become more aware of our environment and our responsibility to care for it. Remember, repurposing an old TV armoire into a bar is a fantastic idea.
And lastly, using organic items as a design element continues to be popular. I love a live wood edge on an accessory, console table or even Kitchen island.
Happy New Year and Happy Home!