Interior design trends, or trends of any kind for that matter, always fascinate me because the “experts” don’t always agree on what’s going to be the next big thing. As I was searching for upcoming decorating trends I found a variety of predictions, but there were a few consistent topics that I found from one expert to the next. And that’s what I’m sharing with you today … the common themes of interior design trends of 2016. Let me know if any of them surprise you!
1. Integrated Living/Kitchen Spaces
People are trending toward open concept floor plans in their homes, like this example where the kitchen, dining, and family rooms are all one big space. No half walls dividing the areas either. This type of layout allows for easy entertaining and also provides space for the entire family to be together without feeling cramped.
I first noticed the popularity of combined living spaces when hubby and I toured numerous model homes this past summer. I loved the open floor concepts for their spaciousness. And while space was ample, the decorating made the homes feel warm and inviting.
I found so many examples of combined kitchen and living spaces that I plan to do a future post with more examples to inspire you.
2. Mixed Metals
Here’s one of the 2016 interior design trends I think most of you will love … mixed metals! Gone are the days of having to choose between all silver, or all gold in a room. Now it’s chic to mix them up, like the mirrored wall art displayed in this entryway.
This beautiful bathroom shows how elegant silver and gold look together. Rather than appearing mismatched, the gold mirrors, sconces, and hardware on the cabinet pair quite well with the silver faucets on the tub and sinks. I think the use of silver-gray counter tops mimic the silver metal of the faucets and pull it all together.
This kitchen shows another example of pairing a gold light fixture with silver hardware.
Ah, yes! Florals are making a come back and I couldn’t be happier. My first couch as a newlywed was a soft, floral pattern and I loved it! You don’t have to go whole hog with the florals though. One accent piece like the chair in this living room is all you need.
Of course, if you love florals like me, feel free to use them abundantly. This room pairs flowered chairs with bold floral prints on the wall and flower-patterned rugs on the floor. This look might be too much for some of you, but I love it. I think the brick and wood floors helps to balance all the flowers in the room.
Here’s another example of florals paired with natural elements like a stone fireplace. Think English Country style when you design a room mixing floral patterns together. The look is dramatic and charming all at once. The curtains remind me of the ones in my living room in the second house I owned.
4. Artisan Accents
When it comes to decorative accents in the home, 2016 is all about artisan pieces like the decorative stoneware shown nestled in the kitchen cabinetry. This is good news for artists who sell their wares on Etsy.
Unique artwork like this suspended, bundled driftwood add personality and character to living spaces.
Handcrafted baskets add a rustic look to this farmhouse dining room. I love that artisan accents are one of the interior design trends for 2016. I think many of you who enjoy decorating will be able to get creative with this one!
5. Soft Colors
The 80’s are back in the form of soft colors! Namely blue and rose, thanks to Pantone for choosing Serenity (blue) and Rose Quartz as their colors of the year! And then Benjamin Moore came along and listed Simply White as its color of the year. Next week I’m showing how I’ve used variations of these 3 colors in my dining room to give it a quick update for 2016.
If pastels aren’t your thing, consider bolder shades of blue and pink paired with crisp white. The effect can be stunning!
And in case you’re thinking pastel blues and pinks are for babies or old ladies, this dining space will prove you wrong. A mid century modern look handles the soft color trend quite well.
In closing, I’ll share with you what’s out in regard to interior design trends for 2016. I have a feeling you won’t like it, although I’ve suspected that these 3 highly popular trends were on their way out the design door!
Does this mean I have to give up my landscape burlap curtain swags in the family room?? I don’t think I’ll be getting rid of them in 2016 … I love them too much and trends were made to be broken. But who knows, if I think about it long enough I just might swap them out for something different.
So what do you think about the design predictions for 2016? Do you have a favorite?
See last year’s Home Design Trends of 2015