What’s trending this year in the world of interior design? What will be wildly popular this season? Here are several categories that will grace the interiors of homes and commercial spaces in 2016.
Pantone Color Institute is a company and global authority on color forecasting and custom color development. Every year they highlight color trends for the home and interiors marketplace. At the end of each year the company announces a color that a panel of experts predicts will be popular during the following 12 months. For the first time, Pantone announced two colors for 2016: Rose Quartz (rosy pink) and Serenity (sky blue). In addition to the two colors of the year, several other colors were mentioned including jewel tones, bold greens and blues, “smoky” neutrals, sheepskin beige, and pastels like pale peach and soft yellow.
Two-toned Kitchen Cabinets
This is one of the most popular trends in kitchen design! Painting the upper cabinets and lower cabinets a different color can have an impressive look, and can add visual weight and introduce texture. It’s also an easy and affordable option to update your kitchen. Choosing darker colors for the lower cabinets can ground the look and lighter upper cabinets will allow the space to look larger.
Statement Mirrors in Bathrooms
Say goodbye to medicine cabinets and hello to statement mirrors! One way to easily create style in a bathroom is by installing attention grabbing mirrors. Think large colorful rimmed beauties, handsome grained wood-frames, backlit modern marvels, and ornate vintage specialties.
Floor tile provides an easy-to-maintain surface for any floor in any room size. The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) just came to a close this past week in Las Vegas and a popular item shown and emphasized was the extra large format tile. Large tile has been around for some time, like the 12 by 24 inches, but larger sizes like 12 by 48 inches will be seen on kitchen and bath floors and walls. There are sizes even larger, like 31 by 71 inches (that’s nearly 3 feet by 6 feet!).
Texture! Textured walls, tables, fixtures, and of course rugs. A strong trend for 2016 is the visibility of “warm metals” such as rose gold, brass, copper, and gold. Pairing these metals with raw materials like wood and marble compounds will dominate in design projects. Adding new textures also has the benefit of making a space feel homey, lived in, and well-loved.
The Super Kitchen
The kitchen remains the most popular or most frequent interior renovation project! The kitchen is the hub of the house where most often families and their guests will gather together. Due to the popularity of today’s open floor plans with kitchens in full view, the kitchen is becoming the super kitchen where it’s the living room, dining room, and family room with finishes, layouts and decor that doesn’t define where the kitchen ends and the rest of the home begins. Many homeowners that are doing kitchen renovations are designing the kitchen for eating and dining, socializing and entertaining.
This era has been attractive to the fashion industry because of its free-spirted and relaxed nature and has quickly moved towards interiors. It’s bold and raw inspired. In 2015 musician Lenny Kravitz designed a furniture line and partnered with CB2 to launch his furniture, lighting and accessories. The collection features polished metals, bold geometric patterns, walnut and sheepskin. Other great resources include Midcentury LA or Urban Colony.
Looking Good From All Angles
Homes that have an open floor plan or great rooms often have to use furniture as room or space dividers. With a wave toward a more minimalist approach to décor, pieces will be chosen that look good from all angles, and are flexible with their positioning. Spaces will incorporate clever usage and arrangement of furniture.
Artisanal goods infuse a space with a pure sense of artistry. We have seen an increase in design companies reaching out to local artists and promoting their craft and products. These companies are starting initiatives and collaborating with local makers and skilled artisans from around the world. Having large retail companies like West Elm and Minted feature these artists and sell their product increases the popularity of these items in homes and businesses across the country.
Have fun considering what design elements can be applied to your space, and enjoy the fulfilling and eye-catching outcome!