Our Favorite Design Trends for 2016

With each passing year, I find that the space we live in becomes more and more an expression of who we are and what we love. Cliff and I are definitely intentional about what we bring into our home and how it fits with our lifestyle and values. With that said, in 2016, we’re hoping to see more people embracing what makes their space (and them!) unique whether that means playing with color and texture, taking a more minimal approach, or exhibiting a beloved collection. Here are a few directions we’re excited about this year in home design.

Back to Basics

Minimalism is back and it’s cropping up everywhere from fashion, to graphic design, to interior design. The new minimalism isn’t austere or cold, it’s more about a return to simplicity: think thoughtfully designed items that are made to last a lifetime. It’s about quality over quantity. Combine that with the premium on square footage these days, a move towards smaller spaces, and you have people being much more deliberate about the things they have in their homes. I read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up last year and love Kondo’s way of thinking about the things you own. Her basic tenet is that you should get rid of anything that doesn’t bring you joy. (Photos above via Hubsch Interior and Ultra Linx.)

Light Colors

Expect to see light and airy interiors with white and light pastels this year. Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams both announced shades of white as their paint colors of the year. Pantone’s color of the year is actually a blend of two shades—Rose Quartz and Serenity—which are meant to bring feelings of peace and serenity as an antidote to modern day stresses. Interiors in white, cream, and taupe serve as a perfect backdrop for adding personal elements with furniture and decor. (Photos above via SF Girl by Bay and Divaani.)

Natural Elements

Over the past few years clean lines and geometric shapes have reigned supreme. This year look for more natural textures and organic shapes. Reclaimed wood and recycled materials will continue to be relevant. We’re looking forward to seeing rugs and textiles with natural fibers and soft texture, furniture with curves, and decorating with flowers and foliage. (Photos via Hunted Interior and My Scandinavian Home.)

Soft Metallics

Expect to see softer shades of classic gold and silver take center stage this year everywhere from hardware, to lighting, to appliances. We’re even seeing kitchen appliances in new tones like brushed bronze and matte black stainless steel. (Photos via Obumex and Poketo.)

Social Spaces

Spaces where families can spend time together are the heart and soul of a home. Kitchens with workhorse kitchen islands that include seating let people comfortably gather, cook, and eat together. We’re also excited about a move towards tech-less living rooms that center around the fireplace rather than the TV. Formal dining rooms are also making a comeback and people are devoting time and attention to designate the space as a center for entertaining at home. (Photos via Journelles and Apartment Therapy.)