As 2015 comes to a close, the question on most design fanatics’ minds is: “What’s next?” Which design trends will be popping up everywhere in the coming months?
We have compiled a list of what we predict will be the biggest 2016 design trends. Here’s the scoop on five key design elements to keep an eye on as the year unfolds, as well as tips on how to seamlessly incorporate modern takes on these looks into your existing interiors.
2016 Design Trends
The breakout star of 2016 is going to be metallics, and — given their ability to instantly bring a sophisticated and glamorous touch to any space — it’s not hard to see why. Whether adding a sleek touch with silver or chrome or warming a room with gold, rose gold or copper, every school of design can benefit from this trend.
One key difference that sets this year’s take apart from previous metallic trends is the flexibility to mix and match. Don’t hesitate to use one type of metal as the focal point of the space while working in a different type for a smaller accent role.
Cultural trends have long been known to influence design, and this coming year we can expect a big push toward eco-friendly interiors. Just as sustainability in architecture prides itself on blending form and function, it’s important to focus on using interior design elements that not only look great, but also are well made and minimize the impact to our ecosystem.
Incorporating natural materials such as wood or stone into your interiors is an easy way to achieve that goal. Whenever possible, look for artisan products. In addition to having a smaller carbon footprint than their mass-produced competitors, these products often have a longer lifespan.
This term may seem vague, but in this context, we mean prints that can be found in nature. The coming year is poised for a comeback of plant-inspired decor, florals and animal prints. As with any print, a little goes a long way — especially when it comes to these bold looks.
Rather than decking out an entire room in a big or heavy pattern, use it on one or two pieces that will be the focal point of the space. To ensure that your take on these wild looks stays modern and not too far over the top, consider incorporating prints that fall outside of their natural color scheme.
When it comes to adding visual interest to a room, there’s no easier way to make an impact than by adding a few geometric shapes. The recent interest in these shapely designs is a continuation of the ’70s-inspired trend that has been turning heads.
The great thing about this trend is that it can easily be incorporated into any style of design. Those who like an ultra-modern look should consider making a statement with shapely furniture pieces or light fixtures. For a more traditional look, simply incorporate a geometric pattern into the room using floor tiles or accent textiles.
Every year has its own color trends, and 2016 is no exception. Bold blues such as cobalt, navy and royal blue are the hues to use for the upcoming year. Fortunately, there is no shortage of ways to incorporate this shade into your interiors. It all depends on how impactful you want the color to be.
For those looking to create a truly intimate and relaxing atmosphere, consider giving your walls a new coat of blue paint or bringing some brightness to your kitchen cabinets. You don’t have to go all out, however. Adding a pop of blue through a statement piece of furniture or accent piece is a great way to stay current without making a major commitment.
We hope these top 2016 design trends have inspired you as we head into the new year. Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.