This year, with the new Pantone colors of the year being soft, soothing pink (Rose Quartz) and blue (Serenity), I predict the overall trend in hues will be more muted and understated, with soft metallics also playing a role.
As people look for ways to extend their decor, as well as create soothing environments for living, relaxation and staycations, I predict that the color and design trends for 2016 will take a more back-to-basic approach, dominated by foundation colors such as white, cream, taupe, soft silver and muted gold.
Here are my top design predictions for 2016:
1. Metallics. Walk into nearly any home decor store and you are likely to see metallic tones such as soft silver and muted gold rule the shelves. Metallics are soothing and calm, and they pair well with other muted tones such as white, cream or light brown.
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2. Pastels. With the current Pantone colors of the year, I expect to see more pastels dominate home decor. Soft yellow, light green and even peach tones will be integrated into soft and hard goods.
3. Soft surfaces. Glass and metal will be out, and softness in the form of rich, sumptuous fabrics and deep, soft rugs will be in.
4. Muted patterns. With people looking for ways to extend their decor while staying on trend, muted and subtle patterns will be more popular than bold, vibrant graphics. Muted patterns allow homeowners to have color and pattern in their space, acting more like background music than dominating center stage.
5. Wood and natural elements. There continues to be a back-to-nature movement when it comes to home decor. To this end, we will continue to see more craftsman-style furniture pieces, as opposed to those that are more generic and mass-produced. Reclaimed and salvaged woods and recycled materials will also continue to be relevant.
6. Green design. Homeowners are increasingly savvy when it comes to what they put into their homes. There will continue to be a big push this year toward healthy and clean design products.
7. Minimalism. Remember the 1980s, when bigger was better? In 2016 the trend will be more toward items that are smaller in scale and can be used in various areas of the home.
8. Multifunctional design. With many people downsizing and living with less, they will look for items for the home that can pull double duty.
9. Economical design. Although the economy has bounced back, I believe a lot of homeowners still wish to be conservative. Affordable or approachable design will still be desirable and sought-after in 2016.