2016 Interior Decorating Trends

There are so many choices available that sometimes it seems as though “everything is in”, but this is not the case.  There are definite trends (not fads) that can be identified in furnishings and decor.  We are all exposed to them when we shop or open a magazine, so being able to spot them will help you keep your home “on trend”.

I would like to share my dissemination of twenty trends from the 2015 fall HP market identified by Deb Barrett of Soft Design Lab in the U.S.  (Deb is an award-winning soft furnishings designer, speaker, author and design consultant, who conducts tours at High Point market twice per year. )

Dark Walls

Dramatic, high contrast, and moody all describe this trend toward dark wall colour.   We have been seeing a lot of black recently and this is still trending but now so are dark blue and teals.  (See my previous post, entitled “More on Colour Trends”.)

living room with dark indigo blue bookcase walls
Horchow vignette

Statement Walls

Statement lighting is still a popular trend, but now so are statement walls.  Very over-scale art, wall murals, collages, large fabric panels framed as art, etc.  The most dominant thing in the room is the statement wall. (Go big or go home!)

Wall statement trends: overscale, close-up art of a white horse
Berhardt living room vignette

Art Deco Style

Mid-century modern furniture style is still very popular.  However, we are starting to see it morph towards Art Deco style.  “The Art-Deco inspired trend involves lavish materials such as brass, gold and velvet.  Essential ingredients are:  statement pieces such as daybeds or cocktail chairs in gemstone colours, folding screens and dressing tables.“ – Christine Burg, Deputy Editor in Chief, Elle Decoration Germany.

Art Deco trends: Velvet chaise in a teal room
Velvet upholstered chaise, Elle Decoration, Germany

Transparency Trend

Lucite is everywhere – furniture, especially legs, canopy bed posts (Bernhardt), art encased in a Lucite box, etc.  Lucite is a trade name for an acrylic resin first exhibited at the 1939 World`s Fair and gained popularity in the 1960s and 70s.

transparency trends: modern plexicraft coffee table
Modern transparent coffee table from Plexi-craft

Organic Mix

Organic materials and nature motifs are still trending:  faux bois, horn, shagreen, grass-cloth, tree branches, raw wood, leather, oyster shells on folding screens, fur and feathers, etc.  – lots of texture, but in a lux way.

Organic Mix trends: Bernhardt upholstered chair with brass metal frame shaped like a tree branch
Berhardt brass framed chair with branch motif on back

New takes on Upholstery and Fabric

We are seeing channels rather than tufting on sofas and chairs; embroidery; tapes instead of nailhead trim.  Geometric patterns are still popular; menswear suiting, pinstripes; and metallic fabrics in small doses like on throw cushions.

Florals are back, but in moderation!  I love the print on this chair by Wesley Hall.

Floral trends: Modern Wesley Hall wing chair upholstered in floral fabric
Wesley Hall living room vignette

Warm Metals

Warm metals such as gold and brass are still a popular trend, but now copper has been added.  In addition to lamps, mirrors and hardware, embossed metals are being used on cabinet door fronts and seating accents.

Arteriors display of gold trends: lighting, lamps, mirrors and furniture
Arteriors Home display of gilt goods