Designers Love These Trends for 2016
It's a new year, and that means a whole new batch of up-and-coming design trends to embrace. We polled HGTV's Fresh Faces of Design winners to find out what colors, patterns and design styles they'll be using all year long.
White Walls, Bold Accents
White walls are making a comeback, but that doesn't mean color is out. "In 2015, we saw a lot of muted tunes and neutrals," note Wendy and Greg Blackband, winners of the "Master Retreats" Fresh Faces of Design category. "We would love to see more color, more richness in tone, more contrast, more pattern and more depth."
Liz Stiving-Nichols, who won the "Organically-Inspired" category alongside her business partner Lauren Morgan, agrees. "White walls are no longer being viewed as boring or sterile," Stiving-Nichols says. This year, think of white walls as a blank canvas for colorfully-upholstered sofas, bright lacquered furniture pieces or even patterned tile. Or, keep the accents more neutral (but no less impactful) by pairing bright white walls with rustic wood beams and metallic details.
Wallpaper (The Bolder, The Better)
Alison Kandler, winner of the "Crazy for Color" category, is all about wallpaper this year. "I am using more and more wallpaper in all kinds of fun patterns and colors! I expect to continue to use wallpaper throughout 2016. To embrace this trend, don't limit the fun patterns to the walls — add them to stair risers, inside dresser drawers and more.
Eclectic Style Is King
Gone are they days of matchy-matchy rooms: Designers (and homeowners) will continue to embrace mixing and matching styles this year. "For 2016, I anticipate self-expression with bold colors and shapes as an emerging trend," predicts Tatiana Machado-Rosas, winner of the "Kitchen + Dining" category. "We will see very eclectic spaces with mixed styles. I see crystal and ornate elements, an Asian influence, and the Greek key pattern arriving as themes.” See how these themes work together in her winning kitchen space:
Cabinets: More Than Just White
"Kitchen cabinets are getting more colorful, with less white cabinets," notes Alison Kandler. From sage greens to grays to dark grays, blues and blacks, mix up your cabinet hues for a whole new look.
Multipurpose Family Spaces
"We are seeing separate second floor homework rooms as a thing of the past," says Daniel Contelmo, winner of the "Kid-Tastic Spaces" category. "Parents want the children nearby while on the computer, so a homework alcove near the kitchen may become more popular." Another bonus? A homework nook in the kitchen reinforces the room's role as the heart of the home, adding one more function to the cooking and gathering space.
Rustic Goes Refined
"Our eyes are tiring of recycled materials. You can be green without telling everyone about it. Interiors are getting simpler," says Alan Metcalfe, winner of the "Posh Public Spaces" category. That means you'll see grayed-out wood tones and reclaimed wood pieces giving way to simpler, more modern interiors with just a few rustic or salvaged accents. See how his winning bistro design took rustic in a modern direction:
Natural Meets High-Tech
Another modern twist on rustic design you can expect to see in 2016? Materials that are man-made, but inspired by nature, says Kevin Transue, winner of the "Design With a Passion" category. "Technology will provide fabrication methods...of features and finishes that were previously unheard of." This includes materials like planks of ceramic tile made to look and feel like rustic wood, but also look for items created using 3-D printing technology and furniture pieces that incorporate "smart" tech-connected features. Urban millenials, he says, will be early adopters.
Fixtures That Double As Art
"We typically do our best to stay ahead of design trends," notes Liz Stiving Nichols. Something that's both up-and-coming and timeless, though? "I love throwing in an unexpected pop of color with furnishings and fixtures that act as functional art," she says. If you're thinking of choosing statement fixtures, Lauren Coburn, winner of the "Big City Digs" category, notes that polished bronze is where it's at for 2016.
As technology becomes a bigger part of our everyday lives, it's more important than ever to let nature in. That's why it's no surprise that Darryl Cobb, winner of the "Great First Impressions" category, predicts "a greater emphasis on outdoor living, and the connection between inside and outside." Who wouldn't feel connected to nature with this wall of windows that opens to a private outdoor space? Another plus: As homeowners downsize interior spaces, an outdoor lounge can almost double a home's living space during the warmer months. Now that's a trend we can all get behind.