Designers Love These Trends for 2016

Top HGTV designers share the trends they can't wait to use all year long.
Green and White Eclectic Kitchen With Brass Pendants

Green and White Eclectic Kitchen With Brass Pendants

Photo by: Caitlin McCarthy Design

Caitlin McCarthy Design

White walls, bold cabinet hues and brass fixtures are just a few of the trends designers are predicting for 2016, as seen here in this colorful kitchen from Caitlin McCarthy Design. 

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 

Living Room Features Mantel With Bold, Blue Pattern

Living Room Features Mantel With Bold, Blue Pattern

Photo by: JWT Associates

JWT Associates

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. 

Bright White Coastal Retreat

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Crisp White Bedroom Features Coastal Design

From: Wendy & Greg Blackband and GrayStone Custom Builders

Photo By: Tessa Neustadt

Window Seat Showcases Fun Variety of Patterns

From: Wendy & Greg Blackband and GrayStone Custom Builders

Coastal Bedroom Is Classic Yet Current

From: Wendy & Greg Blackband and GrayStone Custom Builders

Stylish Patterned Throw Pillows in Shades of Blue

From: Wendy & Greg Blackband and GrayStone Custom Builders

Coastal Bedroom Features Lovely Seating Area

From: Wendy & Greg Blackband and GrayStone Custom Builders

Charming Brick Fireplace Warms Master Bedroom

From: Wendy & Greg Blackband and GrayStone Custom Builders

Photo By: Tessa Neustadt

Master Bedroom Seating Area Is Cozy, Bright

From: Wendy & Greg Blackband and GrayStone Custom Builders

Bright, Luxurious Bathroom Boasts Reclaimed Wood Accent Wall

From: Wendy & Greg Blackband and GrayStone Custom Builders

Clawfoot Tub Adds Classic Touch to Master Bathroom

From: Wendy & Greg Blackband and GrayStone Custom Builders

Glass-Enclosed Marble Shower in Crisp White Bathroom

From: Wendy & Greg Blackband and GrayStone Custom Builders

Marble Shower With Subtle Herringbone Design

From: Wendy & Greg Blackband and GrayStone Custom Builders

Photo By: Tessa Neustadt

Wallpaper (The Bolder, The Better) 

Custom Wallpaper Brightens Staircase

Custom Wallpaper Brightens Staircase

Photo by: Lee Manning Photography

Lee Manning Photography

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. 

More Ways to Use Wallpaper

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Dress Up Your Dresser Drawers

Add Personality to a Bookcase

Wallpaper-Backed China Cabinet

Photo By: Max Kim-Bee

Hang Wallpaper on the Ceiling

Add Texture With Grasscloth

Step Up Stair Risers With Wallpaper

Transform a Basic Dresser With Wallpaper

Transform an Old Vanity With Vinyl Wallpaper

Wallpaper Art Gallery

Photo By: HGTV HOME, Sarah Dorio ©2013, HGTV/Scripps Networks LLC. All Rights Reserved

Wallpaper Photo Mats

Photo By: Max Kim-Bee

Eclectic Style Is King 

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Photo by: Ben Rollins

Ben Rollins

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: 

Stylish + Eclectic Kitchen

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White Transitional Chef Kitchen With Large Island

Photo By: Jackson Design and Remodeling

White Transitional Chef's Kitchen With Patterned Ceiling

Kitchen Sink With Black Windows

Photo By: Jackson Design and Remodeling

Transitional White Chef Kitchen With Cube Pendants

Photo By: Jackson Design and Remodeling

Cooktop With White Marble Backsplash

Photo By: Jackson Design and Remodeling

Black and White Transitional Open Plan Dining Room

Photo By: Jackson Design and Remodeling

White Kitchen Cabinets and Wine Racks

Photo By: Jackson Design and Remodeling

Transitional Dining Space With Geometric Pendant

Black and White Transitional Dining Area With Striped Rug

Photo By: Jackson Design and Remodeling

Cabinets: More Than Just White 

Navy Blue and White Kitchen Featuring Large Cabinets and Kitchen Island with Stools

Navy Blue and White Kitchen Featuring Large Cabinets and Kitchen Island with Stools

Photo by: Allison Corona Photography, Let It Shine Photography, Doug Petersen Photography

Allison Corona Photography, Let It Shine Photography, Doug Petersen Photography

"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. 

More Bright Kitchens

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Turquoise: Inspired by the Sea

Photo By: Photography by Peter Margonelli

Turquoise: Custom Color

Photo By: Photography by David Fenton

Turquoise: Chalkboard Contrast

Photo By: Photography by Fap Ceramiche

Blue: Fit for Bachelor

Photo By: Photography by Donna Griffith

Blue: Inspired by Menswear

Photo By: Photography by Mark Ehlen

Blue: Modern Two-Tone

Photo By: Photo Courtesy of Gaia Kitchen & Bath

Blue: Natural Color Cues

Photo By: Photography by Mark Dutka

Green: Calming and Comfortable

Photo By: Photography by Padilla Bowen Photography

Green: Bright + Budget-Friendly

Green: Leafy Hues + Garden Views

Photo By: Photography by Scott Hargis

Yellow: Happy Hue

Photo By: John Bessler

Yellow: Inspired by Antique China

Yellow: Mexican-Inspired

Photo By: Photography by Lara Swimmer

Orange: Color Pick-Me-Up

Photo By: Photography by Robin Stubbert

Orange: Bold Banquette

Photo By: Photography by Enrique Cubillo at 85 Photo Productions

Orange: Saturated Shade

Orange: Natural Inspiration

Pink: Sunny Salmon

Photo By: Photography by Eric Roth

Pink: Art Deco Pizzazz

Red: Statement Cabinets

Red: A Timeless Look

Red: Bold Lacquer Color

Photo By: Photography by John Ryba

Red: All in the Details

Purple: Sleek Curves + Deep Color

Purple: Naturally Pleasing Palette

Photo By: Photography by Treve Johnson

Purple: Inspired by Vino

Photo By: Photography by Javier Ramos

Brown: Subway Tile Backsplash

From: Drury Design

Multicolor: Intricate Handmade Tiles

Multicolor: Patterned Pillows for a Pop of Color

Photo By: Photography by Gail Owens

Multicolor: Whimsical Fairy Garden

Photo By: Photography by Suki Medencevic

Multipurpose Family Spaces

White Kitchen with Beautiful Desk Area

White Kitchen with Beautiful Desk Area

Photo by: House of Jade Interiors

House of Jade Interiors

"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. 

More Desk + Study Zones

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Contemporary Kid

Custom Storage

Energizing Colors

Bright & Open

Simple Sophistication

Cubby Storage

Sleek Nook

Cool Hangout

Side Table

Under the Stairs

Bedside Table

From: Elinor Jones

Interesting Hardware

From: Erinn Valencich

Stylish Spot

Seeing Double

Seeing Red

Simple Desk

Neutral Alcove

Bright Attic

Photo By: Jason Kisner © 2013, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Wood Plank Workstation

Distinct Zones

Feminine Space

From: Luis Caicedo

Creative & Crafty

Vertical Stripes

Personalized Pinboard

Relaxation Room

Comfortable Craft Area

Vintage Table

Outstanding Accents

Photo By: Matt Harbicht/Getty Images

Rustic Goes Refined 

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"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: 

Step Inside an Urban Bistro

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Urban Bistro Boasts 1920s Charm

Photo By: Halkin | Mason Photography

Restaurant Entry With Rustic, Nature-Inspired Feel

Photo By: Halkin | Mason Photography

Second-Story Dining Room Features Upcycled Chandelier

Urban-Style Restaurant Is Warm, Welcoming

Drum Pendants Add Contemporary Flair to Urban Bar

Photo By: Halkin | Mason Photography

Vintage Fireplace Centers Urban Chic Restaurant

Photo By: Halkin | Mason Photography

Urban-Style Bar With Vintage Fireplace & Warm Wood Floors

Photo By: Halkin | Mason Photography

Vintage Fireplace Features Recycled Brick Surround

Natural Meets High-Tech

Unique Cooking Center in Modern Kitchen

Unique Cooking Center in Modern Kitchen

Photo by: Photography by Bob Narod for Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath

Photography by Bob Narod for Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath

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 

Blue Kitchen Island With Vintage Flair From Sarah Sees Potential

Blue Kitchen Island With Vintage Flair From Sarah Sees Potential

And

Sarah Sees Potential

Photo by: Stacey Brandford

Stacey Brandford

"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. 

Indoor-Outdoor Living 

Indoor, Outdoor Appeal

Indoor, Outdoor Appeal

Photo by: Sarah Dorio

Sarah Dorio

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. 

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