Designers Love These Trends for 2016

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

Green and White Eclectic Kitchen With Brass Pendants

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. 

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

A bright blue and white mantel boasts a fun diamond print pattern for a one-of-a-kind look in this living room. A pink and gray striped coffee table adds some funky contrast, while soft neutral grays and whites balance out the bold patterns and bright colors.

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

Crisp white walls, large windows and exposed wood beams create the perfect setting for a coastal retreat. A canopy bed and soft blue accents complete the sea-inspired look.

From: Blackband Design and GrayStone Custom Builders

Cottage Rustic Bedroom With Vaulted Ceiling

This bedroom knows how to do cozy: There's a sweet window seat built in beneath one long stretch of windows. A blue loveseat tucks up against the bottom of the bed. And the overall style is charmingly laid back and rustic.

From: Blackband Design and GrayStone Custom Builders

Window Seat Showcases Fun Variety of Patterns

A cushioned window seat provides the perfect spot to enjoy the view in this sea-inspired master bedroom. Adorned with throw pillows and flanked with curtains, the cozy seating area displays a fun assortment of patterns.

From: Blackband Design and GrayStone Custom Builders

Coastal Bedroom Is Classic Yet Current

Clean lines and crisp white pair with elegant curves and rustic wood to create a classic yet current look in this master bedroom. Soft blue accents add serene color to the coastal palette.

From: Blackband Design and GrayStone Custom Builders

Stylish Patterned Throw Pillows in Shades of Blue

Layered throw pillows in different patterns but similar shades of blue create subtle interest in this calm, coastal-style bedroom. The beautiful blue pillows pop against the crisp white bed linens.

From: Blackband Design and GrayStone Custom Builders

Photo By: Tessa Neustadt

Coastal Bedroom Features Lovely Seating Area

A charming loveseat in a soft blue-green hue pairs with a small white table to create a cozy seating area in this serene master bedroom. A sisal area rug grounds the space underfoot, and exposed wood ceiling beams add a rustic touch overhead.

From: Blackband Design and GrayStone Custom Builders

Rustic Neutral Bedroom With Blue Sofa

This lovely bedroom mixes a light, airy feel with casual, rustic elements like the exposed beams and natural fiber rug. The result is a space that's both friendly and peaceful.

From: Blackband Design and GrayStone Custom Builders

Charming Brick Fireplace Warms Master Bedroom

The brick fireplace surround in this beautiful master bedroom is painted white to match the room's clean walls. A potted tree adds a burst of life and color to the space, and light wood floors provide warmth underfoot.

From: Blackband Design and GrayStone Custom Builders

Photo By: Tessa Neustadt

Master Bedroom Seating Area Is Cozy, Bright

A beautiful, brick-enclosed fireplace warms the seating area in this delightful master bedroom. The charming oval-shaped window allows natural light to brighten the space.

From: Blackband Design and GrayStone Custom Builders

Rustic White Bathroom With Paneling

The wall behind this bathroom's double vanity is paneled in simple wood beams. It's a striking contrast for the all-white room and a playful pairing with the more luxe details like the marble floor.

From: Blackband Design and GrayStone Custom Builders

Photo By: Tessa Neustadt

Bright, Luxurious Bathroom Boasts Reclaimed Wood Accent Wall

With crisp white walls, tons of natural light and ultra-elegant finishes, this master bathroom feels like a bright, breezy getaway. A gorgeous reclaimed wood wall adds texture, warmth and a touch of rusticity to the space.

From: Blackband Design and GrayStone Custom Builders

Clawfoot Tub Adds Classic Touch to Master Bathroom

An elegant clawfoot tub brings a classic, traditional element to this luxurious master bathroom. The tub is tucked in a large bay window that floods the entire space with loads of natural light.

From: Blackband Design and GrayStone Custom Builders

Silver Bottles and Glass Boxes

Glass boxes trimmed in silver are pretty holders for favorite finds or jewelry.

From: Blackband Design and GrayStone Custom Builders

Photo By: Tessa Neustadt

Rustic Spa Bathroom With Clawfoot Tub

A grand soaking tub nests perfectly into the curve of this bathroom's bay window. The room's light, bright feel is enhanced by big windows and the vaulted ceiling.

From: Blackband Design and GrayStone Custom Builders

White Bathroom Glass-Front Cabinet

The storage in this bathroom mixes glass-front cabinets with drawers and closed cabinets to cover all needs.

From: Blackband Design and GrayStone Custom Builders

Photo By: Tessa Neustadt

Glass-Enclosed Marble Shower in Crisp White Bathroom

A glass-enclosed marble shower keeps with the bright, open design in this stunning master bathroom. The room's crisp white palette carries into the master bedroom, creating a sense of cohesion.

From: Blackband Design and GrayStone Custom Builders

Photo By: Tessa Neustadt

Marble Shower With Subtle Herringbone Design

Slim marble tiles arranged in a herringbone pattern encase this luxurious shower.

From: Blackband Design and GrayStone Custom Builders

Photo By: Tessa Neustadt

Wallpaper (The Bolder, The Better) 

Custom Wallpaper Brightens Staircase

Custom Wallpaper Brightens Staircase

Custom-designed wallpaper transforms the staircase leading to the home office. Both youthful and smart, the multicolored stripes are affixed to the stair riser.

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. 

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Dress Up Your Dresser Drawers

Swap patterned wallpaper for traditional drawer liners — it's the perfect use for leftover paper.

Add Personality to a Bookcase

Thanks to an Americana-inspired palette and wallpaper with a bold, oversized pattern, what once was a lackluster bookcase is now an eye-catching focal point filled with a family's favorite objects.

Wallpaper-Backed China Cabinet

The romantic floral wallpaper on the back of this china cabinet adds vintage-style charm. See more from this home featured in HGTV Magazine.

Photo By: Max Kim-Bee

Hang Wallpaper on the Ceiling

Don't forget the fifth wall when hanging wallpaper. Choose a bold pattern for the ceiling, then paint the walls in a coordinating hue.

Add Texture With Grasscloth

Bold wallpaper isn't the only option for ceilings and home decor projects; also consider grasscloth for organic texture and subtle pattern.

Step Up Stair Risers With Wallpaper

Add pattern and color to a staircase with wallpaper, acrylic sheeting and decorative hardware. Alternate coordinating patterns for a custom look.

Transform a Basic Dresser With Wallpaper

Transform a basic flat-front dresser — a sample-size roll is all you need for this project.

Transform an Old Vanity With Vinyl Wallpaper

Give a basic vanity new life with a layer of patterned paper.

Wallpaper Art Gallery

Frame small pieces of wallpaper to create an eye-catching focal point on a blank wall.

Wallpaper Photo Mats

Or, use the wallpaper as a mat for a collection of black-and-white photos or silhouettes, as featured in HGTV Magazine.

Photo By: Max Kim-Bee

Eclectic Style Is King 



A room in the 2013 Atlanta Decorators Show House, a showcase of more than 30 spaces transformed by designers from around the Southeast.

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

Stately and sophisticated, this kitchen creates a graceful mood with a white palette, subtle pink accents and lots of natural light courtesy of large windows and a glass door. The oversized island offers casual eating as well as plenty of prep space.

Photo By: Jackson Design and Remodeling

White Transitional Chef's Kitchen With Patterned Ceiling

Invite visitors to look up! A fun way to add visual interest to a neutral room is to decorate the ceiling with a graphic pattern or colorful wallpaper. Here, the cube-shaped pendant lights tie in with the geometric theme.

Photo By: Jackson Design and Remodeling

Kitchen Sink With Black Windows

Beautiful big windows wrap around the kitchen and make washing dishes infinitely more enjoyable.

Photo By: Jackson Design and Remodeling

Transitional White Chef Kitchen With Cube Pendants

This gorgeous kitchen keeps the mood refreshingly calm with an all-white color palette, bringing in visual dimension with soft pink pendants, a marble backsplash and geometric pattern on the ceiling.

Photo By: Jackson Design and Remodeling

Cooktop With White Marble Backsplash

White marble is an elegant backdrop to the cooktop. Stretches of countertop on either side make prep work a breeze.

Photo By: Jackson Design and Remodeling

Black and White Transitional Open Plan Dining Room

A striped rug corrals the furniture at one end of this open concept space and turns it into a chic dining room. Black-and-white patterned curtains are the perfect lively counterpart.

White Kitchen Cabinets and Wine Racks

The kitchen even includes X-marks-the spot wine racks that don't take up an inch of coveted countertop space.

Photo By: Jackson Design and Remodeling

Transitional Dining Space With Geometric Pendant

A geometric pendant light above the dining table provides visual continuity with the kitchen's lights and is a dynamic statement in the open concept space.

Photo By: Jackson Design and Remodeling

Black and White Transitional Dining Area With Striped Rug

The open concept design of this dining area allows room for a small workspace and convenient access to the adjacent kitchen. Black and white curtains and a striped rug add dynamic energy to the space.

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

A straight-up classy kitchen, this navy blue-and-white color scheme feels both nautical and clean. Spacious, white cabinets provide ample space for all a cook's cookware and gadgets. Featuring a blue base, the kitchen island is surrounded with simple, white stools for eating in.

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. 

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Turquoise: Inspired by the Sea

An epoxy floor in a custom shade of turquoise alludes to the ocean not far from this beach house kitchen by DD Allen. (If you love the idea but live inland, how about grass-green epoxy to evoke an open field?) Throw pillows in bright shades add punch to the space.

Turquoise: Custom Color

The Icestone terazzo countertops in this kitchen by Massucco Warner Miller are made from recycled glass bottles that give the surface a sea-glass-like sheen. The cabinets were painted a pale turquoise to match. When attempting to match kitchen materials, remember that paint can always be tinted to coordinate with your countertop, cabinets or fabrics, so choose the paint last.

Photo By: Photography by David Fenton

Turquoise: Chalkboard Contrast

These super-glossy blue wall tiles from the Italian company Fap Ceramiche add color and sheen to a modern kitchen. "A dose of your favorite color can personalize a kitchen and make it a refuge," says architect Susan Doban, who frequently recommends vivid hues in her projects. A strip of chalkboard paint adds contrast — and a practical way to share information and favorite recipes.

Blue: Fit for Bachelor

Designers Tim Scott and Erica Westeroth, CKD, NCIDQ, took their inspiration for this Canadian bachelor's kitchen from the colors and shapes of Havana, where he has a vacation place. "The blue mosaic tile represents the dancing waves of the ocean," says Westeroth. "The convex curved wall was wrapped in cabinets of beautiful English Sycamore veneer, emulating the lush soil and the sugary white marble floors shimmer like the sandy beach."

Photo By: Photography by Donna Griffith

Blue: Inspired by Menswear

The classic menswear combination of navy, white and tobacco inspired the palette for this kitchen by architect/homeowner John Laren and interior designer Karen Soojian, ASID. "Bold contrast is a major design element for the space, as seen in the combination of both white (not shown) and navy cabinets," says Soojian. "This is softened by the introduction of the warm color of the cork floor and the walnut-toned center island."

Blue: Modern Two-Tone

The initial inspiration for this blue and red kitchen came from the red of the Icestone countertops, which were matched to a stock glass color from the cabinetry company. All told, the designers at Gaia Kitchen & Bath used three different color glass inserts, two different color cabinets and two different countertop materials.

Photo By: Photo Courtesy of Gaia Kitchen & Bath

Blue: Natural Color Cues

This open-plan kitchen by designer Mark Dutka in his own home near the Northern California coast was designed to reflect the colors of the local sky, sand and forests. "The lower cabinets are painted a deep gray-brown (Benjamin Moore "Midsummer Night" 2134-20) to represent the local forest soil, and the upper cabinets are tinted rift oak, as a nod to the surrounding forest. Walls in Benjamin Moore Chicago Blues represent the ubiquitous Pacific Ocean," Dutka explains, "and the incredible blue skies residents are treated to on sunny days."

Green: Calming and Comfortable

Neither bright nor pastel; not pale or neon, the soft blue-green of this backsplash tile in a kitchen by Ryan Christenson of Remodel Works Bath and Kitchen is unusual enough to catch the eye, but subtle enough to live with comfortably for years.

Photo By: Photography by Padilla Bowen Photography

Green: Bright + Budget-Friendly

Color is a great way to add life to an inexpensive kitchen. The cabinets in this room by TS Kitchen Projects are from Ikea, and the ceramic tile was under $10 per square foot. Thanks to its bright green hues, the backsplash acts as a focal point for the room, making the space memorably playful.

Photo By: Photo Courtesy of TS Kitchen Projects

Green: Leafy Hues + Garden Views

Cool slate grays anchor this kitchen by Susan Diana Harris, ASID, while brighter greens steal the show both indoors and out. The walls are painted Behr's Fresh Grass (color #426), and the ceiling is Benjamin Moore's Pale Vista (2029-60). The windows (not shown) were left unobstructed to allow for views of the leafy garden outside. If your own kitchen is graced with garden views, remember that your choice of plantings will affect the color experience when you are indoors.

Yellow: Happy Hue

In this sunny kitchen by DD Allen, seafoam green cabinets are a soft backdrop to bright yellow stools from Wyeth in New York City. "Another way to change up color in a kitchen," says Allen, "is to use director's chair stools, and easily change out the canvas covers, which you can get in many different colors and patterns."

Yellow: Inspired by Antique China

Designer Elizabeth Swartz, ASID, drew color inspiration for her own kitchen (that gorgeous yellow paint is California Paint's CAL #7263M, Sunspot) from Stangl Pottery's Fruit Pattern. "My aunt had this for her everyday china when I was a kid," says Swartz, "and I have great memories of wonderful family dinners with loads of cousins. I found a piece in an antique shop, started collecting it and built my kitchen color scheme around it." What favorite family objects make you happy? Look to them for a kitchen color that will keep you smiling.

Yellow: Mexican-Inspired

Sarah Leedy-Dooley, ASID, NKBA, used bright yellow walls and an intricate arrangement of hand-painted Mexican Talavera tiles in this kitchen on a large Texas ranch. When choosing strong colors, be sure to check them in situ before buying, so you can see how they appear in the room at various times of the day as the light shifts.

Orange: Color Pick-Me-Up

"I think that color in a kitchen has a hugely positive, psychological impact and makes people happy," says Designer Robin Siegerman, Author of Renovation BOOTCAMP®: Kitchen — Design and Remodel Your Kitchen...Without Losing Your Wallet, Your Mind or Your Spouse. And as for this particular shade? "Orange is shown to stimulate optimism," she says, "bringing spontaneity and a positive outlook to life. It's a great color to use during tough economic times, keeping us motivated and helping us to look on the bright side of life."

Photo By: Photography by Robin Stubbert

Orange: Bold Banquette

Designer DD Allen's client wanted a rosy breakfast nook and she got it, thanks to the colorful tile and coral banquette. White Eames chairs and a neutral floor and ceiling keep the color from overwhelming the space.

Photo By: Photography by Enrique Cubillo at 85 Photo Productions

Orange: Saturated Shade

The least expensive — and least permanent — way to color up a kitchen is with paint. Designer Angela Bonfante chose this pumpkin hue for a tight space with an eye on budget. Against a shade this rich, the chain-store throw pillows look like high-end custom work.

Orange: Natural Inspiration

The metal sculptor who owns this Oregon kitchen chose a palette of golds, reds and greys as a nod to the local landscape. "The curved accent walls are the color of Sumac leaves — or maybe someone's lipstick," says designer Rhonda Knoche, CMKBD, CAPS "The yellows, oranges and reds were grounded with gray and black, so the color scheme didn't summon circus music, which can happen with these bright colors."

Pink: Sunny Salmon

Designer Judy O'Neil Labins chose custom-colored milk paint with a flat, chalky surface for this vintage-style kitchen. "Salmon is a great color," says Labins, "and most people can wear it in a flattering way." Trying to decide on a color for your own kitchen? Consider the shades you most like to wear. They're probably the ones you most enjoy looking at, and will help you look your best when you're working your hardest at the stove.

Photo By: Photography by Eric Roth

Pink: Art Deco Pizzazz

In this kitchen, co-designed by Patricia Caulfield and Marc Goodwin, anigre veneer cabinets were stained with a pink dye. A honed black granite countertop ties in the black appliances and the Art Deco-style custom crown molding in black. Grey marble tops part of the center island, with another elevation topped with Corian in "Strawberry Ice."

Red: Statement Cabinets

Jill Green of Sand Castle Designs used a bright, glossy red for the upper cabinets in this open kitchen. The eye-catching color turns the open galley into a design element in the apartment, while a stainless steel backsplash and black lower cabinets add to the glamour.

Red: A Timeless Look

A rug can add great notes of color to your kitchen — either to echo a shade already in place as with the red china cabinet in this kitchen by Sandra Bird Designs, or to brighten an otherwise neutral space. Because this particular red is matte, rather than glossy, it creates a timeless look.

Red: Bold Lacquer Color

Not for the faint of heart, this red, red, red kitchen by John Ryba is saturated in a rich, lacquer red. The white ceiling and stainless-steel appliances help reflect light, an important consideration when you are working with a darker color.

Photo By: Photography by John Ryba

Red: All in the Details

With a color as strong as red, sometimes a few strong accents are enough. In this kitchen by Ines Hanl of The Sky is the Limit Design, a red pedestal for a counter-height table and a red runner rug add vibrancy to a more subtly colored kitchen. And don’t forget artwork as a source of color in kitchens; notice how the framed poster on the far wall rounds out the color scheme.

Purple: Sleek Curves + Deep Color

Purple tones in the 'Red Sunset' granite in this kitchen by XTC Design inspired the home's overall color scheme, with intense doses of aubergine on the cabinets (in a satin metallic lacquer finish), and in accent walls, pillows and art throughout the house. Designers Tim Scott and Erica Westeroth, CKD, NCIDQ, used neutral floors, upholstery and ceilings to balance the rich hue for a look that is distinctive but not overwhelming.

Photo By: Photography by Donna Griffith Photography

Purple: Naturally Pleasing Palette

A slightly paler purple distinguishes this kitchen by Jeff King, designed for homeowners who wanted a happy, colorful space. The kitchen faces south and opens onto a very colorful garden, so the color inside reflects and complements the colors outside. "Don't worry about making design decisions for resale," says the homeowner. "You will be living in the home and spending a lot of time in the kitchen, so do what truly is enjoyable to your eye."

Photo By: Photography by Treve Johnson

Purple: Inspired by Vino

The wine lovers who own this home had several pictures of favorite Italian vineyards in spaces adjacent to the kitchen, so designer Connie Rabias-Sbarboro chose a glass/tumbled marble backsplash with lots of purple tones, and painted the walls Benjamin Moore's "Tropical Dusk," a vibrant grape shade. The rich wood cabinetry enhances the room's Tuscan feeling.

Photo By: Photography by Javier Ramos

Brown: Subway Tile Backsplash

When used in the form of glossy glass tile, rather than wood or stone, brown becomes a color, too. Drury Designs used the glass tiles here to bring drama to an otherwise all-white kitchen. The tile's sheen helps reflect light to keep the space looking lively.

From: Drury Design

Multicolor: Intricate Handmade Tiles

Can't choose just one favorite color? Use ALL of them, as tile designer Vicki Morrow did in this kitchen, clad in ceramic pieces she designs and hand-fabricates herself. An accent wall in deep rose picks up a shade running through the backsplash and offers beautiful contrast to the deep turquoise countertop tiles.

Multicolor: Patterned Pillows for a Pop of Color

Fabric is another great way to introduce a multitude of colors to a kitchen, as designer Jessica R. Caviness of Ross Thiele & Son did here. The soft shades and floral patterns are echoed in the decoratve painting on the ceiling beams.

Multicolor: Whimsical Fairy Garden

Certified Kitchen Designer Elina Katsioula-Beall's client asked for a kitchen that resembled a childs fairy garden — and she got it, says Katsioula-Beale, "with bold green stems made of high-gloss laminate cabinets, opening to a vibrant fuchsia flower bed of countertops!" And the walls? Marigold orange. If this much hard-to-change color frightens you, says Katsioula-Beall, "have glass doors installed on some of your cabinets and paint their interiors a bright hue. If you hate it," she says, "that's a change that's easy — and inexpensive — to make."

Multipurpose Family Spaces

White Kitchen with Beautiful Desk Area

White Kitchen with Beautiful Desk Area

With places on the wall to pin homework, to do lists or whatever else, this desk is made with style and function in mind. The custom white cabinets also provide plenty of room for storage both above and below.

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. 

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Contemporary Kid

Bright colors of chartreuse, orange and blue are combined with muted grays and blacks to create a fun, contemporary place for a kid to work or play. Design: Brian Patrick Flynn

Custom Storage

To add custom storage without breaking the bank, a desk from a flea market is sprayed with lacquer in a coral color. Design: Brian Patrick Flynn

Energizing Colors

The combination of white furniture and aqua walls with punches of canary yellow creates an energizing study space. Design: Brian Patrick Flynn

Bright & Open

This bright, open workspace provides plenty of shelf storage and a desk area with room to spread out. Design: Ilija Karlusic

Simple Sophistication

A simple white parsons desk is dressed up with an elegant chair to suit the sophisticated nature of this bedroom. Design: Nicole Sassaman

Cubby Storage

Bright colors, personal artwork and plenty of cubby storage help make this kids' space functional and fun. Design: Fiorella Design/Photo: Frank Paul Perez

Sleek Nook

Sleek furniture keeps this home office nook from feeling cluttered or cramped. An organizational center on the wall cuts down on the need for messy paperwork, as seen on HGTV's The High/Low Project. Design: Sabrina Soto

Cool Hangout

This colorful and contemporary study and hangout spot for teens includes a vaulted tongue-and-groove ceiling, light wood floors, iconic midcentury-modern furniture and fun teen accessories. Design: Anne Rue

Side Table

Dual functions help a small space feel grand. This parsons desk doubles as a side table for the sofa. A cozy chair tucks under and can be pulled out to use as additional living room seating. Design: Lisa Sherry/Photo: Ron Royals

Under the Stairs

The space beneath these stairs has just the right amount of room for a built-in desk, maximizing an often overlooked area in a home. Design: Brian Patrick Flynn

Bedside Table

Soft colors and whimsical fabrics give this young girl's room a feminine touch. A desk can function as a bedside table between twin beds. Design: Elinor Jones/Photo: Chris Little

From: Elinor Jones

Interesting Hardware

Use interesting hardware for a quick and easy update on a desk. Design: Erinn Valencich/Photo: Melissa Valladares

From: Erinn Valencich

Stylish Spot

A white lacquer desk and iconic ghost chair create a stylish spot for a teenager to study. Curtains frame the space, visually separating it from the adjoining bedroom. Design: Anne Rue

Seeing Double

This study area is equipped with two full-functioning workspaces complete with computers and filing cabinets. Custom-made corkboards and hanging rails provide additional organization. Design: Shane Inman

Seeing Red

Red is a stimulant, so it's the perfect color for a homework and craft station. Ready-made cabinets in a glossy red lacquer finish from a big box retailer made a spot to work on school assignments or get creative with crafts. Design: Brian Patrick Flynn

Simple Desk

This bedroom includes plenty of space for relaxing as well as a small workspace with a simple desk and comfy chair. Design: Joseph Cortes

Neutral Alcove

Adding color or wallpaper to the ceiling -- the so-called fifth wall -- is a great way to add detail to a space. The neutral walls in this craft room create enough of a break between the pattern of the ceiling wallpaper and graphic flooring for the design to feel completely unified. Design: Jaimie Belew/Photo: Jason Kisner

Bright Attic

Sloped walls were kept white to keep this attic room from feeling too closed-in. Bright punches of color in the striped runner, accent wallpaper and sofa help highlight the unusual architecture without overwhelming the space. Design: Kriste Michelini/Photo: Jason Kisner

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Wood Plank Workstation

Wood planks were installed in this former closet space to create a useful workstation. Design: Brian Patrick Flynn

Distinct Zones

The workstation in this home office sits at counter height, while the meeting/lunch table sits lower, helping to break the space up into two distinctive zones. Design: Brian Patrick Flynn

Feminine Space

Cabinet surfaces are painted white and distressed in this feminine office space. The windowsills are used as extra seating and storage areas. Design: Luis Caicedo

From: Luis Caicedo

Creative & Crafty

This craft room brings out the creative kid in all of us. Plenty of storage and an energetic color scheme provide the perfect space for projects of all sizes. Use resilient materials like laminate countertops and a graphic vinyl rug for easy cleanup. Design: Jennifer Reiner

Vertical Stripes

The vertical stripes in this boy's bedroom emphasize the tall ceilings, while the mossy green rug and headboard add a fun punch of color. Design: Regan Billingsley/Photo: Angie Seckinger

Personalized Pinboard

A pinboard fills the wall in this niche, offering a place for interchangeable memos and artwork. A pair of sconce lights provide the perfect task lighting for the desk area without using any precious counter space. Design: TerraCotta Properties

Relaxation Room

The neutral tones of this room make it the perfect place to escape to for some rest and relaxation or to work on a project. Design: Allie Mann/Photo: Angie Seckinger

Comfortable Craft Area

With a vaulted ceiling and plenty of elbow room to spread out and sketch, the craft area beckons the artist. Durable resin wicker chairs, designed for outdoor use, offer comfortable seating. Design: Linda Woodrum

Vintage Table

A nook in this contemporary living room seen on HGTV's Secrets From a Stylist is the perfect spot to get some work done. A vintage table serves as a desk while a ladder shelf provides storage. Design: Emily Henderson/Photo: Aaron Rapoport

Outstanding Accents

A neutral wall color allows the rug, curtains and artwork to shine in this open office space. Design: Brother vs. Brother

Photo By: Matt Harbicht/Getty Images

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: 

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Urban Bistro Boasts 1920s Charm

This 1920s house-turned-restaurant uses its bright red-orange canopy with an aluminum goat silhouette to attract visitors inside. The building's original stone exterior was restored, giving the restaurant authentic charm.

Photo By: Halkin | Mason Photography

Restaurant Entry With Rustic, Nature-Inspired Feel

Goat Hollow's interior features photographer Julia Blaukopf’s nature murals and walls of recycled red cedar. The recycled wood gives the space a rustic vibe.

Second-Story Dining Room Features Upcycled Chandelier

The chandelier in this dining area is made of recycled cider jugs; photo murals on the walls depict the roofscapes visible through these second-story windows. Exposed ductwork keeps with the urban feel of the downstairs, and the use of rustic wood gives the space a sense of authenticity and warmth.

Urban-Style Restaurant Is Warm, Welcoming

Goat Hollow diners are greeted with a warm fireplace backed with recycled brick. The room is punctuated by brightly colored vintage chairs and photo murals beyond.

Photo By: Halkin | Mason Photography

Drum Pendants Add Contemporary Flair to Urban Bar

The drum-shaped pendant lights above the bar are custom-made and covered in a white stocking material. The pendants create ambiance and add contemporary flair to the urban-style space.

Photo By: Halkin | Mason Photography

Vintage Fireplace Centers Urban Chic Restaurant

A vintage-style fireplace with a recycled brick surround centers this restaurant while providing separation between the main dining area and bar. The fireplace works beautifully with the restaurant's urban chic design.

Photo By: Halkin | Mason Photography

Urban-Style Bar With Vintage Fireplace & Warm Wood Floors

Industrial metal barstools pair with exposed ductwork and a vintage-style fireplace to create an urban look for this restaurant's bar. Sleek pendant lights add a contemporary touch, and rustic wood floors lend warmth underfoot.

Vintage Fireplace Features Recycled Brick Surround

A vintage-style fireplace with a gorgeous recycled brick surround warms the dining area and bar at this urban chic restaurant. Vintage chairs with bold red upholstery add a vibrant splash of color to the space.

Photo By: Halkin | Mason Photography

Natural Meets High-Tech

Unique Cooking Center in Modern Kitchen

Unique Cooking Center in Modern Kitchen

Ceramic tile mimics the look of weathered wood, creating a backsplash that perfectly complements this modern kitchen’s rustic-industrial vibe. Hot-rolled steel panels form the cabinetry that surrounds the cooktop, and a custom hood is made from live-edge walnut, warming up the space.

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

As seen on season one of Sarah Sees Potential , designer Sarah Richardson filled this century-old kitchen with a mix of modern amenities and vintage charm. The large eat-in kitchen island was topped with a premium slab of Calacatta marble and painted a rich blue to match the room's traditional blue and white floral wallpaper. Brass pendant lights hang over the stainless steel sink and complement the room's brass hardware, completing the cohesive design.

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

“We added railing up above so we could hang outdoor drapery, because I really wanted to unite the two spaces with the same color palette,” explains interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn. “It softens the edges of the outside deck, and makes adds privacy.”

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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