The most important element in your home should be how it reflects YOU. Your remarkable personality and irreplaceable fingerprint should be evident in every room of the house. Incorporating a décor trend is an inventive way to add extra flourish, but when it comes to styling your home, it’s always best to honor your own personal instinct. To help guide your own gorgeous aesthetic, we’ve compiled an energizing roundup of the hottest 2016 home trends. These furnishings, décor trends, and colors are a fresh way to update your home’s distinctive personal style.
Looking to add a new furnishing or two? Try one of these:
- Woven Wall Hangings: Handmade, textured wall hangings are a quirky way to add an artistic, home-style element to any room. These are especially comforting in a bedroom or guest room, and really add that extra pop to create a moment of interest. These are especially popular in Aztec and tribal prints, and my personal favorites can be found on www.tenthousandvillages.com.
- Exposed Light Bulbs: If Edison only knew how popular his design would be in the 2016 lighting scene. The exposed Edison bulb in modern lighting fixtures is an eclectic way to elevate a room’s interest and draw the eye upward. This type of fixture is especially striking in the kitchen and dining area, where there is more open overhead space to enjoy the visual effect. These fixtures are easily found in home décor retailers ranging from Pottery Barn to Lowes, with my personal favorite being found on www.scoutmob.com.
- Bare Windows: This trend won’t cost you a dime, but the fresh change will pay dividends in chic style. The newest trend in window treatments is having none at all. Take a deep breath and remove those dusty curtains. There is a movement toward simpler window fixtures in an effort to let as much natural light in the room as possible. Heavy, patterned drapes are a statement of the past. Let in the unfiltered light and enjoy the simplicity of your newfound view.
If you’re seeking out some fresh inspiration, try these:
- Mixing Old and New: The vintage trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, but a fresh take on vintage is mixing it with ultra modern pieces. This is a stirring way to re-imagine furniture that you already own. Try topping your midcentury-modern couch with some bold, graphic throw pillows, or displaying your grandmother’s china in a modular open-shelf IKEA cabinet. Those archaic pieces that feel a bit stale and “has-been” can instantly become fresh again when displayed alongside something novel and new. My personal tip: mix your traditional, dark wood pieces with clean pops of white.
Repurposing Furniture: Sometimes a piece of furniture needs some fresh life breathed into it. Try rearranging and repurposing an old piece, like displaying shoes and purses in your bedroom using that old china cabinet or moving a guest room storage trunk into the living room as a coffee table. Both of these will make a lovely display and come to life in a new way. A resource for inspiration in repurposing your furniture is www.apartmenttherapy.com.
- Going Green: The environmentally conscious trend is one that is on the steady rise. There is an emergent use of eco-friendly products that leave a minimal chemical footprint in the home. An easy way to mindfully incorporate a “green” approach in your interior décor is through the use of paints and stains made without harsh substances – just look for labels that say “low-VOC” or “zero-VOC.” There’s also an array of smart furniture constructed out of recycled and reclaimed materials on sites like www.vivaterra.com and www.branchome.com. And a cozy way to incorporate sustainable fibers in the home is to find pieces that list organic natural fibers in the label – usually a blend of cotton, linen and bamboo.
Looking to add a punch of fresh color? Check out the latest combinations:
- The Pantone Colors of the Year: This year, the Pantone Color Institute announced not just one, but two colors of the year for 2016: Rose Quartz (a watery pink) and Serenity (a tranquil blue). These soothing shades echo the traditional gender stereotypes of pink and blue, but the updated shades were actually chosen to represent a balanced equality between the two genders. These colors are stunning on their own, but truly embody an elegant poise when used together in the home. They bring a fresh sense of peace that we are all seeking to find in our home while living in the midst of our busy lives. My tip: these shades feel best when mixed with tones of white and off-white.
- Metallics: Gold, silver, rose and brass accents are having a sparkling moment. Whether it’s woven in intricate wallpaper or adding twinkle to an art print, a little extra gilding is making its way into the home. Don’t be afraid to mix your metals – the most unfussy approach is incorporating a few of these luxe elements without worrying about “matching”. How to ease into this trend? Start by adding a few mercury glass candles (I prefer the gorgeous Capri Blue candles in the “Volcano” scent) to your coffee table or a golden map print of your favorite city (easily found on Minted.com) as a wall accent. Suddenly your home will feel a bit dressier and aglow with interest.