Posted by Lauran
As 2015 draws to a close, we take a look at our favorite design ideas and trends that are leading us into 2016.
Matte black metal is showing up everywhere, from black stainless steel kitchen appliances to black cabinet hardware. A good example: Ikea’s new Sinnerlig collection combines black metal legs with cork for a cool modern look.
Elaborate decorative tile
Encaustic and/or cement tile, often from Morocco and Cuba, took center stage on attention-grabbing floors and backsplashes.
image via apartment therapy
image via lilreddotfolks.com
Closer to home, the Bay Area’s own Heath tile offers a robust collection of textural and dimensional handmade tile that is anything but ordinary.
Fireplace designed by Visual Jill, using Heath’s Crease tile
Quartz products that look like marble
People love the look of marble in the kitchen, but the upkeep is a chore. Enter a new product that combines the look of marble with the easy maintenance of quartz. It’s a great way to add a little interest to an otherwise all-white kitchen.
Caesarstone’s Statuario Nuvo
I believe in buying the best art you can afford. Luckily, it’s now easier than ever to find high-quality artwork (original or reproductions) to fit any budget.
Zatista is a wonderful resource for original art. You can search by price, color, medium, and style.
Of course, etsy is always a great place to look for handmade paintings, photography and other artwork. Other good bets are minted, Art.com and Society 6. Most of these resources offer custom framing services as well.
White is seeing a major resurgence as the freshest neutral around. Whether layered with other soft colors such as light gray or blush, or color blocked against brights such as orange or navy, white is right—right now.
Benjamin Moore has chosen Simply White OC-117 as their 2016 Color of the Year.
image via Benjamin Moore
According to the paint company, “. . . the interplay of whites and light creates nuance and subtle beauty.” We couldn’t agree more.
Blues and pinks
Medium-tone blues and blush pinks are also hot on the color spectrum, as evidenced by Pantone’s colors of the year.
In a recent staging project (pictured above), we combined blue walls (Benjamin Moore’s Winter Lake) with touches of pink, black and white for a modern take on this color trend.
This whimsical Mexican pattern is showing up in pillows, table textiles and wallpaper.
Otomi wallpaper from Hygge & West
Move over, cute little Donkey’s Tail succulents. Your prickly relative the cactus has become the favorite design plant of late. Cactus are high style and low maintenance—the ideal combination.
image from The Jungalow
Decorating with a conscience
While global decor has been popular for a few years (think moroccan rugs, African baskets, textiles from Latin America, etc.), a number of online shops have emerged that give a portion of their profits from the sale of these goods back to the countries (and people) that made them. All Across Africa sells baskets made in rural African communities, allowing artisans to gain a permanent income. And Connected Goods sells artisanal Fair Trade items from developing countries, such as this Kantha Stitch Butterfly chair made by artisans in Kashmir, India.
Tidying up for peace of mind
This was the year of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up“, a book and philosophy that focuses on keeping and living with only what you love, and letting go of everything else.
We see this as a design trend as well as a lifestyle choice. While it might seem that decorating your house will lead to buying more stuff and adding clutter, we believe the opposite is true. Once you’ve eliminated everything unnecessary in your home, good design will showcase the treasures you kept via well-styled shelves, properly hung artwork, etc.
For example, in this decorating project, we helped our clients curate and display their beloved books and mementos from their world travels.
What trends did you love in 2015? What do you hope for in 2016? Tell us in the comments below. Oh, and Happy New Year!