This year, with the new Pantone colors of the year being soft, soothing pink (Rose Quartz) and blue (Serenity) I predict the overall trend as far as colors and hues go will be more muted and understated with soft metallics also playing an important role.
As people are looking for ways in which to extend their decor, as well as create a soothing environment for living, relaxation and staycations, the color and design trends for 2016 I predict will be a more back-to-basic approach, dominated by foundation colors such as white, cream, taupe, soft silver and muted gold.
Here are my top design predictions for 2016:
1. Metallics. Walk into nearly any home decor store and you will likely see metallic tones such as soft silver and muted gold rule the shelves. Metallics are soothing and calm, and they pair well with other muted tones such as white, cream or light brown.
2. Pastels. With this year’s Pantone colors of the year, I predict we will see more pastel colors dominate home decor this year. We will likely see soft yellow, light green and even peach tones integrated into both soft and hard goods.
3. Soft surfaces. There was a time when hard surfaces and edges were popular in design. This year I am predicting glass and metal will be out and softness in the form of rich, sumptuous fabrics and deep, soft rugs will be in.
4. Muted patterns. With people looking for ways to extend their decor while staying on trend, I predict more muted and subtle patterns will be more popular than bold, vibrant graphics. Muted patterns, will allow homeowners to have color and pattern in their space, while allowing these patterns to be more like background music, as opposed to dominating center stage.
5. Wood and natural elements. I believe there continues to be a back-to-nature movement when it comes to home decor. To this end, I believe we will continue to see more craftsman-style furniture pieces, as opposed to those that are more generic and mass-produced.
6. Green design. These days, homeowners continue to be savvy when it comes to what they put into their homes. I predict there will continue to be a big push this year toward healthy and clean design products.
7. Minimalism. Remember the 1980s, when bigger was better? I believe in 2016 the trend will be more toward items that are smaller in scale and can be used in various areas of the home.
8. Multi-functional design. With many people downsizing and living with less, I believe the trend in 2016 will be more toward those items for the home that can pull double duties.
9. Natural elements. Elements such as designs with reclaimed or salvaged woods and recycled materials will continue to be relevant.
10. Economical design. Although the economy has bounced back, I believe a lot of homeowners still wish to be conservative. Affordable or approachable design will still be desirable and sought after in 2016.
Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.