Design 101: 14 Interior Design Trends to Watch For In 2016

We talked about what home decor trends we were ready to part with in 2015, so we thought we would chat a little about some trends we predict to be wildly popular in 2016. Here we go!


We shared our love for patterned tile with you before, and shared some beautiful inspiration. They have been around forever, but lately they are popping up everywhere. If you are not ready to install these bold beauties all over your floor, you can opt for some small touches here and there, or a pattern design inside a plain tile. 

2. Wallpaper

If you haven’t fallen in love with wallpaper yet, just head on over to Addison’s Wonderland and feast your eyes on a variety of beautiful wall treatments Brittany did throughout her home, and be ready to have your heart stolen. 

Wallpaper has been around forever, and though it has seen days where it was in or out, we have a feeling it has now become a classic. With literally millions of patterns to choose from, from busy to colorful to just textured, there is definitely one that fits your style. 

3. Pottery

Handmade goods and artisan items are making their way into our homes and our hearts, and we could not be more pleased. Etsy is growing nonstop, and small businesses and artists now have a chance to compete with the big guys. Pottery is making a huge comeback (did it ever really leave or did we just stop paying as much attention to it??), and now we want it everywhere. Custom pieces with imperfections and watercolor patterns are absolute favorites.

4. Organic shapes and materials

Geometric shapes, chevron, and stripes have been all the rave for the last few years. But this year, softer, more organic lines are making a place for themselves in the world of design. Whether it is uneven-edged pottery, art, furniture, or decor objects, we are ready to embrace imperfections.

5. Copper

Chrome had its moment in 2014, brass enjoyed lots of love in 2015, but 2016 seems to be the year for copper. Trendy stores like Kit and Ace and designers on HGTV are beginning to incorporate copper touches in their aesthetic, and we can’t deny we love that rosy sparkle. 

Metals are classic, and trends come and go, but there isn’t a right or wrong way to do them. Love what you love, but expect to see lots of copper hardware available this coming year!

6. Colorful kitchens

We all love a beautiful (when clean) white, sunny kitchen. It makes us feel like we’re on the Food Network and are suddenly becoming Martha Stewart. But we are beginning to see lots of powerful colors and edgier kitchens this year, and we are obsessed! Dark bottom cabinets, colorful backsplashes, a pop of color on the island, or even in just the styling…. whatever it may be, we are seeing lots of creative types taking risks with their kitchens. After all, they say it’s the heart of the home, so it should express your soul! 

7. Mix it up

Matchy, thematic interiors are out, design freedom is in. Designers predict less structure, and more layered, cultured and eclectic combinations of design aesthetic. For so long we were told to “stick with the theme” and not deviate, but now we are encouraged to pick what we like, and use it in a cohesive effort. This opens up huge doors for those creative designers and decorators who always felt stifled by the “rules.” Mix a little classic with a little vintage with a little whatever the hell you want, and design a room that makes you happy!

8. Integrated technology

Imagine a home so smart, that it senses you are up, and starts brewing coffee. Imagine turning on a movie, and the lights dimming and the chairs adjusting to the most comfortable position automatically. With the advancement of technology, anything is possible these days! 

Home builders and companies are starting to take their business to another level by incorporating technology into their projects and building smart homes. If you are building a home or looking to update/renovate yours, look for some of those options such as automating your window treatments, security system, lawn care and lighting. 

9. Patterned upholstery

As we eye that floral accent chair we look around thinking “but is this okay?” We’ve been on a diet of solids for so long that patterned fabrics seem insulting and scary. Are we even allowed to pattern?? The answer is yes, please! 

10. Made in ‘Merica

It’s no secret that Americans have always valued things that are made locally, but recently there has been a huge wave of manufacturers (from small decor items, to large furniture, to building materials), that are all based out of the U.S.

“Made in the US” products have never seen as much attention as they are now, and companies such as Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel are making a big effort to make the switch. Here’s a great list of American made furnishings. 

11. Rose quartz and serenity

Thanks to Pantone’s color of the year, the 2016 forecast is full of dusty pinks and pale blues enlivened with warm metallic accents. The pastel pink Rose Quartz and powder blue Serenity may seem like a sugary sweet combo, but they do work well together and create a peaceful and inviting space, reminiscent of the colors of a Texas sunset. 

12. Small living/tiny houses

Living in a 300 sq. ft. home may not sound like a dream, but once you see how adorable these houses are, you might reconsider. Tiny houses are a still-new trend, but are gaining more attention as Americans have (finally!) become overwhelmed with the “more is better” mentality that runs rampant in our country. 

Materialism is at an all time high, and we tend to want a bigger house, a nicer car, fancier furniture, more extravagant amenities, bla bla bla... it never ends! The result is a burned out society that now wants to go to the other extreme, and simplify. Tiny living is affordable (you can buy your house outright much more easily), less stressful, and you could easily relocate. It actually becomes quite appealing and charming, that simple life. I’d like to try it!

13. Fireplaces

Not that they ever left, but people are again making the fireplace a centerpiece and the focal point of their living room. Instead of pointing all of their furniture at the TV, they are now arranging it to put the fireplace center stage. This also facilitates interaction and family time, which is something many families are craving more of these days.

14. Modern Farmhouse meets crafstman

Farm-style architecture and decor has made a fierce stance in the design world thanks to HGTV, and the craftsman style homes are seeing more love lately as well. Now we are starting to see a blend and we have to say we are digging it! 

We hope you have enjoyed this design series, and please comment below with what you would like to see more of in our Design section!