12 Home Design & Decor Trends: What's In and What's Out in 2016

Posted by Laine Smith on 1/3/16 3:18 PM

Topics: Home Ownership

As 2015 ended, interior design experts were making their predictions for the newest home design and decor trends, as well as the 2015 trends they are pleased to see leaving the picture. From color, appliances, furniture material and more, here's what you can expect to be a big hit in 2016.


What's In for 2016

Grown-Up Pastels


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The world-renowned color authority, Pantone, released several palette trends for 2016, including lots of pastel shades. Set aside your thoughts of “baby” shades of pinks, greens, yellows and blues because pastels are being reinvented into a color scheme that is surprisingly adaptable and sophisticated.

Mixed Metals


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Metallics have been trending for the past couple years, and this trend is becoming more of a staple in interior design. Metallic tones are soothing, calming and pair well with muted tones.

Soft Edges


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Sharp angles and straight lines can cause disconnect or discomfort within a space, which is why furniture is edging (no pun intended) away from harsh corners and lines. Some interior design experts are predicting furniture design will go away from the use of glass and metals and transition into rounded wood, marble and other natural elements.

Statement Pendants


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Though there is still love for chandeliers, 2016 is the year of the statement pendant. As interior designs lean toward minimalism in the new year, you’ll see lots of these striking light fixtures become the centerpiece of many rooms.

Black Stainless Steel Appliances


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The next hot item in kitchen inspiration is black stainless steel. Appliance powerhouses, LG & KitchenAid, have come forward with a virtually smudge-resistant, satin-smooth and ever-so contemporary stainless steel line in a darker hue.

Texture, Texture, Texture


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Though some of 2016’s trending color palettes feature bold color combos, a big focus in interior design is creating a soothing atmosphere with lots and lots of texture. Faux fur, natural stone, wood, etc. will be combined with subdued colors to create a calming retreat.



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Floral wallpaper and upholstery was a big “to-do” in the 90’s but floral is back in 2016 and is bigger, bolder and more glam than ever.

The Color of the Year…


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Long before Pantone named their color of the year, tons of interior designers were noting the trend of pink at 2015 tradeshows and markets. “Rose Quartz” was named one of two colors of the year for 2016. It’s elegant, classic, and modern all at the same time. But you can expect to see all shades of pink from the color wheel in this year’s home décor accessories.

What’s Out in 2016

Chalkboard Walls


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Chalkboard walls are loved in theory but just don’t translate well into the real-world. But chalkboard-painted furniture and cabinetry is still a major “do”.

Matchy-Matchy Furniture Sets

Matching sofas, loveseats, sectionals and chairs are no longer the décor norm. Add visual texture by coordinating a classic sofa with a chair or ottoman in a different print or fabric.

Accent Walls

Everyone loves a good accent wall, but with interior design trends leaning toward minimalism and bolder paint colors becoming a norm, expect to see less and less of this highly-utilized trend. The Society Letters blog named accent walls as one of the 2015 home décor trends they are ready to see go.

Facets & Dodecahedrons


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Building on the 2016 trend of soft edges, items that feel or look sharp are out this year.

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