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It’s time for homeowners everywhere to decide what upgrades they’ll be making to their homes in 2016. No matter your taste, it doesn’t hurt to know what the designers and experts are cooking up for us in the coming year. You’ve come to the right place because I’ve got all the home designs, colors and trends that are going to be hot in 2016.
You don’t have to follow the trends exactly, but it’s likely they’ll help enhance and improve the ideas you already have in mind for your home. Keeping your home updated and on trend will not only provide a fresh look for you and your family to enjoy, but it’ll increase the resale value. Enough with the small talk, let’s get down to business. Brace yourself, I’ve got some very interesting and exciting home design and color trends that I just can’t wait to share with you!
Animal & Tropical Prints
Don’t be surprised if you see more jungle themed patterns and designs in 2016. Animal prints are everywhere and they’re fantastic. You might be thinking, what goes best with animal prints? The answer is fun tropical bursts of color and patterns! From your furniture, to your walls and even under your feet. This trend’s exciting, it’s exotic and it’s here to stay.
I know many of you already own animal print clothing and purses, so why not add a little flare to your home too? Throw in an animal print chair, pillows or rugs here and there. Don’t be afraid to mix different patterns and prints together. A pairing of cool pastels with animal prints will brighten up the space and generate a chic elegance. Another option is to begin with a beige foundation and build from your neutral base by adding different colors and prints.
Florals Are Back
You may remember when florals were in way back when, but 2016 is offering up a new spin on this design concept. The florals of the 21st century include large-scale patterns, vibrant blooms and big, bold hues. The same goes for the floral colors that are trending.
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If you like this idea but want to see more examples, you should check out some of the boards on Pinterest that are dedicated to big garden blooms and floral prints. If you do decide to adopt this trend in your own home, remember that your goal should be to find that fine line between keeping it simple and making a statement.
No matter the style or the color, the objective with this trend is to create rooms that carry impact and dimensionality. Behr does an excellent job of outlining a few different examples to give you a better idea of how the concept can be applied in your home. High contrast color and blurred boundaries of hues and shades are just a few ways to incorporate this design element into your home.
Use color to engage the senses and create a stimulating and vibrant space. Designing a sensory-rich space includes coming up with a way for the room to speak to you when you enter. It takes careful planning and execution of varying hues, intensity, patterns and textures to nail the look.
Texture can be a difficult design element for the average person to grasp. For example, it’s something that you know doesn’t feel right, but you aren’t quite sure how to fix it. Our friends at Freshome have a helpful way of explaining the concept of texture. “In design parlance, it is often defined as, the sensations caused by the external surface of objects received through the sense of touch. Basically, how things feel. Think about squishing soft carpet between your toes, running your hand along a rough wooden tabletop, or sinking down into leather couch cushions.” Freshome goes on to clarify that texture can also be described as a “perceived” sense of touch, because you don’t have to have physical contact with a space in order to feel the power of texture.
Drama isn’t just for the big screen or your friends. Drama can also be brought into your home with the use of color. Dramatic color is back and it’s bolder than ever. From black tile, to dark pink, gold and metallic accents, color drama illuminates a brilliant eeriness that’s deep, dark and dramatic.
You can incorporate black or dark accents throughout a space, but your main focus should be to create an overall dramatic theme. Use paint to cover your walls in deep, bold colors that make a statement. If done right, it won’t look like a cave, but a glamorous, modern and sophisticated space, such as the dining room in the image above.
Bring the Outdoors In
Small plant life inspired home items are going to be hot in 2016. I can’t tell you how much I love this trend! What better way to feel a sense of calm and peacefulness in your own home than distributing nature and greenery? Plant life can be used as décor on your walls, countertops and in your living room.
Designers and homeowners everywhere are starting to experiment with how to bring nature into every aspect of their homes. This trend is easy to execute and a look you’ll truly enjoy. What are you waiting for?
Tiles have been around forever, but this year we’re talking geometric patterns with fluid movements. Believe it or not, cement and wood are going to play a substantial role in this trend. From installing a backsplash, to a new countertop and even flooring, it’s a pattern that can be used all over the house. Get creative and add a little color, texture and funk to your rooms.
Recycling, Repurposing, Reinventing & Reusing
We learned it back in school and we’re hearing it again; reduce, reuse and recycle. Many homeowners are practicing sustainability when it comes to purchasing home items. This trend is causing more retailers to get onboard and sell pieces and remodeling solutions that are green and environmentally friendly. It’s not a bad idea, given the amount of waste we produce daily.
There you have it, some of the hottest 2016 home design and color trends. They’re unique ideas, and some a little tricky to implement, but that shouldn’t stop you from at least trying a few of them out. Combine ideas you already had in mind with concepts that are going to increase the value of your home, and I bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the results.
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