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16 Design Trends for 2016


16 Design Trends for 2016

January 11, 2016

From weird color combinations to grandmother chic: our predictions for the interiors trends that will define 2016.

1. Grandmother Chic

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Above: We’re obsessed with the needlepoint headboard at the Durslade Farmhouse in Somerset, England.

2. Shield Shapes

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Above: Shield shapes are making a splash, from mirrors to cutting boards.

3. Artisanal Architectural Hardware

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Above: Beyond the plastic switchplate: One-off architectural hardware is a trend we’re rooting for; see more at Architectural Hardware from a Japanese Artisan.

4. Caned Furniture

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Above: Alexa, our resident trend spotter, says caned furniture is the next big thing, as in this caned headboard at the soon-to-open boutique Hotel Panache in Paris.

5. Showroom as Apartment

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Above: The future of retail? The Fritz Hansen showroom in Milan offers an immersive, homelike experience, as does The Apartment by the Line in Los Angeles.

6. Pegboard Storage

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Above: Did Julia Child start it all? Pegboard storage systems are cropping up in kitchens everywhere, including this one by Position Collective in Budapest. We’re on board. Photograph by Balázs Glódi.

7. Online Upstarts

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Above: Following in the footsteps of Warby Parker and Everlane, companies such as CasperSnowe, and Greycork are cutting out the middlemen and marketing directly to consumers.

8. The Second Coming of Donald Judd

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Above: Sculptor Donald Judd’s residence/studio at 101 Spring Street is inspiring a new generation of minimalists to think outside the box; see more at A Modern Daybed, Hand-Dyed Shibori Included.

9. Low-Profile Appliances

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Above: A recessed ceiling-mounted vent, like this one from German company Bulthaup, is almost undetectable in the kitchen. (See more at Remodeling 101: Ceiling-Mounted Recessed Kitchen Vents).

10. Patterned Tile in the Kitchen

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Above: Ahead-of-the-curve LA design group Commune adds a dash of pattern to a Paris kitchen.

11. Textile Art

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Above: Beyond macramé: A felted wool piece by Ashley Helvey at Lord Stanley in SF.

12. Cabin Fever

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Above: This year’s best seller Cabin Porn feeds our obsession with tiny rustic dwellings. Shown here: Portuguese retreat Cabanas No Rio.

13. The Daybed

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Above: When London-based arts phenom Max Lamb designs a daybed, it’s time to take notice.

14. Weird Color Combinations

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Above: Mustard yellow and pink? Somehow it works at the Fritz Hansen showroom in Milan.

15. Pastel Sanitary Ware

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Above: Spotted recently: pastel bath and kitchen sinks; shown above, a bath by UDA Architetti in Milan.

16. Curved Stairways

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Above: Vincent Van Duysen started it: The Cult of the Curvy Staircase. Shown here: Leah Herzig’s adaptation in her West Hollywood home.

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Frequently asked questions

What are some of the design trends for 2016?

Some of the design trends for 2016 include mixed materials, black steel, marble, arched doorways, and bidets.

What is the mixed materials trend?

The mixed materials trend is the use of different materials for one object or space, such as combining wood and metal for a table.

What is the black steel trend?

The black steel trend is the use of black steel for windows, doors, and other architectural elements.

What is the marble trend?

The marble trend is the use of marble for countertops, backsplashes, and other surfaces.

What is the arched doorway trend?

The arched doorway trend is the use of arched doorways instead of traditional rectangular doorways.

What is the bidet trend?

The bidet trend is the use of bidets in bathrooms for improved hygiene.

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