25 Design Trends for 2016
Design trends are just momentarily popular styles that come and go; and while some may stay longer than others, it seems the internet has sped the rate of evolving trends.
Each year, I look forward to Houzz’s annual design trends and compare my own knowledge with those of “the internet” by utilizing my own knowledge of the industry, as well as my own personal opinion.
1 | Two-tone kitchen cabinets
This is actually a nice one, it can add some interest to a kitchen while keeping the finishes in a space simple. Keep in mind, this method would make your cabinets more of a focal point than a background, so plan your backsplash accordingly. Check out more two-toned cabinets on Houzz here.
2 | Outdoor fabric used indoors
I guess you could say I am a bit torn on this one; if you want a durable fabric, I understand the use of outdoor fabrics inside the home – but do you need to go that far?? However, if it is for the look, or a special situation (like fabric in a very sunny room), it could be something really cool and special. This is one where I would suggest not to just “go with the trend”, you should consider more searching for the fabric you really want; there are plenty of interior-grade fabrics that can really hold up and look fantastic.
3 | Colored stainless steel appliances
I’ll admit, I’m digging this – just keep in mind, this could really date your kitchen! If you are a trend family, this should be something to really consider, but, if you don’t want to be caught looking like you designed your home in 2016 30 years from now, I would stay away from this.
4 | Extra-large-format tile
Yes, yes, yes! Other than the slick look they can provide, a large-format tile can help reduce grout. Why is that a good thing you ask? There has been more talk in the design community about bacteria living and growing in grout joints – a place not so easy to clean. I mean, have you checked out Pinterest and all the methods for cleaning grout? Less grout could mean fewer bacteria! Just be sure to check to make sure these tiles can be used on the floors (think: kitchen and bathrooms) to reduce the possibility of slipping.
5 | Bidets
Never tried one personally, but, heck, I’d give it a “go”!
6 | Deep kitchen drawers
Not sure how this is on the list only this year, but, hey! I love the idea of deep drawers for a kitchen, it’s a fantastic way to store all of your pots and pans without having to sit on the floor and go an expedition through all sorts of bowls piled up in a cabinet.
7 | Formal dining rooms
I really love this – I love having a place to eat that isn’t in front of the TV. Just think how much potential a formal dining room has – without the option of it becoming a transforming office. Don’t believe me on the possibilities? Check out some ideas on Houzz.
8 | Niche appliances
My papa was a master carpenter and furniture maker and the one thing I always remember from visiting my grandparents home was how amazingly perfect everything seemed to fit. This may be the OCD in me, but, I just go giddy for things like this. Plus, you design for something can mean you plan to keep it for a long time and not expect to always update a mixer every few years – saves money!
9 | Heated entryway floors
Coming from the desert to the midwest, I can now appreciate this and am actively seeking ways to bring it into my future home. Also, who doesn’t love warm toes?!
10 | Workhorse islands
Not even a consideration of “if”, but “when”!
11 | Statement mirrors in bathrooms
Easiest way to add some interest to a bathroom – love this!
12 | Barely there kitchens
Can’t say I’m really much of a fan of this. Maybe I enjoy having the space to make my food and hide all of the mis-matched posts and pans. All I see are potential messes…
13 | Living rooms that ditch the tech for family
Okay, bare with me here, this isn’t really possible for all homes. I mean, my own apartment is a living room/dining room/family room all in one! But, for the home that do have a designate Living room, heck – ditch that TV above the fireplace!
14 | Kitchens that embrace openness and raw materials
I write a sustainability blog, so of course I’m going to love this!! In fact, I love it so much, I’m going to provide you with a link to check out some beautiful options!
15 | Surprising backsplash and countertop pairings
Yes please! Be careful that you don’t limit yourself in the design process both during your initial design as well as any potential for future renovations. Want to see more of this combination?
16 | Fully decorated living rooms that don’t go overboard
I love a balanced living room – one with just enough chachkies to keep you interested, but not enough to be concerned for the homeowners’ amount of time dusting. Some tricks to achieving this go back to what we learned about our elements of design like scale, texture, and pattern.
17 | Special kitchen features
Anytime you include “special” and “features”, I’m interested! Check out some of these other special features.
18 | Sunrooms
I love this concept! If you have the space to add a sun room – I highly encourage it! Think about the great, natural light that can come in, and, with the proper windows, you can stay cozy warm during those long winter months.
19 | Punched-up white kitchens
You didn’t think I would love everything on this list, did you? Alas, #19 does not really float my boat, mostly because I am not a fan of stark white. But, hey, for some people, a room that looks as if it’s been covered in white-out is the epitome of clean.
20 | Bold powder room wall coverings
With some finesse, and consideration of how much, this could work. The trick, is not going too overboard to make your guests feel engulfed.
21 | Mixing modern materials in the kitchen
I love this idea, because I love the possibility of bringing in more sustainable products in to the kitchen.
22 | Attention-seeking bedrooms
As a home-body, I do actually spend a good amount of time in the bed room. In fact, some of the best weekends Mr. Right and I have are those were we are in our pajamas all day binging on Netflix.
23 | Bathrooms that feel more like living spaces
Here’s another one where I’m not fully understanding Houzz. Of course you want it to feel like a living space – you live there, and I would assume you use the space a few times a day. Maybe if we step back and reconsider what this trend really means… if it’s adding large graphics to a wall . . . pass.
24 | Fireplaces and fire features
They do not even need to be real (although, I would prefer a faux fireplace over a gas any day – go real or go decorative!)
25 | Farmhouse entryways
Country chic has sure made it’s place in 2015 so it’s no wonder this trend is on the list. I do like the possibility of adding some reclaimed wood to an entry design, but, this one is really all in your design taste.
What do you think? Which trends are your favorite, and which are you surprised to see on the list?