Observations of 2016 trends

We’re a little less than a month from being half way through the year! Its time to pause and take a look at what is trending and will continue to trend through the remaining of 2016.

In 2016, our homes have become centered on simplicity and seamlessness as we try to create a sanctuary in the middle of our busy, pressured, modern life. Natural textiles and soft shapes are paired with calm colors and tailored furniture.

Here are 8 observations of on trends that continue to maintain popularity in 2016:

1) Pantone’s 2016 colors of the year selections are being united within a single design. 

Despite the contrasting shades selected by Pantone authorities this year, we’re seeing the two colors being united in single designs.

2) Wallpaper and paint hues are becoming quite and calm. 

Sherwin-Williams (selecting Alabaster SW 7008) and Benjamin Moor (selecting Simply White OC-117) signaled the move away from cold grays to warm stone hues. This color shift emphasizes our need for quiet simplicity amongst the noise.

Kiawah Island

3) Customized Details

The 2015 trend of online furniture brands offering customized furniture murders has continue to spread to a wider audience in 2016. Companies have established themselves with online customization tools that allow customers to select fabrics, sizes and configurations to meet their individual needs.

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4) 70s-Inspired

Elements of the 70s were bold, raw, and global thinking. We’re seeing 1970s inspired furnishings make a comeback this year – polished metals, geometric patterns, walnut, and lantern shapes. Colors include avocado green grey and orange.

Cool Ranch House

5) Retro Technology

Similar to the early technology in the 1950s and 60s, devices are becoming part of the furniture. For example, Samsung’s Serif TV is bringing back the mid twentieth century concept of the stylized TV.


6) Warm Metals

In both the bathroom and kitchen space, rose gold, brass, copper and gold continue to dominate. Pair them with raw, natural materials such as marble and wood

McLean Wright Residence
7) Rough Luxe

From new cement tile to reclaimed materials such as pallets, roadside guardrail posts, and discarded metals, adding aged materials gives texture and depth to a space.


8) Tailored Materiality

Textiles, wood veneer, translucent and back-painted glass, perforated metal and laminated finishes — There is an increased emphasis on varied materiality throughout the workplace to create an environment that influences productivity and wellness.