As the new year approaches, we love to predict all of the new styles for home décor and interior design that are on the way. Next year, furniture trends will celebrate nature in colors, textures and materials. From woods and metallics to stone and fabrics, the emphasis is on incorporating natural elements into your design — with a classic, yet modern spin.
Bring nature in with natural materials and textures.
As the new year unfolds, you’ll see furniture made of naturally finished wood in organic shapes, such as living edge table tops. Fabrics will combine cotton, hemp, wool and natural fiber blends in coarse textures, and upholstery will grow plush faux fur. You’ll see side tables of bamboo and chairs or end tables of woven cane.
More furniture and accessories will also incorporate natural stone. Tables will be topped in marble or even malachite. You’ll see pyrite bowls, collections of small, unpolished gems, and chunky quartz pieces.
Go global for inspiration.
Although you’ll find treasures locally, the inspiration for 2016 comes from afar. Many fabrics and accessories will incorporate motifs reminiscent of traditional African prints and patterns.
You’ll also see tropical themes of palm trees, ocean creatures and seashells. Blues, greens and corals update classic batik prints with a modern twist.
Outrageous florals will be back in rain forest colors that complement bamboo or rattan furniture. Take a look at Thibaut’s Monterey collection for fabrics following this trend.
Contrast strong blues with soft pinks.
Strong, dark colors are prominent in 2016, especially indigo and denim blue. You’ll see these hues on walls or major furniture pieces. For example, denim blue walls pair with un-dyed linen sofas and natural wood finishes.
Interior designers will complement the strong blues with sophisticated pinks. For example, you can mix Pantone’s spring picks of Snorkel Blue and Rose Quartz for a fresh look that doesn’t go too “girly-pink.” If you want something bolder, some designers are doubling down on the pink family with a rich magenta that pairs especially well with floral upholstery and gold accents.
And if blue isn’t dramatic enough for you, the latest wall color for dining rooms will be black. Black walls combined with glass tables, gold or copper accents, and an offbeat chandelier create a very modern revision of 1970s chic.
Reflect the light with rich metallics.
For visual interest and a pop of brightness, metallic will be the way to go in 2016. The reflective metal amplifies ambient light, moderating darker colors and warming neutrals.
While pewter will still be popular, gold will return as a favorite, but you’ll want to mingle in copper, bronze and rose gold as well. Even leathers will gleam with pearlized finishes, especially suitable in a den or library. Metallics will turn up in table legs, cabinet accents, upholstery fabric, and accessories. See the Mia Ottoman at Leathercraft for a refined example.
Keep style simple.
With all the rich textures and lush colors coming in the new year, it’ll be tempting to overdo things, but simplicity still reigns in interior design. Although shapes and fabrics will lose the rigid form of mid-century modern, the style will remain clean, with simple lines and details. For example, you’ll see basic geometry in chairs, tables and sofa frames and minimal carvings or scrollwork.
Whether you’re ready for a full remodel or just want a few updated touches, you’ll love exploring interior design and furniture trends for 2016. And if you’d like help planning an elegant, updated look for your home, call us at The Guest Room Furniture & Design for a free consultation. We’ll help you create the look you want, for the new year and beyond.