10 Home Design trends that dominated 2016


2016 has been a rollercoaster of a year, to say the least. Yet like any other, it brought new home trends that went from the homes of prominent interior designers to ours.

From modern metals to curious accent pieces, I gathered up a list of home trends I saw the most in over the past 12 months on blogs, in stores, and all over the Internet. Hope you’ll find it interesting… and we’ll see what 2017 will bring!

Here’s a look back at all of the thome trends I saw influencing our own homes and design styles in 2016.

1-Hexagonal tiles

Picture: Fantastik Frank

So many of the eclectic bathrooms I saw this year featured lovely hexagonal tiles, like the bathroom of this stunning home in Stockholm . This geometric pattern is often found in white or black. It’s about as far from the minimalist subway tile look as you can get, and offers a welcome opportunity to make a statement in the bathroom or even in the kitchen backsplash. Perfect for interior design lovers: make them large scale or small – the choice is ultimately up to your own design aesthetic.


2-Geometric Patterns

Picture: LEX Furniture

This home trend is directly linked to the first one. Geometric patterns have been popular for decades, but this year’s popular prints took on a modern, Scandinavian-inspired look. Black and white checks and tessellated designs showed up on artwork, textiles, even walls. And you know everyone had that IKEA pillow or the Ferm Living tray.


3-Glass wall

Picture: Husman Hagberg

There’s a new home trend percolating over from Europe called “broken concept.”  I think of it as open concept 2.0. If the point of open concept is to remove all dividing walls to combine multiple rooms, broken concept is about achieving openness while retaining some separation and let light pass throught. I’m seeing a lot of black metal framed glass walls everywhere, don’t you?


4-Tech-free Living Spaces

Picture: Marianne Lyse

Prominent interior designers and home influencers took a step back from technology this year, and I began to see living and bedrooms without televisions. Even on the blog thare are a lot of homes without a dedicated spot for the TV. What do you think about it? I can’t live without tech in my home eheh 😉



Picture via Pinterest

Fixer Upper featured a storybook southern couple, Chip and Joanna, whose jaw-dropping renovations had everyone feeling the farmhouse-chic vibes this year. And so interior design saw a huge uptick in the popularity of Joanna’s favorite feature: Shiplap. Although many argue about what it actually is, there’s no doubt that this horizontal, white-washed paneling became the home design buzzword in 2016.


6-Two-Toned Cabinetry

Picture: Rebecca Hay Designs

The modern kitchen is changing. This year, a lot of that change came with the popularity of two-toned kitchen cabinetry (see some inspiration here). Sounds loud, but can actually be much light and clean on the eye than single-toned cabinets when done right — think black lower cabinets with white uppers. Varying grays or bold and neutral are also my favorites.


7-Faux fur

Picture via Pinterest

Taking a note from nordic design, we saw small throws of the fuzzy faux fur tossed over couches and the back of chairs or made into chic pillowcases. It adds texture and coziness to those minimally-style rooms that can err on the colder side. Do you like it? Here are some ideas on how to style faux fur…


8-Mid-Century Lighting

Picture: Lindye Galloway

Design trends come and go, but is mid-century modern forever? The minimalist movement that first swept through US suburbs in the 1940s and ’50s has gone through so many streaks of popularity over the years that it’s beginning to feel like a design staple. The current craze is so overwhelming that mid-century modern dominates nearly every corner of the retail markets.

So what’s behind our mid-century modern obsession? And how does a look so rooted in a specific time period evolve to stay current?

For one, the style’s simple and low-to-the-ground silhouettes are a perfect match for the real estate shift toward smaller urban spaces. People want open floor plans, less stuff and room to breathe, and appreciate the light materials.

I’m seeing these spindly brass chandeliers pop up everywhere in homes: kitchens, dining rooms, bedrooms — even entryways.


9-Marble Accessories

Picture: Alexa Dagmar

It was a big year for marble. Jumping out of its usual role on countertops and flooring, marble, and specifically, Carrera marble, found it’s way into every decor piece imaginable. Accent tables, serve ware, even phone and laptop cases!


10-Warm and mixed Metals

Picture: CM Natural Designs

Gold and brass used to signify gaudy ‘90s fixtures, but warm metals have certainly made a comeback in the past year. Copper and rose gold also made their mainstream debuts. To avoid looking tacky, designers are opting for brushed and matte versions of warm metals.

Feeling nervous about going all gold everything? Luckily, this past year was the year to mix metals of all hues and finishes in the same space. To introduce this home trend, start small and get creative with which accents that are metal. So if your wallpaper has a touch of silver, try a brass lamp.


What was your favorite of these 10 home trends of 2016? Are there any you would add? I’d love to hear from you, so reach out in the comment section below 🙂

Happy Sunday


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