With an estimated 40 million active users per month enjoying Pinterest, odds are that you’re familiar with it. The image-based site categorizes it’s more than 30 billion “Pins” with home décor ranking as the third most popular category (food and recipes take first place, followed by DIY projects and crafts in second).
For 2016, they compiled a Board of the 100 trends that will dominate their top categories for the year. According to that list, here’s what you can expect to see in homes for 2016:
Metallic touches have always been present in home décor, they’re really making their presence known right now, particularly in rose gold, brass, brushed copper and oil-rubbed bronze finishes. We’re even seeing them appearing in wallpapers, but this is a fairly expensive way to incorporate the trend into your home.
A less costly yet effective way to embrace this trend is by incorporating less long-term pieces into your space in the metals of your choosing. Look to pillows, artwork, and even rugs with the warm-toned metals in them. Some fun furnishings that look fabulous in these finishes include bar carts, ottomans and side tables. We’re also swooning over the chic gilded tchotchkes we’re seeing, like faux antlers and other natured-themed pieces.
This trend is really making a place for itself in the kitchen, with items such as tea kettles and hood ranges being released in these new finishes as well.
Clean Spaces & Smart Uses
2016 is the year of uncluttered living. Ingenious storage solutions for busy rooms like the kitchen are appearing to keep utensils, spices and appliances off of the countertops. Microwaves are being hidden in specially designed cupboards and shelves, spices are being stored in built-in racks, and lazy susans and specialized cabinets are being designed with function and utility in mind.
Decor items are being relegated to specific shelves where they appear in chic vignettes, or used sparingly on coffee and side tables, but the time of clutter, both decorative and functional, is out. It's now about simplicity and calming spaces where you can focus on the purpose in front of you without distractions in your way (i.e. Preparing a nice meal without having to first move your wooden rooster collection).
Electronic cables are being hidden now by all designers and you will love the result. There are special tubes and baseboards now available that help you camouflage those pesky cords. This makes a huge difference in the ambiance of a room.
In keeping with the move towards clean lines, geometric tiles will be big for bathrooms. Neutral walls are given some panache with the patterned tiles, but they stick to the more subtle colour palette (think calming blues, crisp whites and punches of black). If a floor is too daunting, look to incorporating this intriguing style into your bathroom backsplash or even countertop. With a nod to the roaring 20s, this design has been given a refresher that is both timeless and modern.
Colour Palettes Designed for R&R
Because our lives are becoming increasingly busy and we're inundated more and more with things demanding our attention thanks to the myriad of social media networks, homes are moving back to a sort of reprieve; an escape from outside noise. It's about calm, rejuvenating rooms that help you unwind and escape the white noise.
The myth that neutral walls have to be boring and beige has been dispelled. They're appearing in warm browns, soft, fresh whites, rich khakis, and similar dimensional shades. One of my personal favourites is black walls, yes black! Instead of darkening a space as you might think, black actually gives you a stylish canvas to design your room against. Available in a wide range of finishes from high-gloss to matte, black walls are the new neutral.
We're seeing wood being integrated into designs a lot more, and it's being presented in fairly natural-looking finishes, through flooring, furnishings, exposed beams, mantles, and artwork. This adds a sense of old time charm to your home, and creates a very cool juxtaposition with all our modern gadgets.
There is an increasing appreciation in our culture for handmade and traditionally-manufactured pieces (another reason wood is making such a case for itself in 2016 home design). Unique textiles in jacquards and more rustic weaves are appearing in pillows, rugs, throws, and even woven wall decor. This appreciation for well-made artisan pieces is another exciting shift away from the endless "assembly-line-made-in-China" accessories that have hitherto been most prominent. We're investing in quality, both in our home decor and in how we spend our time, and the result is the perfect antidote to our hectic and stressful days.
Originally Published by The Chronicle Herald
Alexandra Kelter is a social media specialist with Central Home Improvements. Her column covers many aspects of home improvement, both indoor and outdoor, and will combine trending styles with practical applications all within realistic budgets. Kelter is also passionate about fashion, travel, living by the ocean and her bulldog.