Tired of 2015 Trends? Try Twists in 2016

Trends are fascinating animals, and it's interesting to see what becomes popular and/or fades over the course of a year. And then there are those items that don't seem to go anywhere and which — let's face it — we get a little tired of seeing. No worries. They'll come back around and seem fresh again in the future. In the meantime, it's nice to look for something different so try these takes on your current favorites...

IF YOU LIKE CONCRETE...

This material ruled Pinterest in 2015, especially in DIY form. We've seen planters, trays, candlesticks, and lighting — if you can find a mold to hold concrete, you can make it. Take Heju's platters for food (in the lead photo above) as an example.

TAKE A LOOK AT TERRAZZO.

Terrazzo is another take on the hard substance, with flecks of glass or minerals that add texture and color. It has a long history in home decor, and might just be poised to make a comeback. Above, platters from Serax, available through Dwell.

IF YOU LIKE DEEP BLUE...

Dark saturated moody was the story in color this year, and blue topped the charts.

TRY DUSTY BLUE INSTEAD.

Instead of going so dark and dramatic, try a chalkier hue that's more earthy and approachable. Note Design Studio painted this Stockholm apartment blue and blush. It's still feels bright and fresh, but still feels colorful.

IF YOU LIKE WOVEN FIBER WALL HANGINGS...

Textile and fiber wall hangings (like these from Maryanne Moodie) should look pretty familiar to you by now. Some are woven flat, and others sport tufts of yarn that cascade down your walls in all their shaggy glory. This art form erupted in recent years, spurring tons of people to buy or DIY them for their homes.

CHECK OUT EMBROIDERED LINEN WALL HANGINGS.

Embroidery is a welcome interpretation of the fiber art theme. Above, a piece from Fayce Textiles.

IF YOU LIKE NATURAL SHEEPSKIN...

Sheepskin is a go-to styling choice and is everywhere these days. It's a versatile material that adds warmth and texture to any space.

TRY DYED SHEEPSKIN....

Dyed sheepskin still has all the delicious texture with the added benefit of color, beautiful color. It's a great way to refresh a favorite item and make it feel totally new. The rainbow one above is from Aelfie, but we've also seen pale pastels that are pretty subtle.

(Image credits: Jacqueline DuBois; Heju; Dwell; My Scandinavian Home; Note Design Studio; Maryanne Moodie; Fayce Textiles; Kim Lucian; Aelfie)