Design Forecast: What's Hot for the Home in 2016

Design Forecast: What's Hot for the Home in 2016

Nancy Mitchell
Jan 3, 2016
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Here at Apartment Therapy, we are firm believers that the things you fill your home with should be things that make YOU happy, not anyone else. But with that said, it's always fun to see trends and check out what's new (or old and then new again), and it's even more fun to predict new trends. So here's our trend forecast for 2016.

(Image credit: Nordic Design)

More color (in slightly unsaturated tones).
In the past interiors were full of white, everything white, and then last year color was back in these dark, moody tones. For 2016 we're seeing more color, and in medium, unsaturated shades that have a little drama but aren't too heavy (like the ones in the bedroom above).

(Image credit: Colorfutures)

Here's a kitchen in a very similar color palette (from the appropriately named Colorfutures). These are almost like pastels, but not quite — pastels are light, very saturated colors, while these are not quite so light and definitely less saturated.

(Image credit: Bolig)

Mismatched minimalism.
Minimalism, of course, has been big for a long time, but this is a different kind of minimalism, a look that mixes new and old elements, and maybe a little bit of texture, for a clean but inviting space.

(Image credit: Dwell)

The return of the 80s.
It was bound to happen eventually. Some of you may be groaning inwardly, but I for one am excited to see what will come of a Memphis-esque aesthetic, filtered through a more minimal modern sensibility.

Runner by Caroline Z Hurley
(Image credit: Caroline Z Hurley)

Bold, graphic patterns with a little bit of movement.
Like this black and white linen runner by Caroline Z Hurley, block printed to be just a little wiggly. It's that handmade look that sets these patterns apart from more rigid, graphic designs, and gives them a little extra warmth and appeal.

Simple shapes in luxe materials.
Even a minimalist craves a little luxury sometimes, and designs like the one above, Arne Jacobsen's Series 7 chair rendered in pink and gold, are simple but also just a little indulgent.

(Image credit: Nordic Design)

Here's a kitchen that applies that same idea to the built environment, with minimal detailing and just a little slab of really lovely stone.

(Image credit: Milk Magazine)

Old, worn things with a little history.
Things that are old and textured and interesting and have their own stories... or just look like they do.

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