Interior Design Trends for 2016

Keeping up with the latest in interior design is a constant shirking of the old and receiving of the new. With only a few weeks until the advent of a new year, it’s high time to start figuring out which home decor trends you’ll want to incorporate into your space in 2016. Once you’ve taken down your gorgeous Christmas decorations, consider these design tips for the best decor year yet. Here are the top interior design trends for 2016!

By Holly Tomlinson

Handcrafted and Unique Items:

Interior Design Trends for 2016


This is the year of handcrafted marvels. Organic, artisanal decor items are all the rage, and the best part of this trend is that it can be found locally. Source goods from small boutiques and fair-trade shops to find the most unique pieces.


Home Decor Trends 2016

Natural vegetation can help improve humidity control, encourage the production of fresh air, and produce natural house ventilation. With the advent of subscription services, it’s never been easier to keep fresh vegetation or flowers in your home. Simply order weekly or monthly deliveries and make your home decor even easier. If you’d prefer to nurture your own plants, consider Urbio, the cool vertical planting system that uses magnets — meaning you can easily switch the assortments around.


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Seen on fashion runways across the world, the metallic trend is now at the forefront of home design elements. Materials like brass, gold, and other metallics — especially warm pinks — are being incorporated into every room of the house, including the kitchen, living room, and bedroom. Find them on fixtures, throw them into backsplashes, and mix them with unexpected mediums like wood or concrete for a look that will wow any guest you welcome into your home.

Sustainable Items:

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Home decor trends are going towards sustainability, and with various companies picking up on this trend your options are plentiful. It’s found in the “R’s”: reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose. Whether you update an old vintage piece inherited from your grandparents, or buy new sustainable furniture from a company like Baltix, you’ll be doing your part for the environment while finding great pieces to accentuate your new decor choices.

Modern Accessories:

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Don’t forget to update your accessories and the books on your shelves as you make changes to your decor. There’s no better way to make your home feel trendy than by incorporating unique and modern products. Sleek and clean designs will give any space a modern appeal, and as long as you don’t clutter, art pieces and statues can easily bring some sophistication into your home. From statement wall art to the perfect lighting, modern accessories will put that finishing touch on any room.

New Paint:

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Few things can change the look of a room as easily as a paint job. If you’re looking for a tried and true, grey is a strong contender for lasting paint trends. From light greys to deep rich ones, painting the walls in this classy color will bring an instant injection of elegance. Use it in your bedroom to create a calming oasis, or in the dining room for a refined feel. If you’re ready to step away from the grey, try out this year’s projected “it” color — blue. From pale periwinkle to deep indigo, adding this statement color to your home will have you on the forefront of modern design.


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2016 is going to be all about texture, mixing the sumptuous and the soft to create a comfy, cozy feel in every room of the home. From faux fur to textured wooden tables, suede textiles to velvet armchairs, the more tactile the better. Don’t be afraid to mix varied consistencies throughout your living spaces, from rough-edged dining room tables to silk smooth pillow shams, this is a surefire way to breathe some interest into your space.

Floral Designs:

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Floral is back and it’s back with a vengeance. Found on pillow shams, decorative area rugs, and entire furniture pieces—even floral wallpaper is back in action. Floral prints bring a little bit of drama into your room, and pairing them with demure colors and solid pieces will make them the star of any show.

What are your favorite interior design trends for 2016?

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15 Responses to Interior Design Trends for 2016

  1. These all sound like fun trends for 2016! I definitely plan on adding some metallic elements to my home, and perhaps incorporating a new wall color in my living room. Thanks for these tips!

  2. I love these! I am always looking for fresh ideas for my place. I love finding unique pieces and hope that the trend will result in a surge of new choices!

  3. Kayleigh says:

    These spaces look beautiful! I can’t wait to graduate and start decorating a place.

  4. Jenny says:

    I’m obsessed with all of these spaces.
    So bright and beautiful.

    xoxo, Jenny

  5. Savannah says:

    I’m already hopping on the plant train. I have a ton of them decorating the windowsill in my bathroom!

  6. Ally Gagliardo says:

    I always try and keep plants in the house! They really do liven up the place!

  7. Naomi says:

    I love love love trunks in decor. So pretty and I really like bringing in vintage and antique items. It’s fun to blend handcrafted with modern as well.

  8. Lauren says:

    I love this! I’m looking to move in 2016 and I’m definitely going to come back to this!

  9. Jordyn says:

    I love interior design. I moved into the first apartment I’ve really had the space (and authority) to decorate in April and I’ve had SO much fun designing the space as much as possible.

  10. Lauren says:

    Oh! I want to incorporate ALL of this into my room and office! Especially the textures and plants and metallics and, well, everything.

  11. Sarah says:

    Loving the pink and gold pairings!

    x Sarah

  12. I love finding handcrafted and unique products to display and use in my home, antique stores and flea markets are my favorites!

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

  13. I adore plants! I still live in a dorm but I have a few plants on my windowsill, and they add so much life to my room!

  14. I have been seeing a lot of unique and modern integrations so I am really excited to see how those evolve!

  15. Morgan says:

    I plan on embracing textures and metallic’s into my decor this year! I love this post and hope you have more interior design posts planned in the future!

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