Not all of us are born with God-given design talent. Heck—some of us can’t even match our bag to our shoes. Thankfully there’s plenty of people out there who can. Using blogs, videos, vlogs and GIFS, the design skilled have shown us how to coordinate outfits and organize our living spaces, while coining the phrase, “Ikea Hack.” But even with all these resources available to us, we can’t do it all ourselves; we need help.
This is when interior designers come in: they help us figure out our design style and leave our imprint on the world, starting with our homes. Let’s take a gander at five designer trends of 2016 that are sure to carry on into (at the very least) the next decade.
Matte Black Fixtures
In an interview with HGTV, interior designer, Angelica Henry, tells us that matte black fixtures are in and glossy accents are out! Henry notes that her clients “want to have distinctive and beautiful spaces but don’t necessarily want high-maintenance materials that they have to worry over constantly or be anxious about when guests visit.” Instead, the focus can be on the guests, not making sure the fixture is tilted at the correct angle or clean of smudges. The Brummel Grande Pendant designed by Tech Lighting features a smooth, black matte metal shade with curvilinear (yet somehow angular) lines. The light casts down from inside the pendant into an alluring pool of radiance. And besides, doesn’t black go with everything?
I’m sure it comes as no surprise that if matte black is in, so are black metals. In an interview with 26 interior designers, The Wall Street Journal learned that the simplicity of black metal isn’t only for your wrought-iron bed frame or patio furniture anymore. Minimalism in the home is making a comeback, and nothing is more straightforward or to the point as your basic dark metal. Paired well with glass, wood and porcelain, your home can look rustic chic with a black metal-framed accent table like the Cage Table by Menu or the Drop Side Table by Skram Furniture.
Though our fixtures will be dark, our wallpaper will be sparkly and patterned! Women’s lifestyle blog, PureWow, tells us that wallpaper trends for 2016 showcase pattern, pastel and metallic touches that’ll reflect our inner selves. Enjoy quiet evenings at home? Pastel is your gal! Like to be loud and rock out? Patterns will set the vibe. Do you prefer a world of bright light and cheery hellos? Metallic finishes will brighten hearth and home.
A hard, solid transparent plastic, Lucite is made from the same materials (polymethyl methacrylate) as Plexiglas. Design blog, Decorist, notes that getting a piece of furniture made of Lucite will bring a sense of modernity into your home while also serving as an indiscreet and subtle piece of furniture helping you showcase a well-crafted lamp or the newest book you’re reading.
In 2015, the interior design trend was to devote a wall in your house to a gallery-esque aesthetic. Basically, we were told that hanging framed mismatched prints and photographs of our favorite things and memories on one wall was the epitome of design style. But we’ve learned that doing up our space in this way makes it feel a little crowded and a little cramped. For 2016, interior designers tell us to hang one statement piece on a wall of our choosing. The statement work can be a mirror, enlarged pom-pom or even a velvet painting—it’s totally up to you.
While still celebrating modernism, eclecticism has come back into the interior design fold. Now get out there and don’t be afraid to go bold!