New Years Trends for 2016

New Years Trends for 2016

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We are starting a New Year of 2016 and what are the latest trends going to be in design?

Pantone the marketing guru for color chooses a new color forecast every year but this year they broke tradition and selected two colors! First is a soft pale shade of blue, Serenity. Here in the Northwest we always like to use blues as we have so many shades in our sky and water surrounding us. Blue is calming and easy to use as accents in our home. The second color is called Rose Quartz, a soft powdery pink. You will be seeing it in both fashion and design. Grays are still an important neutral but may be mixed more with soft shades of sky, blush and lilac giving it some warmth.

It seems we just can’t get enough of those animal prints so they will still be around just like our basic black has lasted so will these prints but some will be larger and bolder than before.

Nailhead trim continues to be popular in metallic colors, gold and silver. Many furniture manufactures will provide this trim as an add on so always ask for your upgrade options.

In kitchens you will see more pairing of two different types of cabinet styles, colors, textures or use of raw materials. Base cabinet drawers instead of doors that are deep are wanted for more storage.     New appliance colors are the black stainless steel by LG or the Sunset Bronze by Whirlpool. Niche appliances like steam ovens will be more popular and a good use of space for Aging in Place homes.

Bathrooms will be increasing in size to allow for “living” areas with a chair and table vignette. The use of bold wallpaper and mirrors as a statement will be popular. Bidets are gaining in popularity.

Living areas will include use of a formal dining area or an unplugged family room for a family gathering area. Continued use of outdoor fabrics for furnishings. Sunrooms are desired if you have the space to carve one out. Heated floors are used more in entryways and mudrooms. And extra large format tiles are popular for flooring options.

What have you seen recently on the fashion runway or in design articles about the new and continuing trends? What will be your favorite “go to” and how can you add it to your style? Remember if you are decorating your home in some basic neutrals it is always easy to add in punches of the latest trend. If you need help with updating your style just call Patty @ 425-793-6380 for a consultation.  2dbff96ac85f3bd67c1ddbb231484e01[1]