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A Comprehensive Guide To 2016 Design Trends

Color Trend: Pale Blue

As you might know, Pantone annually announces the “color of the year”. Yet we rarely see Pantone’s color pick align with the colors we see trending in design. This year it’s different… The color of the year is: pale blue. We’re seeing a lot of blue tones in interiors (which I’m a big fan of!).

How to pull it off: Darker hues can be used for bold statements or you can go lighter to create truly calming & soothing spaces.

Smoky Glass

We’re seeing a lot of smoky glass this season: from vintage smoky glass mirrors, to smoky crystal chandeliers, and even sconces. Smoky glass is perfect for anyone who wants to add a touch of glam and formality to their project in a casual, subdued way.


Each year, different seating trends emerge within antiques and decor. Last year, we saw a lot of settees and vintage style sofas – and these are still holding strong on the design scene.

But this year, the luxury factor leveled up a notch with antique and vintage style daybeds. These are not just reserved for bedrooms but sitting rooms, morning rooms, libraries, studies, craft rooms, living rooms and oversized foyers! I absolutely love and adore this trend and this would be a must have for my home or any design project.

Oversize Furniture

Done right, oversized and large-scale furniture can be proactive and stunning. We’re seeing the use of many oversized commodes as focal points as well as chairs. The trick is knowing when to use these larger scale pieces.

How to use this trend: Use larger scale pieces in those tough to fill spaces such as niches. If you want to try to include larger sized pieces, get rid of additional smaller pieces and let those larger pieces take the spotlight.

Mixing Metals In The Same Room

Design is moving away from using just one finish all throughout a room or even the home. For instance, in the past, you might have seen a home where all the hardware, such as knobs, drawer pulls, door knobs and faucets were all in the same finish like satin nickel.

Nowadays, you see different metal tones on faucets and the cabinet hardware all in the same room. You may also see different metal tones on the light fixtures as well. I love this mixed, layered look – how about you?

How to pull off this trend: Have the same door hardware colors and finishes the same throughout your house and feel free to mix up the rest!

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Till next time, keep making your home special with your inner design gift!


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