Well I’m not sure I’m the expert on what will be hot in 2016. Okay I KNOW I am not the expert, still I get asked and feel the need to throw my ideas into the ring.
Because of copyright laws,
I can’t post the photos belonging to others without their permission, so thus the lack of photos from other people. (I know many people do share photos belonging to others, but I also know people getting in a lot of hot water for doing so.)
So before I begin, let me say you can find a very well written article on this topic at Cote de Texas HERE.
Joni talks about what the top designers, magazines and uber well know people will be doing.
Although I adore these big names in the design world. I know that the driving force behind a lot choices people are making has to do with what they see on blogs rather than the usual big designers.
The top designers are no longer setting the tone for most people. It’s people with no design background like Joanna Gaines of Fixxer Upper, and many of my blogger buddies that people are turning to for ideas. People no longer seem to care if the person has a design degree or background. All they care about is talent. And, the reality is we (normal people) are figuring out we don’t need to follow every trend. I love seeing what the stars in LA are doing, but I’m not going to throw everything out and start over if the latest reality star doesn’t care for my look. Also bloggers are real people who know how we live. They too have a dog that sheds or a kid that tracks in mud.
The days of 3 or 4 top designers dictating what is ‘in’ and ‘out’ are gone. Design is now something that is affected by thousands of very talented voices. People still read magazines and books, but they also look at blogs, Pinterest, and Instagram for inspiration.
I see my friends in the blog world come up with fabulous and wonderful ideas, then I go in a store, and see that the ideas I found on blogs have been copied by the big stores. I have an interior design group on Facebook, and now I see these amazing homes and ideas presented by people that aren’t designers or bloggers, but they are sharing their ideas.
Now before I talk about what I see ahead for this year, let me say I believe in individual style. If you like red and gold, even though I don’t expect to see a lot of either this year, doesn’t in any way mean that I think you change your home to keep up with the current style. I say stick with what you love. Mid-century modern is super hot, hot. But you will not be seeing it in my home. Why? Because I just don’t care for it. I remember the look from the 60’s when I was a kid, and I wasn’t a fan of it then, and I’m still not, not that there’s anything wrong with it, it’s just not me.
Now onto my predictions for 2016.
First I believe that magazines and manufacturers will continue to turn to bloggers for ideas. (With the sea of talented people out there, who can blame them?) I’ve got a few magazine features coming this year. I’ll share more when I have the specifics.
I think that cool colors will be smokin’ hot this year – pewter, silver, gray, glue, lavender and some soft pinks. I’ve also seen a lot of greenish blue hues at the fabric store that looked great. Personally I have my eye on an acid green for a few chairs I am working on. It’s for a new project I have going that I’ll tell you more about later.
I still think the neutrals will also be quite popular. I’m still sold on grainsacks, homespun linen and vintage hand-embroidered fabrics.
I think some of the DIY trends have run their course – things made from Mason jars and pallets.
Marble will be even more popular.
I see Swedish Gustavian style becoming mainstream this year, at least I hope so. I love it!
I think painted furniture will still be hot.
I see more gold accents and Italian Florentine style coming into center stage.
Brass is back baby. I never thought I would say that, but it’s true.
Vintage things will continue to be popular.
For me, I’m turning more to Europe for design ideas this year.
I’ve got a big, big project I am doing this year. It will be a design challenge on a tight budget. I am excited to share it with you, although at this point, I’m not sure how it will come out. Either way, I figure we’ll both learn something, or at least you can tell me, “Told you so!”
So that what I see. How about you? What do think will be hot this year?
Below you will find some pillows made from vintage materials I have in my shop. I just added a few more. I also bought several rolls of vintage grainsack material so look for new pillows coming to the shop in the coming months. Most of these are one of a kind.