The look of 2016 is White, Colourful, and Organic.
Here's how I want you to read this forecast. Trend reports are generally about what's NEW. It doesn't mean that the trends I talked about in 2015 or 2014 are OLD. After all, trends in interior design cannot be in one year and out the next. No one could keep up and we'd all be broke trying to do that.
For example, we've been decorating with turquoise for 15 years. That's why darker, richer blues including deep teals are all the rage because they are NEW. Does it mean that turquoise is out? Not in my opinion, it's just not NEW to talk about turquoise.
After all, the definition of NEWS is NEW. What's new? That's what everyone is interested in reading about.
Simply white woodwork via Homebunch
Y'all keep sending me emails asking what I think of Benjamin Moore's 2016 colour of the year, Simply White, so here's what I think:
White is crisp, it goes with black, grey and bright colour. Unlike cream which belonged in the beige and brown trend.
I've been specifying lots of Simply White for 6 years now (which is how long the grey trend has been around on the West Coast).
In my system, Simply White is in the off-white category of the gradation of whites that start with blue whites, then move to true white, off-white, cream and then greige. I've outlined my entire system of choosing whites in my eBook White is Complicated; a Decorators Guide to Choosing the Right White
Gradation of whites from White is Complicated by Maria Killam
Sherwin Williams colour of the year for 2016 is 7008 Alabaster, which is also in the white category.
White is not suddenly a new trend, but instead of talking about grey (which is NOT news but still the trendy neutral of the decade) or black (which was at the top of my trend report last year) the industry has settled on white and made it new. For the moment anyway.
Maria Killam's Yellow Sofa
I've been specifying colourful sofas for years. I believe owning a sofa in a colour that you love will stand the test of time longer than the current trendy neutral.
I LOVE that what's classic is now trendy.
Just like white kitchens and subway tile. Are they trendy right now? Yes for sure. But they are also classic and timeless.
Here's a post I wrote a long time ago on how to choose the colour of your sofa.
Yellow is finally getting trendier. When a big box store like IKEA has yellow as an option for cabinets and leather upholstered bar stools to coordinate, that's when you know more people are warming up to this happy and optimistic shade.
Back in 2000 when I first started my career in colour, I specified yellow constantly. Then the brown trend arrived and NO ONE was interested in yellow anymore.
How about you? Can you see a space for it in your home?
Navy and teal along with the deep yellow (above) all add up to these rich colours being hot, hot, hot.
via Sweet Things
Everything goes in terms of colour now but I talked about pastel pink being the colour of 2016 back in April when I wrote my trends report at High Point Market. And it's also Pantone's Colour of the year along with periwinkle blue.
Pink represents compassion, empathy and understanding. It relates to unconditional love – the giving and receiving of nurturing.
Colorful Patterned Encaustic Tiles
Careful how you incorporate all this colourful accent tile into your home. A good gauge of whether you should use it in your new renovation is 'Will the entire room be so beautiful that it will get into a magazine or get pinned over and over?' If the answer is yes, then go for it.
Too many people take the newest trend and try to add it to an old kitchen, bathroom or fireplace surround. That's when it doesn't look fabulous, it just looks, well bad.
Organic and Textured
With grey being the trending neutral, the way to bring in warmth if you choose not to do it with colour is with natural fiber area rugs, baskets, warm wood tones in case goods and reclaimed wood furniture.
West Elm Coffee Table 30" x 18"
I also blogged about this colour being hot at High Point in April last year. It's a colour this time around, not as greyed down as the sofa you had in the 90's before the brown trend arrived.
Black hardware, tiles and kitchens are still on trend as well as oversize lighting, kitchens without uppers, and of course copper and gold on hardware and furniture, I mentioned them all in my 2014 and 2015 trends report (links found below).
Anything else new that I missed? Which trend is your favourite?