The 5 Hottest Home & Decor Design Trends for 2016

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My crystal ball shines brightly (gave it a good polish earlier) and is ready to predict this year’s trends.

Design trends always mirror the combined economic and social momentum. When the finances were in a rather dim condition the past few years, frugal living and curb alert saves were not just necessary but also – thanks to bloggers -they became the new cool.

It seems finances are getting all better and interior design trends mirror that. Spoiler: 2016 will be the year of gold and diamonds.

People are sensing the economy picking up or at least stabilizing and now we see a desire for luxurious accessories like golden accents, brass making a strong return (imitating gold), marble going beyond kitchen design, diamond shaped tables and faux (but luxurious) furs are some of the signs that people feel the situation improving.


1. Just A Touch of Minimal – with a glam twist

Hooray! Last November when I saw Restoration Hardware’s Modern source book (stunning!) it was hard to contain my enthusiasm. Their distinctly minimal line touched base with me and I will tell you why: cleaning. I always loved minimal design because no other style cleans so fast and easily – or looks so composed and calm.

There is a “new” minimal this time, where clean geometric shapes meet luxurious fabrics and – mostly golden – shine from metals and crystals. “Glam minimal”


2. Mixed Metals but Mostly Gold

Decorators loved oiled rubbed bronze, then embraced Copper the past 2 years and now they (and I) are falling back in love with brass. If it’s metal, it’s in and everything goes – even together.

Old gold (with patina) and gold leaf inserts are hot!

Gold decor & interior design trends 2016 by TwoPlusCute

3. Organic Touches (plants, wood, marble)

Interior plants (bring-green-in) and reclaimed wood in muted neutral stains. Incorporating wood in unusual accessories, (like cachepots – though I totally cheated with faux wood). Not a new trend by any means but will stay strong in 2016.

Marble exits the kitchen and is used for smaller scale accessories. Loved the grapes from S.P.Scott and I wonder how to DIY the Neo Lantern from Aparatus studio.


4. Geometry

Himmeli art becomes mainstream and moves beyond ornaments and into pendants, art and fantastic living room tables. Cubism is back with a vengeance for this year, from wall art to sidetables.

Anything shaped like a diamond, is hot, hot, hot.

Geometry for tables, decor & interior design trends 2016 by TwoPlusCute


5. Blue is King but Yellow is the Queen

The trend of gorgeous blue will keep strong this year (especially in fabrics and wall art) but I (fore-) see a lot of yellow, blasting everywhere. Ok, maybe I am biased but, I notice yellow making statement appearances from fashion to art, to furniture – it’s everywhere. Yellow will be the color of the year, in warm saturated hues and – of course – in everything golden.

Colors of 2016: blue and yellow, decor & interior design trends 2016 by TwoPlusCute

The crystal ball is rather specific about it. Yellow will be the “it” accent color for 2016.


Do you think my crystal ball dropped…itself or nailed it? What home and decor trends does your crystal ball foresee dominating 2016?


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13 thoughts on “The 5 Hottest Home & Decor Design Trends for 2016

  • November 29, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    I definitely love the geometric decor that you showed here. It just looks so sleek and nice! I’d love to have some awesome geometric stuff like this, but also made out of crystal. Those would go with just about any room design since they’re a clear color.

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  • February 28, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Do ladders and work tools count as a trend? I have them around the house. How about tearing down walls and having the 2×4’s exposed? Yeah, you don’t even want to know. :/

    Love your picks. I am trying to incorporate more wood tones – exposed 2×4’s don’t count. 😉

    • March 8, 2016 at 7:33 pm

      Are you kidding? They are all the rage (along with paint swatches as wall art). =D
      I am curious what happened and hope your exposed posts won’t give you hard time.

  • February 26, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    Fun post, but I am not a yellow fan so that will not be happening in my decor! I’m all for a little gold and diamond glam, and I love minimal with a glam twist…I wandered around West Elm yesterday drooling…

    • March 8, 2016 at 6:50 pm

      I used to severely dislike yellow, too. I will add it in the smallest quantities for a pop of color.

  • February 25, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    I am such a sucker for all these trends! Such a great list, I’d love to with your permission use your “Geometry” picture in an upcoming blog post, linking back to you of course! 🙂

    • February 24, 2016 at 10:41 pm

      Thanks Wendi! 🙂
      Exciting is just the right word to describe the new trends.

  • February 20, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    I think you definitely nailed it! And I think I have fallen victim to trend # 3, especially plants and wood. And minimal without the glam part. 🙂

    • February 24, 2016 at 10:33 pm

      Imagine a super smart pun about children and nature, written as reply. Please? =]


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