Creative design is a fickle beast in so many ways. Everyone has their own interpretation of “good” design based on their own experiences and preferences.
Still, as a designer, I’m acutely aware of the “trends” – the hot colors, styles and decorating concepts that everyone is talking about right now.
I encourage my clients to find their own style, and to choose what they like without worrying too much about “what’s in style.” Frankly, I don’t always love the latest trends in interior design, and I’m certainly not going to advise a client to choose a color they hate just because it’s in style.
Jumping on the “in-style-right-now” bandwagon is a risky game because it can seriously date your space. Who remembers the burgundy and hunter green of the 1990s?
Still, even though I don’t always adhere to the latest trends, I wouldn’t be doing my job if I wasn’t able to recognize them and share them with my clients.
So here they are, my take on the hottest trends of 2016.
Gray is the new beige! In my first year in the design field everything was beige – walls, countertops, etc. Now everything is GRAY!
Vintage furniture is huge! I’m a big fan of the vintage look, whether you buy something new that looks old or you give new life to a old piece of furniture. I love going to these vintage markets and seeing what they can come up with. The new Shabby Chic of design!
Paint! Yes, of course, paint has been around forever. But I’m not just talking about walls. These days if you don’t like something you can paint it! Fixtures, tiled walls, countertops, cabinets, furniture – the options are endless. Paint fixes everything – if you do it properly.