Trends can be merely a fad (For A Day) that is here today and forgotten next month, but this is not always so. Some trends not only have a long lasting aesthetic value, but they also consider what are our current needs now and ideas folks come up with to solve these problems. This month we’ll take a look at some of the top home trends of 2016. This is by no means an exhaustive list of what designers are coming up with!
Technology is a part of our lives and is much more mobile (no pun intended) and flexible than ever before. How nice it is to read recipes that have been saved to Pinterest and are accessed on your tablet which is cozily locked on a holder attached to your cabinetry. And even when we aren’t using our gadgets, we need to charge them. Docking stations with multiple outlets and holders are going to become an absolute necessity.
Soft colors, predominately various hues of white, are the go-to color this year. They create a picture of simplicity, cleanliness, and a blank canvas for other aspects of your decorating. Certain patterns for your placemats, throw pillows, and rugs may be in style today and gone tomorrow, but starting with a (somewhat) blank canvas allows you to change these aspects of your home without the constraints of a dominant and predetermined color scheme.
The word of the year is simplicity. So many aspects of our lives can be overwhelming, with juggling schedules, school, extracurricular activities and the like. Our homes can be a place of retreat and re-creation. If you are looking to a minimalist lifestyle, this would be the design for you. It can also be a great way to draw the focus of the room to a particular piece of furniture (heirloom, perhaps?) or framed art that you especially love.
Combining different textures within a room creates diversity and can make a room feel more alive. Textures exist in the room’s surfaces to the furniture to the decorations. For example, you may have a beautiful and aged looking wooden floor and decide you want a glossy tongue and groove ceiling. Different, but complimentary.
Optimizing Kitchen Space
2016 is all about saving space. Look at your unused space that can open up counter availability for you. Hanging pot racks or mounted knife racks immediately make room in your cabinets and counter. Corners are difficult things to maneuver, but if you are getting new cabinets, lazy Susan or corner cabinet drawers are the way to go. If you have a small family or are empty nesters, consider pint sized appliances. They’ll save space for other uses.