Put a lid on the chalkboard paint and give burlap the boot, because “Farmhouse Chic” is officially on its way out. According to Zillow Digs’ 2016 Home Trends Forecast, the fad has finally been exhausted and will make its exit in the coming year. Instead, we can look forward to a blend of elegance and simplicity brought forth by Art Deco-inspired patterns and minimalistic decor.
"2016 will bring a fresh modern vibe that beautifully mixes simplicity with bold accents reminiscent of the roaring 20s,” says Kerrie Kelly, Zillow Digs home design expert. “Watch for an increase in natural colors and textures contrasted by retro art deco statement pieces."
Top four trends
Through combined data from a survey of interior design experts and an analysis of popular photos on the website, Zillow Digs has come up with some home design trends to watch for in the new year.
Here are the top four trends for 2016:
Art deco-inspired patterns and shapes. Art deco is expected to make a bold new comeback in 2016, but with a few modern improvements. We’ll see the style's trademark geometric patterns and honeycomb shapes woven into everything from wallpaper to artwork, adding elegance and dimension. Experts also predict gold statement lighting fixtures to rise in popularity, especially in kitchens and dining rooms.
Nubby wool rugs. Nubby wool or other natural fibers will be the go-to texture for 2016, especially for area rugs. Homeowners will turn away from indoor use of rough burlap and instead gravitate toward softer fibers that are more suitable for throw blankets, pillows, and rugs. Neutral hues will create the perfect indoor/outdoor vibe while softening bolder colors or dramatic statement pieces.
Encaustic tiles. These intricate patterned tiles get their coloring from different types of clay or minerals rather than glaze. They can be used to create a beautiful, natural-looking focal point in a variety of rooms. We can expect to see encaustic tiles pop up in kitchen backsplashes, bathroom shower tiles, accent walls, and even fireplace mantles.
Artisan accent pieces. Minimalism and thoughtful decor choices heed the “less is more” approach in 2016. Flea market finds, travel souvenirs, and unique artisan pieces will take center stage in home design. Look for a rise in partnerships between big box stores and global artisans to accommodate the increased demand for one-of-a-kind or handmade items.