2016 design trends

You may have seen on Instagram that I spent last weekend at Dallas Market scoping out what is new in the design world. While I was there I took a continuing education class taught by Bill Indurksy of Design Life Network focusing on current and upcoming design trends. None of these trends were revolutionary, but since this is a question I get asked quite often, I thought I'd share with you what they are and give you visual examples on how you can execute them in your own home.


2016 is all about living simpler and with less. If you haven't heard about The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and "Kon-Maried" the heck out of your belongings, then I highly recommend you pick up a copy and try it for yourself. While I believe there are very few people who can realistically live to the degree of minimalism that she suggests  I have implemented her practices and have been able to get rid of so many unnecessary objects cluttering up my home. In the images below everything is able to be seen, enjoyed, and used to its fullest potential, which is how I'm embracing this minimalism trend in my own home.

>> via Tessa Neustadt <<

raw, medium-toned wood

This is a trend that I really love because unfinished wood brings so much texture and interest into a space (especially if you're going for the minimalist look above). You can see a few of my favorite raw wood pieces that I include in my designs here and here.

>> via MyDomaine <<

high contrast

This is the year that it's all about black and white — Very light spaces with dark, contrasting millwork and furniture pieces. This is similar to what's happening in my master bath remodel which I'll be giving an update on next week!

>> via Inside Out <<

>> via Leslee Mitchell <<

sculptural lighting

Bold, sculptural lighting also made the list of design must-haves this year. I especially love these large Goodman pendants above an island, or this Hudson Valley pendant that I spotted while at market.

>> via Castle Homes <<


This trend wasn't included in the official line-up presented, but it has been on my radar for some time now, and you can find it in nearly every showroom. Linen is everywhere. Bedding, upholstery, slipcovers, drapery... everywhere. I really love how it creates a comfortable, casual feel in a space and keeps even the most formal rooms from feeling too perfect.

>> via Castle Homes <<

>> via Lonny <<

What do you think about these current trends? Are there any that you love? Make sure to stop by tomorrow to see the forecasted upcoming design trends for your home!