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5 Designers Talk Top Décor Trends for 2016

5 Designers Talk Top Décor Trends for 2016

Clockwise: Ami McKay, Donna Hall, Kristine Irving, Holly Joe, and Vani Sayeed.

Continuing our New Year’s tradition of talking to interior designers about the looks they’re loving, we tapped five tastemakers to see what decor trends they predict will be most popular for 2016.

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Left: Lulu DK for Matouk in lavender. Right: We featured this peaceful lavender bedroom by designer Lynn Morgan in our “Gorgeous Girls Rooms” blog post. For more such spaces see our “Bedrooms For Girls” Pinterest board.

We also looked inside our own design studio to give you a preview of what’s to come this year, talking to Matouk designer Annie Graham. Graham says, "We feel it's more than a trend. Lavender and ocean blue have been perennial favorites in home design, especially in the bedroom.” One of our favorite bold florals, Charlotte, offered the perfect canvas for these two gorgeous colors. Lavender and Azure Charlotte will be introduced in our Spring 2016 collections.  “The Lavender coordinates perfectly with the lavender Luca percale sheeting, and the Azure coordinates with pieces throughout our product line,” Graham says. “Along with other lavender introductions in the Lulu prints, we feel these provide a wide range of options for inserting a bold yet soothing dimension of color into the home.”

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Ami McKay mixes soothing solids with simple patterns.

Vancouver-based interior designer Ami McKay of Pure by Ami McKay has also used soothing lavender sheeting in the bedroom, along with simple prints, which she feels are the hallmark of the coming year. McKay tells us, “Solid colors are becoming less prominent, making way for simple, eye catching graphics. This includes florals, which are being used in wallpaper, patterned sheets, cushions, drapes, and table linens.” McKay likes mixing printed fabrics with a mix of metals, such as raw wire pieces and burnished gold accents for a cutting edge look.

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Kristine Irving uses black paint on walls as well as woodwork.

Boston-based Kristine Irving, Creative Director of Koo De Kir Architectural Interiors, cites black as a major design trend for 2016. Irving predicts we’ll be seeing a lot of painted black woodwork, windows, doors, stairs, and other accents. She says, “We work a lot in urban spaces and find that a coat of black paint in a satin sheen is a great cure-all for time-worn wooden stairs, hand rails, and window frames. Not only does the dark color on a window or door bring the outside in, it hides imperfections and reads as fresh and contemporary. In addition, Irving tells us, “Unexpected touches of black, like matte black drapery hardware, is also chic, providing contrast with crisp, white drapes to build depth within a space.”

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Left: Irving uses no fewer than half a dozen patterns in this bedroom, but in a muted palette, and a chunky tasseled throw adds texture. Right: Matouk Orla throws have a large-scale effect and homespun appeal.

Pattern-on-pattern-on-texture is also important. “Nothing builds depth of character in a room more effectively than mixing patterns and layering texture,” Irving says. “We are seeing a lot of gorgeous wallpapers, fabrics, and applied finishes that beg to play together.” For more looks like these, peruse our "Patterns Aplenty” Pinterest board.

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Left: Photo by Nat Rea. Right: Photo by Jared Kuzia.

Vani Sayeed of Vani Sayeed Studios, an interior designer and artist who is based just outside of Boston, predicts 2016 will bring a swing towards increased customization. Sayeed says, “Our clients are looking for singular pieces that speak to their sui generis aesthetic. We’ll continue to design with mixed materials and distinctive pieces that reflect the cosmopolitan taste of our clients, as well as our studio’s global chic style. Overall, we think distinct shapes and sculptural elements will still be important, but softened with organic edges.”

In the photo on the left, Sayeed commissioned local designer Ray Bachand of 60nobscot to make this dining table with a steel base and walnut top. In the powder room on the right, Sayeed used a wall covering from Lee Jofa. She says, “The beauty of this traditional pattern is emphasized by the tactile quality of the flock.”

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Left: A dining room painted black with burnished gold metal accents and warm wood furnishings. Right: Detail of a peacock feather chest with high shine hardware by Koket. Photos by Novelli Photo Design.

Donna Hall, principal designer of Donna Mondi, an interiors firm located in a western suburb of Chicago, is on par with what we’ve heard here so far. Hall says, “Black is the new white. Bringing black into the kitchen and/or dining room adds depth and drama. For high contrast, pair black cabinets with white countertops and bright stainless steel. For glamour, use high gloss black cabinetry and add black quartz countertops with a brushed brass backsplash. For vintage lovers, there’s nothing hotter right now than honed black marble with white veining.”

Hall is high on drama and decadence. “Furnishings are gilded, embellished, detailed, and full of surprises,” Hall says. “The finishes are a mix of textures, high-gloss lacquers and dramatic colors.” She adds, “Curves are back too, in legs, arms and hardware.”

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Left: A mix of metals adds interest to a white kitchen. Right: Textured wall covering by Phillip Jeffries.

Holly Joe of Massachusetts firm Holly Joe Interiors cultivates a modern twist on traditional design. “This year we are going to see more investment in luxury pieces, and less in catalog-ready rooms of furniture,” says Joe. “Clients are looking for layered rooms that reflect their personalities.” Joe asserts that one-of-a-kind items allow homeowners to make a design statement, while creating a room that truly reflects their lifestyles.

Joe says, “I am using a lot of seamless textured wall coverings in muted colors, indulgent bamboo and silk rugs, and aged-brass light fixtures. Additionally, I continue to see, and use, glass—in case goods, art, and sculpture—to add definition to a room without adding visual weight.”

Looks like 2016 is going to be another year filled with beautiful design, bold colors and contrasting textures, enduring materials and personality. Most importantly we hope that, as always, it is filled with the people and things that you cherish the most.