Interior Design Trends for 2016

2015’s major design ethos borrowed from both a singular decade and an entire century. Seventies inspired palettes and lackadaisical dispositions collided with mid-century modern minimalism and stoicism. Parallels were made between groovy/ psychedelic prints, ornamental designs of the east and Native American patterns of the west. 2016 is primed for the further integration of these recycled concepts and the ultimate transformation of them into a unique style all its own. So what should you be looking for this year?

F. Martin Ramin/The Wall Street Journal Design Out Selby Object Published Credit: F. Martin Ramin/The Wall Street Journal

The use of iron, both for decoration and furniture will be prevalent, but think black, matte iron instead of shiny chrome. Thin, attenuated and round are the adjectives to look for in all of your furniture purchases. Neat circles will be integrated with crafted geometrical lines to at once comfort you with mid-century associations, but inspire the use of hand crafted decor with wild patterns and contrasting colors. The obsession with tribal patterns will morph into something more ornate this year, reminiscent of a Persian rug or a Moroccan tapestry. Not to get all artsy on you, but negative space is a big theme; furniture corners are cut, rounded and angled, relationships between elements in a space are carefully considered and, with both fit and function, work together to shape the air itself.

In essence 2016 will be about contrast and relationships, black with white, simple with ornate and space playing with form. I will caution though, against indulging in too many elaborate patterns or brightly colored pieces in order to keep your space classic and equipped to transform with future trends down the road. Remember, while trends go in and out of style there are some basic principles of design that should always be followed. If you haven’t already, read my post on Feng Shui to adopt an eastern approach to interior design. Welcome to 2016, both simple and elegant while implementing a sense of playfulness and comfort.

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Modern Approaches to Indoor Plants

modern-approaches-to-indoor-plantsThe rise in popularity of mid-century modern furniture has made interior decorating the job of a true minimalist, which is why, in addition to the anxiety you might feel about hosting a living decoration in your home, many have given up on the concept of plants in their space. Adding too many plants, especially in small, low pots, can absolutely cause a cluttered effect, but some types of plants can provide the warmth and natural vibe that some of you might be craving without compromising all of your de-cluttering efforts. I know what you’re thinking, “but I don’t have a green thumb!” I’m not advocating for fake plants here, but I do know of some types that are low maintenance and provide some excellent advantages to your space.

aloe plantThe aloe plant is a great start! Secreting a healing gel, the aloe can be harvested to aid your skin and digestive system. It needs minimal water (once every seven days give or take depending on its environment) being apart of the recently popular succulent family, and it loves the sun! Have an east-facing window? The aloe plant could be for you.



Snake PlantThe Snake plant is another great, low maintenance choice. Architecturally it grows tall and spiky which makes it perfect for empty corners and extreme vertical spaces. It needs little water and even less light AND it releases an abundance of nocturnal oxygen (most plants release oxygen during the day) making it a great addition for detoxifying your home round the clock.

Just remember to place your plants strategically, keeping in mind their relationship to all objects in a given space as well as their particular needs (sun, shade, dry, wet).