Hi, folks! While the Lunar New Year celebration is not over (it lasts 15 days), are you ready for some good change(s) for 2016? Here’s a list of 10 trends (I consider these pretty timeless actually) that I looked through from different sources and decided that in my opinion they’re not going away any time soon, which is why I’m presenting them to you.
As an upcoming new homeowner myself, I am very excited to use some of these in my home (really, I can’t wait).
// Serenity, Now //
Do you like calm and serene spaces (if you answer yes) it’s time to try this! Decorating is minimal (note, minimal but not bare), I counted a thick throw on the chaise, patterned throw on the bed, objects on the side table, a practical floor lamp for reading and wall art. By using tone on tone (use soft or neutral colors), it becomes zen-like. And it has comfort and luxe. Usually we see the chaise positioned at the foot of the bed but it’s now shifted away creating negative space purposefully; a visual break that we all need in this busy city.
// Neutral Core //
With major paint companies naming their Color of the Year, here’s a few you can buy locally. Back to basic, people…
Neutral is FUN; they are so flexible (I’m not kidding) paint colors like these look different in different rooms. It might look more bluish if you have cooler colored furniture (like white), greenish if your window looks out to a lot of greenery trees or plants, warm/beigey/pinkish if you have wood flooring, a lot of furniture with medium brown tone.
These can be used in anyone’s home, unlike true white (shockingly, they don’t work all the time!). Post(s) on “when NOT to paint your walls white” and “how to choose paint colors” coming, so please stay tuned…
I cannot guarantee these colors will work on your walls, I based my judgement on their catalogs, I did not see/tested them in person. In case you are really interested, these are codes for Nippon Paint Sail White 1199, Orchid White 8104, Snow Flakes 1164.
// Jewel Box //
Don’t worry if neutrals and off-whites are not for you, another trend of this year is to GO BOLD! Rich color tones resembling gemstones (and not for the faint-hearted) these colors are highly saturated, the trend is to use them on walls (yes, like all four walls…be brave!).
You most likely need several coats to get the right color and your walls has to be plastered smooth (so make sure your painters know how). To achieve the “jewel box” look, paint these in smaller rooms like study/home office, bedrooms, dressing rooms, emerald green (left) will look great in a contemporary dining room (if you are those lucky folks who have one, I am envious), the resulted look is intimate, dynamic and distinctive.
My advice; don’t go around painting your ENTIRE house in one strong color or a DIFFERENT strong color in EVERY room. Not saying it’s a NO, but it’s just very hard to pull it off (I have seen it done right but it’s very rare even with the help of a designer), plus it can look dated pretty fast.
// Tech-less Living Room //
Elle Décor named this as one of the upcoming trends which I can totally see why. With many of us prefers watching shows or movies on laptops/phones and other devices, I’m all up for ditching that TV in the living room. If you find your family not using it for months, I think it’s a pretty good sign. Also, if you have TV installed in your bedrooms, this is the year to turn your living room into an official space for gathering and bonding with your family!
For folks not ready to ditch that big black rectangular just yet, here’s 3 smart ways – 1, conceal it with doors you can close when you don’t want to see it. 2, hang arts around your TV (gallery wall) to take focus away from it. 3, paint your TV wall dark grey/black to blend it in.
Whoops, I know you might have spotted a speaker in this room (but it’s pretty much not standing out due to the color). And there’s no denying this living room is GORGEOUS!
// Statement Bathroom Mirror //
Another trend to try from Elle Décor evidently by the fact that I easily pulled out 3 breathtaking bathrooms (to illustrate the point) just like that! While many of us are still stuck with rectangular mirrors, these folks are embracing their mirrors not just as a necessity but also like an art (expressive isn’t it?). Instead of the medicine cabinet (you know, the kind that you stash tons of stuff in behind closed door); the generic ones, why not go for these and let it creates an impact by itself? Bathrooms can be stylish and beautiful just like any other room in your home. (Yes, I know these bathrooms also has gorgeous tiles and light fixtures; bathroom envy).
// Lovely Pendants //
When we think chandeliers, we think grand and elegant but pendants are much more intimate and versatile (not to mention many of them are really affordable). I’m going with this trend prediction from House Beautiful, we’re going to see more of these lovelies in our homes for sure. Here’s how I’ll use these; 1 for Scandinavian, Zen styles. 2 for Contemporary, Modern. 3 for Industrial, Rustic.
// Dashing Pedestals //
Typical side tables are not tall like these. This year we’re seeing the trend (as predicted by House Beautiful) moving towards using pedestals (like above) as side tables or simply plant stands. These are also great at entryways for keys and mails because they’re at the right height (no bending down required). Heights are 75 cm (left), 120 cm (middle), 91 cm (right). No.2 is the height for bar tables.
// Hair Pin Legs //
Light and airy; it doesn’t gives visual weight and makes your space less cluttered but still functional (which is what we all need!). To some if not most of us, they are sexy and stylish. I must admit, I have some dining table envy on No.2. I just need to pluck up the courage to find out the price and call it an investment piece.
// Mixed Metals //
Eclectic style is going strong for 2016, still. And I am all up for it! Here’s a Swedish apartment with budget-friendly kitchen. In this case, by simply mixing stainless steel appliances with brass faucet, the white kitchen went from generic bland to full of personality.
The exposed pipes didn’t scream out of place; the kitchen has a lot of well thought mix-and-match that makes every item feels intended (even when you’re actually just cutting cost). White kitchen with white subway tiles is a safe and classic choice but the stainless and brass pairing is not; together it’s impressive. Don’t just use ONE brass item, it’ll just look amateurish. Not shown here is a dining pendant within the kitchen that also uses brass! If you want a “well designed and personalized look” for your space, this is a trend to try (not limited to kitchens), I personally is a BIG FAN OF MIXING METALS.
// Less Customs //
With no.9 being said, mix-and-match look is becoming the more preferred choice simply by “just go out and buy furniture” or better, if you already have existing furniture from previous homes. Having both new and old stuff in one space is a great way to show your personality; it’s self explanatory. Stay tuned for future post on “buying matching furniture in a set”.
Basically, no.10 is my style. Customized/built-in stuff still has its place; a weird or small recessed nook (like you can’t find the right size furniture for the space without first pulling your hair out), hiding wires or cords. Buying furniture might seem daunting at first but it just requires a bit of time and sometimes the help of a designer/stylist, and did I mention it’s actually really FUN and fulfilling? Speaking from a homeowner perspective, it’s comforting to know that I can switch or ditch certain pieces without hacking or damaging my walls.
10 Trends To Try In 2016 in a nutshell; stay away from being generic or BUYING generic; creates a calm and airy space full of style and personality that is also cost effective. That actually sounds just like my design mantra, ha! Have a great year ahead! Until the next time, folks!
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Image Sources: Featured Image Homepolish // Serenity, Now House & Home // Benjamin Moore Simply White // Sherwin Williams Alabaster // Behr Ivory Keys // Nippon Paint Catalog 2016 // Dulux Catalog 2016 // Jewel Box Emerald Green // Jewel Box Sapphire Blue // Jewel Box Amethyst Purple // Tech-less Living Room //Bathroom (Left) // Bathroom (Middle) // Bathroom (Right) // Mixed Metals Kitchen // Less Customs Living Room
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