What are the differences between a good decor and one that is truly memorable? Iconic pieces – in this case, Mid-Century Modern classics, natural elements in abundance, light & lots of white, and plants. This California home is the perfect canvas to show some of the design trends we’ll be seeing more of in 2016.
I know that we’ve seen a lot of all white kitchens in recent years, but to be really honest, I am quite tired of them. They feel too institutional, bland and “safe” to my taste. But bring me some retro looking natural wooden kitchen cabinets and now we’re talking. To keep the look fresh and current, make sure to keep the walls bare and light in colour, to emphasize the contrast of the wood grain against the white canvas of the walls.
A decor isn’t complete without art of some sort. This year, forego the over exploited gallery wall and opt instead for one large piece of art. My personal preference lies with large scale photographs that add visual interest and scale to the room.
The devil is in the details, we’ll never say it enough. Another popular catchphrase is that: “Lighting is the jewelry of the home”. Take your time in choosing it as it defines the whole room and gives it it’s personality. The industrial-baroque “caged chandeliers” are giving way to simpler and yet as striking brass or copper suspensions that reflect the light, make a statement, but do not steal the show.
Rediscover your long forgotten green thumb. Yes, you that can make a cactus die, you will now revisit what it is to own a plant and actually care for it. The fiddle-leaf fig tree is a bloggers staple but it is actually quite capricious to take care of. Many other options with interesting tropical leaves are available at a lower price point and with much more ease of care. Think: rubber tree, jade plant, ponytail palm, Monstera delicious, & succulents.
The last trend that we’ll be seeing a ton of in 2016 is: FUN! The years of the seriously curated and very “designer-y” decors are being replaced by more natural, intuitive and undecorated rooms. Those “spur of the moment” decisions that were once shun upon are now celebrated and we’re all the better for it.