The Home Décor Trend That's About to Be Huge, According to Pinterest
While it might seem audacious to go up against Pantone, who distills and communicates the color trends from the couture runways for mass ready-to-wear products, Pinterest pulls from the consumers themselves. The team at everyone’s favorite social mood board is able to identify the dominant color for every image uploaded and shared in its database, which now tallies up to 50 billion pins. With 70 million users clicking like on said images, it’s safe to say that Pinterest has got the majority vote.
So, when it comes to interiors, what’s the social media site’s top color prediction for 2016? Not mint, or black, or white, but gray. The muted color saw a 20% increase in interior pins over the past year, becoming the most common color in the home décor category (with mauve quickly following in second, with a 70% increase in pins). We think the rise of Scandinavian minimalism might have had a little something to do with it. Whether you love the neutrals or you’re ready to balance out your brights, take a glimpse at how to incorporate the color into your living space now. Who knows? Perhaps your room will be trending on Pinterest next.
Step away from the maple and birch tones! This year’s hardwood floor of choice has gray undertones ranging from light to dark. These flooring finishes feel modern and fresh, especially when used in a matte, wide planks.
Gray kitchens are quickly replacing their all-white counterparts. The trend is hugely influenced by Scandinavian interiors, which often sway toward monochrome tones. Warmer grays create a slightly moody atmosphere without making the room feel too cold.
In this San Francisco home, Susan Greenleaf did more than just paint her cabinets. She matched an industrial pendant to her cabinet color and used a galvanized iron open-shelving fixture to create a sleek unified look.
Walls, especially those with wainscotting or built-in architectural features, look fantastic in muddy shades of gray. To pick the perfect shade, try going for grays that have a subtle undertone of another warmer color.
In this uniform Scandinavian apartment, every surface is painted a different shade of gray. The lightest one is on the ceiling, and the color gradually becomes darker on the walls, built-ins, moldings, and floors. The gradation is subtle, but it achieves a layered look with very few pieces of décor.
A fresh way to decorate with gray is by throwing in a bright, almost neon accessory to jar the soft neutral space. A cheerful yellow chair would achieve this very well, as would hot-pink artwork.
Mauve is the second-highest trending color, according to Pinterest, so hit two birds with one stone by introducing some mauve accents into your gray décor. Trust us when we say they match.
What do you think of the color gray in interiors? Is it too cool or just right?