Which Décor Trends Are In and Out? 11 Experts Weigh In
When forecasting trends, it’s always useful turn to interior designers for what’s in and what’s out. This is exactly what The Wall Street Journal and Architectural Digest investigated at the start of the year. Designers look at interiors and products year-round and attend many trade shows, so they are always ahead of the curve on what’s hot and what’s not. Keep scrolling to read what interior designers are forecasting in their crystal balls for 2016.
Blackened metals are all the rage this year. “There is nothing fussy about iron and blackened steel,” L.A.-based interior designer Barclay Butera told The Wall Street Journal. We’ve been spotting steel-framed windows and doors and black matte hardware everywhere lately, and we must say we’re excited about it, too.
He added that “rosy-gold hues can go garish and look cheap in moderately priced pieces.”
Out: Rosy metallics
Angled and multifaceted furniture might have been all the rage lately, but Los Angeles designer Timothy Corrigan is calling for a return to simple rounded furniture: “Who doesn’t want to rub their hands along a smooth, rounded piece of marble? Touch is essential to design.”
Architect Mark Zeff agrees that mainstream faceted furniture might be on its way out. “Unless a faceted table is made of real quartz, what’s the point?” he said.
Out: Facets and geometrics
A few interior designers were quick to call out the return of classic ornamentation. Kathryn Ireland declared, “rooms without curtains are like a man in a suit without shoes.” Madeline Stuart told Architectural Digest, “Patterned fabrics! Fabulous Fortuny, cheerful chintz, delicate damasks… bring it on! We've been on a solid diet of solids for far too long.”
Meanwhile, Joe Lucas of Lucas Studio in Los Angeles is growing tired of the industrial chic style. “Enough of looking like we are living in the garage,” he said.
Out: Industrial style
Perhaps one of the most resounding comments across all designers had to do with more eclectic combinations and less purely midcentury spaces. Brian McCarthy forecasted “My crystal ball is showing less thematic interiors replaced with more layered, cultured, and eclectic combinations of architecture and design. Mixing the 18th and the 20th century in more unexpected ways and a return to working with color. For instance, a Gio Ponti chair in stenciled calfskin with an 18th-century Louis XV lacquer commode.”
Robert Stilin commented that “modern is here to stay but I think we are going to see much more of a push of modern mixed with tradition.” Barclay Butera added, “I love Don Draper as much as the next guy, but we have to move on.”
Out: Oppressive midcentury modernism
This trend we did not see coming, but Scandinavian flatweave rugs seem to be the next big thing. “With elegantly balanced geometric compositions, these rugs are a sophisticated answer to the omnipresent neutrals and sisals,” said interior designer Madeline Stuart.
So which rugs are on their way out? According to Timothy Corrigan, sisal and jute rugs have done their time. “They don’t feel soft or cushy on bare feet and are not very child- or pet-friendly,” he said. “It wears quickly, stains easily and is virtually un-cleanable.”
Out: Sisal and jute
If renowned maximalist Miles Redd is calling a shift toward minimalism, you know it has to be true. “I think 2016 will bring a shift toward a kind of minimalism. Let’s call it minimalism with a twist. I think everyone responds to the luxury of space, but there are so many wonderful objects, art, and furniture that it takes superhuman powers of refusal (at least for me) not to have something,” he says.
Interior designer Jan Showers added “We have seen so much color in the last decade—I adore wonderful colors, but I feel a change in the air. It seems that our clients are loving ivory, alabaster, eggshell, bone, and creamy neutrals in their rooms, with comfortable seating.”
Elissa Cullman affirmed that people are growing tired of formulaic décor. “The design world has felt the arc of going from historically referenced interiors to relentlessly midcentury spaces. What I see/hope for now are more eclectic interiors in the truest sense of the word: interiors that reflect individual interests and a wide variety of styles, all brought together in a personal, non-formulaic mix, with an emphasis on quality and detail.”
Out: Formulaic décor
Do you agree with these trend forecasts, or should we take them with a grain of salt? Sound off in the comments below.