The 8 Interior Design Trends to Look for in 2016

Originally published in Vogue, December 29, 2015

by Samantha Rees (subtitles and photos added by Kær)

With 2016 in sight, what better way to start off the New Year than with a quick home refresh? Some of our favorite interior decorators and designers share the top trends that should be on your radar to ensure you update in style. And not to worry—some of 2015’s most beloved trends are here to stay.

TREND 1: '80's COLORS AND KITSCH

“As the ’80s start to be the decade to look back to in interior design, I would watch for Memphis-style pieces—geometric motifs and silhouettes and clashing bright colors. Look for pieces less kitsch than the true Memphis designs but that are just as fun and experimental.” —Justina Blakeney, designer, artist, and author

“As the ’80s start to be the decade to look back to in interior design, I would watch for Memphis-style pieces—geometric motifs and silhouettes and clashing bright colors. Look for pieces less kitsch than the true Memphis designs but that are just as fun and experimental.”
Justina Blakeney, designer, artist, and author

TREND 2: UNIQUE CERAMICS

“One-of-a-kind ceramics created by artists are big and on the rise across art galleries and design studios. These pieces are a great investment because they are true art and also functional when they serve as a vase or a bowl.” —Maria Brito, interior designer, author, and curator

“One-of-a-kind ceramics created by artists are big and on the rise across art galleries and design studios. These pieces are a great investment because they are true art and also functional when they serve as a vase or a bowl.”
Maria Brito, interior designer, author, and curator

TREND 3: USE OF RAW MATERIALS AND EXOTIC WOODS

 “Brazilian Modern is a trend I am most looking forward to in 2016, particularly the beautiful sculptural forms and use of raw materials and exotic woods. The unique pieces complement both traditional and contemporary interiors.” —Sara Story, designer

 “Brazilian Modern is a trend I am most looking forward to in 2016, particularly the beautiful sculptural forms and use of raw materials and exotic woods. The unique pieces complement both traditional and contemporary interiors.”
Sara Story, designer

TREND 4: TAILORED AND TONAL FABRICS

“A return to a more visible canvas of tailored and tonal fabrics and texture—think Andrée Putman and Ann Demeulemeester—in response to the more bright pattern and colors of the bohemian spirit of the last few years. In 2016, we see ourselves pursuing this classic direction in our clients’ homes using tailored fabrics in textural neutral tones. The color camel seems to be driving this vision.” —Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe, interior designers

“A return to a more visible canvas of tailored and tonal fabrics and texture—think Andrée Putman and Ann Demeulemeester—in response to the more bright pattern and colors of the bohemian spirit of the last few years. In 2016, we see ourselves pursuing this classic direction in our clients’ homes using tailored fabrics in textural neutral tones. The color camel seems to be driving this vision.”
Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe, interior designers

TREND 5: ANYTHING GOES

“We live in an anything-goes world where it’s okay to mix high with low, mid-century with minimalist modern, colors, patterns, and everything in between. The best trend I’m seeing is people forgetting about the ‘rules’ and loving what they love unapologetically. “ —Jonathan Adler, potter, designer, and author

“We live in an anything-goes world where it’s okay to mix high with low, mid-century with minimalist modern, colors, patterns, and everything in between. The best trend I’m seeing is people forgetting about the ‘rules’ and loving what they love unapologetically. “
Jonathan Adler, potter, designer, and author

TREND 6: NOVELTY COMBINATIONS & DUSTY TONES

“I think [designers] are always pushing to see something we have not yet seen before, or playing with materials and finishes in a way that we have not yet explored. Right now I’m excited about using traditional techniques and artistry in a modern context—though I do predict the use of dusty rose tones and light jade.” —Don Stewart, designer

“I think [designers] are always pushing to see something we have not yet seen before, or playing with materials and finishes in a way that we have not yet explored. Right now I’m excited about using traditional techniques and artistry in a modern context—though I do predict the use of dusty rose tones and light jade.”
Don Stewart, designer

TREND 7: LESS IS MORE

“In 2016, I am most excited to see a more consistent incorporation of the mantra ‘less is more’ in design. The days of heavy, layered furnishings and textiles I think have come to an end!” —Katie Hodges, interior designer

“In 2016, I am most excited to see a more consistent incorporation of the mantra ‘less is more’ in design. The days of heavy, layered furnishings and textiles I think have come to an end!”
Katie Hodges, interior designer

TREND 8: THE PREVALENCE OF BUFF

“The prevalence of buff. The color is a perfect nude-pink that makes everything and everyone look beautiful.” —Ann Haagenson, divisional merchandise manager at Anthropologie

“The prevalence of buff. The color is a perfect nude-pink that makes everything and everyone look beautiful.”
Ann Haagenson, divisional merchandise manager at Anthropologie