Monday Mood

Monday Mood: 2016 Home Trends

by Sabrina Smelko


Interior trends are constantly changing and evolving, and many are ditching conventions and instead investing in items once worth skimping on, from handcrafted designer tiles to philodendrons. With inspiration coming at us from every which direction, it can be hard to distill what’s in and what’s out — but the great news is, stuffy interior design rules are a thing of the past!

Comprising a collection of the things and people that make you happy, home is what you make it. It’s all about knowing the rules, but also knowing when to break them. My own home has changed dramatically over the past few months thanks to Pinterest, Instagram and blogs everywhere. This Monday morning, I’m hoping to inspire you guys to give your home some tender love, care and attention — and allow the way you live to dictate your design. Whether you love them or hate them, these home design trends are hot, hot, hot. —Sabrina

  • Tinted mirrors are the perfect marriage of function and decor. Leaning against a wall or hung up, I’m a big fan.
  • Handmade designer tiles have definitely become more popular over the years with more people investing in their backsplash or flooring and ditching conventional cabinetry. Some of my favorites are Fireclay (their Instagram is also a fun time) and Casa Cubista (handmade in Portugal).
  • Bathrooms worth chillin’ in. Once one of the most embarrassing rooms in a home, the bathroom is now a space to make a statement and lounge in. Bring on dimmer switches, comfy chairs, heated floors and sound systems.
  • Investment textiles, specifically in the bedroom. From luxe mattresses (i.e. Casper, Leesa, Tuft & Needle) to organic and/or linen duvets (shop from West ElmCultiverCoyuchi, AnthropologieBoll and Branch and Biscuit Home).
  • Unconventional cabinetry is all the rage (and so much more affordable than traditional made-to-last-a-century cabinets) in the kitchen and bathroom (love this Pinterest board full of inspiration). Open shelving, using book shelves in the kitchen, up-cycling a bar cart into a bathroom vanity, hiding your kitchen entirely — you name the rule, we’re breaking it.
  • Black is in (although, did it ever leave?)! I’m a huge fan of black walls (as my home office makes obvious), so I’m especially drawn to Gwen’s dining roomNate Berkus’ kitchen, this South London townhome, Dabito’s old living room, and Peter Fehrentz‘s entire home.
  • Bringing the outdoors in has been hot for a while, but it’s a trend that I hope sticks around forever! Plants are nature’s decor and help purify your air, so if you’ve thought about becoming a more dedicated plant-parent, do it! Shop The Sill in New York, IKEAs everywhere, and your local neighborhood garden centers. Succulents and fiddle leaf figs were big in years past, and the stars this year are monstera deliciosa and philodendrons.

Honorable mentions include warm metals (copper and pink being my favorite combo), wood utensils and tableware, the comeback of formal dining rooms, carpet runners, and embracing super-old kitchens. What’s your favorite trend right now?

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  • YASSSS to black walls! My office is painted a dark charcoal gray… after seeing yours, Sabrina, I am super tempted to paint the woodwork white. So good.

    • Thanks Kelsey! My trim was all wood before — but not a nice rich tone, a more yellow-y oak — so hi-gloss white was a no-brainer and really updated the space in just an afternoon! :)

    • I completely agree! I love that the homeowner’s comfort and the unique nuances of how they live is finally becoming acknowledged by brands and people alike :)

    • I am making my first major investment on home. Interiors do matter and this one has been really helpful. But I would want to use my master bedroom for work purpose as well. It’s a bit tedious task to do interiors that best suit both shades.

  • Absolutely love the splashes of dark tones throughout. I also caught the Insta / Pinterest design bug a few months ago and have since redesigned my flat twice! Luckily, my Dad’s a decorator / builder (as am I!) so I had the help to get both facelifts done quickly. I’m finally happy with bare white walls, black, wooden window frames and as mentioned above, warm copper touches here and there (although a little pricey). Minimalist, yet not at all cold.

  • I like to plant the small trees at my living room. After seeing yours, I really love it. Your room has given me some ideas for decorating with the trees. Love it. Thanks.

  • I am completely agree to this concept. I love that the homeowner’s comfort and the unique nuances and they live is finally becoming acknowledged by brands and people alike