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Interior Design Trends for 2016

Happy New Year!  January is the perfect time to implement those home updates you’ve been wanting to pursue.  Read on for interior design trends that you may want to incorporate into your next interior design project.

Black And Gray Appliances:  While colored appliances have been trending for some time.  For those that are terrified of a cobalt blue refrigerator, there are some new alternatives to the polished stainless steel that has dominated the appliance industry.  Dark gray and blackened steel are showing up in product lines giving consumers neutral, matte choices that don’t show fingerprints and work seamlessly into most kitchen concepts.

GE slate gray appliance color

Simplicity Of Design: The architect, Mies van der Rohe’s mantra of  ‘less is more’ will dominate interiors in 2016.  Elegant spaces with luxurious finishes, upscale furniture pieces and minimal embellishments are the on trend style.

Photo by Amy Kartheiser Design

Formal Dining: Regardless of whether you have a separate dining room or not, enjoying a meal at a fully appointed table is in fashion again.

Williams Sonoma

Furniture With Curves: We are instinctual drawn to organic curves and soft edges, while angles and straight lines often create a subconscious discomfort.  Look for sinuous furniture forms to be in abundance at this year’s furnishings markets.

Swaim furniture F315 dining chair

Brownstone Furniture Palmer Cocktail Table
Brownstone Furniture

Global Influence:  The ethnic trend will continue well into 2016 with exotic patterns and vibrant colors energizing textiles and furnishings in the interior design industry.

Kravet Jaipur Fabric Collection

Tech Free Living Rooms:  Bring back the art conversation by going tech free in living room by banning TV, computers and wireless.  Have guests check their phones at the door for an unplugged evening of personal re-connection.

Candice Olson-Curated Kravet

Mr. H says: In the New Year celebrate what you want to see more of-Enjoy!

charleston interior design

Kitchen appliances-Color is Cool!

One of our Facebook page questions this week asked for ones preference on kitchen appliances-stainless, colored, or paneled fronts. Stainless seemed the front runner with my friends however I hate to break the news: they are about to date their kitchens.

Hello 70s-Colored appliances are trending back into style. I’m not talking about black and white either.

But bright blue from Viking

Viking appliances in blue

and vibrant red from AGA

AGA red refrigerator

and retro cuties like this from Big Chill

Big Chill Orange frig
The Big Chill

No need to play it safe in the kitchen with these choices.

Mr. H says: Bright colors reflect a bright personality-Enjoy!

PS-Speaking of colors-check out these colors of our lovely city last evening-Gorgeous.

Charleston sunset