Five Top Décor Trends Bring Style Home for 2016
From Designer-Influenced Looks to Collections That Take Inspiration From Around the Globe, Furniture Trends for 2016 Provide the Ultimate Means for Personal Expression
“There’s a real emphasis on distinctive pieces that have a curated, one-of-a-kind look,” says Jackie Hirschhaut, vice president of the American Home Furnishings Alliance. “Ultimately, this makes it easier for you to express your individual style – whether you live in a downtown apartment, a suburban family home, a down-sized condo or anywhere in between.” Here are the five top trends for 2016:
1. Straight off the Runway
Many fashion trends in apparel eventually are translated into the world of interior design, but top fashion designers today increasingly are taking a more direct route, creating their own lines of furniture to “dress” a home.
The theory, first tested in 1985 when Ralph Lauren introduced home furnishings, is that consumers who flock to a brand for head-to-toe apparel will likewise embrace the brand for floor-to-ceiling home furnishings. Cynthia Rowley and Kate Spade New York are among the fashion icons making this a top interior trend for 2016.
Love that flirty black Cynthia Rowley party dress with the bright, graphic floral print? Her “Fleur de Glee” writing desk is likely to inspire equal affection. Or perhaps you’re coveting her latest, color-blocked wet suit for sand and surf this summer. The sporty “Parker Striped” bachelor’s chest could add that same pizzaz to an entryway or bedroom. Rowley partnered with Hooker Furniture to create three mix-and-match collections that mirror the personality in her clothing lines: Pretty, Sporty and Curious. “Fashion and style reach beyond clothes,” the designer states. “Each room in your house has its own narrative, and it’s up to you to decide which pieces feel authentic to you.”
Kate Spade New York’s first collection of 27 furniture pieces (plus lighting and rugs) offers bold fabrics, finishes and metal accents, with only the occasional “deco dot” or hand-tied bow motif to echo the designer’s wildly popular housewares, clothing and accessories lines. Debs Camplin, senior vice president of home design for Kate Spade New York, says more collections are to come, although each will be “mix-and-match affairs of hand-curated pieces.”
2. Interior Designers Turn Product Designers
The world’s top interior designers frequently design their own products, but a growing number have partnered with manufacturers for “whole home” collections over the last decade. So many have chosen this spring to introduce new collections that this will likely be the top theme for high end stores in 2016.
Hickory Chair has longtime relationships with an array of distinguished interior designers, among them Mariette Himes Gomez, Susanne Kasler and Alexa Hampton. Gomez and Kasler both have new collections arriving in stores this spring. Gomez’s furnishings offer designs rooted in antiques and balanced in beauty and purpose. Her latest collection, “Sloan Street,” encompasses dining, bedroom and occasional furniture, as well as upholstered pieces. “I modernize the classics and classicize the modern,” says Gomez.
Kasler’s chic new collection blends intricately detailed, hand-crafted wood pieces with elegantly tailored upholstery, all staying true to her time-honored ideal of “modern, with a foundation of tradition.” Architectural elements and X-shaped details define the collection.
Following its successful introduction of the Thomas O’Brien Collection last year, Century Furniture expanded the line for this spring with 50 new furnishings designed to blend seamlessly with those in the original, 120-piece launch. Each new design is fashioned in the spirit of a limited edition – items discovered and collected over time. A mix of antique and modern, the pieces are crafted of oak, mahogany, walnut and maple and include accents of marble, stone, tooled leather and custom metal.
And at Henredon, French interior architect and designer, Patrick Aubriot, and New York/Palm Beach interior designer Celerie Kemble, both have added to their home furnishings collections. The company also chose 2016 – its 70th anniversary – to reintroduce select pieces from its Barbara Barry Realized collection, launched 10 years ago.
3. American Vintage
Day-to-day living has become increasingly impersonal and high-tech, fueling a counter-trend expressed in everything from farm-to-table restaurants to “American vintage” styling in both home and apparel fashion. Leading the charge on the home front is the self-professed “modern-day pioneer” Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper.” Interning in New York City after graduating from Baylor University with a degree in communications, Gaines says she was drawn to off-the-beaten-path boutiques in the midst of the Big City. In 2003 she brought her new passion for eclectic and vintage styles back to her roots and opened Magnolia Market with her husband, Chip, in Waco, Texas. Together they started remodeling and flipping homes – with their talents eventually being showcased on “Fixer Upper.” Joanna’s designs emphasize distressed finishes, antiques or antique-inspired pieces, and mixed materials – all combined into a look characterized as “everyday elegance.”
Last fall Gaines collaborated with Standard Furniture to produce The Magnolia Home collection of bedroom, dining, occasional, home office and upholstered furnishings in her “everyday elegance,” American vintage style. “Each piece tells a unique story,” Gaines says of the huge, 350-piece collection organized into six groups she calls Boho, Industrial, French-Inspired, Primitive, Farmhouse and Traditional.
This retro-chic styling is especially popular among millennials, according to Sauder Woodworking, an Ohio-based manufacturer of ready-to-assemble furniture. “We were inspired by millennials’ affinity for retro designs, old-school styles and anything that’s a throwback, so we took a closer look at vintage and outdated designs, reimagined them and added a new twist,” says Mike Lambright, director of marketing. The resulting Eden Rue collection blends retro style with modern functionality. The sometimes quirky pieces are inspired by graphic patterns, bold colors and familiar forms of vintage furniture.
In fashion and home furnishings, what’s brand new is no longer hip, explains John Amell, trend and design manager at Sauder. “We know millennials especially want pieces that tell a story and help them define their style. By re-creating favorite pieces from the past, (Eden Rue) encourages self-expression and individuality.”
4. Dreamy Destinations
From the European countryside to the glamour of Paris, the splendor of travel comes home with furniture collections inspired by great landscapes and destinations. Thomasville’s Elements & Origins captures the beauty of three European destinations – Paris, Great Britain, and Scandinavia – offering lifestyle looks designed to add modern sensibility to a distinctive regional aesthetic.
Inspired by beloved English, French and Swedish antiques, the Sojourn collection from Universal Furniture combines familiar forms with fresh styling. Its timeless look comes from a lightly distressed Summer White finish and a soft Grey Lake finish. Design details include dentil moldings, bun feet, reeded drawer fronts and touches of Belgian linen, grey velvet and honed bluestone.
New from Stanley Furniture is a third collection for the company’s Coastal Living line. Oasis melds the clean lines of mid-century design with gracious scale and subtle references to coastal styling. The 111-piece collection includes bedroom, dining room and living room furniture in a fresh, sophisticated color palette of warm white, grey and medium blue. Wave and fish scale patterns, warm brass elements and acrylic hardware add modern influences to the designs.
Marge Carson headed to Chicago for its destination-inspired Lake Shore Drive collection. Stainless steel and matte brass accents, bold geometrics and architectural shapes are intended to evoke the contemporary elegance of skyscrapers and mid-century modern design. Dark wood, alabaster stone accents and a high gloss “Caviar” finish on some accents give the collection a modern sophisticated feel.
5. A Resto Realm
There seems to be no scaling back the grand dimensions, weight and ongoing allure of architecturally-inspired, faux antique home furnishings collections. Whether it is reclaimed, restored or reimagined, these “updated classics” emphasize texture, mixed materials, imposing silhouettes and a neutral color pallet with a heavy reliance on shades of gray and brown.
Universal Furniture debuted two collections with this structured, modern-meets-antique look: Curated and Authenticity. Refined yet rustic, Authenticity is a collection that infuses freshness into traditional European silhouettes. Rustic planked tops, turned posts and sinuous shapes are highlighted with casual, no-sheen finishes. A bit more eclectic, Curated blends the familiar with a sense of discovery. It features an organic mix of materials to create pieces that coordinate with each other and consumers’ own furnishings.
Revelation from Uttermost is a new collection of furnishings and accents that are generously proportioned and feature unexpected combinations of materials, like polished metal with rugged, reclaimed wood. A limited number of pieces were debuted last fall and are now available in select stores, but a larger introduction is planned this spring. Generous proportions are met with low-sheen finishes and a refined neutral color palette to create looks that are equally at home in a loft or mansion. Metal and glass are mixed with wood and stone to create modern interpretations of classic silhouettes.
“Within these top five trends, there is something for everyone,” notes Hirschhaut. “From notable name brands to ‘fixer-upper’ finds to unique global discoveries, this is the year to acquire the furnishings of your dreams!”