I really enjoy checking out new home decor trends in magazines and online - especially at the beginning of the new year! It's fun to see what the media and design professionals think is hot in the home decorating world, and then I like to think about how I can take these trends and use them in my own home (if I like them).
Here are some of the most popular home decor trends I've found for 2016. Love 'em or hate 'em, I'm also sharing with you ways that you can make these family-friendly and affordable for your own home.
Two Tone Cabinets
When I read this in a few different sources, I let out a "YESSSS!" and a fist pump. We designed our own kitchen a few years ago with white upper cabinets and black lower cabinets for something a little different and fun, and apparently that two-tone cabinet look is trending this year! I've seen some gorgeous combos - white uppers with black lowers, white uppers with grey lowers, wood uppers with white lowers... your imagination is your limit.
To make this look affordable, you could consider painting the cabinets you already have to create a two-tone look. As for family-friendly, I recommend a medium tone of paint on the lower cabinets. White cabinets show dirt and black cabinets show grease, dust and watermarks. I personally have black and white and LOVE the look of them, but they require a lot of cleaning!
Statement Bathroom Mirrors
I love interesting mirrors in bathrooms - especially in powder rooms for your guests to enjoy. Anything other than a flat piece of mirror looks special! Look for mirrors with metallic frames, mirrors with rope accents, or even mirrors with rustic wooden frames.
For affordable mirror sources, check out The Brick. I love this mirror with the wood frame and metal corner accents! One of the tricks is to pop right into a local Brick store to see what they have in stock - their selection of trendy mirrors and accessories might surprise you.
The Colour White
Oh, white. It's always been a stylish colour choice in the home decor world, but this year it's even hotter since Benjamin Moore announced that its paint colour of the year was Simply White. White looks gorgeous as a wall colour. Choose more white accents to go in your room, or use pops of colour and pattern to contrast with white walls.
Paint is an affordable way to change the look of any space, so try painting a wall or a full room white and see what you think. I find that white can be family-friendly if you choose to use it on walls using paint with a slight sheen so that it's easily washed. Another good idea for family-friendliness is to stick with white accents (like pillows and throws) that are washable rather than choosing large white furniture pieces.
The Formal Dining Room
The formal dining space is back for 2016. These are dining areas that are usually a short distance away from the kitchen in their own separate room.
For affordability and flexibility, why not try to combine a formal living room and dining room by using a settee and upholstered chairs with a table? It could be a space for dining or for visiting. To make a dining space a little more kid-friendly, use a washable area rug or skip it altogether.
Light colours are totally in this year thanks to Pantone's announcement of these two colours as their colours of the year. Think light pink, light blue and light green mixed with lots of white.
To simply dip your toes into this trend and not spend a lot of cash, buy small accessories like pillows and vases in pastel colours to pop around the house.
Mixed Metal Accents
It's no longer a faux pas to have two or more different metallic finishes in a room, which I LOVE. I think the contrast of silver with gold or oil rubbed bronze with chrome is interesting and beautiful.
To make this trend affordable for your home, try switching up hardware on cabinets to something that compliments (but doesn't match!) the other fixtures in your space. Metallic spray paint is also an inexpensive way to change the finish on things like hardware, mirror frames, and picture frames.
Scandinavian Inspired Minimalism
It's in to be minimal with your decor this year; less is truly more when it comes to home decor accents in Scandi style. This mix of modern and rustic is very beautiful, and it's a great style option for any family home.
Scandi minimalist style is actually quite affordable, because you don't need to buy much at all! Think lots of white, not a ton of furniture and accessories, and lots of clean lined furniture. You can salvage decor natural decor accents like branches and pinecones right from your yard. To make this look family-friendly, make sure you have lots of beautiful baskets and boxes to store toys in so clutter is out of sight.
Geometric Tile and Textiles
Bold, geometric patterns like hexagons, triangles and the like are big for 2016 in both tile work and textiles. These have a very modern look to them, and they pair wonderfully with softer patterns like florals and solids.
For affordability, try adding a small back splash of geometric tile over your bathroom sink. You could also consider tiling one wall of a small room like a powder room. To add geometric print through textiles, DIY some throw pillow covers or a blanket in a fun geometric pattern.
Need some more inspiration and sources on these trends? Check out the ideas below!
- Two Tone Cabinets: Our Kitchen
- Statement Bathroom Mirrors: Industria Mirror from The Brick
- The Colour White: Simply White by Benjamin Moore
- Formal Dining Rooms: Galvin 7 Piece Dining Package from The Brick
- Pastel Colours: Throw Pillow from Etsy
- Mixed Metal Accents: Penrose Accent Table from The Brick
- Scandinavian Inspired Minimalism: Galo Linen-Like Fabric Accent Chair from The Brick
- Geometric Tile & Textiles: Carrara Hexagon Tile & Throw Pillow from Etsy
What do YOU think? Do you like any of these trends?
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by The Brick. As always, all of the opinions here are my own. I only recommend companies that I use and love myself.