{friday finds: 2016 interior design trends}


It’s January — time to bring on the bone-chilling cold here in Minnesota, and time to make predictions for the new year in the design world.  It seems like everybody wants to predict what colors, materials, and styles will be hot this year, so we sifted through some of the best to bring you a look at the top interior design trends for 2016.

Matte Metal Tile by Miami Kitchen & Bath Fixtures Eden Mosaic Tile

The Wall Street Journal interviewed 26 top interior designers and picked black metals as the top trend for this year. Los Angeles designer Barclay Butera noted that “there is nothing fussy about iron and blackened steel,” which is showing up in simple hardware, bathroom fixtures and even flatware. Contemporary designers, such as Jasper Morrison blend it with wood and glass, or sometimes create entire pieces of matte black metal. “Welders are the new rock stars,” enthused New York designer Julia Haney-Montanez.

Kitchen by Tampa Appliances Famous Tate Appliance & Bedding Centers

Houzz.com agrees. A compilation of discussions on the design site identified colored stainless steel appliances as one of the top trends.  “Black stainless steel is making a buzz on Houzz,” the article says. “In a poll, nearly two-thirds of Houzzers say they would consider the dark alternative to shiny silver metal.” Examples include LG’s new Black Stainless collection (above), and Whirlpool’s Sunset Bronze finish.

Houzz also highlighted two-tone kitchen cabinets (below), saying, “keep upper cabinets white or neutral for a clean, timeless feel, then go crazy with the lower cabinets by playing with various wood tones and deeper colors to take your kitchen in two different style directions.”
Forbes focused on soft, muted color palettes, especially in kitchens. Interior designer Jane Lockhart predicts that everything from cabinets to backsplashes will be done in less saturated tones. “Charcoal, grays and even neutral pastels like pale blue, pale green gray and tinted whites are the new alternative to the standard white,” she says. She also foresees kitchens sporting lighter wood tones, including walnuts, whitewashed woods and white oak in rift grain.

Rose Quartz Bedroom by Redondo Beach Interior Designers Kelly I Designs

Interior Design  also predicts a return of warm but calming colors, including Pantone’s colors of the year: Serenity and Rose Quartz. “The pastel pink Rose Quartz and powder blue Serenity may seem like a sugary sweet selection,” the article notes, “but according to Pantone, the pairing is, in fact, part of a more unilateral approach to color.”

Pantone color of the year 2016

Vogue’s forecast features interior designers Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe, who predict a return to a more visible canvas of tailored and tonal fabrics and texture, in response to the bright pattern and colors of the Bohemian inspiration 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.”

Whatever your inspiration for 2016, stop by the nearest Hirshfield’s location in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota. We love to discuss the latest color and design trends.

Since Frank and Elizabeth Hirshfield opened their first store in 1894, it has been our mission to do the best job possible meeting customer needs and solving customer problems. Hirshfield’s. People and products you can trust.

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