2016 Home Designer Trends

Dated: March 6 2016

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2016 Home Design Trends That Can Breathe Life Into Your Home

As homeowners nestle down into the comforts of their furnishings and décor for the many years to come, they may not notice their surrounding’s gradual decline into an outdated living space some like to call “retro.” And hey, retro spaces are great for some! I personally enjoy testing out someone’s 1960’s built-in intercom and radio wall panel. But if circumstances have you readying an outdated home to list for sale, updating your space to include today’s top design trends can go a long way in attracting potential buyers.

Want to know if your home is on trend? Check out these eight popular 2016 home design trends:


The difference between the use of some similar color palettes 50 years ago, is that today’s pinks, blues and complementing colors are best showcased in bold accent pieces, throw pillows, rugs, etc., placed sparingly throughout a home, versus serving as a home’s entire backdrop or canvas of color-saturated décor. In fact, neutral shades of gray, brown, cream, and even white, remain popular color choices for walls and furnishings.

Mixing Materials – Metals, Wood And More

Just as mixed metals are trending with jewelry pieces, more homeowners are opting for differing metals, wood and other natural and engineered materials for their home. For example, copper light fixtures can offer the perfect accent in a kitchen with brushed nickel drawer pulls. A heavy natural wood hanging door or a large reclaimed wooden dinner table can effortlessly tie together a room already outfitted with hardwood flooring, granite counter tops and glass light fixtures. 

Geometric Patterns

Geometric patterns are leaving their mark on accent pillows, window treatments, fabrics, bedding and other décor. While subway tile is still a popular choice for kitchen and bathroom finish-outs, many homeowners are opting for geometric tile patterns for kitchen backsplashes and bold statements in powder rooms.

Wallpaper… No, Wall Coverings

“Wallpaper” has evolved so much in recent years that “wall coverings” is likely a more fitting term. Many homeowners are personalizing living rooms and dining areas with a variety of bold wall coverings, from traditional wallpaper designs to textured fabrics, custom graphics and metallic wallpaper.

Cabinets, Counters And Islands

While granite counter tops, neutral-color cabinets and subway tile backsplashes are still trending in current kitchen designs, some newer trends steaming up this year include:

  • Two-tone kitchen cabinets, pairing white upper cabinets with a bold color on lower cabinets.

  • Bolder countertop choices, like quartz, butcher block, stainless steel and cement.

  • Unique backsplashes of geometric-design tiles, bright-color ceramic tiles, sheets of metal and brick.

  • Colored stainless steel appliances

  • Workhorse kitchen islands that truly bring families together by combining additional prep areas and sinks with generous work space, deep storage and enough seating for everyone.


Many homeowners today are choosing function over frills when it comes to decorating their entryway. Instead of creating a bare greeting space adorned with an eye-popping chandelier and captivating artwork, a lot of homeowners are opting for mudroom organization systems to help ease the comings and goings of daily activities. In addition, heated floors in the entryway are becoming popular, especially for those that live in colder climates.

Outdoor-Indoor, indoor-outdoor

Outdoor living spaces are thought of as an extension of your home. Likewise, homeowners are bringing the outdoors inside the home, outfitting living rooms and common areas with all-weather furniture and rugs, as well as nature-inspired décor, woven materials and plant life.


Long gone are the days of the wall-panel intercom and television tube with an antennae (foil not included). With today’s revolutionary technologies, homeowners can completely customize their entertainment systems, control media apps with their fingertips, manage air-conditioning and heating units from mobile devices and take advantage of the most robust home-security systems. Hidden wires are among the must-haves of today’s homeowners. 

Karen & Henry Seale

Realty Executives Advantage

Seale The Deal!

(409) 770-4076


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