Pantone's colour of the year is (for the first time ever) a blend of two colours—Rose Quartz (Pantone 13-1520) and Serenity (Pantone 15-3919). Watch for these soothing pastels to pop up on everything from upholstery to packaging. Image courtesy of ABC Carpet and Home
If it feels like a stretch to call white walls a trend, consider that the new way to use it will be to choose a crisp bright shade over the warmer whites that have prevailed for the last several years. Glossy finishes and painted or whitewashed floors will be used to intensify brightness. See all of our Love It or List It Vancouver galleries
While whites are getting brighter, black is going matte! Watch for dramatic moody black to show up everywhere—lighting fixtures, appliances, faucets. A matte black metal is the perfect foil to bright glossy white walls and cabinetry. Image courtesy of Home IQ
Right alongside the black metal trend comes a resurgence of an old ‘70 favourite, smoked and mirrored glass. This moody, sexy style is a gorgeous way to add drama to a dining room or bedroom. Watch for it on table tops, chandeliers, glassware and cabinetry. Image courtesy of Y-Lighting
In 2013, emerald green was Pantone’s colour of the year. Since then, moody jewel tones rich in depth and pigment have been gracing walls, accessories and artwork in a big way. In 2016 watch for a brighter interpretation through vibrant colours like ruby, amethyst and sapphire. Image courtesy of Pinterest
Try incorporating jewel tones via our next trend—oversized artwork. This year we’ll see the ubiquitous gallery wall replace by large, impactful prints and paintings. Online printing and framing services are making large format art a more accessible purchase. Image courtesy of BoConcept
Boldly patterned tile has been popping up in restaurants and commercial spaces to stunning effect for a while. Backsplashes, foyers and bathrooms at home are great spaces to play with the endless combinations of colours and designs. Image courtesy of The Cement Tile Blog
The beauty of plaid is how easily it shifts between traditional and modern. Stick with modern interpretations like chunky buffalo plaid and use the grandad version sparingly in fresh colours like pinks, greys and creams and you’ll avoid the risk of your pad looking like a hunting lodge. Image courtesy of Schoolhouse Electric
If you’ve not jumped on the warm-metals trend, the time is now, this one is here to stay. It’s an easy way to add warmth to a modern interior but also works with eclectic and traditional spaces. Brushed gold, brass, copper and rose gold are all major players—and yes, you can mix them! Image courtesy of Avenues
Plush fabrics, warm metals and softer lines are starting to influence even those with the most modern sensibilities. The resulting spaces, while maintaining their clean low-slung lines, are becoming a more comfortable, livable version of this sometimes stark design style. Image courtesy of Jeff Andrews Design
Curvaceous lines, rich velvet upholstery in shades of pink, lavender and silver. Reflective surfaces and sparkly accessories. What we’re seeing is a modern interpretation of old Hollywood glam, so go for it but don’t over do it. Image courtesy of Veranda
As screen-time becomes more pervasive in family life the desire for well-appointed, practical and stylish living spaces that the whole family can spend time in together, rather than relegating children to an out of sight playroom, is a trend we can all agree to love. Image courtesy of Maget Jooz
The movement to support a community’s independent retailers and artisans is hopefully not just a trend, but also a major shift in thinking. Chain stores will always serve a purpose but to achieve a truly “finished” home, shop locally and find unique pieces that you’ll feel great about buying and displaying.
Sustainable decor is about being mindful of the products you purchase and put in your home. Fair trade, ethical production methods, recycling, upcycling and shopping vintage all fit into this growing trend to reduce our carbon footprint and minimize our reliance on disposable design.
The movement toward well-edited interiors is not about going without things, but choosing the items you display with careful consideration (and omitting clutter). It’s about creating a space that promotes serenity, happiness and as a result, wellness. Image courtesy of House of Jade Interiors
We can look at this one less as a trend and more a of a manifesto—if you love it, flaunt it. It doesn’t matter if it’s perfectly on-trend or not. The overall vibe you’ll achieve is what all design-junkies are ultimately after, a space that perfectly reflects who you are. Image courtesy of Dwell
By Mia Rodak
2016 is shaping up to be a fabulous year to think about redecorating—be it interpreting an existing trend in a brand-new way, or diving right into something completely fresh and fabulous. Here’s a list of 16 trends to watch for and try at home this year.