2016 Color and Design Trends

Colors for 2016

Colors this season include vivid brights that give way to excitement and optimism.  “It’s important to bring color into your home” says Kathy Dusendang, lead designer at Dave Dusendang Custom Homes.  “It’s a great inexpensive way to update the look your home.  Find a color that speaks to you and bring in some great pillows, or a new throw.  You will be amazed how a pop of color will change your entire space.”

Expect to see the following colors both in fashion and home design.


Rose Quartz, a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure.
Peach Echo, a shade that emanates friendlier qualities, evoking warmth and accessibility. It is an all-encompassing, tempered companion in the playful orange family.
Serenity comforts with a calming effect, bringing a feeling of respite even in turbulent times.
Snorkel Blue plays in the navy family, but with a happier, more energetic context.
Buttercup designers reveal a contrast to the other calm colors of the season.
Limpet Shell, a shade of aqua is clear, clean and defined.
Lilac Gray, brings us a new neutral which adds a distinctive edge to a classic gray shade.
Fiesta is a strong and fiery, yellow-based red, the vivid Fiesta provides a stark contrast to the calming, softer nature of this season’s palette.
Iced Coffee, a transitional color, manifests as an earthy strong neutral foundation for the season.
Green Flash, this brilliant hue is representative of nature’s persistent influence even in urban environments, a trend continuing to inspire designers.

Design Trends

Two-tone kitchen cabinets

In the last couple of years we have seen less matchy, matchy in the kitchen.  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.

The kitchen island is fast becoming an essential in today’s kitchens with lots of storage, prep sinks, room for seating and more.  Why not make a statement and use one tone for the cabinets and a great color for your family gathering area.

Modern Metallics
The breakout star of 2016 will be metallics, and — given their ability to instantly bring a sophisticated and glamorous touch to any space — it’s not hard to see why. Whether adding a sleek touch with silver or chrome or warming a room with gold, rose gold or copper, every school of design can benefit from this trend.
You have flexibility to mix and match.  Don’t hesitate to use one type of metal as the focal point of the space while working in a different type for a smaller accent role.

‘Outdoor’ Prints
Prints that can be found in nature are coming inside. The coming year is poised for a comeback of plant-inspired decor, florals and animal prints. As with any print, a little goes a long way — especially when it comes to these bold looks. An added bonus using outdoor fabrics with their fabulous designs and durability makes them perfect for high-traffic dining room and living room furniture.

A sunroom is a top dream space for many homeowners. You may not have the luxury of having — or adding —but we can usually find a way to carve out a special sun-drenched corner in your home.  Imagine sitting in your home soaking up the sun while reading your favorite book.

Groovy Geometrics
When it comes to adding visual interest to a room, there’s no easier way to make an impact than by adding a few geometric shapes. The recent interest in these shapely designs is a continuation of the ’70s-inspired trend that has been turning heads. The great thing about this trend is that it can easily be incorporated into any style of design. Those who like an ultra-modern look should consider making a statement with shapely furniture pieces or light fixtures. For a more traditional look, simply incorporate a geometric pattern into the room using floor tiles or accent textiles.

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