With 2016 officially in the books, it’s time I hold myself accountable for the trend forecasts I made one year ago.  At the beginning of last year, I felt very sure of the home decor trends the coming months would bring.  And, for the most part, I have to say: I was pretty close.  Really, there was only one call I made that–even I will admit–didn’t really take off.  Let’s take a look…

Unorthodox Materials in Unexpected Applications

Nailed it!  I predicted that interior designers–clever, talented creatures that they are–would devise new applications for unorthodox media in decor and they did not disappoint.  Flexing their creative muscles, designers found new ways to introduce unexpected materials into the home with delightful results.  Examples of such ingenuity include…

Garrow Kedigian’s Kips Bay Showhouse extravaganza, where neoclassical flourishes were–surprisingly–rendered in modest chalk…

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…And the dining room (in the same showhouse) where Alex Papachrisitidis set a dazzling ceramic dining table at the center of his gray and gold wonderland…

Lucky for us: this trend casts a long trajectory and isn’t likely to fizzle out any time soon.  I look forward to seeing what 2017 brings.

Bold, Modern Light Fixtures

Traditional chandeliers with elegant arms and glittering prisms have graced immaculately decorated homes for ages.  But, in 2016, we saw less and less of them.  Instead, designers and home decorators seemed to favor a more modern approach to lighting.  Still, these newer luminaries wanted for nothing.

Apparatus Studio, in particular, enjoyed popularity in 2016.  Their Synapse light fixture hangs above the dining room table in home of founders Gabriel Hendifar and Jeremy Anderson.

Lindsay Adelman was another popular name in lighting design.  You’ve likely seen some incarnation of this Branching chandelier before.  This stunner is custom.

Trend Recap | Modern Statement Lighting | Motley Decor

Will this trend of unapologetically modern lighting persist in 2017?  I believe so.

Understated Palettes

Using the 2016 colors of the year as navigation guides, I predicted a year of subdued palettes.  I was not mistaken.

To be sure: we saw a strong return to white walls.  Often combined with black–like these chic black lampshades–white and monochromatic spaces far outnumbered the amount of colorful rooms in 2016.

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And, while Serenity blue didn’t quite take off, Rose Quartz certainly did.  The pale blush shade of pink, occupied prime real estate in both homes and cyberspace and was beautifully highlighted in this project by Scott Maddux

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Bright, saturated, color-drenched rooms are still probably a few years off.  2017 will likely continue the tradition of quiet palettes, possibly erring on the side of dark and moody hues like Benjamin Moore’s color of the year.

The End of Purely Utilitarian Spaces

Slowly but surely, we are decorating every square inch of our homes.  Hallways, mud rooms, and even laundry rooms are now garnering the attention of home decorators.

One of my favorite examples comes from the Pasadena Decorator Showcase House, where the cloakroom–outfitted with watercolor wallpaper and some more of that modern statement lighting–nearly stole the show…

Kitchens were also tackled with renewed vigor…

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From jazzy backsplashes to prominently displayed art, kitchens were so well-accessorized in 2016 that I couldn’t resist starting a series of posts called Kitchens with Character.  I see no end in sight for this trend either.  So, be on the lookout for vol. 4 coming soon.


And here’s where I dropped the ball, folks.  I thought we’d be so burnt out on midcentury modern (and admittedly, I’m not yet) that we’d start looking to earlier eras for furnishings with history.  But, instead, we headed the opposite direction and right into the ’70s.  Not that I’m complaining (I love this era), but I’m probably the only home decor blogger in the world who doesn’t own a single macrame piece.

I do, however, own these awesome Chet Beardsley chairs from the 1970s…

Updated Chet Beardsley Chair

…so, I think that entitles me to at least partial credit.  Right?

Ok, hopefully, you’ll forgive me that one flop and come back soon to read my 2017 trend predictions.  Have a great day!