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Dec 15, 2015

2016 decorating and design trends to covet this year

By: Lauren McPhillips

2016 decorating and design trends to covet this year Author: Style At Home

Design Lesson
Dec 15, 2015

2016 decorating and design trends to covet this year

By: Lauren McPhillips
At the beginning of each year, we bid adieu to the hot-for-the-moment trends we once loved, and say hello to the brand new wave of decorating and design trends hitting store shelves. From paint colours to fabrics, patterns to furniture, homes from coast-to-coast get a fresh update that reflects the trends of the season.

We checked in with Toronto designer Lisa Canning to get the inside scoop on the hottest design and decorating trends for 2016, including when and where to incorporate them into our homes. Though some trends have returned bigger than ever, we’re seeing new design fads arise and a real mix of traditional and modern looks.

Keep reading for Lisa’s favourite trends for 2016, from rose gold accents to Benjamin Moore’s controversial Colour of the Year.


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2016 decorating and design trends to covet this year

1 White walls

Will white walls ever not be on-trend? While the neutral has been a favourite amongst designers for decades, Benjamin Moore has made a statement by naming their Simply White as colour of the year for 2016. “Some call it boring, I call it lovely,” says Lisa. “To keep it looking far from plain, add a bit of dimension to a white wall with crown and applied mouldings.”

By: Lauren McPhillips Source: Benjamin Moore Credits: Style at Home

2016 decorating and design trends to covet this year

2 Rose gold & copper

Copper made a huge impact in the design world last year, and in 2016 it’s joined by rose gold as the year’s most coveted metallic. “These warm metallics continue to hold a strong presence in the market,” says Lisa. “They bring a youthful, slightly edgy, yet polished look to a space, especially when used in light fixtures (think like jewellery on an outfit!).” Scoop table lamp, West Elm, $69.

By: Lauren McPhillips Source: West Elm Credits: Style at Home

2016 decorating and design trends to covet this year

3 Mongolian fur

Textural furniture and accessories are an easy way to add interest to a space, especially one with a neutral palette. In 2016, Mongolian fur will be a favourite accent textile in homes across the country, showing up in everything from cushions to throw rugs. “These fun Mongolian fur stools are such a darling, whimsical addition to a space, whether your style is traditional or uber modern,” says Lisa. “Try them with legs for a classic look or large and oversized for a more contemporary feel.”

By: Lauren McPhillips Source: Larry Arnal; designed by Lisa Canning Interiors Credits: Style at Home

2016 decorating and design trends to covet this year

4 Tufted furniture

There are some trends that keep coming back year after year, and tufted furniture is definitely a classic trend that keeps reinventing itself. “While tufted furniture certainly isn’t a novel trend, it’s one that has made its way into all price points,” says Lisa. “You’ll find this furniture style in everything from sofas, ottomans and chairs, adding an elegant and classic appeal to a space.” Finn sofa, West Elm, $899-1,499.

By: Lauren McPhillips Source: West Elm Credits: Style at Home

2016 decorating and design trends to covet this year

5 Seamless walls & millwork

“This trend is probably my favourite,” says Lisa. “While white is definitely still in, colour has not gone anywhere and a unified colour wrapped around millwork, crown moulding, baseboards and wall panels is so popular right now.” Wrap the walls and millwork of your dining room or bedroom in a moody hue like a deep indigo or black for a traditional look with a slightly modern edge.

By: Lauren McPhillips Source: Farrow & Ball Credits: Style at Home

2016 decorating and design trends to covet this year

6 Chintz & florals

Gone are the days of simplicity in pattern – 2016 is all about traditional chintz and oversized floral patterns. “Feminine florals have made a huge comeback in wall coverings and textiles,” says Lisa. “They create a beautiful, soft organic pattern and I love pairing them with dark hues for high contrast.” Seventy pillow magenta 12 x 24, Pepper B. Design, $78.

By: Lauren McPhillips Source: Pepper B. Design Credits: Style at Home
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