Home décor trends seem to change with each season. The raging color scheme may give way to something softer, subtler or something bolder and brighter. No matter the rapidly changing aspects of design choices, there are a number of decorating trends that stand a much longer test of time in the home decorating world. This is a look back at the trends that stand out for 2016, and ones we will continue to see in years to come.

Black Stainless Steel – When we look at the most sought after appliances of 2016, what strikes us is that the polished look of traditional stainless steel is on the way out. Instead we are seeing a move towards sleek black stainless steel appliances.

Bold Floral Patterns – Most of us thought that the bold printed floral fabrics of our youth were long gone, but in 2016 there was a resurgence of so-called “granny florals.” The billowy blossoms in a wide range of colors have been seen in both home décor, as well as fashion runways across the globe.

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The Formal Dining Room – For a number of years formal living rooms and dining rooms were being cast aside, with favor leaning towards larger eat-in kitchens and great rooms. Throughout 2016 there was a push for bringing back formal dining rooms to bring families back to the table.

Mismatched Cabinets – The idea of multi-colored cabinets is not new; kitchen designers discovered that by choosing two coordinating cabinets for one kitchen you create much more dramatic flair. In 2016 this trend took on a new life with patterns of coordinating multi-tone cabinets.

Marble Accents – No, we’re not talking about grand marble fireplaces or slabs of marble in the kitchen. The marble trend for 2016 was in the form of small accent pieces. This trend offers a flare of sophistication in any space.

Bathroom Mirrors that Make a Statement – What the traditional bathroom mirror had in function these new statement pieces have in form. This small change can pack a big punch in the water closet.

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Bidets – That’s right, Americans are back on the bidet trend. More and more homeowners have included bidets in their design this year than ever before.

Mixed Materials in the Kitchen – By pairing tile, wood, chrome, woven rugs and other materials in the kitchen designers can add a great deal of warmth and depth in any eclectically inspired kitchen.

Digital Free Living Spaces – A trend growing as both a social statement and a decorating choice, many homeowners are creating living spaces that are technology free zones.

Raffia Accents – Raffia is a fiber gathered from certain types of palm trees and has historically been used in tropically inspired design. New raffia products like pillows, throws and rugs are being seen across many American homes.

The Rebirth of the Fireplace – For a number of years the fireplace has become a place over which to hang a television. Over the past couple of years an increasing number of home design plans include the fireplace as the focal point of the living room.

Bathrooms with Something Extra – A bathroom with hints of luxury living space can be a place of great respite. By adding a comfortable chair and fresh flowers a bathroom can go from functional to downright relaxing.

To learn more about Southern California real estate opportunities where you can decorate your home with the most modern touches, contact our luxury real estate experts. We specialize in high-end properties in the most exclusive neighborhoods in Southern California.


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