Art Deco-Inspired Patterns, Wool Rugs and Encaustic Tiles Named Top Home Design Trends for 2016

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The FINANCIAL — On December 17, Zillow Digs announced the top home design trends for 2016 and the three soon-to-be forgotten fads of 2015. Art deco-inspired patterns, wool rugs and encaustic tiles are among some of the biggest design trends for 2016, according to the latest Zillow Digs Home Trend Forecast, a one-of-a-kind report that combines data from a survey of interior design experts and an analysis of popular photos on Zillow Digs.

“Say goodbye to mason jars and chalkboard paint, as the overdone ‘farmhouse chic’ is finally headed out of style,” says Kerrie Kelly, Zillow Digs home design expert. “2016 will bring a fresh modern vibe that beautifully mixes simplicity with bold accents reminiscent of the roaring 20s. Watch for an increase in natural colors and textures contrasted by retro art deco statement pieces.”

Top Four Home Design Trends for 2016:

Art Deco-Inspired Patterns and Shapes

Art deco will make a bold new comeback in 2016, but with a few modern improvements. Look for the style’s trademark geometric patterns and honeycomb shapes to weave their way into anything from wallpaper to artwork, adding elegance and dimension to any space. Experts also predict gold statement lighting fixtures to rise in popularity, especially in kitchens and dining rooms.

Nubby Wool Rugs 

Nubby wool or other natural fibers will be the go-to texture for 2016, especially for area rugs. Its neutral hues create the perfect indoor/outdoor vibe while softening bolder colors or dramatic statement pieces.

Encaustic Tiles 

These intricate patterned tiles get their coloring from different types of clay or minerals rather than glaze, and can be used to create a beautiful, natural-looking focal point. Expect to see encaustic tiles pop up in a variety of rooms throughout the house in 2016, including kitchen backsplashes, bathroom shower tiles, accent walls and even fireplace mantles.

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Artisan Accent Pieces 

Less is more, as minimalism and thoughtful decor choices will be a prominent theme in 2016. Flea market finds, travel souvenirs and unique artisan pieces will take center stage in home design. Look for a rise in partnerships between big box stores and global artisans to accommodate the increased demand for one-of-a-kind or handmade items. 

Conversely, Three 2015 Fads to Forget:

Mason Jars: The mason jar trend is exhausted, and will finally make its exit in 2016. After being used to invoke a rustic chic feeling everywhere from wedding decor to restaurants, experts and homeowners alike are finally ready to move on.

Chalkboard Paint: Chalkboards smudge easily, and unless decorated with perfect handwriting, are usually not the best way to label household items. This trend is not built to last in 2016.

Burlap Details: Burlap is too harsh for indoor use, and is far too overplayed for another year in the spotlight. Instead, homeowners will gravitate toward softer natural fibers that are more suitable for throw blankets, pillows and rugs.


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