The Pantone Color Institute releases its “Pantone Colours of The Year,” annually, citing trending colours to take into consideration when looking into home decor and design. This year, Pantone’s picks are a fun collection of vibrant, vintange, floral colors such as Buttercup, Peach Echo, Fiesta, and Green Flash with combination of subtle tones including Limpett Shell, Snorkel Blue, Serenity, and Rose Quartz. Their goal for 2016 is to “transport [us] to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. Their unisex palette is an exciting and optimistic blend that can be introduced into any household.
2016 appears to be the year of experimentation and individualism. The wallpaper company ZNAK has brought a modern twist to your grandmother’s wallpaper: it is a perforated “tear-off” wallaper created out of non-woven material. You apply the wallpaper as you would any other, then you are free to strip away perforations as you please, leaving your own individual wallpaper design that has been created by you, yourself.
Black stainless steel appliances have become the new “must-have” for appliances, with their sleek black appearance making it easy to hide dirt and grime and is a desirable addition to new home owners with children. Statement mirrors (a mirror cut into a unique or nontraditional shape) is becoming popular and adding personality to boring bathrooms. While patterns and home decor are becoming increasingly more complex in the household, the purpose of rooms are being brought back to encouraging traditional family values: formal dining rooms are expected to make a resurgence this year, as people are finding it easier to work remotely and spend more time at home with the kids. “Living rooms” are being becoming “gathering rooms,” where families are choosing to restrict the amount of gadgets found inside of them.
Similar materials and surfaces are replaced with the gentle chaos of eclectic materials. Copper, brass, and rustic wooden finishes placed against a sterile backdrop are finding design success in the home. Opposing styles create a personalized space and a contemporary blend of both vintage and modern.