Local Interior Design Bloggers Share Their Favorite Trends For 2016

by Heather Carney Mar 2016 Also on Digital Edition

Top local interior design bloggers dish on fads to avoid, where to splurge in a home and their favorite trends for 2016 (navy, white and neutrals are in). Turn to these bloggers for endless inspiration and imagery that will make you want to start your own design project—or employ their help.

 

Patricia Davis Brown

Patricia Davis Brown Designs | digthisdesign.net

Describe your style/blog.

My blog is without borders. It is an international blog about all things design. The reason I choose the topics I talk about is because it's my passion. Like most creative types, I like many of the arts. My topics range from DIY, interior design, seasonal design, architecture, technology, art and fashion.

Favorite furniture/accessories?

Every object can be its own piece of art—be it shoes, a painting or a couch—it's really about the design of it. I don't really have a favorite furniture or accessory because each space tells you what it needs; you just need to feel it. ... Accessories are just like jewelry to an outfit. They are going to bring out the style you desire. Recently, I was hired to do interior design for a home, and I designed a contemporary custom couch. The couch was simplistic and I needed to be very careful to not overwhelm the couch with too large of accent pillows. I created custom lumbar pillows that did not exceed the height of the back of the couch and complemented the furniture design. The pillows were designed with a print that accentuated the pool colors as viewed through the window, bringing the outside in.

Trends for 2016 that you love?

I just attended the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show and the International Builders Show in Vegas, where I was part of a panel discussing kitchen and bath trends for 2016. The survey showed that transitional design with texture thrown in will still rule for 2016. While touring the show floors, I saw accents of black incorporated in plumbing fixtures, tiles and moldings. It's big! Also, accents of gold in faucets and hardware. The more tools I have to work with, the better the design.

Trends that are out?

Some may not agree, but I am so over Carrara and Calacatta marbles. We've seen it, people. Step out of the box and create new looks with the amazing stones and stone alternatives that are available to us. My next trip will take me to Spain, where I will tour the Cosentino factory. Cosentino is a leader in the quartz countertop business.

Pieces worth the investment?

You need a good faucet. I tell all of my clients not to try to save on plumbing fixtures. These items need to be of good quality or they will not last. Pay a little more money up front and you will have them forever, as opposed to having to replace it in a year.

Colors you're gravitating toward?

That is ever-changing, but right now I am all about pink. Pink is one of those colors that just pops, and I love a good pop.

Blogs you follow for inspiration?

Ladolcevitablog.com by Paloma Contreras for interior design; Design-milk.com for architecture; Inhabitat.com for green design and architecture; Apairandasparediy.com for DIY, style and travel; Atlantic-pacific.blogspot.com for fashion.

 

Allison Paladino

AP Interiors | apinteriors.com

Describe your style/blog.

My style is to use minimal copy, good photos that express our ideas and a clean style that reflects our design philosophy.

Favorite furniture/accessories?

The Sooze console from my collection with E.J. Victor, whether it is in the crotch walnut or a lacquered color, is one of my favorite pieces of furniture. For accessories, we love to use great books to express our clients' interests. Whether it be art or hobbies like collecting sports cars, horses, etc.

Your insider tip for someone redesigning their home?

Number one, first and foremost, is to hire a designer. So many very expensive mistakes can be made without using a professional.

Trends for 2016 that you love?

Gray seems to be a really hot color! It's wonderful because you can choose a gray that's warm and feels cozy. Also, it creates a fabulous backdrop for art with color.

Trends that are out?

I think we're seeing Plexiglas overused.

Places you look for inspiration?

Travel! A trip to Paris to visit MAISON&OBJET for the first time, and walking the streets of Saint-Germain for all the fabulous boutiques it offers. I just got back a few nights ago.

Pieces worth the investment?

It's funny, the common denominator with most of my clients is investing in art. It is far better than antique furniture.

Colors you are gravitating toward?

We just did a home for a client and used a warm steel blue that was very soft and a beautiful contrast with cream.

Where should people have the most fun with design in the home?

Powder rooms are always a chance to do something completely unexpected and to surprise your guests.

Blogs you follow for inspiration?

I love my old boss Thomas Pheasant's blog. He talks about travel and places that inspire him. My favorite was Indonesia.

 

Kelly McInvale

Marc-Michaels “Beyond the Walls” | marc-michaels.com/blog/

Describe your style/blog.

The blog aims to help people gather fresh ideas for their spaces and provide a place to find design inspiration. “Beyond The Walls” belongs to Marc-Michaels Interior Design and has an assortment of posts relating to design inspiration, products, design tips, projects Marc-Michaels is working on and more.

Favorite furniture/accessories?

Right now, I'm loving anything with a well-traveled vintage vibe, yet still modern with clean lines. I gravitate toward neutral pieces and love creating warmth with layers and textures.

Insider tip for someone redesigning their home?

Not everything in your redesign should be brand new. I attended a Nate Berkus speech recently and he said something that really stuck with me. … “Make sure you fill your home with collected pieces that mean something to you.” Pick up a piece while you are traveling that will always remind you of that trip you took with a friend, revamp those vintage picture frames from your grandmother and keep them on your dresser.

Trends for 2016 that you love?

The shift toward minimalism—less is more! Open floor plans with one room living, two-toned kitchen cabinetry.

Trends that are out?

I think heavily ornate and Old-World Mediterranean interiors are trending out.

Pieces worth the investment?

There are certain vintage pieces that will never go out of style. I have a Dorothy Draper ‘Espana' Chest that I fought hard for at an estate auction, and I know I will keep it with me no matter where I might live. I also think a great sectional sofa is worth the investment. … Movie night on a comfy couch is worth a pretty penny in my book.

Colors you're gravitating toward?

Indigos, inks and other dark shades of blue. I think navy is totally a neutral.

Where people should have the most fun with design in the home?

The powder bath! This is typically small square footage and a chance to have fun. Pick a crazy wallpaper, a cool vanity mirror, a funky light fixture, and try something you wouldn't normally do.

Blogs you follow for inspiration?

Little Green Notebook (littlegreennotebook.blogspot.com), Lonny (lonny.com/lonny+blog), Domino (domino.com), Elements of Style (elementsofstyleblog.com).

 

Cindy Larschan

Pineapples, Palms Too | blog.pineapplespalms.com

(In collaboration with Lisa Peterson and Shelly Bascetta)

Describe your style/blog.

Current, clean, crisp and comfortable for relaxed, seaside living.

Favorite furniture/accessories?

We love a crisp, white slip-covered sofa or sectional with classic blue and white pillows, giving the space a modern, yet timeless feel.

Insider tip for someone redesigning their home?

Make sure your design ideas reflect the architecture of your home and its surroundings, bringing the outside style inside your home. Your home design should suit your personality and lifestyle.

Trends for 2016 that you love?

A big trend for 2016 is using outdoor fabrics inside the home. We love this idea and use it often. It's great for families with children, grandchildren or pets. They have made great advancements in the manufacturing of outdoor fabrics, and most have the look and feel of interior fabrics. They are soft, textured, extremely durable and stain resistant. Contemporary furniture continues to be trending, including the use of Lucite. Look for the “modern meets organic” trend to continue. High gloss lacquer finishes, Lucite and glass combined with natural organic elements, such as driftwood.

Trends that are out?

Massive entertainment centers are definitely out, being replaced with sleek, low consoles.

Places you look for inspiration?

We look everywhere for inspiration, especially the outside environment. We're fortunate to live by the ocean, and the colors of the sea and sand are inspirational in our designs. Design magazines, blogs and trade shows keep us up to date on current trends and also inspire us.

Pieces worth the investment?

We believe you should invest in your sofa. It should be comfortable and well constructed to last for years. It is probably the most used piece of furniture in the home.

Colors you're gravitating toward?

White continues to be the hottest color this year. The 2016 Color of the Year is Benjamin Moore's “Simply White.” White is the most versatile color in design. It's fresh, clean and modern. If you've been in our store, on our website or blog, you will notice that along with white, we gravitate toward the colors of the sea. Living on the coast of Florida, all colors of blues, whites, grays and natural tones are what we are known for. Although we do use other colors in design, many of our customers are also looking for a modern, yet relaxed coastal style. These colors help meld the outside and inside environments.

Blogs you follow for inspiration?

@Interior123 and @CoastalInteriors on Instagram.

 

Andrea Rhea

The Glam Pad | theglampad.com

Describe your style/blog.

The Glam Pad is where I channel my passion for elegant, timeless design and all things Palm Beach chic.

Favorite furniture/accessories?

My most cherished piece of furniture is my writing desk, which belonged to the late Lilly Pulitzer. We purchased it at her estate auction in West Palm Beach in 2014. I love blue and white accessories, and lately I have been collecting Staffordshire dogs.

Insider tip for someone redesigning their home?

Pinterest is a tremendous resource for organizing your thoughts and ideas. Whether you are looking for examples of color schemes, design styles, room layouts or interior designers, the inspiration you can find on Pinterest is invaluable.

Trends for 2016 that you love?

Traditional, ladylike décor is definitely back in vogue. Chintz has been quietly making a comeback for several years, and I think it will fully blossom in 2016. Matching wallpaper and fabric is back in full force along with fringe, tassels and decorative trims. Monograms are more popular than ever and can be seen on everything including chairs, sofas, draperies and linens. And of course, I am still loving faux bamboo, palm prints, Chinoiserie accents, and blue and white porcelains.

Trends that are out?

Honestly, I think today anything goes, as long as you pull it off with thoughtfulness and purpose. It is very chic to mix and match styles and elements from various design periods, so you really cannot go wrong.

Places you look for inspiration?

Palm Beach is one of my greatest sources of inspiration. There is a magical quality to the island and a sense of timelessness that is positively enthralling. I am also a huge fan of Turner Classic Movies. I am constantly inspired by the fashion and interiors depicted from the 1930s through the 1960s.

Pieces worth the investment?

Design trends come and go and so will your design preferences. Invest in pieces that will stand the test of time and also allow your style to evolve, such as a classic dining room table, antique chairs that can be easily reupholstered, quality rugs and art. As Miles Redd says, ‘Buy the best and you'll only cry once.'

Colors you're gravitating toward?

Perhaps it is because I recently had a baby boy, but I have really been gravitating toward various shades of blue, from robin's egg to navy. I also love green. I was thrilled to see rose quartz named as Pantone's color of the year. Pink has always been my favorite color.

 

Anna Bordner & Lauren Stewart

Urban Vintage | urbanvintagerentals.com/blog/

Describe your style/blog.

That's a tough question! We love so many different styles. ... Lately we've been really into industrial boho vibes.

Favorite furniture/accessories?

Our Madeline sofa is always a fave, and incorporating our farm tables into any event.

Insider tip for someone designing a party?

Pick one item that speaks to you and go from there. It could be anything—a napkin, a pillow, an end table, but it's great to have that starting point. Also, knowing the general setup of the room/venue is helpful before beginning, otherwise planning can seem overwhelming.

Trends for 2016 that you love?

Loving us some copper and macramé.

Trends that are out?

Mason jars and burlap.

Places you look for inspiration?

Pinterest, a thrift store, each other's houses.

Colors you are gravitating toward?

We are always big fans of mixing patterns—mixing modern and vintage. We are loving wicker or anything rattan right now paired with bright, bold colors.

Where people should have the most fun with design?

You could always start with being adventurous in a small space as you get comfortable with taking design risks. For example, I painted my laundry room bright turquoise—a color I would never have chosen for the rest of my house.

Blogs you follow for inspiration?

Apartment Therapy (apartmenttherapy.com), Green Wedding Shoes (greenweddingshoes.com), Design Sponge (designsponge.com); not a blog but we love thejungalow.com.

 

Trisha Estabrook

Bandon Blue Designs | bandonblue.com/blog/

Describe your style/blog.

I gravitate toward simplistic lines, clean finishes and a contemporary style with a coastal flair.

Favorite furniture/accessories?

My favorite piece of furniture is a credenza. There are so many uses, shapes, sizes and styles to choose from.

Insider tip for someone redesigning their home?

Try to reuse pieces that you already have in new ways. I move things around constantly to new places in the same room, or I might repurpose them in a new fabric or color.

Trends for 2016 that you love?

Area rugs, simplistic lines and shades of navy.

Trends that are out?

Over accessorizing. Less is more.

Places you look for inspiration?

Anywhere and everywhere. My brain doesn't turn off when it comes to design. I am always coming across new and fresh ideas that I want to use on different projects.

Pieces worth the investment?

Rugs and quality upholstery work.

Colors you're gravitating toward?

Navys, indigos and whites. These colors leave the room feeling bright, clean and crisp but also give it some depth and warmth.

Where people should have the most fun with design in the home?

It's important to have fun and share your personality in the areas where you entertain and spend the most time.

Blogs you follow for inspiration?

Adrianahoyos.com; Indiahicks.com; Entrepreneur magazine.


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