8 Popular 2016 Home Design Trends That Can Breathe Life into Your Home

03-01-Home-Design-Trends-ArticleAs homeowners nestle down into the comforts of their furnishings and décor for the many years to come, they may not notice their surrounding’s gradual decline into an outdated living space some like to call “retro.” And hey, retro spaces are great for some! I personally enjoy testing out someone’s 1960’s built-in intercom and radio wall panel. But if circumstances have you readying an outdated home to list for sale, updating your space to include today’s top design trends can go a long way in attracting potential buyers.

Houzz.com and Pinterest.com, along with many professional home designers, have recently shared their lists of some of the top 2016 Home Design Trends and we’re noticing a significant movement of fusing past designs with modern innovations to create dynamic living spaces. Professional home designer and architect Jeff Green of PBH Construction regularly finds his clients are looking to combine design elements from their past with the rich building materials and robust technologies available today.

“There seems to consistently be this 50-year lag of seeing older design concepts coming back to life with a more current spin,” says Green, whose portfolio includes numerous Mid-Century modern renovations. “What many designers are noticing now are 1960’s-influenced colors, furnishings and home functionalities that are being reengineered to fit today’s modernized homes.”

Want to know if your home is on trend? Check out these eight popular 2016 home design trends:


As covered in our Keep Calm And Pantone On! blog, Pantone’s 2016 Color Of The Year combo includes both Rose Quartz and Serenity blue. The difference between the use of some similar color palettes 50 years ago, per the 1966 Sherman Williams paint brochure, is that today’s pinks, blues and complementing colors are best showcased in bold accent pieces, throw pillows, rugs, etc., placed sparingly throughout a home, versus serving as a home’s entire backdrop or canvas of color-saturated décor. In fact, neutral shades of gray, brown, cream, and even white, remain popular color choices for walls and furnishings.

Mixing Materials – Metals, Wood And More

Just as mixed metals are trending with jewelry pieces, more homeowners are opting for differing metals, wood and other natural and engineered materials for their home. For example, copper light fixtures can offer the perfect accent in a kitchen with brushed nickel drawer pulls. A heavy natural wood hanging door or a large reclaimed wooden dinner table can effortlessly tie together a room already outfitted with hardwood flooring, granite countertops and glass light fixtures. Check out House Beautiful’s featured kitchen that beautifully integrates Mid-Century brass knobs, brushed brass outlet plates and stainless steel appliances, as well as perfectly paired natural wood shelving, counter stools and an island with a mixed-materials floor of dark wood and geometric tiles.

Geometric Patterns

Geometric patterns are leaving their mark on accent pillows, window treatments, fabrics, bedding and other décor. While subway tile is still a popular choice for kitchen and bathroom finish-outs, many homeowners are opting for geometric tile patterns for kitchen backsplashes and bold statements in powder rooms.

Wallpaper… No, Wall Coverings

“Wallpaper” has evolved so much in recent years that “wall coverings” is likely a more fitting term. Many homeowners are personalizing living rooms, dining areas and bathrooms with a variety of bold wall coverings, from traditional wallpaper designs to textured fabrics, custom graphics and metallic wallpaper.

Cabinets, Counters And Islands

While home designs come and go, one thing remains steadfast, according to Green. “People’s lives revolve around the kitchen,” says Green. “It’s the space that we all naturally gravitate toward to visit with family and friends.”

While granite counter tops, neutral-color cabinets and subway tile backsplashes are still trending in current kitchen designs, some newer trends steaming up this year include:

  • Two-tone kitchen cabinets, pairing white upper cabinets with a bold color on lower cabinets.
  • Bolder countertop choices, like quartz, butcher block, stainless steel and cement.
  • Unique backsplashes of geometric-design tiles, bright-color ceramic tiles, sheets of metal and brick.
  • Colored stainless steel appliances, like LG’s new black stainless steel series.
  • Workhorse kitchen islands that truly bring families together by combining additional prep areas and sinks with generous work space, deep storage and enough seating for everyone.


Many homeowners today are choosing function over frills when it comes to decorating their entryway. Instead of creating a bare greeting space adorned with an eye-popping chandelier and captivating artwork, a lot of homeowners are opting for mudroom organization systems to help ease the comings and goings of daily activities. In addition, heated floors in the entryway are becoming popular, especially for those that live in colder climates.

Outdoor-Indoor, indoor-outdoor

Back in our 5 Favorite Outdoor Living Essentials For All Seasons post, we discussed how outdoor living spaces are thought of as an extension of your home. Likewise, homeowners are bringing the outdoors inside the home, outfitting living rooms and common areas with all-weather furniture and rugs, as well as nature-inspired décor, woven materials and plant life.


Long gone are the days of the wall-panel intercom and television tube with an antennae (foil not included). With today’s revolutionary technologies, homeowners can completely customize their entertainment systems, control media apps with their fingertips, manage air-conditioning and heating units from mobile devices and take advantage of the most robust home-security systems. But all of that cool technology comes with wires, wires and more wires … something that is NOT on trend for 2016. Hidden wires are among the must-haves of today’s homeowners. If you need help hiding wires in your home, check out our 5 Ways To Cut The Cord Clutter In Your Home post.

We hope this list of 2016 home design trends can help you spruce up your living quarters. Meanwhile, your mortgage plan may need its own sprucing with a refinancing option that could help you save money. Contact a PrimeLending refinancing expert today to learn about your options!

From the PrimeLending blog, by Mandy Jordan