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Top Home Decor Trends to Watch in 2016

by Valerie Rains

Jan 26, 2016

Etsy's home experts identify up-to-the-minute ways to refresh your space.


Style icons know that the magic of an impactful outfit (or an inimitable signature style — we’re looking at you, Iris Apfel) very often lies in the accessorizing. And according to Etsy Merchandising Specialist Lindsay O’Brien, who spends her days scrolling through listings for edgy statement pendants and funky handmade ceramic planters, the same holds true for fashioning memorable interiors. “Small accents are a great way to refresh your space and keep it feeling current without doing a complete overhaul," Lindsay says. "And because they don't come with the same level of commitment as big-ticket items, you have more freedom to experiment with trends and try out new colors, patterns or textures — whatever you happen to be drawn to at the moment."

Are you ready to shake up your decor with a few distinctive — or even daring — pieces? We’ve pinpointed six trending items, motifs and materials that are sure to pop up in living rooms, bedrooms, and home offices far and wide in 2016. Any one of them will give your home an instant update.

Trend One: Marble Accents

Appearing as candle holders, trays, coasters, planters, and picture holders, marble (and marble-like) elements deliver little hits of luxury, while lending a crisp look and a sense of timelessness to any room.
studiogwen_marble-letters Studiogwen
Studiogwen marble-look plaster letters, $2; buy it here
fiddleleaf-coaster FiddleLeaf Designs
FiddleLeaf Designs Carrara marble coasters, $30 for four; buy it here
hpscustoms_marble-tray HPS Customs
HPS Customs marble tray, $125; buy it here

Trend Two: Global Folk Textiles

Move over, mudcloth and shibori. Bright, embroidered and woven fabrics in a rainbow of colors (think: vivid pink and blue Guatemalan designs) have taken their place at the top of the hot-textiles heap. Look for them in pillow, upholstery, table linen and wall hanging form.
billysbungalow-indigo-textiles Billy's Bungalow
Billy's Bungalow antique textile, $295; buy it here
wovenrivers-pillow Woven Rivers
Woven Rivers pillow, $164; buy it here

Trend Three: Matte Finishes

Oxidized metals, matte glazes, and chalk-finish paints — in shades that fall somewhere between charcoal and obsidian — convey a kind of casual sophistication that works in minimalist, industrial, and rustic-inspired interiors alike. Note: Use sparingly and pair with other, more reflective surfaces, lest you create an overly cave-like vibe.
wiresnjars-pendant Wires n jars
Wires n Jars pendant lamp, $90; buy it here
ladyfayejewelry-bowl2 Lady Faye Jewelry
Lady Faye Jewelry copper dish, $48; buy it here
oneandmany_ceramic-planter One & Many
One & Many ceramic planter, $34; buy it here

Trend Four: Blue-and-White Tableware

Whether antique or contemporary, traditional or with a twist, the descendants of Delft and Chinoiserie designs (along with other pottery that shares the palette) are a surefire way to brighten place settings, open shelving and window ledges. Plus, many pieces designed for the kitchen or tabletop do a fine job storing bathroom essentials or beloved pieces of jewelry, too.
roostersnestvintage_delft-spshakers The Rooster's Nest
The Rooster's Nest vintage Delft salt and pepper shakers, $12.50; buy it here
duckceramics-mug Duck Ceramics
Duck Ceramics mug, $44; buy it here
theparsonspleasures-bluevase The Parsons Pleasures
The Parsons Pleasures antique porcelain ginger jar, $165; buy it here

Trend Five: Leather Details

It's masculine minimalism, mellowed out. Simple sections of leather trim soften clocks, mirrors and shelves made from unfinished wood, while small, all-leather accessories bring some earthy softness to a spare space.
factorytwentyone-wallclock Factory Twenty One
Factory Twenty One clock, $59; buy it here
subconsciouscrafts-sashikotray Subconscious Crafts
Subconscious Crafts leather tray, $40; buy it here
wrenandcooper-mirror-dark Wren & Cooper
Wren & Cooper blackened oak mirror, $1,200; buy it here

Trend Six: Mixed Metals

Think layering metals makes too bold a statement? Think again. In fact, a skillful combination of silver, gold, brass or copper tones translates to a surprisingly neutral color palette of whites, grays, beiges and pinks that’s reminiscent of Pantone’s colors of the year for 2016 — soft Rose Quartz and Serenity, a powdery blue. (We also love the juxtaposition of metals with natural, matte, or textured materials, such as wood, concrete, and marble.)
photonicstudio_sconces Photonic Studio
Photonic Studio brass-and-steel boom lamp, $269; buy it here
avintagecollective-napkinrings A Vintage Collective
A Vintage Collective vintage brass napkin rings, $26 for six; buy it here
candleco1-rosegoldcandle Candle Co
Candle Co custom soy wax candle in marble and copper holder, $54; buy it here
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Valerie Rains is an editor at Etsy.
Valerie Rains

Valerie Rains is a senior editor at Etsy.