6 of the Best Design Trends Expected to Boost Sales in 2016

Furniture store owners and interior designers look forward to High Point Market, the world’s largest furnishings industry trade show, which occurs each spring and fall. At High Point Market, industry tradespeople can explore more than 11.5 million square feet of space housing in excess of 2,000 exhibitors from all over the world. For those unable to attend, High Point Market publishes a style report with opinions from a handful of interior designers called “Style Spotters.” Its most recent edition shares insights on the following trends that are expected to drive sales in 2016:

1. Specialty Materials

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Kati Curtis, a Leadership in Energy Efficient Design-Accredited Professional (LEED AP) featured in Architectural Digest, sees semi-precious stones, pressed silver, and vellum coming into vogue as ways to customize home furnishings. Items made with mother of pearl are also gaining popularity. These materials appeared often during the latest fall High Point Market in pieces such as beds and cocktail tables.

As for color palettes, Ms. Curtis believes that darker hues, like eggplant purples and navy blues, are the height of interior fashion. Metallic colors, like rose gold and German silver, both shades that appeal to consumers as alternatives to yellow gold, are also heavily in use.

2. Organic and Handmade

Style Spotter Jonathan Legate names organic and handmade furnishings as big attention-grabbers in 2016. Mr. Legate, an interior consultant and designer who receives acclaim for his timeless style and tailored spaces, says organics will appear in homes not only in the form of material, but also in craftsmanship. Furniture with planes rolls and shapes found in nature will gain more interest. Additionally, curving lines and molded corners will adorn many interiors. This movement toward organics pairs well with handmade pieces. Mr. Legate sees a growing consumer love of imperfect items that remind people of nature.

3. Artisanal

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Like Jonathan Legate, Leslie Hendrix Wood of Midland, Texas has noticed a rise in popularity of artisanal furnishings. Ms. Wood is the mind behind Hadley Court, an award-winning lifestyle and design blog that was named one of TripAdvisors’ Top 25 Home Design Blogs to Follow in 2014. She is best known for styling luxury interiors.

Spotting a market for more customized pieces that integrate stones and material found in nature, she expects an influx of requests for unique pieces from artisans containing horn, bone, marble, and rock crystals. Some examples of artisan-made products include the Shine by S.H.O. Ines Snake Cabinet and the Marge Carson Malibu Chairside Table.

4. Global Vintage

The principal interior designer of Pulp Design Studios, Beth Dotolo highlights global vintage as a recurring theme. People are designing personal spaces with a combination of tribal as well as 1960s and 1970s styles. The goal is to revive past styles to create eclectic and warm spaces. For example, the vintage-shaped CR Laine Elle Chair has captured interest with is cheetah-print fabric. The Surya Zam rug, made of hand-knotted bamboo silk and wool, contains fringe detailing and warm colors, such as burnt orange, saffron, and camel. Crafted in India, the rug offers a traditional shape, but a tribal feel. Other home furnishings and accessories supporting the global vintage trend include sconces made by Arteriors, the Teardrop Pillow by Emdee International, and Carcole’s two-door cabinet that serves as a home bar.

5. Wood

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A frequent guest on HGTV shows, Lori Gilder designs custom home solutions, specializing in contemporary interiors and clean architectural lines. Having transformed homes and vacation properties throughout North America, she believes that woods of varying grains, stains, and hues will be a prominent design element in 2016. One examples of this handcrafted trend is Alfonso Marina’s Villiers Armoire, which utilizes a rich primavera (otherwise known as white mahogany) to create intricate details in each ring of circle and ray radiating from the focal point. The McGuire Company Desk, which was designed with a curved waterfall effect, is made of beautiful mahogany, while the Bernhardt Soho Luxe Console boasts deep caramel colors and integrated burl veneers.

6. Geometry

Patti Johnson of Patti Johnson Interiors, known for creating cohesive spaces with clean lines, identifies geometric patterns as an emerging trend. These designs create appeal and simplicity in a room and can work well on almost any type of furnishing, from lamp shades to hardware. As examples of this theme, Ms. Johnson points to the gold metal Octacia Pendant by Wildwood Lamps, a Theodore Alexander cocktail table with inverted pyramids, and the geometrically inspired Olivia Chair by Toby Fairley.