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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
Valerie Rains is an editor at Etsy.