Zillow Reveals Top Home Design Trends

Zillow Digs recently identified its top home design trends for 2016, along with three soon-to-be forgotten fads of 2015.

Art Deco-inspired patterns, wool rugs and encaustic tiles are among some of the biggest design trends for 2016, according to the latest Zillow Digs Home Trend Forecast, a report that combines data from a survey of interior design experts and an analysis of popular photos on Zillow Digs.

“Say goodbye to mason jars and chalkboard paint, as the overdone ‘farmhouse chic’ is finally headed out of style,” said Kerrie Kelly, Zillow Digs home design expert. “2016 will bring a fresh modern vibe that beautifully mixes simplicity with bold accents reminiscent of the roaring 20s. Watch for an increase in natural colors and textures contrasted by retro art deco statement pieces.”

Zillow’s top four home design trends for 2016:

Art Deco-inspired patterns and shapes: Art deco will make a bold new comeback in 2016, but with a few modern improvements, Zillow noted. Look for the style’s trademark geometric patterns and honeycomb shapes to weave their way into anything from wallpaper to artwork, adding elegance and dimension. Experts also predict gold statement lighting fixtures to rise in popularity, especially in kitchens and dining rooms.

Nubby wool rugs: Nubby wool or other natural fibers will be the go-to texture for 2016, especially for hand loomed rugs. Neutral hues create an indoor/outdoor vibe while softening bolder colors or dramatic statement pieces.

Encaustic tiles: These intricate patterned tiles get their coloring from different types of clay or minerals rather than glaze, and can be used to create a natural-looking focal point. Expect to see encaustic tiles pop up in a variety of rooms throughout the house in 2016, including kitchen backsplashes, bathroom shower tiles, accent walls and even fireplace mantles.

Artisan accent pieces: Less is more, as minimalism and thoughtful décor choices will be a prominent theme in 2016. Flea market finds, travel souvenirs and unique artisan pieces will take center stage in home design. Look for a rise in partnerships between big box stores and global artisans to accommodate the increased demand for one-of-a-kind or handmade items. 

Conversely, three 2015 fads to forget, according to Zillow: the mason jar trend, chalkboard paint and burlap details.