Swipe Right For This Year’s Hottest Home Trends

2016 Design Trends

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Article written by Ruth Chancellor

Happy almost-spring from all of us at Chancellor Designs!

This season’s hottest trends are popping up like Tinder notifications, but how can you know which ones to swipe right for? Just for you, we’re reporting this month on the ones that you’re about to see in all the home stores throughout Oregon.

Pining for a home that looks current, feels modern, or sells faster? Trying to avoid the duds? Here are our top picks for your home in 2016, along with a few that don’t deserve a second date.


Warm metals

Gold, antique brass, and bronze are enjoying a resurgence lately, and they feel both glamorous and inviting this time around. We’re loving these finishes in furniture, mirrors, accents, and art.

starburst mirror (2)

Homeowners, you’re going to love the warmth that this trend brings to your home. When deciding how much to add, the only guideline is to stop before entering Trump Tower territory.

If you’re selling your home, introduce just a few warm metal accents in key areas to make your home look right on trend for buyers. Stick to furnishings and accessories instead of things that are attached to the house!

Organic accessories
Quartz, crystals, coral, antlers, marble…2016 is all about the natural touch. We’re loving the organic materials and shapes of all these elements, and especially how they add interest and depth to a room full of otherwise man-made items.

organic accessories

Hide rugs (sometimes)

We’re seeing hide rugs in more places than we can keep track of lately. We’ve got one in the office at Chancellor Designs, so clearly we are fans, BUT proceed with caution on this particular trend. (Swipe to the center?)

hide rug

Not every room can carry a hide rug. When it’s done right, it’s cool; when it’s done wrong, it’s a dead animal on your floor. (Psst...we can help you do it right.)


Mixed finishes
Trends are such a hit-and-miss game, so we understand how mistakes like mixed finishes can happen. Warm woods are popular, and so are metal finishes; what can go wrong, right?

Well…a lot, actually. Case in point:


In the dresser above, glam metal and rustic wood are like oil and water. They just don’t mix, and they’ll make your house look confused.

Faux fur

Hide rugs are great, so faux fur must be great, too, right?

No. Swipe left, even if it this trend feels soft under your hand.

faux fur

Too often, faux fur looks fake and is too obviously man-made. Even when it’s good, it’s hard to use luxe, glam faux fur in your home. It’s usually too specific a style for staging projects, and even for design projects, faux fur doesn’t blend in very well with other styles and color palettes.

Painted furniture with lattice cut-outs

Here’s another hybrid trend with theoretical potential and disappointing results. Colorful painted furniture has been everywhere lately, so why not marry it to some pretty latticing for a fresh new look?

This is why:

painted lattice

A piece like this commands your attention and becomes a statement in your home, but too often, painted lattice ends up looking cheap. We don’t want your statement pieces to look cheap, friends. If you like the idea behind this look, give us a call, and we’ll help you make it work. 

Ah, there’s nothing like the newest trends to get us excited about decorating and staging homes all year long. Clearly, we’ve fallen in love with a couple new things, but others will be sent away with a kiss goodnight and the wrong phone number.

What trends are you excited about for 2016? We’d love to hear from you!



Ruth Chancellor
Owner + Principal Designer  |  Chancellor Designs

Ruth is the one to turn to when you can’t leave your home to chance. With her natural eye for design, she helps you navigate every step toward your personal palace. Have you seen her work on the Street of Dreams and the Parade of Homes? Then you know already: from ground-up construction to remodeling and styling, Ruth helps transform your house into your crowning glory.

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