As we perch on the edge of a brand new year, it’s always fun to guess what will be hot in the coming 12 months. What will be the rage on the fashion runways? And, most important to me, what new interior design trends will be sweeping the market? One of my favorite brand-new-year traditions is to ask interior style maker and trend spotter Holly Blalock to look into her crystal ball and share with us what she sees being the big new thing in interior design this year. Holly is the vice president of merchandising and marketing for CR Laine Furniture, one of my absolute favorite furniture makers, and she has an eye for fresh, new fashion for the home. Here’s what Holly’s lovin’ for ’16:
A Room Filled with “Cattitude”
I have always been a big fan of adding animal prints to the mix of fabrics in your décor. I like how this touch of the wild shakes things up a bit and offers us an interesting way to add patterns, like dots and stripes, to the story on a bed or sofa.
After watching models clad in animal prints saunter down the catwalk at all the big fall and spring fashion shows, Holly predicts exotic big cat prints will be making their way into home interiors. This year, Holly says, “There’s no stopping the magnetism of the powerful leopard as king of the pattern jungle.”
CR Laine is unleashing this Elle chair as part of its Tobi Fairley for CR Laine collection this year. The chic brass arms are wrapped in Cattitude Onyx fabric, which is so soft, Holly says you won’t be able to keep your paws off.
In this room scene, created by CR Laine, the designers boldly mixed traditional and modern. The sofa, with its shaped back and skirt, along with the floral wallpaper, lean into traditional, but the addition of a contemporary piece of art and the brass arms of the animal-print covered chair keep the room from being one-dimensional.
Holly says, “This collected look is not only appealing to the eye, it is the best way to manage your design budget. Instead of buying the matching pieces in a set all at one time, you can buy complimentary (not matching) pieces over time. However, I strongly advise creating an initial plan with the help of the staff at Nell Hill’s, who are trained in space planning and color layering. A mismanaged collected look can cause frustration and you can miss your overall design goal.” I think that’s great advice!
Walls Washed in Bold Paper
Here’s the same room scene, but without the art so you can see the wall of wow: artistic wallpaper. This particular paper is by Fromental luxury wall coverings and was custom scaled to fit the wall size and custom colored for the colors CR Laine selected for this room scene.
Sizzling Accent Colors
Holly says one of her favorite things about the room scene above is the addition of the throw pillows on the sofa. She’s crazy about the luxurious new velvet, called Radiant Orchid. She shares: “This is exemplary of how the addition of one or two bright pops (via decorative pillows or accessories) creates all-new dimension. Keep this in mind when you are refreshing your design. A few small but critical purchases can inspire new emotion in your room.”
Spaces Bathed in Blue
Every year, Pantone picks the color of the year. For 2016, they parted with tradition and picked two colors. I’m thrilled to share that Serenity, a pale shade of blue, was one. Hip, hip, hooray for blue, my lifelong color crush!
There is a lot we disagree on as Americans, Holly says, but decorating our homes with various shades of blue is something that brings us all together. As a lifelong fan of blue, I wholeheartedly agree. Holly is predicting that blue will come on even stronger in the coming year. In the room scene above, from CR Laine, the designers have mixed a variety of shades together, from the quiet tones in the sofa to the nearly black, inky shade of blue in the swivel chair.
Pretty in Pink
Pantone’s second color pick? Rose Quartz, a soft and powdery pink. When CR Laine introduced a similar blush color and mixed it up with greens and creamy whites for their fall collection, I fell in love. This collection by CR Laine’s design collaborator Tobi Fairley is soft and sensual, yet spunky, and dripping with glamour. We are having fun working the pieces into our room scenes at Nell Hill’s.
Many of us were over the moon about pink when we were little girls. And even though we outgrew our bubblegum pink rooms, a part of our hearts never let go. That’s why I gravitate toward this soft blush pink: It allows us to add this favorite back into our lives once again, but in a sophisticated, stylish way.
Holly shares, “Tobi Fairley brought this barely there color into her collection with CR Laine with her signature bold, bright and tailored style. This room is filled with dynamic color, thanks to the layering of a saturated green velvet.”
A Bit of Whimsy
When I decorate a space, I like to add one or two surprises that make people smile, a bit of whimsy that leads to delight. After all, life is just better when you’re smiling, isn’t it? When I spotted this fabric that depicts internationally renowned American artist Hunt Slonem’s bunnies, I was smiling ear to ear. CR Laine has used it to cover a swivel chair, and we have it at Nell Hill’s. Love!
A Few More Predictions
Holly’s crystal ball shows …
- Gray will continue to be king of neutrals. But look for this color favorite to show its warm side as it will be paired with whispers of colors like lilac, blush and sky.
- Nail trim continues to make a statement as we find new ways to feature this accent.
- Because technology is turning hard copy books into antiques, look for books to become a favorite accessory.
Next Week … I’ll share my favorite furniture styles and looks for the coming year, to celebrate the beginning of our huge upholstered furniture sale, which kicks off on Jan. 15.
Rosaleen saysJanuary 11, 2016 at 11:57 am
Not too keen on any of these settings. Too staged looking and a bit too contemporary for my taste. I like more traditional with an update and love when you show your cottage at the lake and how you decorate your spaces.
Mary Carol Garrity saysJanuary 12, 2016 at 3:50 pm
Hi Rosaleen, I also love traditional furnishings. Usually our blog photos are taken at Nell Hill’s or my house, so the photos we used from the furniture maker definitely had a different feel. Next week we will be back to normal!
sandy mccune saysJanuary 11, 2016 at 1:51 pm
Her crystal ball is cloudy. Nothing here I like. Hope you still have something I would want( the Nell Hills look).
Mary Carol Garrity saysJanuary 12, 2016 at 3:44 pm
Hi Sandy, Yep, our style at Nell Hill’s is still New Traditional. Hope you’ll like my picks for next week’s blog: my favorites for 2016. Timeless classics, with a fresh new feel!
Ramona Myers saysJanuary 11, 2016 at 9:37 pm
Oh…..dear, first time I have ever read one of your blogs and not loved something. I don’t know who this Holly person is but I do not care for her predictions. The light beige couch featured for the ‘Spaces Bathed in Blue’ photo is about the only thing I semi-liked. Sorry, Holly, not feeling it. As my 2 year old granddaughter likes to say “I No like it”.
Mary Carol Garrity saysJanuary 12, 2016 at 3:42 pm
Hi Ramona, thanks so much for you input. I totally agree that new trends, whether they are in clothing or home furnishings, aren’t always for everybody. So funny about your granddaughter – sounds like she may be a future designer!
Jaybird saysJanuary 12, 2016 at 10:05 am
I don’t see anything of interest, but we have LOTS of cattitude at our house….Her name is Posie, and she manages to upholster ALLLLL of our furniture with cattitude, only hers is white with black spots :^)
Back to the drawing board Ms. Mary Carol….we love “your” look SO much better!!
Mary Carol Garrity saysJanuary 12, 2016 at 3:40 pm
Jaybird, you made me laugh so hard! I have lots of that same attitude in my own home, with two cats. (Plus the dog – we are out numbered!) Thanks for your kind words about the Nell Hill’s style. We love it, too. I really enjoy seeing what’s new and what designers are exploring, and sometimes we like it so much we will add them in to our favorites. Next week, I’ll share my favorites for 2016 – what we’re showing at Nell Hill’s. Stay tuned!
Jerry Ballard saysJanuary 12, 2016 at 10:09 am
The 1st picture, pink and green, I somewhat enjoyed! The reason is because the furniture is placed correctly and brings calmness to the picture. The bold wallpaper is probably going to make people keep buying things, In an effort to make the room look right, which will never happen, until it comes down! In “spaces bathed in blue”, the look of the space was jarring, simply centering the sofa under the artwork, would have made me look at the furniture! A room filled with cattitude, was the chair pulled up for a knee to knee conversation, or perhaps they vacuumed behind it and forgot to replace it! I like a little Whimsy too, but the bunny chair is a big whimsy. I realize these pictures were probably taken at Market, but they could have used your touch, Mary Carol. You have a knack for placing things that invites the eye to linger. Placement is so important!
Mary Carol Garrity saysJanuary 12, 2016 at 3:36 pm
Thanks so much for you input, Jerry! Yes, the photos were done by the furniture maker with a spotlight on the line. You are right, at Nell Hill’s our goal is for you to walk in and drink in the entire space, no zero in on any one single element. We love an interesting mix in a room, and layers, on the wall, the furnishings, everywhere. You know us well, Jerry!
franki saysJanuary 12, 2016 at 11:03 am
Well…I LOVE ALL the brass studs and especially, the design…rock on Tobi!! Again, I use “some” animal print in every room as well as “some” black so can totally visualize where this would work. CR Laine is all over the “design blog world.” franki
Mary Carol Garrity saysJanuary 12, 2016 at 3:34 pm
Yes, it’s fun to see what they are showing!
agilborder saysJanuary 12, 2016 at 1:10 pm
Pale pink and blue with a bunny chair? Are we decorating the nursery?
I look forward to 2017 as I won’t be buying much of this year’s look! Stylemakers are making it easier and easier to become minimalists and just quit buying these silly “trends”.
Mary Carol Garrity saysJanuary 12, 2016 at 3:33 pm
It’s always fun to see what design gurus show, but you should always, always stay true to your own style. Our look at Nell Hill’s is still a lovely mix of timeless classics. I think you’ll like next week’s blog … Nell Hill’s favorite furnishings for 2016.
Barbara saysJanuary 14, 2016 at 10:15 am
I agree with the others: I do not like the new design trend especially when they call it TRADITIONAL”. Let’s call it Modern Traditional or something else…. it will never be Traditional in my book!! It’s not cohesive and would never be a cozy space that we all love so much. I do like animal prints, a twist or whimsy touch occasionally; however, the trend of today’s designs just gets crazier!! The latest issue of “House Beautiful” has an article that is entitled “Farm Fresh”, it’s just so out there with the design concept. I can’t imagine living there. I love the “Nell Hill” look…. a true classic!! P.S. I love the Bunny chair!!
Angela B. saysFebruary 6, 2016 at 8:13 pm
I love the sofa and pink coffee table!
Emily White saysFebruary 15, 2016 at 9:56 pm
I love the gray/blue set of chairs in the blue picture. Is there any way to know who makes them and where I could find them? They look cozy and inviting but very classy and nice for a front room. Thanks!!!!
Emily White saysFebruary 16, 2016 at 9:00 am
No worries! I read under the pic and it is CR Lane.