As anyone who’s ever encountered a bright orange shag carpet knows, design trends are fickle. Really fickle. That’s why it’s nice to stay up to date with what’s “in” in the home-decor world without, you know, falling prey to every little fad that trends on Pinterest. Over the past year, the most on-trend homes adopted minimal design with pops of pattern and unexpected color. Looking into the crystal ball of home decor, there seems to be a lot of similar trends coming up in 2016. Here is our list of the 2015’s top 15 trends that aren’t going anywhere next year.
1. That 70’s Vibe: Thankfully, avocado kitchens and faux wood-paneling didn’t make an appearance this year, but other elements of the 70’s did come back. Geometric wallpaper and shaggy wall hangings bring back a few of those awesome vibes but with a modern twist that is going to stick around in 2016. (via Brit + Co)
2. Statement Art: The gallery wall isn’t going anywhere, but the minimalist trend gained a lot of popularity in the decor world. Instead of struggling to perfectly arrange all those little frames, the newest trick is to just feature one really big statement piece. (via Lay Baby Lay)
4. All-White Rooms: While marsala may have been Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year, all-white rooms definitely had a moment — a moment that will be perpetuated in 2016 with Pantone’s shades of rose quartz and soft blue. Partly inspired by the Scandinavian frenzy, this minimalist look is not for the faint of heart. Or those with pets. Or pizza. (via Inspired By Love)
5. Statement Lighting: Stiff chandeliers and boring hanging lamps got a serious upgrade with statement pendants. From spikes to geometric designs to DIY bulbs, lighting became a brilliant source of inspiration and will continue to be an “it” piece in 2016. (via My Domaine)
6. Mid Century Decor: As living rooms moved away from formal environments to more relaxed spaces, couches showed some leg. The mid-century look gave us a chance to play with simple designs, vibrant colors and fun patterns. (via Emily Henderson)
7. Open Shelving: Probably the biggest kitchen trend of the year was saying adios to cupboards and replacing them with wide open shelving. Of course, that meant going shopping for pretty dishes to display, but who’s complaining? (via The Hive)
8. Copper, Copper Everything: From light fixtures to kitchen accessories, the copper trend is here to stay. Basically, Copper looks amazing in the kitchen… and every other room for that matter. (via The Jungalow)
9. Wall Art Got Funnier: Motivational posters took a turn for the better this year with handwritten mottos and text-focused prints coming up as favorites. Instead of “Keep Calm,” New Year’s resolutions are to “Stay Weird” and other cheeky, uplifting messages.
10. Wallpaper Got Way More Fun: Wallpaper is a big (and pricey) commitment. Instead of committing to four walls, wallpaper popped up all kinds of unexpected places, like on bookshelf backs and kitchen backsplashes for a rental-friendly, modern accent. (via Lulu and Georgia)
11. Pom Pom Embellished Throw Pillows and Blankets: Art went to the couch with throw pillows, taking over the roll of the gallery wall. Pom poms will continue to be ready to jump in and make everything ten times better. (via Eclectically Vintage)
12. Sconce Lighting: Whether you live in a small space or you just have a massive reading list, it’s nice to have a little extra room on the night stand. Sconce lighting makes the bedroom feel more upscale and offers better lighting for the night owl. (via House Tweaking)
13. Air Plants: Step aside, succulents. Even you are too hard to keep alive when compared with the air plant. Impossible to kill and incredibly easy to decorate with, the air plant won everyone over… even the black thumbs. (via Brit + Co)
14. Geometric Shapes: Everything from storage and seating to lighting and home accessories was touched by the geometric craze. The trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere so lovers of shapes, continue to geo on. (via Home Depot)
15. White Marble Kitchens: Marble looks modern and timeless all at once, so it’s no surprise it instantly became everyone’s favorite kitchen material. Even if you didn’t have an entire island of the stuff, there are other affordable ways to decorate with marble so no one was left out of the trend. (via Mimi Design)
What was your favorite trend from this year? Tweet us your decor highlights @BritandCo!