Trends for 2016: color, dimension and culture

We recently shared top 2016 design trends from Beth Almond, ASID, Lucite International’s color consultant for its LuciteLux® cast acrylic brand. Now Almond is looking at additional themes – color, dimension and culture – to help us visualize the design landscape for next year.

Dimensional: This trend won’t fall flat. Expect to see intriguing 3D images that challenge reality. Think that’s a rush seat (read: woven seat) when you sit down? No, it’s not a rush seat at all, its fabric. Digital printing so real, it has to be touched to be believed. It’s quirky, fun, unexacting and not for the perfectionist as legs will be uneven, lines won’t be straight and the finishes imperfect.

New Baroque: Minimalism exits stage right to make room for the drama and flamboyance of Baroque. In 2016, monochromic color schemes will dwindle and we will see a marked change in the overall color palette. It will move from cool, earthy colors to richer, much warmer corals, reds and wine. This trend is not intended to dominate, but accentuate. Colors like red, gold, deep turquoise, purple, and brown are perfect for this aesthetic. Combine the very simple with the very ornate, incorporate a killer color and you have created a totally new look.

K-pop: Gangnam Style! The South Korean “Wave” (also known as Hallyu, meaning “flow of Korea”) of pop music has gained in popularity since the late ‘90s. A stand out for all of its bright color schemes, frantic footwork, and extreme attire, it’s taking the world by storm. Exposure to K-pop has been on a steady build in the West for some time, but it is now an undeniably international trend. So what does this mean for design? Think eye-catching pieces with layered prints, quirky illustrations and bright colors that often incorporate Korea’s version of anime.

Native: A very broad term – but let’s start with African and North American. You’re probably saying, “We’ve seen animal prints for years!” That’s true, but the new native brings a twist. Large-scale pictures of elephants, zebras, and tigers keep it simple for greater impact. Antlers and horns are repurposed to create chandeliers, lamps, candelabras, coat racks, and bottle openers. Complementary to this look are woven baskets, colorful feathers portrayed in pictures and printed fabrics, over-large photos and paintings of buffalo, horses, and deer. At the home and office, handcrafted textiles are used for wall art, upholstery, rugs, throws, and blankets. And tribal masks and native woodcarvings provide the finishing touch. Keep any eye out for natural hues as well as joyful, bright color combinations — rich golds, deep oranges, sage green and dark chocolate. Having a hard time deciding? Mix it up for an enjoyable, lasting style

Trend predictions are from Lucite International’s Color Consultant for its LuciteLux® cast acrylic brand, Beth Almond, ASID.