Interior Design Trends for 2016

Styles, trends, and fashion are forever changing. What’s hot one season or decade — think golden harvest appliances, bellbottoms, beanie babies or Vanilla Ice — quickly changes with the times. But at Phelan’s Interiors, we focus on classic and timeless design. We’ll help you select furniture and accessories that will be beautiful today and tomorrow. We have people on our staff that can help you with all your interior design needs, from residential to commercial.

For nearly 80 years, Phelan’s Interiors has been Eastern Iowa’s most trusted full-service provider for design and high-quality products. We are professional, affordable, and always helpful. No matter what your style, we’ll help you create a custom look for your home, a place where you feel at peace.

One of the wonderful things about interior design is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to make a difference. From fabric to paint to lamps or side tables, you can change the look and feel of a room on a budget. At Phelan’s, we pride ourselves on being fair and affordable.

In all we do, we are progressive. Our experienced staff stays on top of the current decorating and interior trends. So if you’re looking to update your home, here are a few of the design trends we’ve noted for 2016. Some are practical, some are luxurious, and some are just plain fun:

  • Heated floors in your entryway or mudroom – When you come inside from a blustery day, what could be more soothing than feeling a warm floor under your tootsies? And you don’t have to spend a fortune for the privilege. Installing a 3 x 5 foot electric floor mat under the floor costs well below $500. For the ultimate in pampering, consider upgrading to heated floors.
  • Colored stainless steel appliances – From Whirlpool’s Sunset Bronze finish to the very popular black stainless steel, many homeowners are opting to replace plain old stainless steel with something a little different, a touch jazzier

colored stainless steel

  • Rounded furniture – Say au revoir to sharp corners and angular features. Borrowing from the design sensibility of the iPhone, designers like L.A.’s Timothy Corrigan say smooth surfaces appeal to everyone’s sense of touch.
  • Unique kitchen features – From deep and roomy kitchen drawers to new combinations of backsplashes to funky pendant lights and chandeliers, you can easily add some zip to your kitchen without time, money, and stress often required by a full kitchen makeover.
  • A Norman Rockwell dining room – Once upon a time, every homeowner wanted a separate dining room. Then, as eat-in and country kitchens came into vogue, former dining rooms no longer appeared on buyer’s “must have” lists. Now they’re back. For sit-down meals with your family or entertaining, nothing beats the intimate space of a formal living room.
  • Old world and ethnic flourishes – From Guatemalan fabrics to dramatic draperies and fringed pillows to patterned bed linens, sometimes it’s the little touches that mean a lot. Playful accessories can soften a modern or stark living area.

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  • Graphic tiles – Whether used on the floor or walls, bold and big tiles make a statement using colors and patterns.
  • Warm, mixed metallics – Whether as part of a frame, light, or on a piece of furniture, we’ll continue to see copper, rose, and bronze tones.
  • Bidets in bathrooms – Used by many Europeans, bidets have never been very popular in the states. However, more and more renovations include bidets. You can also opt for a combination bidet and toilet.
  • Beautiful, one-of-a-kind mirrors – Hung in a bathroom, over a mantel, in an entry area, or bedroom, mirrors enlarge a space and stamp it with character and personality. Pick a style that speaks to you. Beauty is, as you know, in the eye of the beholder.

statement mirrors

Those are just a few of the trends we’ve seen as we travel and go to workshops. Ultimately, however, the best design is what pleases you.

Our friendly and experienced interior designers work closely with you to design the perfect environment. We want your home to be a beautiful space, a place that is uniquely yours.