Most Wanted: 11 Home Upgrades Already Trending for 2016

As 2015 draws to a close, homeowners are starting to plan their remodeling projects for the new year. And while there are certain standards of craftsmanship that resonate throughout the years, other design styles come and go. Here are eleven remodeling projects and trends that are on track to dominate the design world in 2016.

Shower Power

Marble bathroom with freestanding tub

Homeowners are pairing large walk-in showers with separate freestanding tubs, creating an in-home spa experience rather than just a plain old bathroom. Barrier-free showers with glass walls will reign supreme, partially because of their beauty but also due to their safe and smart design, perfect for young and old alike.

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Mixed Metals

Old world rustic kitchen

Stainless steel was the go-to metal for many years, and gold accents rose to popularity last year. Copper had its fifteen minutes of fame as well. But we’ll likely see homeowners mixing and mingling metals all together in their renovation projects in the upcoming year. The more bling, the better!

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Shape Up

Geometric home art

We've seen geometric designs all over the home during the past couple of years, and they will continue to permeate the market, with hexagons in particular beginning to take center stage. Geometric tile backsplashes as well as textiles and tile floors will break out on the scene.

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Effortless Style

Quartz countertops

Homeowners are beginning to replace their old countertops with quartz, thanks to its virtually maintenance-free surface. It is resistant to stains and scratches, and can be wiped clean with soapy water. Like granite, there are a wide variety of different colors to choose from, which means it will match any kitchen style.

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A Pretty Penny

Penny tile in the bathroom

Penny tiles have been around for decades, but in recent years they had fallen out of favor. These days, the tile has gained a newfound popularity for its retro appeal. They are covering surfaces from shower walls to floors, countertops and even bathroom ceilings.

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Brass Tacks

Brass bathroom fixtures

Brass accents have become more popular over the past few months, but we’re not talking about those old brass doorknobs from the ‘70s. Instead, a new fresh generation of brass will be popping up on light fixtures, kitchen hardware and even furniture.

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Statement Pendants

Pendant lights

Chandeliers have long been the light fixture of choice, but unique pendants may give them a run for their money in 2016. We’ll see homeowners installing single pendants with bold colors and shapes, and multiples of them in larger spaces, such as above the kitchen island or breakfast bar.

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Artisan Goods

Artisan pitcher

Handmade, eclectic goods from artisans around the world will become more popular in 2016, as decor enthusiasts strive to fill their space with unique pieces. Expect large retailers to partner with makers to accommodate the growing demand for one-of-a-kind goods.

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Pigment of Your Imagination

Encaustic tile

Patterned encaustic tiles will be popular additions to both bathrooms and kitchens in the upcoming year. They get their color from different types of clay rather than traditional glaze, and add a warm Old World charm.

Gray Matters

Gray bedroom

White has been a popular color in every part of the house over the past few years, but in the wrong space it can look stark and uninviting. Shades of gray, however, are becoming more and more prevalent as white runs its course. People will begin using light airy grays as neutrals, while deeper shades will add a moody flair to small bathrooms or cozy bedrooms.

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