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5 Ways To Put A New Spin To 2016 Design Trends

We've got a few fresh alternatives to your current favorites


It's safe to say that a lot of homeowners, especially those who are design enthusiasts, love to dabble in decorating trends. Whether it's brick accent walls or subway tiles, we've all thought about incorporating them into our personal spaces. However, the tricky thing about following the trending styles is that your home can easily end up looking like your next-door neighbor's. Put your own unique touch into the latest looks with the help of these ideas:

1. Paint brick walls in a distinct color. 

If you like the texture of bricks but aren't into the industrial-inspired style, you can still play with the effect by picking out paint colors that accentuate the rough finish such as olive green, deep beige, and crimson. Avoid non-hues such as black and white as these tend to blur out little details. 

2. Install floor-to-ceiling subway tiles in the bathroom. 

Subway tiles are probably the most popular trend on this list—you can spot them in every kitchen, the pages of design magazines, and even websites, too. Experiment with the streamlined look it gives by covering the floors and walls of your bathroom. Prevent it from looking overdone by keeping accessories minimal. 

3. Mix graphic and typography posters together. 

There's nothing wrong with putting up inspirational quotes around the home, however, it can be quite easy to go overboard with it. Keep your space from drowning in Tumblr-inspired pieces by shaking things up with a couple of graphic art reprints—Society 6 and Papemelroti are great places to shop for new frames!  

4. Work with surface Edison bulb lamps. 

Edison bulbs have had a resurgence in the past couple of years—thanks to trendy bistros and retail stores who love it for the ambience it creates. If you're a little tired of seeing these hanging lights but still want to use it to add a stylish touch to your space, you can try incorporating one or two surface lamps into your living area vignette instead. 

Find similar pieces at Pottery Barn, Estancia Mall. 

5. Wrap exposed pipes with craft rope. 

Industrial spaces have become a modern classic for a reason—the concrete walls and floors give it a timeless appeal but every once in a while, it needs updating. Give your space a more rustic feel by wrapping a few pipes with rope. You can even go as far as decorating with nautical-inspired pieces, too! 

PHOTOS: A Cup of Jo and Gak/creative via Pinterest (Main) | thetilecurator.com | clairestelleprintshop.com | Frances Ferguson via Pinterest. 

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