2016 Design Inspiration: Light, Simple and Natural

Feeling inspired by this spring weather to freshen up your décor and see what’s in for 2016 home design? We love this time of year too and our creative juices are definitely flowing. We’re always curious about design trends and thought we’d share a few highlights we’ve collected.


Most experts seem to be in agreement: 2016 design trends will allow us to take a deep breath and simplify our surroundings. No hard hitting punches of color to concern yourself with. Whites, pastels, natural materials, and connecting to nature are themes we think everyone can embrace.

Here’s a quick rundown of the chatter around 2016 trends:


Simply White

Screen Shot 2015-12-29 at 11.09.12 AMThis year Benjamin Moore is keeping it simple, literally: Color of the Year – Simply White OC-117. And strangely, it’s not boring. This warm white sets the stage for a customized palette, whether you prefer punchy accents or subtle tones. Plus, white is the ultimate complement for wood, stone and greenery as we embrace bringing the outdoors in. (Image: www.benjaminmoore.com)




Soft Pastels

For the first time ever, Pantone has blended two shades – Rose Quartz and Serenity –Pantone 2016 colour as the PANTONE® Color of the Year. This soft and reserved pastel combo is quite a departure from Radiant Orchid and Marsala of the past two years. Sometimes less is more, even if we’re still figuring out how to use this color. (Image: www.pantone.com)



Sustainable Furnishings

Dare we say (as the name suggests) that sustainable design is here to stay? For 2016, we are happy to see even more product access and options for both personal and commercial spaces. We came across this great organization that helps you search sustainable products for your design projects.


Cool Video shows top 6 Trends for 2016 (Source: www.macalawright.com)

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Hamilton Brick HouseWe’ve had our ear to ground (of course) and sensed this trend toward lighter color options for home exteriors as well. Here is a selection of our simple, clean and bright brick options. Imagine the possibilities of this natural palette to work with in terms of dramatic accents, landscaping and outdoor spaces!



GS light collage



TOP: home with Hamilton brick.

LEFT: (clockwise from top left)

Woodhaven Tudor (Rome, Georgia Plant)

Hamilton (Moncure, North Carolina Plant)

Snowy Ridge (Mooresville, Indiana Plant)

Cape Lookout (Moncure, North Carolina Plant)








Our trends experts at Arriscraft also have a compelling selection of fresh, bright tones to help you embrace a simplified yet sophisticated look for inside and out. Here are some gorgeous examples of our naturally-made, light colored stone options (including the feature image for this blog post which is ARRIS.stack thin-stone veneer).

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TOP LEFT: Shadow Stone Building Stone, Avalanche

TOP RIGHT:Laurier Building Stone, Ivory White

BOTTOM: Everest Building Stone, Ivory White 








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Here are a few additional light Building Stone and Brick color options (from left to right): Edge Rock Building Stone, Glacier; Urban Ledgestone Building Stone, Frost; Tumbled Vintage Brick, Chestnut Brown.