2016's Hottest Interiors with David Duncan Livingston


With every new year comes new rooms. While Pantone predicts that pastels Serenity and Rose Quartz are positioned to be all the rage in 2016, we have yet to weigh in on the year’s hottest interior trends and innovations. We’ve sat down with one of our favorite photographers, David Duncan Livingston, to review the most stylish homes of the moment with insider insights from premier shopping and interior discovery site.

Stylish homes are always of the moment, but what makes that moment? With the help of design powerhouse websites like Dering Hall, we can now take the pulse of what trendsetters and consumers are designing, admiring, and pinning in the new year. Below I’ve highlighted some of my photographs of the biggest themes of 2016 and have partnered with Executive Editor Dennis Sarlo of Dering Hall to learn what you’ll be sure to see in the pages of your favorite publication.

Black is the New Black

The biggest surprise may be that 2016’s reigning interior color isn’t a color. Black has been popping up everywhere, from traditional to modern spaces. Designers are drawn to this statement hue, applying it to countertops, cabinets, and even ceilings. According to Sarlo, “The rules around paint colors have changed dramatically, and people don't feel as bound by tradition. We're seeing darker, more dramatic colors in rooms of all types - even kids' rooms! - and of course plenty of distinct wallpapers and wall coverings.”

Office by Yaél Studio

Living Room by Yaél Studio

Going Gray

For those who don’t dare to go dark, gray is a great alternative. A contemporary kitchen or transitional living room look at once comfortable and sophisticated in this warm hue. For a classic look, pair soft grays with a white trim.

Kitchen by Mead Quin Design

Kitchen by Heydt Designs

Blue Hue

The ultimate accent color, deep blue is sure to punch up a small space. Persian and cerulean blues are slated to be the most popular.

Living Room by Brian Dittmar Design

Living Room by Kathy Best Design

Statement Shine

Whether a light organic form or a heavy industrial-inspired piece, lighting in 2016 is sure to make a statement. Choice finishes include brass, black, and chrome. “Clients aren't afraid of harder edges in their homes, and we're seeing fewer classic ceiling lights. It's almost harder to find a really traditional chandelier these days,” Sarlo notes. 

From left to right: Lisa Bakamis DesignParisa O'Connell Design

Rough Edges

Vibrant wall colors will be offset with rustic touches such as hewn wood floors, exposed beams, brushed reclaimed wood ceilings and wall paneling.

Bedroom by Parisa O'Connell Design

Back to the Basics

For furnishings, clean lines are key. Contemporary pieces in cream and light taupe tones will borrow from ‘30s, ‘40s and mid-century styles for a sleek, graphic look.

Sitting room by Jeani Ferrari Design

And, last but not least, the design trends will we say goodbye to in the new year….

All-white decor, distressed accents, and bland kitchen appliances. “I’m thrilled to see more colorful appliances in kitchens. I’m amazed at the staying power of stainless steel, but I’m hoping it’s finally on its way out in favor of something a bit more elegant with a bit more personality,” Sarlo says.

We can’t wait to see the fresh interiors the new year will bring. For more information on Dering Hall, please visit their website

About David Duncan Livingston

David Duncan Livingston has photographed residential interiors and architecture in San Francisco and beyond for over twenty years. His work has taken him to 40 states and four provinces, where he’s shot the work for hundreds of interior designers. Whether acting as producer, art director, photographer or stylist, David’s clients look to him to give vision to their story, producing photographs that are engaging, thoughtful and beautiful. David has been the sole photographer for seven interior design coffee table books that include San Francisco Style, California Country Style, Hawaii a Sense of Place, The New City Home and Patterns of Home. For more information on David and his services, please visit his website at http://www.davidduncanlivingston.com/