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Customization, Personalization Key to Today’s Winning Home Decor

Home. It’s where we go to relax, spend quality time with friends and family, sleep–and in some cases, even to work. It’s also increasingly a place where homeowners can express their individuality through their furnishings, artwork and other home décor.

We recently asked two area experts—Denise Huff with Decorating Den Interiors in Norman, and Gia Rose with Designer’s Market in Oklahoma City—to share their thoughts about trends in home decor.

What are the hottest interior decorating/home décor trends for 2016?


Living 360: A new term which refers to being able to walk around the furniture as it is no longer snuggled up to a wall. Design and lifestyle choices are often made due to the home’s space allocation or design preference. The wide-open floor plans that we see in newer homes are desirable because they are conducive to entertaining, allowing space for large sectionals and big-screen TVs.


Outdoor fabrics used indoors. Great strides have been made in regards to indoor/outdoor textiles. Outdoor fabrics are becoming increasingly hard to distinguish from traditional indoor fabrics, and many designers are bringing them inside, where their durability makes them perfect for high-traffic areas such as the dining room and living room.

Formal dining rooms. Although some homeowners are downsizing, not everyone is taking the leap to turn the dining room into an office or extra media room. For homeowners who entertain frequently, a designated space for gathering for special meals isn’t negotiable, and they’re pouring attention into these rooms.

Other hot trends include statement-making mirrors for the bath; bold wall coverings, with options ranging from dazzling prints, textures and custom graphics, in powder rooms, dining and living areas, and bedrooms. Also, mixed metals: you will also see a lot of metals mixed with rustic wood and other materials such as sleek glass. This makes for a more industrial or modern twist to furnishings.

Trends in colors and textures?


Gorgeous grays. Whether it is furniture or wall color, gray remains the neutral. Gray is a wonderful and easy option to incorporate into design that consumers love. Don’t look for the market to go back to browns or beiges anytime soon. Also, lighter wood tones. This is due, in part, to a continuation of the reclaimed wood theme, and after many years of nothing but dark woods, it is a refreshing changed that is being embraced by manufacturers and consumers.


Colors are bright and bold and combined with neutrals like gray or cream to white. Designers are having fun with color and bending the rules. “Matching” colors perfectly are out. People are also tired of the dark and heavy look, light and bright is the order of the day.

What do you see for 2017?


Customization and personalization. No one ever wants to show up at a party wearing the same dress as someone else in the room! This trend continues to grow more prevalent in home decor. People are tired of seeing the same thing over and over in big-box stores. They want unique, statement pieces that express their individual personality and design style. We are seeing this in color choices used to accent a room, mixing of metals from rustic to shiny, inspirations from nature used in unexpected ways.


The economy affects the design world like anything else. The light bright colors and natural textures of 2016, are inspirations of coastal retreats that we have been reticent to take. I believe this will evolve into even brighter tones and more rustic textures playing off refined tailored upholstered pieces that are influenced by exotic locals such as Brazil, with a touch of modern playfulness.

Favorite decorating tips?


Two common mistakes I see people make are: 1) Not enough or inadequate lighting, and 2) artwork that is too small and hung too high. Invest in tall lamps (ex. 35″ with a three-way bulb option to maximize lighting in a space). Tall ceilings and large rooms need over-sized art or a well-arranged collage.


When it comes to decorating, one of the problems I see most with clients is the ability to make a decision. So my favorite decorating tip is to fall in love, and love what you love unapologetically. If you fall in love with something, and each time you see it you still love it, I believe you have married it, and odds are you will love it for years to come.

How can you get the most bang for the buck? What about those with a more generous budget?


Someone with a moderate budget who is working with a designer needs to have a realistic “wish list,” and they need to be able to prioritize the items on the list. Instead of trying to do it all at once, have a plan that can be implemented over time. For those with a more generous budget, it is important to know what is more important … do they desire a room with high-end finishes and top-of-the-line furniture, or do they just want a beautiful room?


Art, it is what separates man from beast. A fantastic piece of art in a space takes your breath away, and coordinates color and updates the style of a room instantly. In the past, art was only for the rich; today, hand-painted canvases are affordable to even the most budget minded home owner.