Hot home ideas and resources for 2016

What's hot for 2016? Here's your guide.

From Old World materials through 1970s and '80s styles to 21st century breakthroughs. From brash colors to vibrant, even vibrating, patterns. From the boudoir to the bathroom.

Here are some of our favorite home ideas and resources — many by local designers — for 2016.

Light sleeper

In the 1950s the furniture designer George Nelson introduced his Thin Edge collection for Herman Miller. Design Within Reach, which was purchased by Herman Miller, is reissuing Nelson's classic beds next month, available in ash and, as shown here, walnut with a woven cane headboard, $3,985, which coordinates with bedside tables, $1,295 each, and three-drawer dresser, $3,599.

Color me chartreuse

Had enough of the pastel accent colors? Prepare for acidic yellow-green. Here, a striking and earthy example of the powerful hue by Los Angeles ceramist Heather Rosenman, available through Lawson-Fenning on Melrose Avenue. $1,400.

Off the beaten path

In a city filled with design districts and shopping strips, new retailers are bringing home decor offerings to farther-flung parts of town. Among the recent shop-local arrivals: As of Now, a design gallery housed at the new A+D Architecture and Design Museum in the downtown arts district; Amsterdam Modern, a massive Glendale Boulevard warehouse brimming with vintage Dutch designs and Bret Witke Design, the 2nd floor Melrose Avenue studio of the designer of Republique, which sells vintage furniture and 20th century art.

Turn the tables

Old-school audiophiles with serious coin will appreciate the Kick Back Cocktail table by Atocha Design, a New York firm that creates handmade furniture for music. At $9,200, the entertainment center, done up in the zippy stripes of the 1980s Italian design movement known as Memphis, has recessed spaces for a record player and amp, a niche that can hold more than 120 vinyl discs and a brass tray for a beverage bottle.

Luminary design

It's made from thin, translucent slices of the mineral mica, often used in lampshades during the American Arts and Crafts period of the early 20th century, with a shape inspired by a 1970s Italian design. The Cloud lamp is part of Blackman Cruz Workshop's upcoming Revivals Collection. It sells for $3,300 at Blackman Cruz in Los Angeles.


Cubism is back

Forget all that spindly, wiry furniture and lighting. Los Angeles design duo Martin & Brockett offer hefty, geometric, solid-wood designs. Their Notch floor lamp is $1,250 and the Cross base table lamp is $950; both made of pine.

Book 'em

Obsessed with the tiny house phenomenon? Check out portable tiny furniture: Bookniture's unfolding stool or table are $75 in brown, $80 in black. At Please Do Not Enter in Los Angeles.

Put your feet up

Rarely do the words "recliner" and "attractive" go together, but Bo Concept counters those ungainly, leather lean-back chairs with the customizable Harvard recliner, recently reduced online to $2,362, a pleasing modern update of a classic wing chair.

Hello, kitty

Designed by Portland, Ore.-based illustrator Dan Stiles, the Black Metal Kitteh pillow, $40, ticks so many boxes for kids (and KISS fans of any age). It's almost ridiculous that this rock 'n' roll version of the good luck cat found in Asian business is also printed on a red background on the reverse.

Lighten up … and down

Sconces don't have to be fancy-schmancy and inflexible. For a lean, architectural look, the Los Angeles interior designer Windsor Smith took inspiration from the midcentury fixtures of French modernist Charlotte Perriand. Produced by Arteriors, Smith's Mercury Sconce in polished nickel, $525, pivots to allow the light source to emanate from top, bottom or side.

Check yourself

Not just for the holidays anymore: "Tartans and plaids, just like my old school uniform, are in," pronounces L.A. interior designer Sarah Rosenhaus. The San Francisco-based designer Scot Meacham Wood honors his name with a collection of Scottish wool tartans including pillows, from $199, from his home decor website.


Home and the range

Renowned for its bath and plumbing fixtures, Waterworks has opened a kitchen department in its new showroom on Melrose Place with eight vignettes, including this one with an island clad in Promenade cement tiles in an Op-Art inspired assemblage of the Dash pattern and large Compass pendants. Pendants, $3,650 each.


If you lived through the 1980s, you'll recall the Santa Fe fixation, which brought Southwestern flat-weave rugs and ethnic textiles into many a Southern California home. Reinvigorated for a new generation, these classic geometric patterns sport brighter colors and chenille textures in West Elm's affordably priced spring offerings of rugs, from $349 for 5 by 8 feet, and pillow covers, $39.

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A version of this article appeared in print on January 23, 2016, in the Features section of the Los Angeles Times with the headline "Hot looks for the new year" — Today's paperToday's paper | Subscribe