Designing Women 3

Interior design trends for 2016

The Interior Design Studio is family owned and operated by Amy Douglass, Katie Heinz and Julie McNabb. The Studio has been in business and a resident of the Medina community since 1970. Located on historic Medina Square, the studio established its business by specializing in residential design, commercial design and custom furniture.

Over the years, The Interior Design Studio has expanded its offerings to include custom window treatments, flooring, furniture and design consultations. The staff has a combined 38 years of experience and are members of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) and IDS (Interior Design Society).

Interior Designers Amy and Katie keep pace with the latest trends by regularly attending design industry shows and continuing education classes. They share this extensive design knowledge directly with their clients.

The styles, colors and trends of 2016

“Interior design is more informal lately with an urban industrial edge,” says Amy, “There are a lot of heavy textures in both fabric and wallpaper. We’re also seeing metallics in a champagne color, brushed metal finishes and mirrored finishes. Wallpaper has made a huge reappearance in the industry. We are seeing more custom papers with heavy textures painted over or under to reflect shadows.”

“Porcelain tile and vinyl tiles are now being embossed with the appearance of wood grains,” says Katie. The advantage?  “No maintenance,” says Katie, “They won’t crack, scratch or dent. They won’t discolor or absorb moisture so they’re perfect for kitchens and bathrooms. You get the look of a wood floor without the upkeep. The sizes have changed from the standard 12 x 12 tile to planks measuring 6 x 36.”

Amy is very excited about the new products in tile from Italy, “They’re embossed with a damask pattern and other beautiful laces. You can use them in backsplashes for kitchens, or as feature walls in bathroom showers.”

The trending colors this year are soft neutrals with gray tones. “French Pearl, Sea Salt and Alabaster White, to name a few,” says Katie, “We’re seeing gray tones on walls, woodwork, kitchen cabinets and furniture. Add a pop of color with your accent accessories in blues, turquoise, lime green or coral.”

According to Katie, we will see brighter colors and bolder patterns from Europe soon. “There’s a trickle-down effect from the fashion industry.”

“Lighting is much more distinctive and larger scale now,” says Amy, “In many cases the chandelier has become the focal point of the room. We’re seeing lighting fixtures in iron, reclaimed wood and crystals. Edison bulbs and LED bulbs are new to the scene, too.”

“At first LED lighting had a blue cast,” says Katie, “but now they’re making LED bulbs with a warmer, more natural light. LED bulbs are energy efficient and have no heat output. They give out 12 times more light than the old standard bulb.”

The women work directly with homeowners to bring each client’s vision to reality. They also work with homebuilders in assisting their clients’ dreams.

“We like to create homes where the colors flow from one room into the next room,” says Amy, “We are very sensitive to the client’s budget and will work with our clients over long periods of time to create the home of their dreams.”

The Interior Design Studio and JK Gift Shop are at 207 S. Court Street, Medina. 330.725.7623