The Biggest Wall Art Trends for 2016

True, it’s only September and the new year is still a ways away, but fashion week in New York has reminded us that the design worlds are always looking a few seasons ahead. Plus, with our constant immersion in wall art and decor through our client projects, we’ve already spotted some key wall art trends that are set to blow up next year. So we’ve decided to put together our list of predictions for what everyone will be hanging on their walls in 2016.

1. Macrame.

Like they say, everything old is new again, and this ’70s throwback is experiencing a resurgence. Its especially popular in bohemian and eclectic spaces, and brings an organic, warm touch to modern ones.

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2. The layered look.

For 2016, more will be more when it comes to wall art. Which means there’s no such thing as a wall that’s too busy — think bold wallpaper under a gallery wall, or a mirror hung over a mirrored wall. The bigger the statement, the better.

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3. Bookshelves.

Perhaps an evolution of the gallery wall, display shelving and bookcases are becoming an increasingly popular way to showcase art work, sculpture, and of course, beautiful book collections. One of the best parts about the shelving trend is that is allows for so many different configurations, both for the shelves and what’s on them. From a few floating shelves to an entire wall of built ins, and a display that can be ever-evolving, the look is completely customizable to any space and collection.

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4. Simple geometric prints.

The hottest trend in art right now? Pieces that look like your kid could have made them. Everyone from upscale designers and design houses, to mass-market retailers are all about art that’s made up of a few squares, a couple of dots, or a series of lines. The simplicity is beautiful, and perfect for pairing with other, more ornate pieces in a gallery wall to achieve balance.

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Dwell Studio’s “Black Stones” prints
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West Elm’s “Yellow Circles”

What do you think of these trends? Which is your favorite?