Design Trends for Fall 2016

As fall is coming into place, we are spending more time indoors and noticing all those little things that are driving us crazy about the interior of our homes, myself included.  At Elizabeth Erin Designs we have see an influx of clients contacting us for design assistance for their remodels in the Des Moines Metro area.  So what exactly are some of the top trends happening during our remodels?

Remodeling Your Home, Consider These

  • Colored Stainless Steel Appliances for Kitchen and Or Laundry Rooms
  • Colorless Pallets Throughout A Room Or Spaces
  • Two Toned Kitchen Cabinets
  • In a dining room you may be working around wainscoting; so, consider selecting a deeper color
  • The great room fireplace is a great place to experiment with wallpaper by creating an accent




“Stainless has been the finish at the forefront for over 15 years. I am not suggesting that stainless is on its way to becoming the next avocado green, but our customers seem to be ready to entertain other design ideas. GE’s “Slate” finish is becoming an increasingly popular selection. Young families seem tired of cleaning up fingerprints and some want to put magnets back on their refrigerators. The kitchen in most modern homes is now part of the living space, our customers are looking for ways to make the kitchen look less like a workspace and more like a gathering place and they are not afraid to try something new.”-Steve Archer, Outside Sales Factory Direct Appliance Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery


In the visible spectrum, neutrals black and white play an important role.  White reflects light and is a representation of all colors and black absorbs light, therefore is an absence of color. You can also define the color Black can be defined as an visual experience when no visible light reaches the eye.

This photo of a great room interior shows a color ranging from variations of gray to the serenity of off whites.

A design trick in creating the right mixture of black and white is just how much black one chooses to use when going for dramatic impact. Here we used the darker gray sparingly to create a comfortable elegant entertaining family space.  Light and warmth play throughout the space in not just color, but texture as well.

Elizabeth Erin Designs has been instrumental in making our house a home.  Jodi really understands our vision and exceeds our expectations each and every time,  We wouldn’t trust this design process with anyone else!”- Travis & Nikki-Urbandale, IA





“The hot, eye catching trend in kitchen design is the two-toned finish. This can be achieved in a couple of different ways. You can select an eye popping color for your island that would coordinate with your perimeter cabinets.  Another idea is mixing one color for the upper cabinets & another color for the lower/base cabinet.  This allows you to create a larger accent.  This technique is more trendy, but if you select timeless colors it creates a beautiful harmony.   When in doubt contact a professional designer. for assistance” – Clark L. Anliker Designer & Sales Consultant with Kitchen & Bath Ideas        Des Moines, IA


Kitchen cabinets set the stage for the styling and look of not only your kitchen, but your whole house. But the latest in kitchen cabinet ideas and design trends can be tricky, since certain trends look dated after several years.  Replacing kitchen cabinets can be a major investment, so making the correct selections is key to enjoying a beautiful up-to-date kitchen for years to come.

For a modern kitchen, forgo traditional cabinets in the darker-stained wood tones, instead choose painted cabinets. The best part is that painted cabinets can be repainted as needed without having to replace them.  Today’s neutral colors make a modern yet timeless when done correctly. Painted cabinets in grey, blue, white and light taupe are just that.

As pictured above, wood will always be a highly sought after kitchen cabinet material. For a fresh update to wood cabinets, consider exotic woods that have striped grain to them. The stripes will add texture and visual interest to your cabinetry.







Indigo, is a a natural blue dye made from the flowering Indigofera plant and has been used for centuries. Blue jeans might be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of indigo, this delightful and authentic hue is as popular in interior design as it is in our longstanding favorite apparel.

If you are not ready to paint your whole room indigo, try incorporating this rich color in a rug or accent pillows with neutral colored furniture.  You could go a softer approach as in the master bedroom above where a hue of indigo was used, but toned down.

However you decide to use these trends have fun with it and send us pictures.  We love to see what our followers are up to.  Have an amazing Fall Season!