Trend #3: Dramatic Use of Bling

Mica embedded with Brown Suede LusterStone. Project by: Eric Spiegel, Spiegel's Decorative Finishing Studio

Taking Trend #2 to a heightened level, look for dramatic touches—something that Eric Spiegel of Spiegel’s Decorative Finishing Studio refers to as “bling”—to be adorning walls and other surfaces in 2016.

One of the major manifestations of “bling” is the growing use of mica. “The way I see it, there is a mica revolution,” says Spiegel, who credits forward-thinking artists like Diane Corso and Donna Phelps with bringing bling to the forefront.

Other ways to achieve bling include the use of glass beads, shattered glass, foils and glitter.

Spiegel has come up with a variety of creative ways to use mica, foils and other “blingy” touches in many of his recent projects. For instance, He used mica embedded with Brown Suede LusterStone to give shimmer to a powder room. With Corso’s help and guidance, he created a unique niche employing the use of red foils and mica. Another project, for whom he consulted with Phelps, recreated the look of opal with use of an opalescent/metallic colorwash, mica and holographic foil.

Glitz and glamour from CIFF's Hollywood.

Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes (CIFF) also taps into this trend with a glitzy, glamorous finish called "Hollywood." Kathy Carroll, owner of CIFF and the e-store Faux by Kathy, developed this sparkly finish as an alternative to high-end glass-bead wallcoverings. The proprietary formulation, which includes mica flakes, gives a dramatic look to focal walls, bedrooms, powder rooms, ceilings, backsplashes, bar tops and more. Hollywood comes in a variety of colors, including Champagne, Silver, Gold and Bronze, and it is also offered in custom mixes. (Editor's Note: Read more about the Hollywood finish from CIFF in our New Products section.)

This finish was created using opalescent/metallic glaze as well as foils. Project by: Eric Spiegel, Spiegel's Decorative Finishing Studio, with consultation from Donna Phelps

A niche project using mica and foil. Project by: Eric Spiegel, Spiegel's Decorative Finishing Studio, with guidance from Diane Corso