As we begin a brand-new year, it’s fun to guess what new interior-design trends will be sweeping the market.

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As we begin a brand-new year, it’s fun to guess what will be hot in the coming 12 months. What will be the rage on the fashion runways? And, most important to me, what new interior design trends will be sweeping the market?

One of my favorite brand-new-year traditions is to ask interior style-maker and trend-spotter Holly Blalock to look into her crystal ball and share with us what she sees as the big new things in interior design this year. The vice president of merchandising and marketing for CR Laine Furniture, Blalock has an eye for fresh, new fashion for the home. Here’s what she’s lovin’ for ’16.

A room with cat-titude

I have always been a big fan of adding animal prints to the mix of fabrics in your décor. I like how this touch of the wild shakes things up a bit and offers us an interesting way to add patterns, such as dots and stripes, to the story on a bed or sofa.

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After watching models clad in animal prints saunter down the catwalk at all the big fall and spring fashion shows, Blalock predicts exotic big-cat prints will be making their way into home interiors. “There’s no stopping the magnetism of the powerful leopard as king of the pattern jungle,” she says.

Spaces bathed in blue

Every year, Pantone picks the color of the year. For 2016, they parted with tradition and picked two colors of the year. One of them is Serenity, a pale shade of blue.

There is a lot we disagree on as Americans, Blalock says, but decorating our homes with various shades of blue is something that brings us all together. She predicts that blue will come on even stronger in the coming year.

Pretty in pink

Pantone’s second color pick? Rose Quartz, a soft and powdery pink.

Many of us were over the moon about pink when we were little girls. And even though we outgrew our bubblegum pink rooms, a part of our hearts never let go. That’s why I’m so crazy about this soft blush pink: It allows us to add this familiar favorite back into our lives once again, but in a sophisticated, stylish way.

A few more predictions

•  Gray will continue to be king of neutrals. But look for this color favorite to show its warm side as it will be paired with whispers of colors such as lilac, blush and sky.

•  Nailhead trim continues to make a statement as we find new ways to feature this accent.