Marie-Claire Saunders

2016 Interior Design Trends

Marie-Claire Saunders
2016 Interior Design Trends

No matter what the style or age of your house, you'll find something to suit it with this year's versatile design trends. From the glamour of the 1930's to pared back Scandi style, from retro 70's to dark floral inspired design, from light geometrics to clashing patterns, 2016 promises to offer much to inspire and has something to cater for every taste and budget.

Here are the 6 design trends to watch out for:

1) Simple Minimalism
Think of functional furniture, stripped back to their bare beauty - no fuss, no fancy finishes. Pale wood, plain walls, light filled spaces. Colours are muted; soft greys, gentle blues, warm whites. All together the look will be relaxed, calming and uncluttered.

2) 1930's Revival
More grown-up than the decade preceding it,  this revival brings together colours of black and gold against a back-drop of curves, hexagonal patterns and honeycomb design. Think round edges, a velvet sofa or a brass accent piece. Feather and fan motifs, animal prints and an angular mirror complete the look. Glossy and mirrored metallics add luxury and elegance.

3) Moody Florals
A trend reminiscent of the old Dutch Master paintings, key colours are charcoal, rich teal and midnight blue. Add bright florals or something light as a contrast to make the colours pop. In the bedroom take your inspiration from nature and combine dark forest green walls with a patterned floral quilt, keeping linens white. In the living room, painted wood and flowery cushions will give a nod to the look.

4) Clashing Patterns
Create a bold statement with this trend. This might be concentrated on one item, such as a covering a chair in an abstract fabric, or be spread across a room in a mix 'n' match of design. Keep it modern by using white as a backdrop or unify patterns along a specific colour theme. If combining two patterns, make sure they are of different scales.

5) Back to the 70's
Beautifully brought back to life, this is sophisticated 70's. Soft rugs, tan leather upholstery, dark wood and smoked glass. Bring it together with neutral tones, copper details, mustard, burnt orange, mink and chocolate brown. As a final touch, be sure to incorporate a house plant or two.

6) Light Geometrics
This trend puts together elements of mid-century modern and Scandinavian design. The result is a monochrome colour palette layered with geometric pattern. Colours are white, pale grey, dark blue, a hint of black. Choose chevrons, elongated hexagons, deconstructed geometrics. If this all sounds a bit too mathematical, warm it all up with honey-toned wood with lots of curve and splashes of yellow and candied orange.



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