As 2015 draws to a close, it’s only natural to look ahead and wonder what the new year will have in store. Whilst 1st of January inspires many people to eat right, save money and embark on a lifestyle overhaul, what goals will we set for our homes?
As Taniya Nayak, interior designer and DIY television personality explains, “the new year brings fresh perspective and is the perfect time to experiment with décor,” and we couldn’t agree more. With this in mind, check out our list of eight interior trends to keep an eye out for over the next twelve months, from geometric tiles and deep, moody colours to the introduction of green plants within our indoor spaces.
With homeowners showing a growing concern for the sustainability of items in their home, upcycled products are set to become a must-have design element in 2016. This will lead to a rising number of experimental upcycled items, such as reclaimed kitchen tables, restored book cases and authentic Mason jar lights which are perfect for the eco-conscious consumer.
2. Geometric Tiles
Designers believe homeowners in 2016 will gravitate towards more geometric patterns, with materials such as cement and wood expected to play a role in achieving this. Whether this includes an intricately patterned floor or a striking kitchen countertop, it’s ideal for adding a focal point to an otherwise minimal interior.
3. Minimalist Furnishings
Whilst the concept of minimalism is nothing new, 2016 will see a new twist on this classic home trend. With more people opting to make the most of their existing property rather than upgrade to something bigger, maximising the usage of your space is essential. One way this will be achieved in 2016 is by eliminating all ‘useless’ items, with more emphasis placed on acquiring highly functional objects, rather than unnecessary clutter.
4. Bringing The Outdoors In
The trend of ‘bringing the outdoors in’ was inescapable in 2015 and it shows no signs of disappearing anytime soon. Along with adding colour and texture to your indoor space, scientists have discovered that plant-filled rooms contain 50-60% fewer airborne moulds and bacteria than rooms with no plants, so they’re a great well-being boost for your home. See our pick of the best harmonious houseplants in our blog post from earlier this year for extra inspiration.
5. Deep Colours
Dulux is declaring 2016 ‘the year of moody shades, futuristic inspiration and throwbacks to times past.’ This includes dramatic dark blues and purples, along with browns and caramels for a more vibrant retro look. But if you prefer a natural palette, soft greens, beige and grey are expected to remain popular- all of which are ideal for creating a beautiful, tranquil setting that works for every room in the home. Plus, with our patio awnings available in an endless array of finishes, styles and colour ways you’re sure to find the perfect patio awning to compliment the aesthetics of your home.
6. Seamless Connectivity
The ‘smart home’ as it has been dubbed is all about making our home life easier through the use of our smartphones, and this trend is set to become increasingly prevalent in 2016. As demand grows for products that can be controlled via our smartphones, it’s likely a growing number of household objects will soon be able to connect to the Internet and subsequently our mobile devices.
7. Metallics & Metals
The metal trend of 2015 is expected to continue into the new year, so why not make your home shine with a touch of metallic? “From acid wash metallic rugs to brass cylindrical vases for your flowers through to brushed brass side tables, there aren’t many homewares or interiors products that don’t work well in metallic tones,” says interior designer Emma Blomfield. You don’t have to spend a fortune to utilise this trend, she adds, “metallics should be considered the jewellery for your home with things like drawer handles and copper lamp shades through to candle jars making all the difference.”
8. Natural Patterns
Nature-inspired designs are set to make waves in 2016 and they can be easily adapted to suit the style of your home. For example, to make this trend work with an interior space with lots of detail, try simple designs inspired by nature, such as honeycombs, florals and leaves. Pair these with neutral colours for a soothing atmosphere, or have them enlarged and paint them in a bright colour for a bold statement. You can also integrate natural patterns through accent pieces, such as light fixtures that have reflective metals to mimic sparkling water, or a textured jute rug.