As another year of inspirational interiors ends, thoughts turn to the design trends that will dominate our decorating in 2016. Always keen to stay ahead, The LuxPad asked 30 experts to share their thoughts on 2016’s top interior design trends. Their predictions include a continuation of 2015’s metallics mania, while others are looking forward to using bold patterns and textures. Read on to discover more on-trend interior inspiration from the following categories:
2016 will redefine luxury with items that tell a story of authenticity and timelessness without being ostentatious. My designs will include geometric shapes in fabrics, artisan glass and precious metals. Indigo blue and gold are my colours of the year.
Monica Lenore, Interior Designer
While 2015 was the year copper became ‘the metal of the moment’, I predict that this will start to wane and brass and gold will take over as our chosen metallics. Golds and brass warm up a space and reflective surfaces bounce light around a room and using a few well-chosen pieces as accents create a glamorous and affluent look no matter what your individual style. Consider bringing in a few gold metal trays, brushed gold hardware or a contemporary brass light fitting.
Kimberly Duran, Interior Designer and Blogger
I think that the trend for unique artisanal items will continue to go from strength to strength, with people wanting well crafted and timeless pieces in their homes at the same time as supporting independent makers.
Emma Harris, Interior Blogger
2015 was all about copper and while we’ll retain our love of metallics in 2016, it’s likely our affections will switch to the timeless tones of brass and gold. Whatever your preference, a metallic purchase will always add a touch of interest to your home. Go for it!
Rachel, Interior Blogger
Artisan goods are getting more popular as buyers are consciously driven towards purchases that support small businesses. Locally made and sourced globally, artisanal products can be mixed with mass produced items as well as with vintage finds.
Jenny Kakoudakis, Interior Blogger
Bringing nature into the home will be a strong trend in 2016 – from the use of plants and living walls, to horticulture inspired fabrics and wallpapers. Another major trend will be combining natural materials such as wood, stone, cork, metals (in particular brass and copper). Combinations will vary from classic ones such as wood and marble to more unconventional ones such as raw concrete and gold. Simplicity of form will be key in the way each material will be mixed together.
Anna van Dongen, Interior Designer
2016 is the year of Organic Glamour: artisanal objects, natural materials shot through with metallic, botanical themes, and a mid century modern furniture style incorporating some oversized pieces. Gold features highly but mixing your metals remains a key trend, and a softer, pastel paint palette is sneaking in. Loving the old-world glamour!
Sarah Barclay, Interior Designer
For 2016 we see the emerging trend towards brass and warm gold-tones gathering pace and the popularity of copper, bronze and rose-coloured hues continuing.
‘Artisanal’ will be another key word in interiors with a resurgence of natural fibres, organic shapes, hand-crafted accessories and handwoven textiles as the mood swings away from a throw-away culture and we see colour and texture beginning to replace chrome and the sleek neutral boutique hotel look.
Hilary J White, Interior Designer
It’s the time of sophisticated interiors that are rich in surfaces and colour but pared back. A palette of one or two colours and rather than a lot of furniture each piece will be a stand alone statement.
Shaynna Blaze, Interior Designer
For 2016 we will see a move towards richer, warmer, darker shades. Inspiration will be taken from the past with the introduction of contemporary paint colour palettes based on deep Victorian reds and elegant Georgian blues. During 2016 we will continue to see statement wallpaper and fabric designs influenced by the tropics. Introduce pineapple and palm tree prints in gold and dark navy to create a sophisticated and exotic interior.
Kelly Davies, Interior Designer
The next season’s hottest shade of dusty pink should be paired with neutral tones such as marble and timber, or with metallics such as copper. Metals are really a key trend this season, as are raw timbers and rattan. These natural textures are all about getting back to basics and then adding accents to layer your space.
Steve Cordony, Interior Designer
As with all trends, they don’t die overnight so we will see some strong trends from 2015 continue into 2016 such as copper and marble. We will also see more of an increase in light oak furniture, monogrammed accessories and brass accents which will challenge the copper look. Pastels are still remaining strong, especially in artworks and soft furnishings when layered together with other stronger colours.
Emma Blomfield, Interior Designer
Having seen that one of the Pantone colours for 2016 is the wonderful Rose Quartz – a beautiful, subtle chalky pink, I’m confident (and excited!) that we will finally embrace pink as the new neutral in 2016. It works equally as well as grey at providing a warm, soft backdrop for statement artwork, furniture and accessories and used cleverly, creates a sophisticated, contemporary look that’s clean and cosy all at once.
Charlotte Duckworth, Interiors Expert
2016 colours will be Quartz Pink and Serenity light blue. I think we’ll find lot of furniture and home accessories in these colours with natural wooden accents and metal details, copper in particular!
Alessandra Barlassina, Interior Blogger
I am looking forward to working with softer, more airy tones in the upcoming year. I think materials like pale woods, pastel paint colours and light metals will be an important part of design in 2016.
Gabriella Palumbo, Interior Blogger
In 2016 we’ll be looking to nature for our colour palette. Bringing the outside in with mossy greens and swampy blues to soothe and uplift. Colour will be personal, from the heart and depend on how you want to feel in a room.
Jessica Zoob, Artist
There has been a real move towards the use of geometric and quilt-like patterns in floor tiles across a range of mediums from painted wood tiles to ceramics and encaustics, cement and even vinyls. Whether stark black and white or rendered in full spectrum of colours, these floors are certainly taking centre stage this year!
Linda Merrill, Interior Designer
2016 will be a year of nostalgia in the design industry. We will see the return of traditional layouts, prints and materials. From vintage China patterns to tailored design, what was old will be new again. Here are my top three trends for 2016.
Florals: Big bold floral prints will be all the rage in 2016. From time-honoured bouquets to bold leaf patterns, floral prints will dominate wallpapers and fabrics.
Copper and Rose Gold: We saw a hint of the copper and rose gold trend in 2015. But I expect theses metals will be even more popular in 2016.
Tailored Decor: I fell in love with the undecorated trend too. And it was fun while it lasted. But in 2016 we’ll revisit tailored design, with an emphasis on symmetry and balance.
Typhanie Peterson, Interior Designer
My favourite rising trend for 2016 is the layering of metallics. The mix of soft, warm toned metals – pale gold, rose gold and copper – creates the most glorious, uncontrived elegance and gives an exciting edge to pretty much any scheme.
Jo Hamilton, Interior Designer
Though decorative back-splashes have been popular for quite some time, the new trend popping up will be geometric three dimensional patterns. These will most likely be seen with cement and wood. The kitchen is a perfect room for geometric tiles. My design tip would be to let the movement in the tile be the star of the show. Consider using a neutral palette when using 3D tiles so as not to pull the eye away from the true feature.
Shai DeLuca-Tamasi, Interior Designer
One design trend that has started to pick up momentum, but will surely make a full splash in 2016 is patchwork tiles and patterned tiles. The variety of patterns, colours and applications are virtually endless. Perfect for instant ‘WOW’ factor!
Jennifer Woch, Interior Designer
2016 will be the year to experiment with pattern. We will see an increase in eclectic interiors that show a willingness to make bolder statements with pattern and texture. We will move away from the simple colour and single print combination, and instead favour a contrasting mix of paisleys, geometrics, florals and stripes, all incorporated under one scheme. Use pattern on small pieces such as cushions, rugs or an accent chair and offset against a plain block colour wall for an on-trend look in 2016.
Sam Brine, Interior Designer
While 2016 will be looking forward, florals are making a comeback. More linens than chintz but some very old classics are being rediscovered. Perfect for me! Wallcoverings are also seeing a revival, with more graphic patterns, brighter bolder colours but also some of the classic toiles and florals.
Christina Haire, Interior Designer
I think social media has a great influence on interiors right now. Everyone sees beautifully curated rooms on a daily basis in the palm of their hands. For that reason, I think we will see a lot of dressmaker details. More and more rooms will look custom designed. Bold patterns are another trend along with glazed linens and dramatic juxtaposing. I see a lot of urban coming back as well.
Ryan Saghian, Interior Designer
I tend to see a flirting with simplicity, natural materials, uncluttered spaces, handmade objects and basic forms that excites me. In a world of over-consumption and quantity over quality, this seems to be a welcoming change that I feel will thrive over the following years.
Eleni Psyllaki, Interior Blogger
The increased awareness of our responsibility for the health of our planet and the discreet omnipresence of technology will influence our interiors – bringing warmer colours, more natural materials and the widespread use of devices that will help to control in a more efficient way our resources.
Diego Correa, Interior Designer
The Danish concept of ‘Hygge’ is gaining a lot of attention at the moment, and this looks set to continue in 2016. Hygge has no direct translation, but it’s generally interpreted as the warm, happy feeling you get from spending time with friends and family and enjoying the little things in life. In the home this translates into creating interiors where you want to spend time and welcome others, with lots of candlelight, cosy textures and personal touches.
Abi Dare, Interior Blogger
I think in 2016 we will begin to see a shift towards coloured walls and more classic shapes and styles. White walls and modernism have held the spotlight for a while now, and I’m looking forward to a return to the classics.
Gwen Hefner, Interior Blogger
It seems as though there’s a resurgence in luxe living for 2016 – almost the antithesis to the Scandi-minimal-cool we’ve seen for the last few years; think rich, deep colours such as inky blues and forest greens coupled with luxurious materials like marbles and metallic finishes, then topped off with luscious foliage for an urban jungle edge. I’m so pleased metallics aren’t going anywhere either, as my love affair with everything gold, copper and brass isn’t waning anytime soon.
Jess Warner, Interior Blogger
So it seems like pastels and patterns, along with artisan materials, are among the interior design trends to watch out for in 2016. Shop by room at Amara to create the look and let us know which trend you are most excited to use next year!