Key Interior Design Trends for 2016

  • Mixing old and new: I’ve always been a fan of mixing old and new – because you get the best of both worlds! Classic, timeless pieces can blend effortlessly amongst modern styles and technology. With the recent minimalist trend, certain interiors can risk becoming bland and sterile, but with the addition of vintage or retro pieces, you can inject character into a room. I for one am very happy to see this trend gaining popularity.


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  • Adding the personal touch: Demand for bespoke and artisan interiors products has soared in recent years. Everyone wants something that sets their home apart. Handmade items are often perceived to hold greater value than the mass produced. They also provide a connection to the maker, add a storytelling aspect to the design process and give more value for money. The increased interaction between consumers and designers enables more customisation of products, creating unique pieces. This is an exciting trend that many retailers could use to their advantage. Daniel Hopwood, president of British Institute of Interior Design (, says: ‘The recent up-cycling craze, is about to become more sophisticated. ‘This year is about taking the shop bought product and customising it to add character and personality or finding the craftsmen or artist to create the bespoke.’

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  • High Contrast: This trend draws parallels with the mix of old and new. Creating a contrast of styles or textures creates interest and adds depth to a room scheme. I think this trend will most prominently be seen in kitchen design with a move away from plain white and cream gloss units and shift towards a mix of monochrome cupboards as well as contrasting the plain gloss units with more interesting and warming wooden cupboards.

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  • Graphic Tiles: Geometric prints have been making a statement in kitchens and bathrooms throughout 2015 and this trend looks set to continue. These bold prints and patterns can be used to jazz up walls and floors, while giving a modern edge.

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  • Brightly patterned fabrics: Vibrant fabrics with an Asian and South American influence are likely to be big this year. With the Olympics in Rio this year, Brazilian colour influences and exotic motifs are likely to be seen across fabrics and textiles.

    Philippa Prinsloo, design manager for John Lewis Home, says Brazilian themes will be big. ‘Brazilian brings out vibrant greens that celebrates the more exotic flora and fauna of jungle and the Forest,’ she said. ‘The bright colours help to accessorise a space and do so with a bit of wild abandon.’ Brightly coloured patterned fabrics can add warmth to a room and are a great way of adding style that can be easily changed.

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  • Statement lighting: Lighting is a big trend at the moment and an excellent way to creature a feature in a room without too much disruption. We’ve seen the growth of pendant lights, especially in kitchens and above breakfast bars, as seen here. This is likely to continue with more statement lighting making it’s way into other rooms.


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  • Metallics: Metallics have been on trend for a while, with copper taking centre stage. With more 70’s influences appearing, a shift towards brass and gold accents looks likely. From appliances, to hardware to light fixtures, warmer metals will be adding interest, style and glamour to interiors in 2016.

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  • Calm, soft tone colours: This year’s Panetone colours (Rose Quartz & Serenity) provide a calming colour palette; with some predicting the soft dusky pink will become a staple neutral. These colours, reminiscent of the 1950’s work well with retro and mid century looks.


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  • More eclectic kitchens: Kitchens are likely to lean towards a more lived in look in 2016. This makes sense with kitchens being the heart of the home. The move away from stark, single colour units and the introduction of contrasting units as well as natural elements, continues this trend. Open wooden shelving can help to achieve this vibe, with mismatched ceramics and crockery on display and easy to access.

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  • Statement bathroom mirrors: 2016 will see the introduction of luxe, high impact bathroom mirrors in place of medicinal mirrored cabinets. This is a fantastic opportunity to add glamour to your bathroom. It can also help maximise space in what can often be a small room by reflecting light at the same time as creating a focal point.

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I’ve just picked a few of the key trends likely to be gracing interiors over the next 12 months, there are many more which may or may not take off.

It will be interesting to check back in later in the year to see which trends have made most impact and if any unpredicted trends surface. While it is important to be aware of the changing trends, it doesn’t mean you should be remodelling your entire house based on them. You may like to pick and choose according to your preferred style or you may not follow trends at all, but prefer more timeless decor.

Either way I’d love to know if you have incorporated any of these key trends in your interiors, whether it was deliberate or pure coincidence …


The Great Gatsby – Weekend Style File: Art Deco

Having started a new job 2 weeks ago here in Melbourne, I’ve been kept busy and so a new blog entry is definitely overdue! I promise it’s worth the wait … After celebrating our 10 year anniversary yesterday, my husband and I are having a chilled out day today, which gives me the perfect opportunity to partake in one of my favourite past times – gazing at beautiful interiors. I have decided that in an attempt to create a regular feature I will post a weekend style file focusing on a particular Interior style each week.

With my birthday fast approaching this month, I had been pondering over my plans. And when I saw the trailer for The Great Gatsby remake I knew a trip to the movies to see it was definitely in order! The trailer reminded me about everything I love about the 1920’s/1930’s and the Art Deco style and so that is the inspiration for this weekend’s post. Enjoy!

This style is all about sophisticated glamour, so it’s no wonder it originated in France. I love the extravagance of this era and the use of sleek, artistic furniture. I’ve always been drawn to the symmetry and order of this style and love the sweeping curves and definitive edges. Black accents provide contrast as part of a dramatic monochrome colour scheme.

It’s a distinctive style, which adds colour with blue-grey and jade accents. The addition of mirrored surfaces and crystal chandeliers creates a decadent feel. The way this style combines functionality with elegance makes it a popular choice for interiors, as does it’s timeless good design and ability to compliment other styles, as well as stand alone.

This room uses a combination of curves and symmetrical straight edges. The extravagant light fitting provides a central focal point.

This interior is courtesy of Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony’s beautiful Californian mansion. The soft elegant seating works well with the stylish black and metallic furniture and the pink flowers provide a pop of colour against the muted blue-grey colour palette.

This room has more of a kitsch feel with the bold yellow walls and eclectic use of furniture.

Art deco also works well in the bathroom with the intricate mirror shape reflected in the tiles. The stylish tear drop lights compliment the decadent marble basin.

Provincial French style furniture creates a sophisticated look against a yellow and grey colour scheme.

A more masculine take on Art Deco using symmetry and monochrome.

The use of curves and soft textures against brown tones gives a rustic feel.

Key elements of Art Deco style

– Art Deco Interiors often use a contrasting monochrome colour scheme or a soft pastel palette.

– Furniture is decorative and artistic with dramatic curves and sharp edges.

– Symmetrical patterns, including the iconic fan print and geometric shapes create interesting design.

– Mirrored and glass surfaces are used to add glamour.

– Blue and green accents add a pop of colour.

I love taking inspiration from Art Deco and many of my interior choices are based on this theme. One of my favourite elements is the use of mirrored glass surfaces, what is yours?

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Passport to Morocco

Having always been romanced by Moroccan style, last year I visited for the first time and was able to experience it myself. The beautiful architecture and interior accessories at the local markets did not disappoint. Since then, Moroccan design influences seem to be everywhere and will form the theme for my new living space. Join me as I explore the origins of Moroccan style and it’s key elements.

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How has Moroccan style evolved?

Morocco has a rich cultural heritage with many different influences. It is a style that is exotic, elegant and mysterious. Morocco’s early influences come from the Islamic and Berber eras and in more recent history from it’s French and Spanish occupiers. This fusion of different cultures has lead to a style based upon dramatic contrasts. With cool tiled floors layered with soft rugs, fresh white walls draped with luxurious fabrics and metallic lanterns emitting soft, warm light. This is often complimented with beautifully carved wood, plush, inviting seating areas and bold, geometric patterns. Another source of design inspiration comes from Morocco’s landscape. From the rocky mountains to the azure coastlines, from the dusty sahara to the lush oases, an eclectic mix of colours and textures can be found. The combination of Ancient Moorish, Modern Mediterranean and environmental influences has created the Moroccan style as we know it.

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What are the different elements of Moroccan style?

Bright Colours

Colours found in Moroccan interiors are often bright and warm, reflecting the climate and landscape in which they are found. Vibrant tangerine, sunshine yellow, exotic fuchsia, deep red, rich purple and brilliant turquoise. Alongside a cooler palette of brilliant white, cool metallics and dark wood. One of my favourite colour combinations is pink and turquoise and I am currently toying with the idea of a coral pink and aqua colour scheme for my own Moroccan themed living space.

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Moroccan style is full of vivid patterns, both bold and intricate. A variety of tessellating shapes can be seen, often reflecting the architecture it’s contained within. I love the symmetry and intricacy of these patterns and how they breathe life into a room when combined with the warm Moroccan colours. Different patterns can be combined together, still remaining cohesive with the overall scheme. A popular design is the lattice pattern, which can be seen on many Moroccan-inspired fabrics.


Combining a variety of textures is a defining element of Moroccan style. Drapes and canopies are often used to create a tent-like feel and soften a room. Silver metal lanterns produce soft lighting and piles of odd numbered cushions in a variety of colourful designs, make rooms inviting. Floors are often tiled and covered with exotic, hand woven rugs, as well as leather poufs.

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Seating and furniture

Moroccan seating is usually low to the ground and designed to create a calm oasis to escape the heat. Long communal seating areas filled with soft cushions and a variety of poufs make for a relaxing hub. Moroccan style furniture is often ornate and intricate, with beautifully carved wood, imprinted metal trays or a a combination of iron scroll, wood and glass. White washed wood also creates a cool, clean look against bright colours.

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Creating a soft warm light through the use of lanterns, candles and lamps is essential to create the right ambience for Moroccan style. I absolutely adore lanterns and I have a wide growing collection, which fits in well with this theme. You can also produce a romantic Moroccan feel with paper lanterns, cut out lamps and carved scroll bases.

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Create a Moroccan-inspired interior with these 5 easy steps:

– Choose a palette of bright contrasting colours

– Mix a variety of textures

– Include repeating geometric prints

– Use well-made furniture with intricate detail

– Create soft lighting through the use of lanterns

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I am looking forward to creating a Moroccan feel in our new Australian living space. And once our furniture arrives from the UK, I can start putting my plans into practise. Inevitably there will be elements that in reality don’t work, so I’m sure there will be some compromises. Still, I am positive it will look great and will be back with an update once my vision is underway! In the meantime, do you have a favourite element of Moroccan style? Feel free to share, I’d love to know!

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