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 …


Weekend Style File: Industrial

20130602-150809.jpgSo another week has passed and the weather here in Melbourne has taken a turn for the worse. Winter is definitely coming! So it’s time to curl up on the sofa and get blogging. The inspiration for this weekend’s style file actually comes from a friend’s apartment block. After torrential down pours on Friday, making it virtually impossible to get a cab, we finally made it to her apartment for birthday drinks, only a little bit worse for wear.

The apartment building itself is a converted factory and upon stepping inside you are given clues as to the nature of the industry once located there. Vintage posters advertising chocolate hint at days gone by and the interior remains true to it’s industrial roots. The foyer has been left as a huge open space with dark wooden floors, exposed bricks, pipe work and supporting beams, no fussy decor or carpets in sight. I love this style and think it works really well in large spaces or open plan lofts. Therefore, this week I shall be exploring interiors with an industrial look …

This style is all about stripping back large industrial spaces to the bare minimum leaving a few exposed features, such as brickwork and metal pipes. I love the use of up cycled machinery and simple ergonomic furniture. Although colour can feature, the colour scheme for this style usually consists of greys, browns and blacks due to the materials used in the furniture. While it is often used in big spaces and runs the risk of feeling cold and sterile. It can actually have the opposite effect and provide a cosy feel.

The giant rust effect clock looks stunning against the exposed bricks in this interior.

20130602-151805.jpgA stunning log burner provides a central feature, while a deep teal coloured sofa adds warmth. Also love the exposed copper pipes creating a balcony on the mezzanine above.




20130602-152208.jpgLove the mix of quirky accessories that livens up this room.

These stools are amazing and look striking against the rustic wooden island.

The use of metal lampshades is common in this theme and this one is an interesting feature.

Industrial style bedrooms and kitchens can also work …





Create your own Industrial interior with these 5 steps:

– Strip back large open plan spaces to their bare minimum.

– Create a feature out of exposed brickwork, pipes and supporting columns.

– Light the space with vintage lightbulb pendants, metal lampshades or large spotlights.

– Use ergonomic/up-cycled furniture made from old wood, metal and machinery.

– Decorate with quirky, vintage accessories, linked to the history of the building where possible.

There are many elements of this style which I love and whilst you can make it work in smaller spaces I think it is best suited if you have a large open plan living area. Industrial influences can be seen a lot in current retailing furniture and elements of it can work well as part of other themes. How could you make it work in your own space?

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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