How to get a fashionable interior for 2016Feature of the week
We don’t have a crystal ball that enables us to see into the future of interior design for 2016, so a definitive rundown of what’s going to be hot and what’s losing its cool is a bit tricky. That said, we can make educated guesses and put forward informed opinions on what might be happening next year in a fashionable interior near you.
Every year, the design world gets excited as Pantone announces its annual superstar colour. The company hasn’t spilled the details yet for this year, but 2015’s shade was an earthy, pink-rinsed knockout called Marsala. Now seen on walls, upholstery and furnishings the world over, Marsala gives an indication of where we are at with the design palette currently. This year, further shades have been making headway, such as Rose Quartz and Tissue Pink, hues that reference the same slice of the colour wheel.
As well as the subdued pink spectrum, we can expect to see a continuation of intense blues and greens lighting up our interiors. Cobalt, emerald, teal, turquoise and mint shades will be pushed forward in the design mix.
Sleek and streamlined
The love affair with mid-century modern silhouettes shows no sign of fading, so fill your interiors with gorgeous furnishings boasting long lines and sleek finishes. For inspiration, check out 1950s and 1960s Scandinavian furniture, which uses warm, dark woods that sit pretty in our Northern European light. The compact dimensions of this furniture style suits smaller homes. At windows, continue the streamlined conversation with interior wooden shutters that open up the space that curtains used to over-fill so fussily and clumsily. With many different designs and finishes available, shop by shutter style to get the most complementary model for your home.
Rough, earthy pottery in naïve style will be making a comeback. Neutral, organic shades such as oatmeal, grey, tan and moss green will glow in soft glazes. At the other end of the ceramic spectrum, granny’s old tea set and dinner service will be getting a dusting off. Retro flavours in the tablescape will be everywhere next year, from delicate rosebud porcelain teacups to monochrome 1960s tableware and wall-to-wall willow pattern – it’s all up for discussion.
Fabrics in the frame
Bedding styles will remain muted and minimalist, leaning towards the almost monastic feel of biscuit-coloured linens and slate grey wools that have been so popular. Textured throws in pure natural fabrics will be the go-to dress code for smart beds next year.
If you crave a little glamour, deep navy blues and metallics marry up nicely to give a room charisma. A statement sofa in a strong shade against a boldly contrasting paint or wallpaper will be a key look. For a dose of intense colour therapy, you will be seeing a lot of vivid pink textiles from Guatemala, pretty patchwork and luxuriant fringing.
That’s your rundown of what you may find in fashionable interiors in 2016. With lots of delicious design and colourways predicted, next year is guaranteed to be a classic. Feeling inspired?
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