Top 5 Interior Trends for 2016

So, here we are, it’s November already! Am I the only one who wonders where the year has gone? It seems to have passed so quickly! But enough looking back, what about next year and all the things it has in store for us? Ok, so I don’t have a crystal ball and can’t really predict what will actually happen, but I can give you a little bit of an idea about next year’s interiors trends. That’s not too bad, right? So, if you’re curious about what the interior world will look like next year then read on.

Bringing The Outdoors In

Outdoors Indoors

So, first up is the ‘outdoors indoors’ look. This is all about bringing the great outdoors into your home with the help of plants, rough and natural textures, wood and weather-beaten metal. Think about woodland textures and colours as well as items that might be useful to keep you warm out there like thick wool blankets. It also means furniture that can be used inside as well as outside like rattan chairs.

Handmade Home

Artisan

Another trend that is gaining momentum and will be big next year is ‘artisan’ and everything handmade. This one does in a way go hand in hand with the boho trend as well as everything sustainable. It’s not about quick, cheap and easily replaced fashion fixes, this is about items that are unique, have been crafted by individuals in workshops and will last a lifetime – unless you’re clumsy and smash them of course. This is also about muted colours and natural materials. Just think about things like pottery, macrame, extra chunky wool throws and hand carved wooden spoons and you’re on the right track.

Warm Metallics

Metallics

Next up: metallics. In particular the warm ones like gold and copper. No, it’s not exactly a brand new trend, but it’s definitely one to stay. If you don’t want to transform an entire wall, then add some statement pieces like a gold (no, not solid!) lampshade, stools, shelves or even some small bowls. Anything really that will add just a touch of glam to your home.

Crystals & Minerals

Crystals

Crystals and minerals. Items like agate coasters as well as bowls filled with natural crystals will be seen not only in homes of baby boomers with hippie tendencies (ok, I’m clearly exaggerating here), but in all stylish homes. Large, chunky pieces make a beautiful display on shelves as well as coffee tables and smaller pieces are now even being used as drawer handles.

Middle Eastern Influences

Middle East Patterns

If you like colourful interiors and patterns, then the Middle Eastern inspired trend is just right for you. Ornamental patterns in striking colours have been translated and simplified for a modern take which will liven up any room. There are items available for kitchens as well as living rooms, tiles for bathrooms and cushions for bedrooms. If you’re looking to bring patterns into your home, then this is the way to go.

Now, all these trends are of course only suggestions and I’m not saying that anybody should throw out favourite pieces and replace them with items just because they’re on trend. No, this is really just to give you a few ideas if you’re looking to update parts of your home and I hope they are useful to you.

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Originally from Paris, Carole previously lived in Germany and settled in London in 2009. Initially aspiring to become an interior designer, Carole soon discovered that she hated drawing floor plans, but loved putting the finishing touches in after the main build was done. Since then, she’s never looked back and has eked out a career as an in-demand interiors stylist here in the UK.