Design 2016: 5 Trends
2016 is now upon us, and it’s ushered in a whole host of new design trends and themes. One of the most popular, with both professionals and amateurs alike, is the blending of classic with contemporary design. By breathing new life into old ideas, many designers are reshaping the past into something completely new.
Here are some of the biggest design trends which blend the traditional with the new that we are expecting to see this year:
- New Combinations of Styles, Materials, and Decoration Patterns
By mixing the old and the new, modern interior designers will pair the sleekness and smoothness of contemporary design with the vintage, the reclaimed, and the antique.
One of the most effective and memorable ways to achieve a successful fusion is to combine modern paints, wallpapers, flooring, and fittings with vintage or reclaimed furniture.
- Interior Decorating Materials
In 2016, salvaged wood, stone, and metal will be popular. These materials are able to confer feelings of relaxation, warmth, and elegance in a way that synthetic or newer materials simply cannot replicate. Reclaimed and upcycled furniture will be popular, and will be set against contemporary design in a striking way.
This year, we will see designers opt for natural and soothing colours, such as soft pastels, greys, soft blacks, and creamy white tones. Other brighter colours (such as mustards yellows, mauves, purples, and rich blues) will be used to draw attention to certain parts of a space, but will be used sparingly.
- Natural and Organic Designs
Environmental considerations will be as important this year as in recent years for interior designers, and there will be a trend to create open, natural, and “green” spaces. By bringing in organic and natural themes, designers are able to create a relaxing ambience. Some common ideas include: stained glass windows, mirror windows, reclaimed shutters and doors, and antique panelling.
- Versatile Design
By blurring the traditional boundary between outdoors and indoors, versatile design uses furniture, lighting, and décor that functions equally well in internal or external environments. Using materials such as exposed brick, ceramic, rustic wood, and stone can all be used to achieve this effect.
Do you like these design trends? If so, let us know your favourite. Or, if we’ve missed something off our list, please let us know!