Wow - where did January go? We hope you all had a very good New Year, and are back into the swing of things! On that note, we had better get on with taking a look at the what some of the key interior trends are for 2016 before it's too late!
Dulux have released their colour trend forecast for 2016 - and are calling this the dawn of "The Design Age". This is where the one-off, bespoke, hand-made or hand-crafted, limited edition is a key factor across all four of it's key colour trends. The image above represents 'Future Past' where we are recreating a new version of the old - in other words: "as we move towards the future we look for reassurance from our past. We are drawn to contemporary designs that evoke reassuring memories".
The use of natural materials such as marble and timber is continuing - but this time we are seeing less angular treatments and some gentle curves, check out the bullnose profile on this bench top designed by Sydney firm Arent & Pyke and the curvaceous furniture used in the same project below.
Building on the trend of reinventing the nostalgic - we are seeing the use of embellishment with our soft furnishings with extra fringing, cording and tassels added to our upholstery, drapery and cushions.
The use of traditional handcrafts re-invented such weaving and knitting with stunning woven wall-hangings and giant knitting being increasingly used in our interiors.
Black kitchen cabinetry is still going strong but now there is a push from more and more manufacturers to have sexy black stainless steel appliances to accompany this. Samsung, LG, KitchenAid and Smeg have launched some stunning black large-scale appliances that Houzz predicts will be a key trend this year.
Gender-neutral children rooms are another emerging trend which we will see more of in 2016. This month's Inside Out magazine features this delicious mint green example below!
Finally - it is fitting to end on the Pantone Colour of the Year for 2016 - which for the first time is in fact two shades, Rose Quartz and Serenity. Fittingly - these shades cross the gender divide - challenging traditional perceptions of colour association, and provide a sense of tranquility balancing the warmer blush tones with the cooler blue giving a soothing sense of order and peace.
Which trend will find it's way into your interiors this year I wonder?!