2016 may seem a long way away. But already the world of design is looking forward to the influences that will be inspiring us next year. So let’s fast forward 12 months and take a sneaky peak at some of the colours, themes and ideas that will be popping up in our homes a year from now.
This concept evokes the mood of the Middle East, perhaps a little ostentatious but with a striking, modern twist.Many designs feature ornamental monotones and story-telling motifs, often with a sense of exaggerated luxury and opulence – think gold leaf and fabulous fabrics such as soft velvets and silks.
The trend is defined by stunning oriental décor but its traditional, intricate designs have been refined and simplified to give it a modern edge. Cool hued jewel tones – sapphire blues, amethyst purples and aquamarine are teamed with accents of traditional gold and crisp, contemporary white for a 21st century take on a traditional look.
Delicate, with an almost transparent feel, there is a fragility to these designs. Fundamentally, this trend is all about exploration – putting images under the microscope and using pixelated imagery to delve into the image within. Picture the humanity in identity – complex and mysterious – and take the concept a step further, a form of creative un-framing if you like. It experiments with constructed and reconstructed shapes, selfie photo prints and print blocking. Perhaps we are putting ourselves beneath the microscope.
Colours are soft though, evoking a sense of contemporary romance – cool pastels and sepia tinted hues, while ergonomic designs focus on soft, curved lines, emphasising comfort over style. Adding to this ethereal feel, natural, rustic fabrics – linens and cottons – are key but we can have a little fun with them, maybe adding a gloss treatment for a delicate, translucent finish.
Unity is the keyword here. We’re sociable creatures so we love to create spaces that unite us – harnessing our collective energy to craft interiors that are light and filled with colour, brimming with optimism and vitality.
There is a definite mid-century feel going on here – an energising retro look which brings a contemporary yet vintage look to our homes. If I could sum up this concept, it would be all about ‘dynamic streamlining’ – graphic lines, pop art prints and geometric prints with those distinctive honeycomb structures – the epitome of 1950s and 1960s chic. Colour too is essential to the concept so mix it up with pastels and vibrant hues or perhaps vivid sporty tones.
If you’re looking to add new pieces to your home, make sure they are innovative and multi-purpose – they need to earn their keep. 2016 is all about smart products for easy living.
Raw materials possess a beauty which is all their own. This trend draws inspiration from primitive, rugged landscapes where natural, rustic materials such as stone and timber lay undiscovered and where brightly coloured metals are yet to be mined. So for colours, opt for radiant naturals – white, yellow, orange, graphite grey and metallics – big, bold and explosive.
This is a world of scientific exploration, of pushing boundaries – far flung places where the planet’s precious resources, sensuous materials and imperfect structures, provide natural inspiration for our own man-made world.