Have a Fashionable Interior for 2016
You may have a fashionable wardrobe, but what about your home? Is it decorated and furnished in up-to-the-minute styles as well? Any doubts you are harboring about inferior interiors may be extinguished here, with your guide to what’s on trend, on fire and on the wane in domestic design for 2016.
Fresh color coordinates
The colors are the first thing we need to get straight. Pantone recently announced their go-to shades for 2016, and for the first time ever they couldn’t narrow it down to just one. Instead they selected two new shades they anticipate will be everywhere next year on walls, floors, furniture, textiles – anything that stays still long enough to get a shot of color. Rose Quartz and Serenity blue are the shades that got the vote – the pink is a robust but translucent color that teams fantastically with navy, black and other dark hues. The blue is more moody and atmospheric, sitting well with warm orange and red tones as well as natural greens and grays.
Another leading color next year will be Simply White – the Benjamin Moore top choice shade for 2016. It’s more than just a white paint; it has a warmth and depth that gives a subtle glow to walls, woodwork, exteriors and interiors. Anything from white shutters to painted floorboards or dressers, this creamy wonder-shade lights up rooms without looking stark. If you are going to paint anything white next year, you can’t go wrong with Simply White.
2016 will see metallic moments aplenty. Brass, silver, chrome, rose gold, copper, you name it – if it’s metallic it will be center stage. Bathrooms and kitchens will parade beautiful faucets in unusual shiny shades. Accessories will exploit the metallic angle to the max with lamp shades and bases, ceramics, tile and furnishings all joining the shiny party.
At last there will be geometrics we can use at home no matter what side of the style fence we sit on. The exciting new breed of geometric prints, textiles and wall coverings have a timeless beauty that fits equally in contemporary and vintage spaces. If you want to try this trending theme but need a little courage to know where to begin, start small with a foot stool upholstered in a bold, blocky print. If you are happy with the effect, build upon it with sofa cushions and some wall art in complimentary designs.
Designed to last
The use of natural products in the home such as stone, slate, wood, marble, bamboo and other earth-friendly products will push the sustainability envelope further. Contrasting rough textures such as stone with smooth, glossy finishes on glass and furniture will be a key trend gaining traction. Deeply textured fabrics, stone, upholstery, wallpaper and ceramics will all provide sensory overload to excite the touch and please the eye.
If you are putting together a room for 2016 and want it to reflect what’s in vogue, put your own spin on these colors and themes. Fashion is a fickle mistress and is liable to change quickly and without warning, but with these basic, signature style cues your interiors will be going in the right direction.
Article by Aimee Wilson