In a few weeks time I’ll be moving house and the hours spent trawling the internet for furniture and inspiration have got me excited for all the great homeware a new year brings. After last year’s obsession with marble and copper, palm print wallpaper and ombre everything, it’s time to look forward to some fresh ideas for home decor.
This isn’t a 2016 trend guide per se but rather a list of things I’d love to see more of in the new year and hope to work into my new home.
1. Deep, pillowy sofas
There’s something wonderful about a deep squishy sofa you can snuggle into, where comfort takes priority over a sleek design. The pillow back sofa takes this to the next level, with a marshmallow cloud of cushions replacing traditional back support. Great for casual entertaining and by that I mean movie nights with friends.
2. Cosy nooks
Custom built seating is a glorious way to squeeze maximum utility out of your square footage, especially if you’re dealing with oddly shaped rooms. Any unloved corner can be turned into a cosy space to be enjoyed, whether with a window seat or a breakfast nook. They look super chic despite not costing a bomb and if under-seat storage is added, they make for a handy place to hide things you don’t need everyday like that 5kg sack of cat litter.
3. Moroccan influence
Moroccan inspired design has taken off again since the latter half of last year but to be honest, it never really went out of style. There’s a lot to love about this decor, from the warm, vibrant colours to the intricate artistry of local handicrafts.
Moroccan interiors have a refined elegance that’s hard to copy authentically in the UK, but a few statement accents worked into your existing decor is all it takes to give your home a worldly feel.
4. Statement mirrors
A statement mirror is a pretty easy way to make a room feel luxurious, especially when space and natural light are in short supply. They work wonders in a bathroom in lieu of a standard medicine cabinet or propped near a bath for a spa-like atmosphere. For maximum impact, go for an oversized one that skims close to the ceiling. It’ll make the room feel tall and airy.
5. Marble kitchens
Marble isn’t the cheapest material for the kitchen but a really beautiful one for those ready for the investment. Cladding both the countertop and splashback with the same stone makes a striking statement which looks great paired with gold or brass hardware.
6. Brass accents
Speaking of brass, this gorgeous golden metal is taking over the country’s copper obsession of the past few years and in my opinion, it’s about time. Brass has the same warmth as copper but with an understated elegance that improves with age.
7. Natural finishes
‘Natural’, ‘raw’ and ‘organic’ are all words we can’t seem to get enough of these days but not just to describe our food. Nature’s finest materials are being used in their purest forms to make homewares you can’t help but touch. This includes reclaimed wood tables with a story to tell. Stone and metal brought together in deliberate juxtaposition. Braided wool rugs for a wonderful texture underfoot. It’s all about bringing nature home.
8. Tranquil colour schemes
Pantone’s colours of the year have been announced and they’re surprisingly demure washes of pink and blue. Whether our turbulent economy’s got us craving tranquility I don’t know, but I’m firmly on board with this trend if it means there’s not a single palm tree or pineapple-themed wallpaper in sight. Layering shades of soft, calming neutrals, from greys and blues to creams and oranges, make for a relaxing space that’s all about bringing harmony into the home.
I’m curious to know which trends you’ve been loving recently and which you’ll be kissing goodbye in 2016! Leave me a comment below 🙂
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