We’re well into the new year now, so the question that most room and home stylists are asking is “what popular trends that were set in 2015 are likely to continue into 2016?” This is an important question to ask, as no one wants to re-style their home on an annual basis, but then no one wants to live in a home that is considerably behind the times.
Duality was perhaps the largest design aspect of 2015, and it’s a theme that seems set to play a big role in 2016 as well in all aspects of design from architecture to fashion, including interiors and décor. A nicely designed room is one which mixes contrasting styles and elements that still knit together well.
One popular idea has been the mix of traditional simplicity with more contemporary aspects of indulgence. This idea comes from a simple mix of the functionality of a room (the need for it to be welcoming and comfortable) with a slight edge of decadence without being overly ostentatious. This seems to match the current Zeitgeist – fear and trepidation over the future being rendered less scary by the application of past comforts. However, we still like to have a touch of glamour in our lives.
If you prefer your colours rich and lush, then bad news, the current trend for fashionable colours is unlikely to appeal to you. The preference in 2015 – and one that looks set to continue in 2016 – was for colours to be ‘greyed down’, i.e., for a grey shade to be added to them to take away a little of their richness. The lush blueness of indigo works well when applied via this method, as does the ‘Pantone Colour of the Year’ Marsala (named after the wine with has an earthy red colour).
Achieving a ‘2015-2016’ look is all about mixing the contemporary with the traditional.
Metallic elements are also incredibly popular at the moment. This can be achieved by choosing metallic effect stripping for your Amtico flooring which comes in a range of bespoke widths.
Simplicity is also a factor when it comes to contemporary design elements. The trend is for our homes to become de-cluttered sanctuaries, meant as stark contrast to the busy way most of us seem to live our lives these days. It signifies a craving for the return of simpler lives when our precious time was not constantly spent on electronic devices and social media. The result is the creation of design palettes consisting of neutral, undemanding tones and unfussy finishes. Think cosy and light as opposed to busy and colourful.
Décor fashions come and go, and if having décor that is up-to-the-minute when it comes to the latest trends is important to you, then you probably styled your home a certain way in 2015. The good news is that to stay contemporary in 2016, it seems a complete décor facelift is not likely to be required. If you are considering a new floor for your home or commercial space then please call us on 020 8249 9726 or click here to complete the contact form and we will be in contact within 24 hours.
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