While I would never actively encourage anyone to follow every passing trend that comes out, as someone who is keenly interested and invested in interior design, I do like to keep an eye out for those things we may see filtering onto the high street for the coming year.
Happily, 2016 will prove to be an exciting year in interiors – from global influences to our own back gardens, our homes will be a reflection of the world around us.
Trend One: Bringing the outdoors in
While houseplants have been popular for the last year, we’ll see a return to 70’s style with hanging planters, wall planters and a bigger-is-better mentality. Look out for large potted palms and macramé to make waves.
We’re also seeing a return to natural wood finishes – from raw plywood to simple oiled furniture, the trend of everything painted is starting to die out. Let the natural grains shine through for a more up-to-date look.
We’ll also see more organic and natural forms in our interiors. From live edge coffee tables, faux and real furs to handmade pottery, there’s a return to nature and the great outdoors.
Keeping an eye on textiles, there will also be the influence of tropical motifs. Think palm fronds and exotic plants as these patterns will go far in bringing that outdoor look inside the home.
Trend Two: The handmade home
With more of us conscious of sustainable living and our ecological footprint, there’s a demand for locally crafted and handmade artisan goods from our own country to grace our homes.
Whether items are printed, knitted, woven or glazed, 2016’s customers want a “clear sense of the hand of the maker,” says Polly Dickens, creative director of Habitat, so that they feel connected to the craftsman.
Buying locally from smaller independent designers is not only ecologically and economically sound, it also means there’s less of a chance your friend (or worse – your mother!) will have the same things as you which is always a risk when buying from larger home stores. This allows you to curate a highly personal collection of items you love while supporting the little guy too – a win/win in my book.
Trend Three: Warm metals
While 2015 was the year copper became ‘the metal of the moment’, I predict that this will start to wane and brass and gold will take over as our chosen metallic. The 1950s and 1970s were highly influential on the catwalk and as much of fashion dictates interior design trends, we are seeing a similar influence in the way we use this warm metal.
Golds and brass warm up a space and reflective surfaces bounce light around a room and - using a few well-chosen pieces as accents - create a glamorous and affluent look no matter what your individual style.
Consider bringing in a few gold metal trays, brushed gold hardware or a contemporary brass light fitting. Avoid the 90’s style of overly polished brass and look for pieces in soft brushed gold or antique finishes.
Trend Four: Ethnic influences
Ethnic, geometric and Middle Eastern patterns will also play their part in bringing a global influence to our interiors next year. From patterned encaustic tiles in our kitchens to Moroccan style cushions in the lounge, the boho influence creates a warm and comfortable look.
Add texture and colour via woven accessories and look out for Moroccan and Turkish rugs to give your room a sense of travel and history.
Trend Five: Mixed materials
Why have one material when you can have two? Design shows across the country shared a playful mix of materials in everything from coffee tables to cutting boards. Think more classic combinations such as wood mixed with marble or more unexpected ones like concrete and gold. The juxtaposition of materials is kept simple with clean lines for a contemporary take with a Scandinavian influence.
Keeping an eye on trends is a wonderful way to update our homes with a few choice accessories or textiles but of course, it’s easy to get caught up buying simply what’s popular. In my eyes, it’s always better to buy what you truly love and allow trends to be an easy way of adding a few simple pieces to update our own look each year.
Kimberly Duran is an award-winning Interior Design blogger who chronicles her decorating journey in her blog, Swoon Worthy. Her style is unashamedly eclectic, bohemian and glamorous and when she's not helplessly drooling over design websites and adding things to the imaginary 'shopping basket' in her head, she likes to get messy tackling DIY projects, stalk eBay for bargains, take Instagram pictures of her cats and invest time in her on-going love affair with gold spray paint.