We hunted far and wide to find out what top home designers were forecasting for this upcoming year. We’re completely on board with some of these decor predictions, and others we think we’ll take a pass on. But with no further ado, here are top 5 interior design trends for 2016:
Tech- Free Living Rooms
In line with the slow living trend, more and more homes are making a conscious effort to exclude technology from their family rooms. The idea behind this decor choice is to consciously foster quality conversation, creativity and interaction between family members, thereby creating healthier relationships at home.
Spa-Like, Liveable Bathrooms
While bathroom decor has long been overlooked, a forecasted trend in 2016 is large, polished bathrooms that imitate living spaces. With new developments adding more square footage in this department, designers are enthusiastically sneaking sofas, reading nooks and decorative cabinets into their bathroom designs.
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Sustainable, Raw Materials
Top players in the design and architecture industries point to a push towards locally sourced timbers, natural fabrics, and timeless quality over fast fashion. The philosophy behind sustainable decor is to buy fewer, long-lasting pieces, and then to take better care of them. Here’s a beautiful passage from Kinfolk Home, describing John and Juli Baker’s family house.
Locally sourced materials dominate the home’s landscape, including Douglas fir floors, white oak cabinets and Quebec soapstone countertops in the kitchen. The cabinetry was made with wood instead of veneer, and much of the stonework was left untreated so that the stone would improve with age. “The countertops show the most interesting patina effect because you can see where we tend to work: The dark areas where our hands tend to rest and where we cook. We think this adds life to the home.”
Formal Dining Rooms
A surprising trend to look out for is more and more homeowners converting guest bedrooms or offices into formal dining spaces. We won’t complain since we love the idea of sit-down family meals and big friend-filled dinner parties. We can only hope they all look as stylish as this lilac number from Elle Decor.
Mixed Material Kitchens
Perfectly co-ordinated kitchens are, as of January, a thing of the past. What’s in this year is mix-matched colours, eclectic vibes and truly personalized space. So if you’re hopelessly torn between rustic wood, modern white counters, luxurious marble or vintage brass, here’s your chance to incorporate all four into your design.
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