Top Ten Hottest Interior Design Trends of 2016
With the rise in popularity of inspirational websites such as Pinterest andHouzz, we are seeing a paradigm shift in the way the masses view interior design. Social media in general is simply inspiring many young designers, home owners and developers in becoming way more conscious about design.
We at Noam Hazan Design Studio collect, research and test thousands of materials, objects and furniture every year. We decided to share our knowledge and expertise and compile a short list of what we believe to be the top ten hottest interior design trends of 2016.
1) Happy Tiles
First came happy socks, then came ‘happy’ tiles. Well, sort of. Colourful tiles, famous in Gaudi esq Barcelona, are making their way across the world, bringing some character to what would usually be a one-tone tile bathroom or kitchen. Some designers have even gone as far as using them in the bedroom and even for a full exterior.
Tip: This can be a hit or miss, so make sure that you see the full layout before you buy.
2) Geometry is the new black.
3D Printing and modeling have had a huge influence on interior design. Whether used in terrariums, light fixtures, wall decals or floor tiles, geometric shapes are all over the place. With the introduction of parametric design, geometry inspired interior elements are even in some cases influencing the natural shape of a bear head. The optical illusion is really the most fascinating experience when it comes to geometric shapes, creating a lot of character in a space like a bathroom. Careful not to go too crazy as you might get a bit dizzy.
Tip: These do look awesome, but don’t be fooled, we predict this trend is exactly what it says on the box (just a trend).
3) You have not lost your Marble!
Timeless as marble is, we are seeing a reemergence of marble being used much more frequently, and in items that it wouldn’t traditionally be found. Besides the twenty first century modern coffee tables, marble is expected to make a comeback in a range of household products such as vases, coasters, tea cups, chairs and more. Make sure to look out for the type of marble you are selecting. We like Calacatta marble the best, but Carrara can look good too. Whites with grey veins, and grey with white veins. If you are incorporating our next trend into your design, check out black marble with gold veins, it can look really awesome.
Tip: If you are making your own coffee table, or need small amounts of marble, go to a counter-top fabricator and ask them to see their scrap. They will often only charge if you to cut it to the size you want.
4) The Golden Era
Out with the stainless steel and in with the golden era (or bronze age). Gold and bronze items, inspired by decadence and vintage (or both) is coming back in style, but not really in light switches and plug sockets like back in the day (although on the right coloured wall could be amazing), but in cutlery, table frames, pendant lights and wall features. It is difficult to tell how long this fad will last, but for now, it really creates a sense of style and wealth in any interior.
Tip: Keep an eye out for rose gold as it is also making a slow but sure comeback into 2016.
5) Let there be Feature Lights & Edison Bulbs.
Whether it’s the spider light or a glowing halo, look for an awesome pendant lamp or chandelier to create that wow factor. If you are looking for some variety over your kitchen island such as the tom-dixon lights (not shown), or something fun for the lounge (such as the bowler hat pendants), look for something that will not only set the mood, but also create an impact for anyone entering the space. The Edison bulb has also recently made a comeback and will probably stay for a while with the recent introduction of Edison style LED’s. Not only do they look awesome, but they LED’s are also super energy efficient and produce more light than the traditional Edison bulb.
6) Vintage & Artisan
Imagine a mustached hipster in a leather brown waistcoat sitting in an unused, derelict factory. What objects do you think you will find? Industrial, reusable and vintage are the key words in some of these awesome interior features, whether they are used as shelving or a toilet roll holder, reusing vintage or just unused objects in the right way can give so much character to a space. Likely as a by-product of the recession, combined with the internet, these funky ideas have been hot in 2015 and we think they aren’t going away anytime soon.
Tip: The masses are only really starting to reap the benefits internet shopping on a personal scale. Websites such as etsy really give you the opportunity to buy some amazing artisan items that you would not find on a high street store. Not only that, but you can almost guarantee that your friends won’t have the same.
Shop: Etsy, Ebay
7) Clouding your judgement (and reflection)
You are probably wondering why on earth you would buy a mirror which does not have as clear a surface as your grandmother’s crystal vases. Well, antique, cloudy mirrors are coming back in style. Despite minimally reducing the functionality of a mirror, it creates a decadent, vintage and ironically classy feel to a space.
Tip: Make sure its accompanied by a good frame, something ornamental or art-deco should do the trick, otherwise it may look like you have picked it out from the neighbours dumpster (skip). You could also mount it on your wall but make sure that it is positioned appropriately in a similar style interior.
8) Picture the Scene: Wallpaper & Murals
Again, we have seen the emergence of choice, colour and texture. First with tiles and now in wallpaper. In a generation that has an abundance of choice, a simple solid colour will no longer do the trick. In 2014 and 2015 we saw multi coloured walls fill google style offices around the world, this year the walls will have greater depth in their range of styles, patterns and even scenery.
Tip: Shop around and you can usually find some good deals from wallpaper web based companies.
Shop: Pixersize.com, eazywallz.com
9) The grass is greener on the other side
That’s right, the other side being inside as greenery finds it’s way into interiors in some nontraditional ways, for example upside down hanging plants, or geometric wall hung terrariums. There is not doubt that bursts of green can really enhance and liven up a space. Contrast it in a light, bright space to make it really stand out.
Tip: Careful not to over do it, unless your intention is to look like the rainforest cafe.
10. Got Wood?
It is not only plants that are creeping their way into the indoors, but wood is becoming cool again. We have seen CNC’d spas, chipboard offices and barn-board feature walls and we expect wood to continue to trend. Not only can it be more reasonable than glass or steel, but it also softens up the room, especially in the winter!
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