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Interior design trends for 2016

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Happy Sunday everyone! I’m taking a rare day off to visit the Ideal Home Show at Olympia this weekend so I asked one of my most reliable sources of design inspiration – Baytree Interiors – to help me out with a guest post. I know you all enjoy reading interesting and informative interior design articles on the blog so I couldn’t possibly take a day off without setting up something special to keep you inspired.Dulux colour of the year

Dulux Colour of the Year

The advances of technological innovations, coupled with creativity, create modern interior design trends that are rarely permanent. A trend that was new and inspirational a couple of years ago may not necessarily be on trend now, so it is more important than ever to create a space that is both comfortable and functional with a touch of originality.

Classic interior trends have longevity because they embrace the basic form and function needed in a home, whereas some modern interior design trends tend to fade away as they reflect a current mood in society. There are certain interior design trends that can stand the test of time, but also provide an inspirational cue for the rest of the house. Here interior design specialists Baytree Interiors talk us through some of the design trends set to be big in 2016.

Colour choices

Chances are that whatever colour you choose to paint your walls will be there for a long time, so choosing the right colour scheme is an important step for creating the perfect space. With thousands of colours to choose from, it can be daunting for anyone to choose a colour scheme, but our advice is to choose simple colours for the majority of the room and add a touch of bright colour to accentuate key areas, which can changed more frequently to fit your mood, trends and seasons.

Pastel colours allow you to move away from the clinical look of whites and magnolias while not overpowering a room. However, adding a bright colour to a feature wall creates a focal point that draws attention to a specific area of the room.Classic Country Furniture

Classic country furniture trend

Furniture

Classic country furniture is still on trend this year and provides the perfect platform to create an eye-catching design. 2016 will see a wide range of bright and colourful furniture ranges to give a contrasting look to your home. Mixing colours is also going to be a big trend this year as people look to create focal points throughout the home. With a huge range of colourful furniture paints available, upscaling is set to carry on being popular as people look to repurpose instead of buying new.

Noir furniture is also making a comeback in the bedroom; these French inspired designs are perfect for adding a touch of luxury to any bedroom. Mixing furniture styles has become popular over the past couple of years and is set to continue into 2016. Antique and modern furniture can slot seamlessly into the same room, but for something a bit different try mixing mid-century furniture designs with industrial fixtures and fittings to create a minimalist theme.

Noir FurnitureNoir furniture will be big in 2016

Lighting

Strategically placed lighting is a simple yet effective way to change the ambience in a room with minimal effort. Pendant lights and chandeliers are a great choice when it comes to lighting, as are filament bulbs which provide a warm glow with a vintage look. With a range of different styles available from industrial to vintage and modern variants, pendant lights can suit any theme.

With the advances of LED lighting becoming more creative and cheaper for the mass market we will start to see LED lighting throughout the home. Mood lighting is set to become a popular choice as people move away from static standard lights and move to more complex designs.filament bulbs

Filament lighting is one of my favourites

Smart everything

Smart TVs have become the norm over the past few years, but technology is advancing at such a rate that just about everything will be smart in some way. There are already smart systems available to control your heating, open your garage door and turn your lights on and off, and as these systems become more affordable we will see them integrated into the home.

2016 is shaping up to be an innovative and creative time for interior design as designers look to utilise technological advances to create new and imaginative products whilst still retaining some classic design traits. Julian Potter from Baytree Interiors said, “It’s great to see that even in these technological times classic designs are still the bedrock of modern home interior designs. These classic touches provide a great platform to express yourself throughout your home without compromising on form or function. Bright and vibrant colours are rightly coming back into fashion, slowly banishing the days of magnolia walls into the past. This shows that people are once again looking for something a bit different and want to put their own stamp of individualism on their home.”

I hope this blog post has brought you oodles of design inspiration and ideas for decorating your own home in 2016. I LOVE the Dulux colour of the year “Cherished Gold” – it’s very mid-century modern and would work really well with all my existing retro teak furniture. So I guess I’m already taking some inspiration away from this guest post; watch out for freshly painted gold walls in my home, haha! A massive thank you goes to Baytree Interiors for writing such an informative blog post for us today, we’d love to have you back any time!

All images from London Design Collective article Interior Design Trends You Don’t Want To Miss in 2016.

Author: Cassiefairy

Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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