Interior Design Trends for 2016

2015’s major design ethos borrowed from both a singular decade and an entire century. Seventies inspired palettes and lackadaisical dispositions collided with mid-century modern minimalism and stoicism. Parallels were made between groovy/ psychedelic prints, ornamental designs of the east and Native American patterns of the west. 2016 is primed for the further integration of these recycled concepts and the ultimate transformation of them into a unique style all its own. So what should you be looking for this year?

F. Martin Ramin/The Wall Street Journal Design Out Selby Object Published Credit: F. Martin Ramin/The Wall Street Journal

The use of iron, both for decoration and furniture will be prevalent, but think black, matte iron instead of shiny chrome. Thin, attenuated and round are the adjectives to look for in all of your furniture purchases. Neat circles will be integrated with crafted geometrical lines to at once comfort you with mid-century associations, but inspire the use of hand crafted decor with wild patterns and contrasting colors. The obsession with tribal patterns will morph into something more ornate this year, reminiscent of a Persian rug or a Moroccan tapestry. Not to get all artsy on you, but negative space is a big theme; furniture corners are cut, rounded and angled, relationships between elements in a space are carefully considered and, with both fit and function, work together to shape the air itself.

In essence 2016 will be about contrast and relationships, black with white, simple with ornate and space playing with form. I will caution though, against indulging in too many elaborate patterns or brightly colored pieces in order to keep your space classic and equipped to transform with future trends down the road. Remember, while trends go in and out of style there are some basic principles of design that should always be followed. If you haven’t already, read my post on Feng Shui to adopt an eastern approach to interior design. Welcome to 2016, both simple and elegant while implementing a sense of playfulness and comfort.

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