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A brief look ahead at the interior trends we expect to see in 2016…


Mid-century Modern

At the start of the year while the weather is still cold there will be rustic and Scandinavian influences in décor such as wooden furniture with a natural grain, faux fur throws and leather or wool upholstery. These are all mixed with mid-century hints such as shaped plastic chairs teamed with an old, weathered wooden table.

scandi trend

The retro vibe doesn’t stop in the dining room – living room furniture is going to be heavily influenced by early 60s style. From the wood shade to the sofa shape, the only 60s influence that won’t be seen in 2016 is the colour schemes.

midcentury scandi


Modern Industrial

Moving into spring we expect quite a drastic change from the more neutral tones we’ve had this year. The introduction of different textures, furniture in retro shapes, and combinations of wood and metals will see trends move into a “modern industrial” look.

modern industrial

We’ve already seen a lot of metal introduced at the back end of this year and it will feature prominently again. And not just on lamps, ornaments and bedframes – metallic cushions and wallpaper are going to be really big!

metallic wallpaper

Retro Shapes

Geometric shapes to go along with the retro vibe will be big, we’ll see this with occasional table legs as seen below. It’ll also be a big trend in tiles as mentioned in our previous blog post by industry experts Topps Tiles.

Table leg shape



In 2016 patterns will be huge and so will artisan chic. A great way to achieve this is with aztec-esque patterns on soft furnishings, for example a large kilim rug underneath a dining set or patterned sofa cushions.

patterned rug


Strong Colours

Colour will play a big part in 2016 with daring, bold walls and large bright rugs. Both of Pantone’s colours of the year will likely be chosen for feature walls as well as accessories.


Grey was a big colour in 2015 and will stick around for 2016. We have seen a rise in popularity of sofas upholstered in grey fabrics and no wonder when they go so well with the metallic trends. Another winner when teamed with metals is marble and we’ll see this emerge in both flooring and coffee table tops.

grey fabric


In the bedroom a more dramatic look can be created by combining dark blue walls with a brass or gold metal bedframe. We predict that indigo blue is going to have a huge year in 2016, featured everywhere from dinner plates to rugs to outdoor planters. But don’t dismiss the lighter shades such as serenity; singled out by Pantone it’s sure to be used by many.

kilim rug



We’ve scoured Pinterest to gather even more fantastic inspiration for this year’s trends, why not take a look?

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