The Next Big Interior Décor Trends to Watch
Are you ready to renew your room with a modern twist? Maybe you want to freshen it up with some daring décor, or make a stylish statement with a fresh lick of paint? Well, that's exactly what our interiors want to do as a new year approaches. Renowned international trend analyst Milou Ket says next year’s interiors will become more individual and cosy and show a warm atmosphere.
As the borders blur between work and home life, there's a strong desire to bring nature into our homes, so expect to see more interiors filled with greenery, hanging pots, plants, and herbs. Of course, sustainability continues to be important, and this will also translate into more worn or aged furnishings and accents, mixed in with personal treasures. Since we're surrounded, often immersed, in artificial intelligence and technology for work and play, people are looking to natural materials for balance. You can also expect to see neutrals accented with coloured walls and accessories, especially pastels. In this special interior forecast report, Ket reveals her top six international themes for 2016/2017.
The Nordic influence on interiors continues with its abundance of clear light, space, and simple, well-designed furnishings. The natural look is key in this "down-to-earth" theme, but because of the abundance of warm textures such as wood, paper, fur, shearling, hides, and cork, it never appears sterile or cold. The raw, industrial aesthetic is still going strong, with concrete, clay, copper, glass, and steel the main material focus. These will be seen in a variety of effects, from marbling to irregular and uneven surfaces to a worn and aged appearance. “Designers are beginning to experiment with algae and fungi to inspire and develop new products,” Ket notes.
COLOURS TO WATCH FOR: Grey, beige, off-white, white, yellow, walnut, and brown (including gold, copper, white, and off-white).
If you’re more of a contemporary enthusiast, then this is the theme for you. The atmosphere is friendly and soft without being too sweet or romantic. Tactility is important, so handmade knitting and crochet will be popular. Modern materials and furniture will have cool mirrored, transparent, and iridescent effects for a fresh, young look. “We will start to see iridescent lamps overlapping coloured glass shapes, facets, and reflections,” says Milou. “Products are partly covered by metallized or shiny glaze.” Interiors will appear much more relaxed, especially in bedding, where linen will be the focus. The ever-popular copper and amber won’t be going anywhere soon either.
COLOURS TO WATCH FOR: Skin, yellow, blue, lavender, rose, yellow-green, turquoise, and green (including pastel yellow, peach, shrimp, pink, lilac, acid yellow, and mint).
A few seasons ago, it was all about making bold statements with bright colour, but now the role of colour has changed. Brights will feature in smaller quantities, mainly via accessories or a coloured chair or sofa, with softer and less aggressive colour for the rest. “Art is an important source of inspiration, for instance in pop art, optical illusions, and the art of Sonia Delaunay and [Victor] Vasarely with their bright effects,” says Ket. Colourful textiles and wallpaper will also be popular in this "dynamic energy" theme. If you’re looking to include these, then she suggests artful geometry, and painterly effects such as blending watercolors or colour gradients. “Everything is light and airy,” she says. Metal wire furniture, ceramics, and glass will continue their popularity, but the newness comes in cool, transparent materials such as glass or warm, textured materials such as a felt and solid wool.
COLOURS TO WATCH FOR: Black and white, pastels, neutrals, and brights (including yellow, orange, pink, red, green, cobalt blue, peacock, and purple).
The "bohemian rhapsody" style direction is for the free-spirited person who loves to sprinkle souvenirs from journeys past around a room. The main influences are from different corners of the world, namely North Africa (including Morocco), Turkey, the Middle East, India, South America, China, and Japan. Products with a strong regional look, such as the Scottish tweeds, mohairs, and checks, will also be popular. “Ideas from young African designers will influence our interiors, as African ideas once inspired the designers of the Memphis movement,” says Ket. “Craftsmanship is an important feature, handmade aspects and vegetal-dyed products that are one-of-a-kind, imperfect, and unique.” The authentic artisanal quality of products will be a focus with people seeking out traditionally made products in different handcrafted techniques. This includes inlaid mother-of-pearl products, hand-knotted carpets, hand weaves, and basket work. Our favourite denim dye, indigo, will be a very important colour for this theme.
COLOURS TO WATCH FOR: Brick, orange, amber, mustard, indigo, light aubergine, deep red, and brown (including neutral colours such as off-white and beige).
Interiors are going back to nature in the "aquatic and botanical" theme with the colour palette and furniture design inspired by lakes, lagoons, and oceans. “We take more and more nature into our homes, such as green plants, herbs, and images of animals, and even stuffed animals,” says Ket. Fauna objects, creatures from the sea, shells, coral, and fish will also be a huge source of inspiration for design. “We will see a lot of showcases and bell jars,” predicts Ket. “Also more abstract ideas such as landscapes; the sea, clouds, and the weather are taken as an example to develop new decorative products.” In the future, we will see large-scale digital wallpapers of environmental landscapes covering entire walls.
COLOURS TO WATCH FOR: Blue-green, lime, green, lagoon green, jade, khaki green, citrus green, and dark olive (including pink, yellow, orange, red, green, and cobalt).
If you love an opulent and luxurious interior, then this is your year. Think rich materials such as velvets, satins, and silks, alongside woolen felt, concrete, and flannel. “This style direction (‘magical mystery tour’) is based on our rich cultural heritage, so historic influences play a role, including the old painting masters from the 17th century,” says Ket. “Portraits and still lifes are featured as large digital wall coverings, but also on smaller objects such as trays and paperweights.” Metallic favourites such as copper and gold will remain, but this time they’re featured alongside mysterious accent colours like magenta, purple, and deep red. The black-and-white combination will remain popular, but expect some optical illusions to enter the mix.
COLOURS TO WATCH FOR: Copper, red, purple, peacock, navy, magenta, anthracite grey, and black.