2016 is coming to an end and so it’s that time of year again when we reminisce about some of the most unstoppable trends of the year. From peaceful and calming pastels to elegant marble accents, to perhaps the biggest trend of this season; bringing nature in, it’s been a year filled with style. Let’s have a look through some of the interior trends that helped shape 2016.
An abundance of gorgeous pastel colours have invaded our homes this year – hushed blues, subdued pinks and soft greys being the most popular. Many have used this trend to transform their homes into tranquil, quiet and calm places where they can go to escape the busy outside world that is synonymous with modern life. Pieces such as the Poltrona Frau Arcadia Two Seater Sofa, which exudes class and elegance with its romantic panna shade, have helped to create inviting living rooms, using pastels to strike a balance between simplicity and sophistication incredibly effectively.
Marble emanates elegance, style and sophistication - introducing marble into the home this year has been a must. It has appeared in the form of large statement pieces such as the stunning Gubi 2.0 Dining Table with a top in either white or black marble – this table flaunts a contemporary look with its effortlessly smooth lines all the while radiating class. Smaller luxury items acting as accents, such as the Atipico Tellus Candle Holder or Addison Ross White Marble Photo Frame, have also had an impact on our interiors this year, cementing marble as 2016’s go to material for adding a touch of class to a room.
Allowing light into your home has been a well talked about theme. From letting a soft and natural glow in through large windows to deciding on the perfect lighting for your room, well-lit spaces have been very in this year. However, not every home has huge open windows or an endless amount of space to place floor and table lamps – this is where mirrors can help us. Placing a statement mirror, such as the gorgeously eccentric Malabar Mirage Mirror, opposite a window or light source not only helps to create an interesting aesthetic, but also brightens the room by reflecting the light.
Copper & Rose Gold
Warm metals have proven effective especially in kitchens and bathrooms in past years, and though brass products have become more popular this season, 2016 was definitely the year copper and rose gold were fully embraced. Some of us bought the rose gold iPhone while others purchased rose gold jewellery, but most of us decorated our homes with stunning warm metal colours for a classy and elegant feel. Pieces like the Ginger and Jagger Perdiz Side Table have made for stylish additions to living rooms, while lights such as the Innermost Glaze 14 Pendant in copper have instilled a sultry glow in our homes.
In an ever changing and adapting world where style is constantly being redefined, functionality is one of the elements that remains incredibly important. 2016 has seen an increase in modern furniture that flaunts more than one purpose, be it a sofa that provides stylish storage space such as the Wewood Scaffold Sofa or a coffee table that boasts a hidden compartment, like the Universo Positivo Monolit Side Table which is ideal for tidying away your belongings. With more and more people looking to make the most out of the space in their homes, this is a trend that is sure to continue into 2017.
Geometric Patterns & Designs
Angled lines and shapes have had a dramatic impact in interior design this year with more and more bold designs arising all the time. These geometric patterns and designs make for excellent accent pieces, contrasting beautifully with the pastel colour scheme mentioned earlier. Storage units boasting geometric lines such as the Universo Positivo High Domino Rack have been popular additions to homes this year, while extravagantly daring pieces of unique furniture such as the Acrila Polygone Chair have also had an amazing impact, bringing a bold pattern to rooms filled with soft pastels.
Bringing Nature In
If there’s one trend that everyone’s been talking about this year, it’s this; bringing nature in. With plants, floral patterns and wooden furniture, you have been spoilt for choice with The Longest Stay’s eclectic selection of naturally inspired products. Traditionally gorgeous tables will always be in style, but more abstract tables have had a dramatic effect on dining rooms this year. The strikingly original Craig Narramore Vault Division Dinner Table, for example, fits 2016’s natural trend perfectly, while adding a unique look to contemporary homes. Stunningly eccentric statement pieces such as the Cappellini S-Chair have also helped to transform your home, all the while bringing nature in.
This has been a year filled with stunning trends that have helped beautifully renovate our homes. With many of these trends set to extend into 2017, it looks as if we have another incredibly stylish year ahead!