Pink, global finds and charcoal walls are among the 2016 trends. Sharon Dale reports.
It’s a colour best used sparingly unless you want your room to resemble Barbie’s but there is no doubting the beauty of Rose Quartz.
This soft pink is Pantone’s colour of the year, along with gentle Serenity Blue, while grey remains the favourite neutral. Other interior trends for 2016 include bursts of bright orange, while silver and gold replace copper as must-have metallics. Also at the forefront of fashion this year are monochrome and botanical prints and jewelled fabrics.
Claire Hornby, Creative Display Manager for interiors store Barker and Stonehouse, says that recycled wood will also be fashionable, which is good news for the environment.
“There’s a raw beauty to using recycled wood, especially when the imperfections and natural finishes are allowed to shine through,” says Claire.
Interest in work by artists and designer makers will continue to grow as will buying locally, although Claire says we will widen our search.
“Artisan finds from across the world that utilise colourful hand-woven fabrics and materials will be popular. Patterned Moroccan rugs will sit alongside cushions made from Indian fabrics and hand-woven Mexican baskets for an eclectic, global feel. Bold, bright colours and patterns clash comfortably against a backdrop of dark, inky hues.”
This brings us to another trending colour: charcoal. If you want advice on how best to use it on your walls then consult Abigail Ahern’s book Colour, £20, published by Quadrille.
Those who prefer their interiors light and calm are also well catered for in 2016. Claire Hornby has identified a “Beautility” trend that focuses on functional items that are carefully crafted and understated.
“Unpainted wooden furniture features heavily in this style, as do neat, unfussy designs with tapered legs, such as the Ercol Artisan desk. Wood flooring adds warmth and texture and the colour scheme is neutral with plenty of white,” she says.
Wakefield-based interior designer Simon Milner-Moore, of www.blind-colour.com, adds that reflective surfaces and better lighting design will also come to the fore.
He says: “I use reflective surfaces to give spaces a fourth dimension of intangible space. It’s quite possibly the oldest trick in the book but mirrors, if used in an architectural way, will add depth to even the smallest spaces. Marble, granite, glass and metal also create the illusion of extra depth.
“As for lighting plans, gone are the days of using just spots, pendants and a couple of lamps. I use a lot of concealed lighting where you cannot see the bulbs or wires and the effects are amazing.”