Modernising Your Home: 2016's Hottest Interior Trends

If you’re redecorating, renovating or modernising your home, why not take a look at some of 2016’s hottest interior trends? These inspirational design ideas will help to bring your home bang up to date.



Steel is a staple of modern design and this year, it’s all about polished black steel. Swap silver for darker shades and complement with granite vases, white walls and black standing lamps. In the past, shimmering steel has captured the headlines, but this year’s trend focuses on a more muted approach.


Dining rooms

Dining rooms have fallen by the wayside in recent years, due to the popularity of open plan living. However, a formal dining room is now considered a stylish entertaining area and many people are choosing to keep a separate space. If you don’t have room for a dining room and kitchen, use your furniture or unique features to distinguish the dining area. You could place a hanging chandelier over the table, for example. Using a dining room gives you options if you have people coming around. It can also give a meal a sense of occasion if you’re celebrating.


70’s vibes

Psychedelic colours and perplexing patterns are back. Go for browns, bronzes and golds for living room accessories, such as cushions and wall art. Use prints, such as swirls and zigzags to lift plainer walls. Add retro lamps and orb-shaped vases to finish.

Mixing shades and textures

Kitchen showrooms are often awash with matching units and complementary accessories. This year, why not mix things up a bit with mismatching RTA kitchen cabinets and various textures and prints? Keep things clean and fuss-free, but have fun and experiment.

Natural materials

Spring is all about bringing the outside in and you’ll see plenty of materials, such as rattan, in showrooms. Add some pot plants to conservatories and light, open kitchens to complete the look.


Statement accessories

Accessories have the power to transform a room and this year is all about that statement feature. We’re talking a quirky shaped mirror in the bathroom or some avant-garde light fittings for the bedroom.

Back to basics

Do you remember the times when living rooms weren't filled with wires and gadgets? Do you long to enjoy reading a book without contending with beeping noises and flashing lights? If so, you’ll be pleased to hear that simple, technology free spaces are all the rage. Devote a quiet corner of your home to books, magazines and paints and enjoy the peace and tranquillity.

A taste of the orient

If you’re a fan of colour, this is the trend to embrace. Mix and match bold prints and fabrics in your living room and bedrooms. Go for jewel shades and bright reds, yellows and oranges. Carry the theme outside and create an adult’s den. Decorate a corner of your decking area with lavish material drapes, lanterns and patterned floor cushions.

If you’re looking to revamp or remodel your home, why not take these trends into consideration? You don’t have to include every idea. You can mix and match to suit the style of your home and showcase your personality.

Nhu Anh

Nhu Anh is a professional editor in the field of architecture and interior design. Having a strong desire for architecture and design in her writing career, Nhu Anh attempts to provide readers the most wonderful architectural news and projects.


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