1. Retro orange
Along with this year’s 1970s fashion trend came the colour orange, both of which are now hot looks in the interiors world. Either go for the full-on look where orange and retro furniture mix with dashes of modern tech and styles, or try a more subtle look in a traditional room with orange cushions or curtains in lush velvet.
Main image: Sonoro GoLondon Portable FM/DAB Radio, in White/Orange, £99; Jonathan Adler Pop Decanter in Turquoise, £198; Jonathan Adler Pop Decanter in Orange, £198; Vitra Geometri Cushion in Black/White, £160.80; Jonathan Adler Richard Nixon Throw in Black/Natural, £295; Parris Wakefield Bliss Cushion, £76.50; Niki Jones Isosceles Cushion in Black, £85. All Amara. For similar wall paint colour try Farrow & Ball Charlotte’s Locks, £39.50 for 2.5L Estate Emulsion; or Little Greene Marigold, £30 for 2.5L Absolute Matt Emulsion
2. Artisan crafts
The artisan trend is big for 2016, with hand-crafted, unique pieces the key focus. Simple styles work well within minimalist decor schemes as well as industrial themes.
Pink is set to be one of the biggest colour trends for the year ahead according to Mike Howes, director of Paint by Conran. Soft blush is warm and soothing, while Fabulous Fuchsia will bring a fresh and sophisticated feel to any room. Think it’s a tad girly? Try contrasting with green and gold for an elegant, grown-up look.
As a complete contrast to some of the stark, edgy and uber-bright colour trends around, pastels have come to the fore in a big way. They’re an easy way to bring calm and softness to a room – think dove grey, light green and creamy blues, which work beautifully when all mixed together in different patterns and textures.
5. The new luxury
As a sign of more buoyant economic times, decadent fabrics and rich, jewel colours make a wonderfully glamorous statement. The use of gold, silver, metallic, sumptuous patterns and velvet all create a modern take on classic Deco glamour – and are perfect for a boudoir retreat or living room.
6. Bursts of brights
Colour blocking in bright shades has made quite an impact in SS16’s trends. This isn’t a look for the faint-hearted, but it needn’t be OTT. According to Annie Sloan, ‘If you’re using colour, it should be clear and bright. This year is all about a clear graphic look inspired by Mid-century modern, folk art and even embroidery.’
7. Modern rustic
If you like traditional techniques and shapes, but want a touch of modernity and added comfort, then this is the trend for you. Wood finishes, invitingly soft upholstery and muted colours come together with a Mid-century aesthetic that works well in every size, shape and style of home.
8. Marble effects
Marble is still going strong – from kitchen counters to bathroom tiles and chic side-table tops. Now there’s another way to get the look, thanks to continuing advances in wallpaper technology. This marble-effect wallpaper is Graham & Brown’s Wallpaper of the Year 2016.
Paula Taylor, colour and trends specialist at Graham & Brown, says, ‘It draws inspiration from the natural simplicity of marbling in stone, complemented by metallic embellishment in blushing gold hues for a glamorous, handcrafted aesthetic.’
As part of this year’s ‘global inspiration’ trend, rattan pieces of furniture are must-have products. Striking a balance between old (think Raffles Hotel in Singapore) and new (Scandi influences), rattan furniture now comes in a variety of colours and styles – ideal for any light, bright open-plan space or contemporary conservatory.
10. Leaves and foliage
Inspiration for this trend comes from tropical climes as well as the quintessential British garden. Choose from exotic palm leaves to delicate ferns in all shades of green. Be brave with the trend – try it on wallpaper, upholstery and soft furnishings for a really uplifting look.