Top 10 home interior trends for spring/summer 2016

Transform your home with this season’s best new colours, patterns and textures

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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.

artisan trends with heals tree to table dining table and industrial lighting

Tree-to-Table Dining Table by Sebastian Cox and Anthony Dickens, exclusively for Heal’s, available in four woods: Ash £2450, Oak £3250, Limed oak, £2650, Sycamore £2950; Tree-to-Table Bench by Sebastian Cox and Anthony Dickens, exclusively for Heal’s, available in four woods: Ash £1295, Oak £1485, Limed oak, £1395, Sycamore £1435; Farrier’s Cage Long Drop Bar lighting by Made by The Forge, exclusively for Heal’s, £1850; Mervyn Gers Large Bowl White, £45; Marble Cheese Board White, £75; Cylindrical Marble Vase White, £85; Mervyn Gers Large Jug White, £30. All Heal’s

3. Pink

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.

violas bloom and pippin in spring trends room by Conran

Viola’s Bloom (on wall); Pippin In Spring (on ceiling); Damp Sheep (on skirting); emulsion 2ltrs, £36; eggshell 750ml, £23, 50ml wood gloss, £25.50, all Paint by Conran

4. Pastels

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.

mixed pastel trend in living room with slouchy corner sofa and pink cushions

Carrara Corner Sofa in Cosmo Silver, £1,495; Supernova Cushion; Content by Terence Counter Balance Coffee Table, £429; Dax Floor Lamp, £129; Nordic Rug, £299. All Furniture Village

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.

Biba bedroom with printed wallpaper and peacock bed in velvet

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.’

orange and brights living room with green sofa and circle rug

Ikat Circles rug, in Clementine, made from hand-tufted New Zealand wool, from £1,515 for rug, Jennifer Manners. Photo: Susie Lowe, Interior Design: Pink House Interiors

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.

modern rustic interior trends with neutrals and dark sofa

Stix Three Seater Sofa, with feather filled cushions and two scatter cushions, price from £4,575, available exclusively from Aram store in Covent Garden and; Stix Love Seat, £1,800, Archer & Co

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.’

marble effect wallpaper with candles from Graham and Brown

Marbled Charcoal and Rose Gold wallpaper, £20 per roll, Graham & Brown

9. Rattan

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.

rattan orinico circle rocking chair by Bloomingville

Bloomingville Orinoco Rocking chair, natural coloured rattan seat with white metal legs, H76 x W92 x D78cm, £389, Amara

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.

leaves and foliage trends armchair in liberty fabrics with foliage print wallpaper

Elizabeth Art & Crafts Green throw, 140 x 220cm, viscose/linen mix, £110; Elizabeth Art & Crafts Green piped cushion, 50 x 50cm, viscose/linen mix, £280; Wallace Secret Garden Green Gauze scoured Linen (on chair)£85p/m; Wallace Secret Garden Orchard wallpaper, £115 per roll. All Liberty Fabrics