Interior design trends to try in your home in 2016
Due to the advances in technology, materials and building techniques, modern interior designs rarely stand the test of time, and something that was on trend a couple of years ago may start to look dated quickly as new and inspirational trends hit the marketplace.
In these technological times it is more important than ever to create a theme based on both function and form, while adding your own blend of originality.
Classic design trends tend to have more longevity because they envisage the basic form and function needed for comfortable living, while some modern designs focus on aesthetics rather than function, leading them to fade away as society's mood changes.
There are a range of interior design trends that can stand the test of time, as well as being a great basis for inspiration for the whole house. Interior design specialists Baytree Interiors talk us through some of the biggest design trends that will look good for years to come.
Painting a room is an easy and cost effective way to change the look and feel of a room instantly. Chances are that the colour you choose will be there for a long time, so choosing the right balance is key to creating the perfect space.
Paint brands try to entice you to buy the latest colour trend through their TV adverts and magazine features, but this is not always the best option. Our advice is to choose simple colours such as pastel creams, whites and yellows for the majority of the room, adding a touch of bright colour to accentuate key areas; these focal colours can be changed more frequently to fit your mood, trends and seasons with the minimum of fuss.
Traditional country style furniture is still popular with the masses, and with upscaling being a popular hobby, this trend is set to continue into next year too. Indeed, with upscaling being so popular, paint manufacturers are starting to release a wide range of furniture paint colours, perfect for creating focal points throughout the home.
Mixing furniture styles has also become popular over the past couple of years and this is set to continue. Traditional and modern furniture can slot seamlessly into the same room and complement each other, but for something a little different, try mixing mid-century furniture with industrial fixtures and fittings to create a minimalist, rustic theme.
Lighting is important in any home and is a simple way to change the ambience and mood within a room with minimal effort. Pendant lights and chandeliers are the choice when it comes to lighting and with a range of different styles available, pendant lights can suit any theme.
LED mood lighting is also set to become a popular choice this year as people move away from static lighting to more complex designs and arrangements.
Smart electronics such as TVs have become the norm over the past few years, but, as technology advances, just about everything will be smart in some way in the near future.
There are already smart systems available to control different parts of your home - from your central heating system to turning your lights on and off - and as these systems become more affordable we will see them integrated into the home.
With such an innovative and creative time for interior design, designers are looking to utilise new technology to create novel and imaginative products whilst still retaining some classic design traits.