Love your home but think your interiors could do with an update? If you want to stay ‘on trend’ this year then warm colours and bright patterns are apparently where it’s at.
Out goes last year’s boring beige look, and in come bright colours, 60s and 70s-inspired furniture and hardwood floors as the key interior design looks for 2016.
What are the interior designers saying?
Direct Line quizzed 100 interior designers on the top styles no fashion-conscious home should be without and found one in four voted for warm colours including copper, gold and burnt orange. The same number said that bright and bold patterns, and in particular ‘Ikat’ style, are in this year. Ikat is a dyeing technique used on textiles, which involves using a resist dyeing process on the yarns prior to dyeing and weaving the fabric.
A further one in 10 designers favours the industrial look, with lots of metals, chromes and steels, while 16% say that retro fashion is making a comeback this year.
The top three design trends in lighting are dark greys, exposed lighting and retro LED lights, while flooring trends in 2016 are homely flooring, carpets and geometric rugs.
According to Real Homes magazine, decadent fabrics and rich, jewel colours are all ‘in’ this year, with the use of gold, silver, metallic, sumptuous patterns and velvet all creating a modern take on classic Deco glamour, perfect for bedrooms or sitting rooms.
What can you do to spruce up your home?
So if your home is looking a little on the tired side, it’s time to get those creative juices flowing and give your interiors a revamp.
The good news is that there are plenty of interior design apps available to help you visualise how patterns and colours will look in your home, before you get your paintbrush out.
For example, the free Dulux Visualiser app enables you to chose from the paint company’s 1,200 range of colours to coat your walls virtually on your iPhone or iPad. The app detects the difference between furniture, wall space and fixtures and paints around them so you get a good idea of how your room will look.
Another useful interior design app is Homestyler which allows you to upload images of rooms from your home and then place 3D models of real furniture, mirrors, paintings or rugs in them so that you can see how they would look before you buy them. There’s also a ‘Design Stream’ where you can find plenty of pictures for inspiration.
Pinterest is also handy, and works like an online scrapbook, where you can ‘pin’ any design ideas that you like, effectively creating your own mood-board.
And if you don’t have the money for a full home makeover?
Don’t worry if you don’t have the budget available to make significant changes to your home. There are plenty of ways you can update your interiors without pushing yourself into the red.
Small additions like rugs, cushions and artwork are an effective way to be fashion-forward. These items can be rotated seasonally to keep your home looking fresh.
And before you go wild with wallpaper or crazy with carpeting, check your home insurance small print carefully to make sure you are financially protected in the event of any DIY mishaps - especially if you’re making fundamental changes to a property’s interior.
And before you embark on any work, make sure you have a good spring/summer clear out. Read our article on how to declutter your home for some tips.