Ikat, retro and bright colours – interior design trends for 2016

  • Nearly a quarter (23 per cent) of interior designers* believe patterns, bright colours and the eclectic Ikat** style will be the key trends for 2016
  • The industrial, metallic style will be very ‘last season’ in 2016
  • On trend home design for 2016 will have 1960’s and 70’s inspired furniture, Ikat soft furnishings, eclectic wallpaper, dark lighting and hardwood floors
  • Bad luck Kelly Hoppen, designers hate the boring beige look

New research commissioned by Direct Line Home Insurance identifying the latest interior designer trends reveals that 2016 is going to be the year of pattern, texture and colour in people’s homes.

Researchers questioned interior designers to understand the latest trends and identify what it takes to create a fashionable British home for 2016.

There are two key trends that will be dominating British interior design, nearly a quarter (23 per cent) of interior designers from across Britain believe warm colours like gold, burnt orange and bronze will be a key trend for 2016. The other top theme will be bright patterns and the Ikat style (23 per cent). Retro fashion will be making a comeback this year, with designers predicting 1960’s and 70’s colour schemes (16 per cent) will be making an appearance in many of our homes.

Table: Key design trends for 2016

Number of interior designers reporting trend
Warm colours – copper, gold, burnt orange 23%
Patterns – bright colours, bold patterns, Ikat style 23%
Retro mid-20th Century – 1960’s and 70’s 16%
Industrial look – metals, chromes, steels 9%
Florals, nature 7%
Pastel colours – pinks and greens 4%
Scandinavian furniture 3%
I was embarrassed about not being able to drive 13%
Marbles, golds, precious stones 2%

Source: Direct Line Group 2015

Fashion‑conscious homeowners looking to redesign their home should be wary of picking last season’s trends. Popular design trends from 2014/15 including matching metals, chrome fittings and dark colours were reported by 43 per cent of interior designers as going out of style this year.

In news to send shivers down the spine of Kelly Hoppen, the worst design trends ever to happen, according to the designers themselves are beige, boring, neutral homes. Designers also dislike the feature / accent wall look in rooms and the art deco style.

Katie Lomas, Head of Direct Line Home Insurance, commented: “For those wanting to ensure their home is ‘on trend’ in 2016 the advice is clear, be bold with patterns, colours and fabrics. The Ikat, eclectic style and retro 60’s and 70’s are key styles, which mean bright colours and vibrant patterns.

Having your home redesigned can be a disruptive, expensive process and may not be something you choose to do every year. To remain ‘on trend’ without breaking the bank, 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 fantastic.

Those wanting to redesign and ensure their entire home is up to date should take note of the specific advice from interior designers.

Those wanting their walls to be ‘on trend’ should not be afraid to be bold this year. With one in four (24 per cent) interior designers reporting eclectic Ikat style wallpaper as being the key trend for 2016. Some homeowners will be relieved to know that plain, neutral colours remain on trend for walls (17 per cent), while greys and blues are also popular (12 per cent)

The top three furniture trends for 2016 will be retro 1960’s and 1970’s furniture (18 per cent), handcrafted, unique, bespoke furniture (eight per cent) and classic British oaks and marbles (six per cent). Soft furnishing trends will be visually stimulating patterns like Ikat (16 per cent), dark colours (eight per cent) and textures like velvets (five per cent).

The top three design trends in lighting will be dark greys (16 per cent), exposed lighting (15 per cent) and retro LED lights (seven per cent). Flooring trends for 2016 will be hardwood, homely flooring (28 per cent), carpets (19 per cent) and geometric rugs (six per cent).

Katie Lomas continued: “Having good home insurance is extremely important, especially when making fundamental changes to a property’s interior. There is always a risk involved in having work done so homeowners should be sure to inform their insurance provider beforehand as elevated cover may be needed for the duration of the works.”

Notes to editors

* Research carried out amongst 100 interior designers between 9th and 23rd November 2015
** Ikat, or Ikkat, is a dyeing technique used to pattern textiles that employs a resist dyeing process on the yarns prior to dyeing and weaving the fabric

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