2015 was the year of mixing metals, geometric shapes and industrial design. This year, we’re scrapping that and moving on to a whole new look. No more Edison bulbs and copper geometric pendants, and no more grouping of wall frames and stainless steel kitchen appliances. 2016 is the year of the sleek, subtle and understated.
Rose Quartz & Serenity – Pantone’s Colours of the Year
Every year, Pantone select the chosen colour of the year, predicting its popularity in the fashion, make up and design industries. Unusually, two colours were picked this year – Rose Quartz and Serenity – which are slightly darker interpretations of baby pink and baby blue respectively. Keep an eye out for these gorgeous pastels, which have been trending in the hair colour industry since 2015. They just might be your living room’s next colour combination.
2015 was the linear year. We’re softening this up in 2016 by bringing in circular pieces and rounded edges. No more pointy, and somewhat dangerous, table tops. Think soft, round and approachable!
Functional composition and decorating with a purpose
As time goes by, design gets more functional. We no longer have the space or time to fill our lives with useless pieces of anything. Spaces are going to be as functional as possible, making sure that each square metre is being utilised to its full capacity. Decorative items will no longer be just shelving pleasers, and will now have to fulfil some sort of task.
Coloured Stainless Steel
Silver stainless steel has been on its way out for a while, but 2016 is not standing for it. Just because appliances are boring doesn’t mean that they have to look the part. We are looking at sleek white, matte black or even a bronze finish in some cases.
Finally, we can say goodbye to the boxy mirror medicine cabinets in bathrooms. The use of storage mirrors can wait until something prettier comes along, but till then, we’re enjoying mirrors brimming with character, whilst finding storage compartments elsewhere.
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