TO BE TOTALLY FAIR, 2016 TRENDS ARE MORE STAPLE CLASSICS OF THE LAST FEW YEARS. IT SEEMS WE MAY HAVE LEARNT FROM OUR MISTAKES AND HAVE DECIDED TO STICK WITH WHAT WE KNOW AND LOVE.
Perhaps we're all becoming a little more risk adverse, or perhaps design in general is becoming less throw-away? Either way, you need these interior styles in your life and so we've listed some of our favourite pieces and where to shop for them....
1. GREEN. IN PARTICULAR, GREEN SOFA LOVE.
Feast your eyes on these glorious green lovelies.
A statement sofa is your best friend, especially when paired with your on-trend chalky grey walls.
1. Authentic Furniture's 'Old Bessie' velvet sofa with its sweeping arms and curved back make it comfier than your average Chesterfield.
2. Not too hot on the forest green? Habitat do a good velvet alternative with their 'emerald' green ASKEM design, (although if you ask us it's more teal than emerald!)
3. Made have some awesome mid-century sofa designs which would look oh so good with your Scandinavian style living room. This one is their Scott 3 seater and we love it.
4. Ikea offer a more modern take on the trend with a sleek boxy number. Click here to see for yourself.
2. GEOMETRIC TILES
A bold (and often pricey) addition to any room, geometric prints and designs are here to stay...
1. We have an unashamed crush on these monocrome beauties from Rockett St. George. These hand-made Morroccan cement tiles come in eleven different designs. Opt for a full impact hallway or use a single row for a splash back or skirting.
2. These amazing hexagon tiles are part of Marrakech Design's 'Dandelion' collection and available to purchase on Swedish website Contemporary Tiles. They come in twelve different colour combinations including 'Lawn / Milk' and can be laid in a number of designs. Love.
3. Topps Tiles' 'Henley' is proof of this trend's popularity - we swear we saw these exact tiles on their website a couple of years ago at a snip of the price! This Victorian inspired design is clean and classic.
4. Ok so we cheated with this last 'tile' - it's actually a beautifully designed wallpaper from Ferm Living. It could be a cheaper, more contemporary alternative to the trend, especially if you just want to add a touch of interest to an alcove or staircase.
3. MOLESKINE FURNITURE
This is our trend prediction for this year. Italian designers Moleskine, famous for 'the' hipster notebook, have just announced a surprising new collaboration with Driade for its first-ever furniture collection named "Portable Atelier." Check out some of their new pieces below and expect them to pop up in all of your fave hipster hot spots across 2016...
4. RAISED GARDEN BEDS
Surely Summer's promising to happen this year? We've patienty waited for the great British weather to turn good and it seems that we're all quietly hopeful as raised beds are set to become this year's must-have style.
Glasgow Wood Recycling is a social enterprise and charity committed to reducing the amount of wood needlessly going to landfill. They produce a lovely range of raised bed boxes, all of which are made from reclaimed materials - ideal if like us you're all about being environmentally responsible.
5. WHIMSICAL WALLPAPER
What's not to love? From kid's room designs to man-cave appropriate patterns, whimsical walls are the way forward...
1. Founded in 1924, Svenskt Tenn is an interior design company located in Stockholm, Sweden (can you see a reoccuring theme here?). We're slightly obsessed with their colourful wallpapers and fabrics by Josef Frank.
2. Timorous Beasties have an awesome range of brilliantly bonkers wallcoverings. This one is Merian Palm which comes in a super wide 1.38 metres.
3. Only uber cool nurseries will be able to pull off this Noir design by French Illustrator Nathalie Lété.
4. If you're brave enough you can even create your own whimical wallpaper by pasting pages out of your favourite books. This bathroom is decorated with lbertus Seba’s Cabinet of Natural Curiosities an 18th century book of natural history published by Taschen.
6. STATEMENT MIRRORS
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the loveliest of them all? We've rounded up some pretty good contenders...
1 & 2. Rockett St George has a pretty impressive range of statement mirrors, from tiny to terrifying, their collection is definitely worth a look.
3. This vintage shutter frame mirror is by local supplier of all things retro Andy Thornton. Their showroom in Greetland, near Halifax is an enormous Aladdin's cave of delights. Make the trip, you won't regret it.
4. Could this be the ultimate statement mirror? Unfortunately it's not for sale but in fact a sculpture called 'Miroir Froissé #2' by Parisian designer Mathias Kiss. We couldn't help but throw it into the mix as it's amazing, and an inspiring piece of design.
7. HAND-PAINTED FURNITURE
Whether home-made or bought on the high street; hand-painted drawers, chairs, wardrobes and bookcases are IT this year. The trend can add a punch of colour to minimalist interiors and brighten up forgotten furniture...
1. Urban Outfitters have been dealing in home furnishings for a few years now and their collection isn't half bad. This set of drawers combines two trends with its hand-painted geographic print.
3 & 4. We stumbled across The Family Love Tree, an Australian online store by mistake and can't stop browsing. It's full of trinkets and must-have accessories. This painted rattan chair is so cute and their colourful drawers and cupboards are just lovely.
8. GRAPHIC CUSHIONS & TEXTILES
Again, another staple interior trend that keeps on going. From high street to designer you can spend as little or as much as you like on textiles. Just make sure they are big and bold to stay on trend...
1 & 2. Check out Society 6 for some killer cushions. There's literally pages of designs and styles to choose from. Go nuts.
3. Don't under estimate H&M when it comes to homeware, their collection is pretty impressive and usually a snip of the price. Find everything from cushions to rugs in their online store.
4. Donna Wilson is a force to be reckoned with. Her woolly wonders are to die for. We wish we were her.
There's no denying it, the Scandinavians know style. It's little wonder this trend is at the forefront of another year....
1. A pegboard is an awesome addition to any kitchen and adds an instant Scandinavian look. Buy the raw materials from your local timber merchants or the ready made product and accessories from online stores such as blockdesign.co.uk
2. We've not gone completely mad, cork covered walls are making a comeback. Cover a small space in a study for ultimate Scandi chic. Just make sure all of your other walls are white.
3. Invest in mid-century furniture, it will last the test of time we promise. Unbelievably, furniture by designers such as Danish born Ib Kofod-Larsen didn't have much commercial success in the 60s, you can pick up some beautifully refurbished pieces on Etsy or Ebay.
4. Alternatively, IKEA do a pretty goodwith their EKENÄSET Armchair in Isunda grey.
Everyone's gone ga-ga for grey (us included). To finish our trend count down we've highlighted a few examples of how to rock the grey look...
1. Grey + Pastels. Our eyes can't get enough of this combo. Online store Country Road know how to do pastels. International delivery is free when you spend over £100, which is easy to achieve given their collection.
2. Grey + Framed Prints. Will we ever tire of buying art prints to adorn our chalky grey walls? Nope, probably not. Our favourite online stores are; The Poster Club, Yuck Print House, No Culture Icons, Colours May Vary.
3 & 4. Grey + Yellow. Yellow is so on trend it's bananas (see what we did there?). For a pop of colour add a statement chair like this Charles Eames style rocker from Cult Furniture or a pretty floral quilt like this one from Anthropologie.