Back in the good ol’ early nineties, my parent’s home had a bathroom with a vomit-green coloured bath and poo-brown coloured carpet. Yes. Carpet in the bathroom. Clearly whoever thought of that interior feature didn’t factor in two kids playing, “I can make a bigger wave than you can,” in the bath.
Thankfully, the carpet in the bathroom has been swapped for concrete flooring and the colour scheme has shifted to neutrals that will last through the ages.
As someone who recently renovated their home, I spent most of last year obsessed with interior style magazines – particularly, Choice Flooring’s Inspiring Choices magazine. Soaking up the latest trends from big ticket items like furniture and flooring to the little knick-knacks that make a house, a home.
Even though I’ve run out of decoration space in my home, I’m still obsessed with everything interior and the latest trends make me want to renovate all over again. For the second year, I’ve ordered another (free) copy of the annual Choices Flooring magazine from their website. It’s packed full of the latest interior styling trends, written by interior writers and stylists like The Block All Star winner, Amity Dry.
Here are my five absolute favourite interior trends for 2016.
1. Less is more.
Previously, interior trends have leaned towards packing in as much as you can…and then pack in some more. Look here, no here, no here. Now… it’s far more relaxed. Keeping colours neutral and simple but playing with texture.
For example, a lounge room with a natural bamboo flooring for simplicity and a raw wool rug in a cream colour to provide some texture. Pair that with beige and off-white furniture, adding some soft pastel blues in throw pillows or blankets if you are dying for some colour.
2. Two words… statement pendants.
They’re like art. A statement pendant (or two) defines a room, whether you want to go for a more industrial look of black timber flooring with brass pendants or a beachier vibe of white matte floor tiles with those oversized crab net pendants.