In the age of curation, it’s normal to feel a touch of design-envy when bombarded with images of the perfect home on sites such as Pinterest and Houzz. We’re all in search of that on-trend, show home look, but it always feels just out of our grasp. It can be difficult to keep up with these trends, but at the end of the day, having a functional and comfortable home is far more important than following the most recent fad. If you’re looking to update your home this summer, try these easy-to-adopt interior design trends that will refresh your home with minimal effort.
Unique artisanal items
Creating a unique home by including handmade elements from lesser-known designers is a popular trend for 2016. From unique art prints to custom made light fittings; Etsy has well and truly replaced IKEA in our collective consciousness. This is not only good news for those independent makers working hard to sell their wares, but also for homeowners looking to create a customised home free of mass-produced clutter.
Bring the outdoors in
Getting some fresh air has such a positive impact on our state of mind, but sadly, we can’t always be outside. If your back yard is either too small or you’re confined to an apartment, there are still plenty of things you can do to give the illusion of an outdoor space. Focus on allowing more natural light into your home by replacing your window dressings with lighter, airier fabrics. If privacy is a concern, let the light flow in with some innovative window blinds that will still allow natural light to come flooding into your home.
Reclaim your bathroom
The bathroom is an often neglected area of the house that only gets any attention when the time comes for a remodel. In 2016, we’re seeing a move towards create a spa-like atmosphere in the bathroom using a few key pieces. Introduce an upholstered chair or side table to your bathroom, hide away all of the clutter and then add some finishing touches in the form of freshly cut flowers. Then all you need is some fluffy white towels and a selection of your favourite bath salts or oils presented in decorative bottles.
Don’t be Conservative with your Conservatory
Halfway between the home and the garden, the conservatory is an often forgotten space that is too hot in summer and too cold in winter. Reclaim this space by installing custom blinds to help regulate the temperature, then use the space as you please. Once you have reclaimed the space, you can create an extra sitting room, a cosy reading nook or a bright and airy study. When choosing furniture, look for something more durable as it will have to be able to withstand more direct sunlight. It might be unconventional, but outdoor furniture made from rattan or cane and upholstered with the same materials used on yachts can be the perfect solution to this problem.
Clash of influences in the kitchen
If your kitchen feels like a constant work in progress, you’ll be pleased to hear mismatched kitchens are finally on-trend in 2016. If you want to give your kitchen a facelift, you thankfully don’t have to rip everything out and start fresh. If your kitchen is already quite modern, try introducing some classic elements such as a vintage rug or unique mirror. If you have a traditional kitchen, a sleek new worktop in a modern material will help update the look. Contrasting tiles or out-of-place decorative elements are also welcome additions to the modern kitchen.
Hide the technology
Over the years, we’ve seen TVs getting bigger and bigger. But the time has come to downsize with vintage-inspired sets, or hide it altogether. The family room gets an instant makeover to the “glamily” room, a relaxing space for entertaining and socialising, rather than a space for zoning out in front of the TV. Technology is hiding in other ways as we look for more and more innovative and style-conscious ways to conceal wires and chargers. Creating a central charging hub for the whole family’s collection of devices is one way to jump aboard this trend, while others might prefer specialist charging furniture that is starting to grow in popularity.