10 home trends to look out for 2016
As the year draws to a close, we can't help but start looking ahead. So, what will be the ultimate in home style for 2016?
1. It's time to shine
The coming year is your home's chance to shine with a touch of metallic.
"From acid wash metallic cow hide rugs to brass cylindrical vases for your flowers through to brushed brass side tables, there aren't many homewares or interiors products that don't work well in metallic tones," says interior designer Emma Blomfield.
You don't have to spend much to get in on this trend, she adds: "Metallics should be considered the jewellery for your home with things like drawer handles and copper catchalls through to candle jars."
A little metallic goes a long way in making your home shine. Photos: Emma Blomfield
2. Nature comes inside
If you don't have a backyard with access to greenery in its natural habitat, then bring it to you. "Urban living comes with a detachment of the natural sources that generate our food, longer supply chains and less personal interaction with what we eat," says Emir Lopez from Fluid Growers, who make portable gardens to grow in your kitchen.
"We all long to be connected back to nature and back to food, and to learn and teach our children where food really comes from."
It's time to bring a bit of nature inside. Photo: Fluid Growers
3. Practical items become features
The practical parts of your home no longer have to be boring, as more interesting designs become accessible. Aaron Lee, co-creator of online emporium Prinkbox, says it's all about creating conversation.
"People desire something they can socially share to start that conversation," he explains. "Many interior designers are shifting towards the reinvention of everyday items as a way of reinvigorating living spaces."
The practical parts of your home don't have to be boring. Photo: Prinkbox
4. Bathrooms go au naturale
In the bathroom, vanity units are going au naturale. "2016 is well and truly on track to be the year of the timber top," says Scott Beechey, Design and Selections Specialist from Mitcham Plumbtec.
While stone tops have been cast aside as drab and cold, Beechey says, "timber allows a new dimension in adding a natural warmth and feel."
The natural look is in for bathrooms. Photo: Mode
5. Connection makes life seamless
The connected home – or smart home, as it's been dubbed – is all about making life easier. You'll see technology create lifestyle changes that couldn't have been imagined even a few years ago.
"One of the major trends we are seeing is the demand for smart home products that solve specific problems related to safety, security or in-home convenience," explains Brad Little, vice president of Netgear.
6. Accessories are art
Accessorising a room is now a form of self-expression in more ways than one.
"Emerging in 2016 is the appreciation of living art," Lee says. "People are moving away from traditional patterns to abstract and expressive designs." This is the time to get really creative with the accessories in your home.
7. Colours are deep and moody
With four trend-setting colour palettes recently released, Dulux is declaring 2016 the year of moody shades, futuristic inspiration and throwbacks to times past.
Their first offering is dubbed Infinite Worlds. "This is inspired by a growing focus on space travel and research," says Dulux Colour Planning and Communications Manager Andrea Lucena-Orr. The dark blues and purples are contrasted with flashes of red, pink, coral and space age metallics.
Two palettes, Future Past and Retro Remix, see us looking back to the 60s and 70s. Browns and caramels are making a comeback, as are the more vibrant retro colours. Lucena-Orr says it's all about creating a look that suits your personality: "Colour combinations can be used in unexpected ways to help create a more youthful and playful space."
Finally, the Bio Fragility palette takes its cues from nature, with soft greens, beige and grey. "Scheming these colours together creates a beautiful, tranquil setting that's easy to live with in most rooms within the home," says Lucena-Orr.
Moody shades are all the rage in 2016. Photos: Dulux
8. Get rid of your bathtub
Baths are now considered uncool and are being scrapped from the floor plan. "The truth is that most people don't use their bath regularly enough to justify the installation cost and floor space they consume," Beechey explains.
9. Sustainability is king
The human conscience isn't letting up, with people caring more and more about where the items in their home come from.
"Sustainability is becoming a must design element in 2016," says Lee. "We're seeing more experimental ideas of mixing new sustainable and old upcycled materials, and people are opting for organic recyclable accessories."
10. Toilets get smarter
Toilets are becoming surprisingly intelligent. "Intelligent toilets offer an automatic opening and closing heated seat, automated flush once you leave the unit, a night light in the pan for the boys, male and female wash settings, temperature adjustable drying, inbuilt deodoriser and more," explains Beechey.