One thing that always causes a great deal of interest amongst interiors aficionados is watching the yearly design trends come and go. Whether it’s watching the media storm surrounding the latest Pantone colours of the year, or even seeing the rise and fall of surprising trends like supersize furniture, there’s nothing like design to unite or divide style gurus!
And 2016 is certainly no different as there’s no area of the home that’s safe from these transient taste trends. So whether it’s headboards or tiling, here are the design trends to be aware of as we approach the middle of 2016.
The ever-reliable Sfgirlbythebay blog is a great place to quickly catch up on the latest tastes. And it seems that tiles are back in a big way. What’s interesting about the current range is the way that they’ve managed to reintroduce the colour green for our bathrooms in a way that’s a world away from those horrendous avocado colour schemes of yesteryear.
But the great thing about the tile trend is that that they can be used in a variety of different colours in locations throughout the house, and the geometric tile trend is one that can add a classy touch to just about any interior space.
Those ultra-fashionable Scandinavians are a big part as to why geometric shapes continue to be one of the touchstones for the stylish home. With iconic design stores like Svenskt Tenn proving that modern design can be feminine yet long-lasting, it shows just how creative we can be in our interiors.
Wood is another big part of the Scandinavian look as it adds a softer and natural touch to the more modernist tendencies of the 21st century home.
But you don’t have to travel to Stockholm to get in on the wooden chic, because even if your bed headboard is showing signs of wear you can get a sturdier one from the likes of Bedstar who also feature sleek metal designs and for those who prefer embracing the mid-century modern trend.
And as summer is just about here, then why not make the most of the great outdoors by inviting it into your home in a way that’s been beautifully documented at the Chapter Friday style blog. And what makes the minty tropical trend all the more wonderful is the way that it uses natural colours and motifs in a way that’s totally fresh and original for 2016!
Petra Bindel | Københavens Møbelsnedker photographed by Line Klein | Sharyn Cairns
If you are anything like me, then you have piles of magazines you don’t want to throw away or loads of accessories that you could one day open your own accessory shop with. My things are too nice to be stored away, yet I find them overwhelming when they are scattered all around the house in different places. This is when the Ivy Shelf from Tylko fits perfectly in my home. I can house and showcase all my favourite pieces in the one unit. I used to have white open shelves in the living room (currently floating around rooms, waiting to be placed), but I would find after tidying them up they would become disarranged and I would tend to dump things on them. Not now! With the Ivy Shelf there are little nooks were you can separate your stuff, some for books/magazines and some space for smaller vases and candles. I think it’s everyones preference, but I do like my shelves to be full of stuff.
If you pop over to Tylko you can find a number of different configurations of the Ivy shelf and also different finishes. I would normally go for white, but after newly painting the walls in the living room I wanted to go with something darker, so I picked the black shelves and I really like how it sits against the wall. However, I can’t stop thinking how great it would look against a black wall or a darker shade of grey. I have four other rooms to paint, so for just now this can stay this colour.
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When we first moved into our new house, the kitchen had just been newly fitted. When I say newly, I mean rushed. There were so many things badly done and not to my taste, but at least I was thankful for the white units, even though the door handles had been put on squint… We have grand plans to knock down the kitchen wall and expand into the garden, we wouldn’t be at a loss because the garden is pretty big. Doing so, we could rip out the existing kitchen and start over again, realistically this will not be happening for another three years! So the question was could I live with the nasty cheap wooden work top, the answer was no. I really wanted to something that was inexpensive but was to my taste, so I opted for a white worktop, pretty safe for just now.
I’ve only just had the worktops replaced, while replacing them I decided to change the doors to something with no handles and also changed the sink and tap (still waiting for the tap to arrive, never have I been this excited about a tap, it’s a good one) these are things that I can add to the new kitchen. I was recently introduced to Clas Ohlson, a modern home and hardware store, originally from Sweden. Perfect for me! Having new worktops means new kitchen appliances, and I picked out the Coline toaster and kettle. They are both compact and stylish and work really well in my kitchen and I was really impressed with how quickly they got delivered. Which is a massive bonus for me! Clas Ohlson are relatively new in the UK, but you can find a wide range of affordable product, my favourite section, the garden/outdoors! I am pretty obsessed with the garden just now, as you might have read here.
Still so many things to improve, but when I have got the new lights up and fitted the tap, I can show the kitchen in a better way. Maybe I can show a before and after example, if I can dig the older pictures out. These are small changes but are slightly improving the kitchen, In the meantime I can keep pinning my dream kitchen of dark grey units, marble worktops, marble splash backs and a large dinning table in the kitchen.
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Clas Ohlson. I only work with products I love and all opinions are my own.