From a new colour palette to inspire you to glamourous burnished metals, this season’s new interiors trends will give an elegant feel to your home. Add in botanical prints and a dash of floral décor for schemes that are naturally stylish.
With a new season comes a desire for renewal, not least when it comes to our homes. The new interior trends for spring-summer 2016 take their inspiration largely from the natural world with a hint of high-fashion style. Whatever room you want to refresh this year, take a note from these new emerging styles to keep your house looking fresh and new.
Pastel kitchen at John Lewis of Hungerford
THE NEW COLOUR PALETTE
Each year Pantone, the colour experts, announce their ‘colours of the year’ from which many designers and brands take inspiration. For 2016 the emphasis is on softer shades with Rose Quartz (a warm, rose pink) and Serenity (a cool, tranquil blue) being named as the shades that will dictate the way we dress our homes.
Rose shades at Besselink & Jones
Wall table at The Scandinavian Shop
Petrol blue lamps at Bert Frank
As a consequence, the high street is already awash with home accessories in pale pink and hues of blue. Check out the dusty-pink, space-saving wall table at The Scandinavian Shop and the pretty rose light-shades at Besselink & Jones. While Bert Frank’s stunning matt, petrol-blue Revolve lamps are great investment pieces that will stand the test of time.
Barker and Barker
Specialists in fabrics and upholstery, Cambridge design-house Barker and Barker offers a sky/pink stripe fabric called Serenity that is bang on trend. Janet Dixon, chief designer, gives her advice: “When using colour and fabric in the home try to use something you really like that reflects your personality, even if it doesn’t follow the current fashion. Trends come and go, so choosing something that you really love is important or you may end up with an expensive mistake in your home! Colour and pattern make bold statements and can liven up a room and make it feel fresh. One of the easiest and cheapest ways to add these is to use cushions and throws. Adding weaves, patterns and prints in your chosen colour is a good way to make a change so try to incorporate colours that work together and prints that won’t conflict with each other. Tone down a bold pattern with a plain, solid tonal colour – this will help to bridge the gap and soften the look. Changing your curtains and sofa are another great option, but for a purse-friendly alternative decorative accessories are a brilliant way to add new life to a room.”
Muted Drabs at Farrow & Ball
Considered a ‘new neutral’, grey-pink (rather than the bubble-gum pink of little girls’ bedrooms) can bring a sophisticated, gentle hue to walls. Teamed with gleaming bronze and flashes of neon yellow, blush tones can look instantly grown-up and elegant. Launching this month are Farrow & Ball’s new colours for 2016, which includes such a shade. The ethereal Peignoir is one of nine new paint colours, including a range of so-called ‘muted drabs’. This grey-pink has a romantic feel “inspired by the chiffon gowns in which ladies traditionally brushed their hair in boudoirs”.
Dash and Albert Star Rug
You can easily give a nod to the trend by adding hues of pink in rugs or cushions (source yours from Dash and Albert), or commit further by purchasing chairs and sofas in pale pink hues, such as those at Sofa Workshop. For lovers of the shade, why not go the whole way and invest in a pink Shaker-style kitchen (pictured top), as seen at John Lewis of Hungerford.
Pavilion Sofa at Decor
The blue theme, meanwhile, has perhaps more of a universal appeal with Delcor’s baby-blue Chesterfield and Pavilion sofas particularly stylish choices for living spaces. Sainsbury’s Morrocan Blue collection of homewares, meanwhile, is inspired by a bolder, electric blue giving the ultimate summer feel.
Sainsbury’s Moroccan Blue range for S/S 16
Andrew Tanner, head of home design at Sainsbury’s, comments: “The timeless pairing of classic blue and white invites us to embrace summer style. We’ve updated it by looking further afield for our inspirations, to the city of Casablanca, picking up prints and patterns from elaborate tile work, ikat and batik fabrics. This melting pot of influences has resulted in a collection of beautiful ceramics inspired by decorative textiles that you might more readily expect to find in the souks of Morocco.”
Ottoman by MY Furniture
To give a fresh, modern feel, add in touches of citrus yellow or bright white, in the form of accessories or one-off pieces of furniture, such as the occasional chairs and ottomans available at MY Furniture.
Citron Boat Bath at BC Designs
“Nothing adds a burst of sunshine to interiors like the colour yellow. This versatile colour blends well with pastels as well as darker shades making it a great colour choice for any room,” says Sally Cutchie, sales co-ordinator at BC Designs, the innovative bathroom specialist, which sells a citron painted Boat Bath, which will no doubt give the wow factor to a bathroom.
As part of its new collection of Architectural Paint colours, the relaunched brand Paint and Paper Library (above) offers Chinese Emperor – a dull, yellow that works well in contrast to its equally striking Plaster V (a mauve-pink) and Blue Blood (petrol blue).
Championing the return of white, however, an complementing all other colours, is Helen Shaw, marketing director at paint specialists Benjamin Moore UK: “White is transcendent, timeless and has an unrivalled versatility, that is why we chose ‘Simply White OC-117’ as our colour of the year for 2016. From the elegance and beauty of layered whites to striking, bold contrasting schemes and warm rustic textured settings, the colour white is not just a design trend, it is a design essential.”
While gleaming copper, bronze and gold has been on the design radar for a while, this year sees a focus on more matt metals. High polish is out with darker, wrought iron and burnished and brushed metals in.
One easy way to translate this metallic trend is by accent lighting – with a huge range of styles available. Next, for instance, has a choice of streamlined, industrial lights, while BHS’s matt, silver mariner-style lighting will give impact in a room. For lovers of Victoriana, seek out the wrought iron chandelier and delicate Peterstow lamps at Fritz Fryer.
Peterstow light at Fritz Fryer
For a subtle take on the trend, factor in one of The Nine Schools’ chinese cabinets or console tables that feature metal handles and locks or go for a decorative, traditional cast iron radiator, available at The Radiator Centre.
The Radiator Centre
Giving a talking point to a bathroom, meanwhile, is the Albion Bath Company’s slipper or double-ended baths available in a range of burnished finishes (gold, iron and bronze). Complement it with copper porcelain floor and copper metallic wall tiles from Tile Mountain.
The Albion Bath Company
Heralding the end of minimalism, is the return of all things floral with big, bold prints particularly in vogue. Cambridge-based interior designer, Cate Burren of Angel and Blume, agrees: “For me, florals have never been out of style but if a contemporary feel is what you are after, there are some fabulous digital prints on the market that are about bold patterns and vibrant colours.”
Touch of floral at Angel and Blume interior designers (pic credit: Simon Whitmore Photography)
Jim Carlile, managing director at Ely-based Reeds Furniture and Bed Centre, comments: “Floral upholstery is very much on trend this season. The new take on florals has promoted what was once considered old-fashioned to stylish heights. Mix and match prints with plain pieces to get the balance right. Dark prints – such as navy and rose florals on velvet – are very much of the moment and are a hip version of the ‘grandma chic’ look. Choose bold, wild blooms over small ditzy prints for a modern feel and show these off on a statement piece of furniture for maximum impact.”
Amelie sofa from Reed’s Furniture and Bed Centre
A case in point is Sofa Workshop’s St Ives Chair, which is now available in Liberty’s Secret Garden fabric, a jewel-toned, floral velvet. Match it with Besslink & Jones’ roses chandelier for a dramatic feel.
Sofa Workshop’s St Ives Chair
Besselink and Jone’s rose chandelier
Also featuring wild blooms on its furniture is Delcor, which has armchairs and sofas in rich floral designs. If you dare, why not carpet a bedroom or spare room with Brinton’s luxury Florals Parterre – a subtle, floral carpet that is beautifully soft underfoot.
Sofa from Delcor
Brintons’ Floral Parterre carpet
As the weather heats up (we hope), you can inject a blast of summer into your home with floral motifs found on the kitchen accessories by Pip Studio and Cath Kidston at Daisy Park, the fun and flowery cardboard deer heads at The Scandinavian Shop and the evocative textile designs found at Art of the Loom. Its latest collection, entitled ‘Indian Summer’ features fabrics in bright colours and is inspired by the vibrancy of India. The fabrics hint at the influence from embroidered saris, flowers for the temple, painted trucks and decorated camels.
Pip Studio at Daisy Park
Deer Heads at Scandinavian Shop
Textiles at Art of the Loom
Finally, come the bright soft furnishings and bold wallpapers at the Finish brand Vallila Interior. Emma Niskanen at the brand comments: “Florals are certainly an enduring favourite in design, but we are seeing some exciting, fresh takes on the theme this season with more edgy designs emerging in bold colours and graphic prints, alongside contemporary motifs in soft, pale shades. Another key trend is large scale botanical and foliage prints with a touch of the exotic. These styles look great in modern interiors and are easy to incorporate into the home.”
Moving on from last year’s botanical craze, there is still a penchant for ‘bringing the outside in’ when it comes to interior design. Consequently, garden inspired designs are bringing leaf patterns, fern prints and insect motifs, in particular, into the living room.
Botanist Collection at Sainsbury’s S/S 16 range
Sainsbury’s Botanist collection, for instance, includes fern-printed pillows, green glasses and butterfly-themed crockery. Andrew Tanner, head of home design, gives his insight: “Autumn’s moody-hued painterly florals give way to fresher botanicals for spring. This
is the sophisticated, fashion-led take on conservatory style and to get a handle on it, think a dash of Victoriana palm house, with botanical illustrations and brass finishes, which when combined, beautifully transforms the home into a tropical haven.”
BHS Sweet Nostalgia
BHS’s Sweet Nostalgia Range taps into three new emerging trends with floral, botanical and nostalgia at its heart. Make a beeline for the pretty lampshades, wooden pictures and pineapple accessories.
Chest of drawers from Atkin and Thyme
Offering an eclectic collection of classic and contemporary furniture and home accessories sourced from across the globe is Atkin and Thyme. Co-owner Victoria Atkin comments: “This season’s style is situated in organic influence. For SS16, interiors are reconnecting with Mother Nature by finding their roots in unfussy, pragmatic styling that emphasises the raw beauty of natural materials. Handcrafted, artisan products make for truly unique designs that please aesthetically and perform functionally. Surrender the home to the natural drama of hide, rustic mango wood, elaborate embroidery and rich, colourful prints for a season of wild abandon.”
Wallpaper at Lime Lace
Botanist Cabinet at The Farthing
From jungle-print wallpaper at Lime Lace to the botanist cabinets at The Farthing, the trend has its roots in British history. David Mottershead, managing director of Little Greene, paint and wallpaper experts, agrees: “The bedrock of design, botanicals have never been in or out of fashion in interiors – but the way they are presented has changed dramatically over the centuries – from the eccentric Victorians, to the geometric Art Deco period, to the flamboyant ’70s. The wonderful thing about having such a rich history of surface design in Britain is that we naturally embrace eclecticism. This year more than others, traditional botanicals are being reproduced in modern colours from brights to darks, and used spectacularly on panels as art works, or together with geometric prints in the same room. Botanicals have never felt so fresh and in vogue!
Archive Trails wallpaper at Little Greene
It goes without saying that the colour green is also predominant in this trend. Use flashes of the colour for maximum impact – scatter a few cushions with a fern or leaf print, for instance, or introduce the Manila or Hortus rugs from Modern Rugs.
Manila Green rug at Modern Rugs
Ben Dale, the founder of Modern Rugs, gives his expertise: “The use of florals, botanical prints, and green colourways are a simple and effective way of ‘bringing the outside in’. This eco nature vibe can easily be added to a home with inexpensive accessories and soft furnishings.”
Cate Burren of Cambridge-based interior designers Angel and Blume agrees: “I find green a wonderfully calming colour and I love to use it in houses with great views of garden greenery as I think it visually connects the interior and exterior of a home. Adding in florals is an added bonus and keeping the main colour palette the same then adding accent colours allows you to layer textures and patterns without the end result being too hectic.”
Mix romantic, feminine touches – think velvet and lace – with more contemporary, harder materials, such as concrete flooring or woven textiles – for a modern-day ‘mash-up’ style.
St Ives Tile and Stone
Revealing the trend in full-effect is the new style of wall tiles that are becoming increasingly popular. Emma Pratt at Cambridge’s St Ives Tile and Stone comments: “Coming on trend this year is a mix-match effect of tiling style. Subtle florals, geometric patterns and quirky prints are being used in a non-matching way and we are seeing more customers opting for patterns where once most choose plain tiles. It gives a quirky patchwork effect and is very of the moment. Love it or hate it, used sparingly, next to plain tiles, it gives a wonderful focal point to a bathroom or kitchen. Use as a stripe down the wall of a shower enclosure, for example, or as a splash back behind a range – above all, this type of tiling gives personality and character.”
Interiors of Ely
Nigel Wright owner of, Interiors of Ely, also in Cambridgeshire, gives his advice on translating the theme: “Harness the nostalgia trend by seeking out a quirky, one-off find for your home. We supply a range of unique pieces – such as vintage furniture and unusual accessories. For something completely original, we also offer a hand-made bespoke service so you can create your own pieces. These ‘finds’ will add character and give a talking point to your room. We also restore items of furniture – this is a great way to breathe new life into something you would otherwise replace. After all, who wants to be the same as everyone else – originality is key to being on-trend.”
Velvet Tub Chair at Oliver Bonas
Unique pieces for your home include the sumptuous, bright tub chairs at Oliver Bonas, the velvet dining chairs and chaise longues at Black Orchid London and the quirky, plywood stools designed by Piet Hein Eek and Dutch manufacturer NLXL LAB which feature paintings from Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum (available at Lime Lace).
Black Orchid London
Angel & Blume’s interior designer Cate Burren concludes: “Creating a space that is personal to a home owner is the core of a good design scheme and often this includes a carefully balanced mix of styles. I love to see a modern contemporary home softened with, for example, some feminine textures of velvet, linen, lace and embroidery.”
Stools by Piet Hein Eek and NLXL LAB at Lime Lace
Piet Hein Eek and Dutch manufacturer NLXL LAB