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Six of the season’s interior trends appearing at house 2016

Caroline Foran

Published 18/05/2016 | 08:48

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What are the season’s latest trends? Caroline Foran asked six experts, who will appear at house 2016 ‘s Design Clinic, for their season’s favourite – and how to work it

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1 Dramatic Kitchen Islands

If you’re lucky enough to have space in your kitchen for even a small island, these are the most lust-worthy additions to Irish homes in 2016. And now, adding further impact with colour is the trend. Adele Roche, Irish colour expert from Happy Days Design says: “If you are looking to add a bit of colour and drama to your existing kitchen without doing a whole lot of work, consider painting your island a bold, strong feature colour that will contrast with the rest of the units in the space. It is also an easy and cost effective way to keep up with changes in colour trends.”

Black and White Kitchen
Black and White Kitchen

2 Metallics

If you indulged in copper overload, you may need to consider paring it back somewhat. Nevertheless, metallics as a trend are still holding strong as 2016 unfolds. For Jackie Carton of Style My Room, “Brass and gold were in abundance at the design shows, especially when presented as softer, more burnished tones. Highly reflective metallics are less in evidence as the trend moves towards presenting these warm golden tones in a more subtle way within the design scheme.” In short, avoid anything too severe and highly reflective by keeping it warm and low-key.

Metallic Stool
Metallic Stool

3 Botanicals

For Nina Kati, 2016 is all about botanicals or what she refers to as ‘naturalism’: “Large leaf patterns, tropical plants and bold floral designs are all the rage. Use them in small quantities in cushions and accessories or full length curtains to add a bold style statement to a simple interior. I love this style because it lends itself to urban apartments where a garden isn’t present and also with large areas of wood flooring as it fits in so well with this natural element.”

Light Turquoise Bedroom
Light Turquoise Bedroom

4 Mid century mood

Though you might be wary of redoing your home to resemble the set of Mad Men, a hostess trolley (yes, they’re back) or a statement console table can inject just the right touch of the retro trend. Angela Connolly President, the Interiors Association and Conbu Interior Design says: “In 2016 we are seeing a push towards incorporating traditional, more classic items of furniture in the modern environment. We’ll see more antiques, brown furniture livening up the modern interiors creating unique, individual and more personal living spaces.”

Luxurious Blue Bedroom
Luxurious Blue Bedroom

5 Luxury vinyl flooring

Flooring has become a crucial component in the overall look of our home. For Mary Taylor of Taylored Interiors, this year is all about the luxury vinyl floor tile. “Instead of traditional cold tiles, you can have warm flooring that will not break or crack under pressure and you can choose really nice designs too. The vinyl tile pieces will fit into any pattern. You no longer have to opt for the one style throughout a particular room; you can delineate separate areas in the one space with different shapes and patterns.”

Stylish Kitchen
Stylish Kitchen

6 Geometrics

For Anita Oakey of Aoki Interiors, there’s no easier way to bring your home up to date in 2016 than with a nod to the geometric trend. “The best thing to do is add in geometrics with fabrics that you can tweak and change. Keep the rest of your colour palette paired back and instead use the fabric in scatter cushions, etc, as your backdrop. The trend typically leans towards 1970s, retro with strong burnt oranges, but I for one prefer the more pastel colour palette; it’s softer and more modern.”


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