Like to keep your home up to date with the latest trends? From industrial style pendants to mid-century furniture, 2016 has so far proved to be quite the year for interiors.
Across the board, it seems that collectively, interior designers and architects too are preferring a 'less is more' approach. Gone are all things French and shabby chic, frilly and patterned, in are clean lines, neutral colours schemes and plenty of metals (but which will you choose, copper or gold? The headache-inducing question of the year for all interiors enthusiasts).
If you've found the wealth of inspiration and varying styles on the internet and indeed in lifestyle magazines a little overwhelming, here we narrow down the key trends of 2016, should you choose to incorporate just one (or all 14 of them) into your home.
1. Wide Floor Boards. The wider the better. Creating the illusion of more space, when it comes to any new homes built in 2016, the wider floorboard that runs from the hallway right through to all living space on the ground floor is top choice.
2. We've grown tired of beige and stone-coloured tiling, and back to the clean simplicity of white brick style tiling, perfectly offset by black grouting. Perfect in the kitchen or bathroom.
3. Kitchen Islands. Whether you fork out to have one custom made for your kitchen or you (rather cleverly) invest in a cheaper but no less impactful island from Ikea, our desire to gather around a central point in the kitchen has never been stronger. Keep it simple, minimal and either opt for a chunky wood worktop or clean white marble.
4. We're done with long rectangular mirrors, and have newfound appreciation or the large circular shaped mirror; very Mad Men.
5. On the subject of Mad Men, our penchant for mid-century style furniture has reached its apex. Even just one statement accent table or a 60s inspired armchair will add a touch of old-school modernity (it's old now but it was incredibly modern in style terms then) to your home.
(Eames style chair, cultfurniture.com)
6. Geometric shapes. Geometric shelving, geometric patterns on cushions, geometric designs as wall art - we'll take it all, please.
(Lila & Lola, Etsy.com)
7. Lanterns and plain lamp shades. A simple yet refreshingly affordable option, even paper lantern have proven popular in lighting this year. No longer are home-owners as taken with adorning their ceilings with several spot lights, as they are with something that stands alone, and something that adds to the overall feel of a room, like this one:
(Instagram: @MadeDotCom; Made.com)
8. In the kitchen, we've gone pendant mad. If you really want to stay on-trend with that island you've had made, a chic, simple, shade-less pendant will ensure you remain the envy of your neighbours.
(Industry Design, Dublin)
9. The word 'apothecary' is one you'll hear referenced time and time again in 2016; we don't want candles and vases that look like they were designed to be shown off; we want items that look like they came from our great Granddads chemist (or drinks cabinet). Functional, retro style packaging is the way to go. If it doesn't have a pharmaceutical vibe to it, we're not interested.
(Industry Design, Dublin)
10. More than ever, our love for rustic wooden furniture is burning strong. Over-polished, over-designed dining tables and coffee tables are no longer the order of the day; we want them rough and ready, simple and timeless. Anything that describes itself as 'reclaimed wood' has already won the heart of our bank account.
11. Finally, our TV obsession (remember when we wanted our tellys as big as a cinema screen?) has simmered down and we've gone back to the mindset where that big ugly screen needn't be the focal point of our living room. The trend now is to build a room around a fireplace, or at least create an atmosphere where human conversation can flourish - imagine!
12. Desks have become oh-so chic again. No longer are they chunky and office-like; interior designers and high street stores are copping on to the fact that if we're going to have to work at home we don't want to do so in a room that reminds us of our prefab school days. There's plenty of choice out there now, ensuring your home office space can blend seamlessly with the rest of your home.
13. Ladders. There's been a conscious shift towards the re-appropriaton of ladders as rustic, indoor features. Whether you opt for a ladder style shelving unit or choose to take a no-frills wooden ladder and plonk it right in the middle of your living room, wrapped in copper fairy lights, this is the one feature piece you can guarantee is perfectly on trend.
14. Speaking of copper lighting, our adoration of copper is going nowhere. In fact it just might be getting out of hand. Sometimes we may shake it up with other metals, but if you find yourself at a homeware store till with a copper, French-press coffee pot in hand and you don't even drink coffee, you know you've got it bad.
(Copper lighting, shop.designist.ie; copper clothing rack, Etsy.com; copper coffee pots, Bodum)