Design update – Europe showing off their best

Feb 29, 2016 | Anoushka's Blog, Interior design and decoration

Following on from my colour forecast for 2016 (to read this click here), Europe’s best and brightest have been on the design tradeshow circuit to give us their views and visions on what we can expect in 2016.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t there – maybe next year – however, I was lucky enough to attend a trade event last week hosted by Boyd Blue’s Creative Director, Shelley Boyd.  On a recent sourcing trip Shelley visited some of the design industries most prestigious trade shows and events, such as: Heimtextil; Domotext ; the IMM Furniture Fair; the Chelsea Harbour Design Centre; Déco Off and the amazing MAISON&OBJET.

There’s always a lot of information each year around design trends, and some of it can be conflicting.  Especially when we look at what’s on trend from a design industry perspective compared to the high street, who can be slower to adopt the cutting edge.  As such, here are my top 10 interior design tips for 2016, based on European trends.

  1. In terms of overall trends, I’m seeing “plantation”, “colonial” and “mid-century” styles as front runners. Not surprisingly “scandi” is still very popular in Europe, thanks to easy access to Nordic styles and popular culture.
  1. If you’re looking at a colour palette change, consider peacock colours like emerald greens, teal and royal blues, or purples. The biggest trends however are around oranges, as both bold colour choices and accents, this can be expanded through the whole orange to red spectrum.


  1. For your walls one image large print murals or statement pieces are in. Alternatively, and in keeping with the plantation and colonial styles, grass-weave wallpapers are very much in but standard pattern repeat wallpapers are less popular.
  1. Whilst patterns on your walls all less prominent, 2016 patterns for elsewhere in the home have a safari feel, and include botanical prints, again drawing on the plantation styles.
  1. In terms of fabrics, consider velvets, wools and textured linens; used to create a luxurious look. A good example of this is Jonathan Adler’s range at Coco Republic.

Print cushions

  1. Finishes on furniture for the year would be marble and mixed metals. The metallic look has been embraced recently, however try to focus on bronze, brass and golds and move away from copper, which seems to be overused of late.

Dining room details, Lane Cove

  1. Curved furniture, such as kidney shaped sofas and coffee tables and more art deco styles pieces are very popular, as apposed to the square and minimal modernist furniture designs.
  1. Strange as it may sound, if you looking for a quirky touch, move away from the pineapples, that were so popular, and look out for turtles to hit this space. We will probably see this in fabrics, lighting, and general décor items.
  1. To complement your space with accessories use rich colours (as mentioned above) for throws, cushions and glassware; and lots at rich velvets on upholstery.
  1. Handmade and ethically sourced sustainable products will be a big focus for designers; a great example of this is the Designer Boys’ Look at products from India, the Philippines or Indonesia.

Click here for more information on Boyd Blue, the Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, MAISON&OBJET, the Designer Boys Collection, or Jonathan Adler.

If you’d like to talk to me about any of your design needs, including trends for 2016, don’t hesitate to contact SmartSpace Interiors.

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