15 Design Trends That Made a Comeback in 2016

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15 Design Trends That Made a Comeback in 2016

Want to know which interior trends made their way back into homes in 2016? Domain asked the interior design experts to share with us the decor trends enjoying a style revival.

1. The drinks trolley

“The old drinks trolley, the epitome of domestic style in the 1950s and 1960s, is making a comeback big time,” says Hilary Sharp, interior designer at Box Clever Interiors. “What I’m seeing out there is a more glamorous form. It is the drinks trolley with 1920s and 30s glamour that is on trend for interiors now. People are bringing glamour back into home entertainment.”

2. Fur

“Fur became really big in the 1970s, think sheepskin throws on armchairs and flokati rugs on the floor,” says Justine Stedman, director and principal stylist at Vault Interiors, Sydney. “The current Scandinavian and Viking interior trends are all about raw, natural, and earthy textures, so fur or faux fur has come back in a big way and can be used to jazz up sofas, beds or armchairs. Fur can be a taboo topic – however, there are many fantastic faux options available so you don’t have to use real animal skin to get the look.”

3. Orange and teal

“You either love or hate orange, but no matter what side of the fence you sit on, you can’t deny it is an accent colour that packs a punch,” says Stedman. “Bright orange and teal is another ’70s look that has become popular again; nowadays you will see it often upholstered on statement chairs or as velvet cushions. To soften orange, select a deeper rusty tone then pair with bright or dark teal. The contrast combination is dramatic and sure to uplift any space.”

Sydney based designers Tom Mark Henry agree that there is a trend towards colour. “We feel that people are moving away from the minimal safe white interior and embracing colour, texture and comfort.”

4. Cork

“We saw cork featured in the 1960s and 1970s from wedge shoes to flooring,” explains Tennille Burnup from Tennille Joy Interiors in Melbourne. “We are now seeing a renaissance of this material in furniture and accessories, designed in a modern style. Cork is natural and environmentally friendly too.”

5. Danish lines

“The Scandi look has brought the 1950s, 1960 and 1970s furniture designs back in a big way,” says Stedman. “Think round coffee tables with thin tapered legs, sideboards that are reminiscent of the Parker classics and retro-look chairs. The original designs may have been more maple, walnut or teak wood stains, however a lot of new furniture today borrows the same designs profiles from the past even if they are now oak or white-washed wood tones. The light wood tones sit well in today’s neutral streamlined interiors.

6. Mid-century furniture

“For some time we have seen the resurgence of mid-century furniture gaining momentum in Australia, but now it is starting to get very specific with a definite focus on the 1950s,” says Sharp. “This year, we saw the Australian House of the Year being awarded to an apartment which had a distinct 1950s vibe to it. This is filtering down to furniture with major companies updating their lines.”

7. Hairpin legs

“This style of leg can be seen on anything from pots stands to tables and consoles,” says interior designer Tania Bell from Green Room Interiors in Melbourne. “Although it originated in the 1950s it has made a big comeback.”

8. Wallpaper

“We all know wallpaper is back but now the bolder the better,” says Elissa Greer from Darren James Interiors in Brisbane. “Florals, geometrics, dominant stripes on walls and even ceilings are a great way to create drama in a space.”

Sharp agrees that wallpaper is now more modern than before and is seen as a way to create texture and interest. “Gone is that outdated flock wallpaper which felt like it was encroaching and suffocating your space.”

9. Indoor plants

“People are now realising again the value of having living plants adorn their interiors,” says Bell. “They add life and texture to an otherwise sterile interior. The most popular plants are ferns, palms, peace lily and the ubiquitous Fiddle Leaf plant. Manufacturers and designers are recreating pots with contemporary patterns and colour to house these gorgeous specimens.”

10. Subway tiles

“A staple at the turn of the century, subway tiles have made a big come back in residential and commercial spaces,” says Stedman. “Almost every trendy industrial kitchen and cafe will usually have some subway tiles – featured in the kitchen or bathroom. The bevelled white ones paired with dark black or charcoal grout have been very fashionable of late, and when paired with modern-looking rose gold or brass tapware, you achieve a glam mix that is very on trend. Gloss black subway tiles also look amazing and I have seen them become popular for exterior design details like barbecue areas or courtyard feature walls.”

11. Copper

“All things 1970s have come back into vogue in decoration and design,” says Bell. “The copper trend has come back with a vengeance. Anything and everything uses this shiny metal that was used a lot in 1970s design. Think pot plants, hanging pot plants, vases, vessels, trays, table tops, lighting, tiles, even soft furnishing – virtually anything in homewares is copper-infused.”

12. Macrame

“Popular in the 1970s these were hand knotted using either thick wool or thread and used as wall hangings or pot plant holders,” says Bell.

13. Tiled countertops and splashbacks

“After the 1980s we never thought we would see tiled splashbacks let alone benchtops again,” says Greer.  “Now, tiled benchtops are back, adding a sense of funk and interest to a minimal space and they can look really cool.”

14. Palm leaves

“Large format palm leaf motives are coming back into vogue,” says Bell. “They can be seen in wallpapers, pot plants and textiles, such as scatter cushions.”

15. Rattan

“Rattan is well and truly back from the 1970s,” says Greer. “Still seen in its traditional forms with a strong retro feel, but also in more contemporary settings. Gorgeous soft shapes and weaves, everything from planter boxes, baskets, sofas, chairs and even rattan inserts in sideboards.”

Source: Sandy Smith, Domain.com.au
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