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This Year’s Top 4 Interior Design Trends: Which are you Rocking?

Earlier in the year I released my 2016 interior design trends forecast, and I’m very pleased to see that some of them are already making their presence known in stores, in mags and online. I thought it best we check in on the top four trends of the year in today’s post, and get a feel for which ones you’ve decided to move forward with in your own home.

The Top 4 Interior Design Trends of 2016

Interior Design Trends 2016 The New Eclectic Interior

The New Eclectic

This trend is so interesting because it’s about not following trends at all. Stylistically, it’s inspired by mid-Century design, but interlaced with global influences, some bohemian charm, a touch of botanics, and a fair bit of self expression. It’s every trend rolled into one and yet none of them at all. It’s the perfect way to display all of the things you love and adore with little regard for whether they’d be considered to work.

Rock the look: Hang a rug on a wall and enjoy the texture it’ll bring to a space.
The brand to help you: West Elm is great for mid-Century furniture without the recycled, nanna vibe.
Read more about the trend by clicking here.

Interior Design Trends 2016 Tufted bedhead with gold lampshade

Everyday Opulence

Lovers of a touch of elegance and sophistication will love the glam factor in this trend. It’s about being completely over the top and irreverent in your everyday life, creating rooms and spaces that feel luxe and opulent. It’s retro in places, takes cues from high-end bars and hotels, and really encourages the idea of inviting friends over to enjoy the sense of sophistication in your home. Martinis are essential.

Rock the look: Bring in some marble and brass decor. It’s bling on a budget, and will do the trick.
The brand to help you: Allegra Stone does gorgeous marble pieces in an array of shapes and styles.
Read more about the trend by clicking here.

Interior design trends 2016 minimal Japanese dining room

Minimal Zen

If you’re a fan of a minimalistic interior design scheme and want to turn the colour down at home, the Minimal Zen trend has you covered. The concept here is all about getting in touch with nature, embracing Feng Shui principals and creating a space you can unwind and relax in. For introverts, it’s a tranquil escape from the rat race; a cocoon where you can recharge your batteries. It’s the ultimate scheme for those of you who love a sense of air and earthiness.

Rock the look: Declutter your space and bring in some large floor cushions around the coffee table.
The brand to help you: Mark Tuckey is great for gorgeous furniture pieces in light, earthy tones.
Read more about the trend by clicking here.

IKEA Tillfalle homewares range on TLC Interiors


Colour Carnevale

If you love bold hue and you’re dying to unleash colour on your home, the Colour Carnevale trend delivers the goods. This look is all about rocking brights and celebrating the joy that can come from being completely uninhibited by colour. The influence for this trend comes from the upcoming Brazil Olympics, which is inspiring people to get gutsier with their decorating decisions. The new range from IKEA you see above is a perfect example of this.

Rock the look: Clash some red, yellow and blue tones on your sofa through colourful cushions.
The brand the help you: PAMPA is amazing for bright rugs that’ll help you rock dramatic hue.
Read more about the trend by clicking here.

>>> So there you have it; four of this year’s biggest interior design trends. I’d love to know which of these trends you’re most drawn to and if you’re rocking any of them at home. Drop a comment below and share your thoughts!



Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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  1. My favorite one is opulence. For me the whole house should look stylish and glorious. I want to feel like I live in modern castle. I will definitely infuse some brass decor to achieve that impression!

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