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Interior Design Trends 2016: Go Glam with Everyday Opulence

Interior design trends 2016 are set to land in the coming months. They’ll make their way into mags, they’ll find their way into stores and ultimately, we’ll all decide if we want to rock them or not.

The trend we’re taking a look at on the blog today is the second of four predicted to be big this year.

If you didn’t see the first trend, The New Eclectic, click here to check it out.

In the meantime, let’s look at how we can rock the second trend, Everyday Opulence.

Interior Design Trends 2016 Tufted bedhead with gold lampshade

Go Glam with Everyday Opulence

Aussies have lived a fairly relaxed, coastal-inspired lifestyle – for the most part – the last few years. We often lust over the glamorous, high-end aesthetic we see in magazines like Belle or Vogue Living, but we rarely get the guts to implement these looks at home.

That’s all set to change in 2016 with the introduction of Everyday Opulence. The first half of the title, ‘everyday’ is the key factor here. This isn’t about creating a formal, ‘good room’ that is only used on special occasions. Rather, it’s about injecting some glamour, luxury and sophistication into our everyday lives.

This means that you get to weave high end pieces into your interior scheme and start to create some real wow moments at home. Everyday Opulence is all about making a statement. It’s visually punchy, but refined – and never garish.

This trend also taps into the fact that we’re spending more time indoors and inviting friends over for dinner and drinks more than we used to. Creating a room that’s ripe for entertaining and feels a bit special (but can still work for brekkie with the kids the next day) is what Everyday Opulence is all about.

There are definitely some retro influences here but it’s important to remember that Everyday Opulence is not about second hand finds. The furniture is contemporary, with interesting shapes and forms, and it’s decked out with decor that’s unexpected and irreverent.

“Everyday Opulence is all about making a statement. It’s visually punchy, but refined – and never garish.”

White Geometric Sideboard with Mountainside Artwork interior design trends 2016

How to Rock Everyday Opulence at Home

The base palette for this look can go light or dark, so rock a rich brown wall or feel free to keep it white-on-white. It’s really about what you place on top of this foundation that makes all the difference.

The furniture in this look feels sumptuous. Look to lavish bars you’ve been to for inspiration. Velvet and suede are materials that’ll feel right at home here – but on sofas and armchairs that have clean lines.

By all means rock some tufting or buttoning, but keep it minimal. This isn’t a rococo revival and we want to steer clear of a Moulin Rouge aesthetic.

Statement pieces are king in this look, but don’t pack any more than two into a space. A sideboard like the one you see above is teamed with an opulent pendant light to create impact. The pieces around your statement furniture should by complementary but not competitive.


Turner vintage cabinet from coco republic interior design trends 2016

Metallics are not over, but gold (yellow and rose) is the hero here. Team it with marble, white gloss ceramics and glassware. To keep the look warm, introduce dark woods and chunks of black to keep it feeling sleek.

If you’re veering toward a light, white and bright look, rock rose gold with white marble and pops of hot pink, turquoise and emerald green.

Both a light and dark everyday opulence scheme benefits from pattern – particularly geometrics and animal prints.

Art in this look is large, dominant and always framed (as opposed to a canvas print). Look to black and white portraits or landscapes that are structural in nature. This is not a whimsical, casual look – so steer clear of imagery of that nature.

Gold Sideboard Buffet with Leopard print rug Interior design trends 2016

Stores that can help you rock Everyday Opulence

There’s no better place to start than with Coco Republic. It is Opulence all over.

You also can’t beat some of Greg Natale’s products, particularly the rugs and wallpapers.

Zuster Furniture is great for coffee tables and sideboards.

For lighting, it’s gotta be Christopher Boots or Earl Pinto.

Check out Resident GP or Urban Couture for affordable but luxe-looking homewares.

What are your thoughts on Everyday Opulence as one of the interior design trends 2016? I’d love to hear your thoughts on it in the comments below.

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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. I’ve been doing the whole ‘everyday opulence’ thing for awhile now. To get some inspo, take a look at ‘Z GALLERY’ or ‘Joss & Main’. Both of them are American furniture shops & ‘Z Gallery’ does ship to Australia. ‘Joss & Main’ doesn’t. ‘Crate & Barrel’ are also a good website to get some inspiration from. ‘Hollywood Glam’ is a favourite look of mine however I do water it down with some Aussie essentials.

    1. Thanks so much for the hot tips, Penny. I know Crate & Barrel – love their stuff. And you’re so right about watering down Hollywood Glam; locally we like a bit of bling but we aren’t as flashy as our US cousins. Will definitely take a look at the other brands you mentioned. Glad you’re on board with this trend and great to hear from you 🙂

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