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#5 design surprises for 2016

by Kate Watt, Marketing Manager 3 February 2016

Our favourite design gurus at Houzz have been busy over the Christmas break researching design trends that will be appearing in homes in 2016.

Here’s our top #5 favourites:

  1. Use outdoor fabric indoors. Outdoor fabrics have always been great for durability and now they look good enough to pair with the classiest of interiors.
  2. Coloured stainless steel. Tired of the surgical silver look? Try a black or bronze stainless steel finish instead. Houzz tells us these options are creating quite a buzz.
  3. Living rooms for families – not technology. Kids these days can spend hours on computers and iPads, but mum and dad are often just as guilty. Purge your living room of technology and reinstate family talk time.
  4. Brick splash backs and concrete counter tops – surprise! Houzz urges us to throw caution to the wind in 2016 and pair unusual materials in our kitchens.
  5. Attention seeking bedrooms. No need to play it safe in the bedroom either. Extend a feature wall to become a feature ceiling, and don’t stop at paint, incorporate wood panelling for extra warmth.

Want to keep your holiday vibe going a little longer? Make yourself a cuppa, put your feet up and read Houzz full list of 25 Design Trends Coming to Homes Near You in 2016.

1. Outdoor fabric used indoors.

The durability of indoor fabrics makes them perfect for high-traffic dining & living rooms.

2. Coloured stainless steel appliances

Black stainless steel is very 2016. In a Houzzers poll, nearly 2/3's said they would consider the dark alternative.

3. Living rooms that ditch the tech for family

2016 will see the rise of living rooms devoid of digital distraction.

4. Surprising backsplash and countertop pairing

You could play it safe with white subway tile and granite countertops, but sometimes safe is so boring.

5. Attention-seeking bedrooms

Here, a timber wall feature warms up the otherwise contemporary room.

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