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Design trends are always evolving…and for those of you who watch TV’s Project Runway:

‘One minute you’re in – the next you’re out’

We see trends come and go…some evolve every 4-5 years like the brown earthy tone wall paints that have now morphed into the new greige (grey and cream), while others seem to change as fast as the tides. Last summer it was all tropical prints, while this one it’s more a global influence. But, not to worry, you needn’t toss last year’s throw cushions…just add a few of these upcoming trend elements to freshen up the look.

Metals: Still mixing metals for 2016/2017, only this time ’round it’s copper and gunmetal that take centre stage. We’ll be continuing to see rose gold, antiqued bronze and black metals, but copper is Queen.

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Pendant Lighting: Going strong…more sculptural fixtures in modern metals as well as mixes of ‘old world’ materials such as metal and wood.

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Textiles: We’re seeing more global influences in colour play and textures. Woven wall hangings, cushions and pouf’s come to mind. There’s a surge of colour, saturation and pattern play. Materials: leather, rope, cotton, and many other organic fabrics. Also more artisan goods vs. mass production.

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Geometrics: Cubes and hexagons are staples now for 2016/2017. We’re seeing these shapes in tile work, furniture, wall paper and home goods alike.

Colours: Blue. While grey, black and white are still ‘on trend’ (and will be for a while yet), we are seeing a resurgence of blue tones. Indigo, navy, cobalt in particular.

2016 Trends - rich interiors - blue couch  blue chair - wire

Materials: cork is a standout this season. Marble, concrete, metal, metallic leathers and walnut are now more mainstream.

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Tiles: Not just for bathrooms anymore. Trends for this year include tiles for kitchens and even living room floors. Bold, intricate patterns more reminiscent of global culture…not just your typical subway tile! If you are brave enough to try this trend, approach with caution as it can be costly and visually very busy…but as long as you create a cohesive design scheme with your current furnishings, it will create quite a punch!

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Art: We’re moving away from gallery walls and seeing more oversized art. Whatever your personal style, make a statement with a large piece.

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Ultimately, the best ‘trend’ is the one that works for you and your decorating personality. Have fun with your interiors!