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Key home trends for 2016.

Out with the old, in with the new. Here are this year's exciting new trends in home decor.

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The new year has brought much speculation and excitement about what 2016 will bring culturally, economically and politically, and so far it's pretty uncertain. One thing we do know though is what's coming our way from the world of interior design. Out with the old, in with the new, and whatever your home decor aspirations are for this new year, it's important you know what's the newest trend out there. This year we're saying goodbye to chevron, rustic sliders and the 50 shades of grey we've been incorporating into homes for such a long time. Instead, here are the six main trends that will be taking off in 2016.

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    Art Deco comeback.

    Graphic designs create an unexpected and artistic dimension in any room, and now that Art Deco is making its comeback, its trademark geometric patterns and honeycomb shapes are going to weave their way into wallpaper, tiling and even artwork and upholstery. This also means gold statement lighting fixtures will become even more popular to accompany the flawless geometry.

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    Return of the Rattan.

    Habitat’s SS16 collection says it all, rattan is back. The natural material is incredibly flexible and has helped create original oversized designs that will add character to whichever room in the house you decide to place them.

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    Rose Quartz and Serenity.

    Browns and caramels are making a comeback, as are the more vibrant retro colours. But according to Pantone, the colour which will dominate 2016 by far is Rose Quartz and Serenity, which makes some sense as colour palettes become more muted when consumer confidence in the economy rises.

    “As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colours that psychologically fulfil our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace,” says Leatrice Eiseman, the firm’s Executive Director. A double dose of calm colours designed to promote relaxation as the world around us becomes more uncertain.

    In addition, the dominant copper and rose-gold metals of 2015 are here to stay and grow this year.

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    Mismatched cabinets.

    Pairing two different cabinet styles, materials or colours is the newest trend in home décor. It adds an eclectic vibe to any kitchen and makes it stand out for its individuality as a personalised space.

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    Tech-less "gliving" rooms.

    Forget the days when living rooms were family spaces where the kids would run around and strew their toys across the room, or watch TV and munch away on the sofa; those days are no more. Now, living rooms are glamorous and elegant spaces designed to make a statement, entertain and be shown off. That’s not all though, families are ditching tech for more family time. In an effort to devoid the family area of technological distractions, less and less living rooms have TV’s in them now.

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    Artisan touches.

    Accessorising a room is a form of self-expression. So sprinkle your home with decorations that have meaning and some sort of sentimental value. Seek out locally made goods during your travels and see how they make your home feel warm and personal.

     

As you've seen, geometry is back for good, and we're thrilled. It'll be in wallpaper, upholstery, mirrors and accent pieces that will make your home so much funkier, infusing it with a splash of colour. It's all about being bolder this year, and mis-matched kitchen cabinets is another exciting trend that does just that. Keep upper cabinets white or neutral and play the lower cabinets by using different textures, colours and styles to take your kitchen in two different style directions.

If you want to go for something a little more subtle, maybe add a touch of this year's colour (Rose Quartz and Serenity) to your home; repaint a room in this pastel colour or even go for some upholstery in this calming shade. Or, how about some rattan? Habitat's SS16 collection has revisited and reimagined the flexible material into dramatic sculptures like Betel, a peanut kernel-shaped chaise, and Harpa, a cocoon-like peacock chair. Otherwise, browse through their more refined Bowen range for smaller, subtler items.

If all that's not enough, spruce up your home with artisan decorations you've picked up on your travels. They're bound to make your home feel warmer and more personal.

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Little whims that put a touch of comfort in our routine. Tableware or decorations that make us smile from pure aesthetic pleasure, which we could not live without.

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