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If you like to freshen up your home and stay on trend throughout the year, you’ll no doubt want to look at the upcoming trends that will slowly but surely be edging in to our homes throughout spring and summer.

Six Essential Spring Summer Interior Trends of 2016 - BLOG by Jon Pilling

Here are my thoughts and predictions for interior trends in 2016 with a selection of trends that are easy to recreate and very cost effective.


It was clear from the shows we attended in Paris that soft, dusty pinks are going to be popular and much in demand this spring and summer. In terms of darker colours, a variety of greys – from marl grey to charcoal – are definitely replacing the once favoured taupe.

Pink is back and it’s looking better and more sophisticated than ever. Forget ‘Barbie’ and ‘bubble-gum’, dusty/pastel shades of pink are being used as the ‘new neutral’. Adding a subtle warmth to the room, the new popular shade is great for furniture fabrics, carpets and walls, as it adds colour but not in a way that clashes easily with other colours that you may have in the room.

Navy is a shade that is perfectly balanced between a masculine and feminine colour. If your home gets covered with a lot of sunlight then navy is a shade that will not wash out in the light. Variations of the shade can include little touches or a lot of purple, which makes it very versatile when picking colour schemes of two or more colours.


Past modern is a trend that as of 2016, will be here to stay. Recycling old items from different decades adds a funky feel to your home. Fashion and trends are on a constant cycle that will always eventually come full circle. Having different themes throughout the home will reflect your personality or one consistent theme will create a bold statement.

Past modern is a trend that removes timelines from your room by merging two movements in to one. By incorporating trends from the past and future, the new upcoming theme will add a subtle quirkiness to your room. Think traditionally shaped vintage furniture, filigree patterns and tassel trims with modern colour schemes.

Ethnic and Middle Eastern patterns will bring a nice cultural feel to our homes this year. Subtle additions such as patterned tiles in the kitchen, and Moroccan style cushions in the living/lounge areas will bring warmth very easily to the rooms in your home. Add texture and colour with woven accessories and look out for Moroccan and Turkish rugs to give your room a sense of travel and history.


Rose gold, copper, brass, and other metallic tones in accessories and furniture are appearing very quickly in the market. Reaffirming the ‘past modern’ trend, the new colour theme previously peaked in popularity around 15 – 20 years ago and has come full circle to become the new ‘must have’ pieces that people wish to have in their homes. People are no longer fond of the all-white clean cut modern look, home owners want layered, sophisticated interiors and bold pieces to grab the focus of the room.

Plants are making their way in from the garden and will have home owners embracing the outdoors in 2016. Plants are the perfect accessory to inject some life into a room that you may have thought needed some TLC for a while. A great partnering accessory to your fresh plants is wood. To fully embrace the new ‘outdoor’ interior trend, dark, rich wood gives a very chic edge to any room.

Warm metals have managed to make it through another year as one of the top interior trends. 2015 saw the rise of copper which is used to encourage light to bounce around a room, but now we are seeing multiple metallic shades strengthening the trend for shiny accessories. Tying in nicely with the return of dusty pink, rose gold is the new coloured metal that can instantly add a touch of glamour to a room or hallway.

Many of these trends can be seen in Countryside’s new show homes at Beaulieu Chase (pictured above) which has recently launched in Chelmsford – come and have a look!

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Jon Pilling
Design Director, Abode Interiors


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